Five top pressies for the traveller in your life

By Megan Singleton

Here are a five ideas that will provide you with so many Brownie points you'll be carried over until next Christmas.

A themed day out with Grab A Seat including return flights from Auckland to Napier, a three-course lunch at Church Road Winery (pictured), wine tasting and live music, would make a great gift.
A themed day out with Grab A Seat including return flights from Auckland to Napier, a three-course lunch at Church Road Winery (pictured), wine tasting and live music, would make a great gift.

If you're looking for the perfect gift for the traveller in your life, don't buy them yet another passport wallet or a bag tag, here are a five ideas that will provide you with so many Brownie points you'll be carried over until next Christmas.

Fly and dine in Napier

Get them a ticket to this themed day out with Grab A Seat departing from Auckland in the morning to Napier and home by dinner time. It includes a three-course lunch at Church Road Winery, wine tasting and live music from Feelers front man James Reid, who has just released his debut solo album.

Kindle

Being in transit is a great time to read a book - or three. And what better gift for the avid travelling reader than one device to hold them all? The initial outlay might set you back a bit, but with new releases around $10-$20 each, it soon pays for itself. Of course there are other e-readers on the market. Just make sure they are linked up to a large online store so you can download the latest books without waiting.

Wheelie bag

If it's time to ditch the backpack that your loved one has been using since their OE, buy a fancy wheelie bag with four swivel wheels and a proper TSA lock. With baggage weight limits decreasing and charges increasing, I like the lightweight Antler luggage. Their top of the range Liquis only weighs 3kg. Plenty of room for shopping.

Head cushion

This is one of the most practical gifts you can give a long haul traveller. And if there's no room to pack it in their cabin bag, get a cushion with a dome at the collar so it can be fastened around the handle. You can pick them up for about $25, but I also got a perfectly good from one from a dollar store for about $3. Great stocking suffer.

Noise cancelling headphones

Buy the best you can afford because these battery-enabled noise cancelling headphones really work. Not only will they be able to hear the movies and fall to sleep with music playing with very little aircraft engine disturbance, but they won't hear a peep out of those screaming toddlers in the departure lounge.

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