Ten Great Gifts for Year Abroaders
The temperature is dropping, the wine is mulling and the familiar chimes of 'Jingle Bells' are echoing down every high street in Britain. December is nigh and Christmas is almost upon us, ladies and gents. If you're currently on your year abroad, your family and friends will have spent the past few months missing you, which means they're in the perfect frame of mind to pick you up a few 'welcome home' gifts (or, if you're staying abroad for Christmas, a few 'sorry you're not here' gifts). What better time than the 'present' (sorry) to start dropping hints to the various Father Christmases in your life and get the painful gift-buying process underway? So, succumb to the inevitable, switch on some Michael Bublé, pull on a luridly festive jumper and 'accidentally' email the following list to everyone you know.
1. Luckies Travelogue Journal
Perfect for the literary-minded amongst you, this unique travel journal contains tips and advice and miniature scratch maps, as well as space to record your adventures.
2. GoPro HERO camcorder
The camera of choice for any adventurer, the GoPro is light-weight, gear-mountable and simple to use, making it perfect for recording everything from paragliding to diving.
3. Foldable Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Headphones are a travelling essential. These are easy to stash away and great for blocking out screaming kids on the plane. Plus, they're cheap enough that it won't matter if you accidentally leave them on top of Machu Picchu.
4. Herschel Backpack
Good quality, stylish and comfortable to wear, this is a practical gift that you'll use over and over again.
5. Luckies Scratch Map
Quite simply the most satisfying way to record your travels.
6. Inflatable Hoody Travel Pillow
Ok, so it may look a little weird, but how can you be self-conscious when you're this comfortable?
7. Deep box frame (perfect for storing travel mementos)
A cool alternative to a scrap book, this box frame allows you to store and display all those ticket stubs, photos and postcards that are currently sat in a drawer gathering dust.
8. 4-in-1 Travel Adaptor
No need to tell you why this one's useful; this colour-coded adaptor works in 150 countries.
9. Giant Travel Towel
Perhaps not the most glamorous of presents, but once you've attempted to stuff a full-sized towel into a backpack already jammed with essentials, you'll be begging for one of these babies.
10. 'Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy and Broke' book
If you want to venture overseas but aren't sure where to start, this book is just the ticket (although you may also want to buy an actual ticket. See 11.).