Well, it’s official: it’s November, which means it’s pretty much Christmas! 

This is my first blog post of (hopefully) quite a few, hoping to inspire you with ideas of what to buy a friend who loves to travel. 

1. World Magnet Map, Urban Outfitters, £130

Bring the world to your friend’s front room with this map, perfect for planning your next travels. It’s a little bit on the pricey side, but I think it would make a fab centrepiece for a wall – and can also be doubled up to hold shopping lists/receipts/pictures if the wanderlust becomes too tempting!

2. iPod Nano, Apple, £129 

Any traveller knows just how valuable an MP3 player is. It keeps you sane during long, tedious journeys and can also be a nifty way of backing up photos and videos. The new iPod nano isn’t outrageously dear and – massive bonus – comes in lots of pretty colours!

3. ‘Yes’ Shopper, Paperchase, £6.50

Ah, the trusty tote bag. Every woman knows you can never have enough bags (my Mum would probably beg to differ) and this one is a quirky little buy.  Plus, it also comes with its own language lesson. Well, as long as all you want to know is the word ‘yes’. (and for the more pessimistic, there’s also a ‘no’ bag).

4. Pashmina, House of Fraser, £25

During a recent Travel talk on Twitter, we concurred that a scarf was one of the must-take accessories for holidays. My personal favourite is a pashmina as it comes in useful whatever the climate, whether you’re braving the cold in Iceland or looking for a light cover-up against a Spanish evening breeze.

5. Recycled Sari Fabric Journal, Not on the High Street, £15
I love these cute journals – their funky patterns make you instantly happy! A journal is a handy thing for a traveller to carry round to record all their exotic adventures – or to play noughts and crosses at the airport if your plane’s delayed!

There’s my round-up of my very first Christmas Guide for Travellers! Does anything tempt you?