The World in Your Hand: Travel-Inspired Christmas Gifts
Christmas is fast approaching and you are probably thinking about those last minute gifts for the family. Don’t worry – there’s still time! We’ve put together a list of travel-inspired gift ideas that could save Christmas.
A map of the world
If you’ve got a friend or family member who goes all misty eyed when talk turns to foreign countries, then this could be the ideal gift. A map and a set of pins will let them make a visual reminder of all the places they’ve gone to, or want to discover. An even cooler version is a scratch map, which lets them track their progress across the world, scratching off one country at a time.
Rum – Jamaica
Christmas wouldn’t be the same for many people without a little drink or two. Why not let them try something a little more exotic than a festive Jameson? Try adding some Jamaican style and flavour to your granny’s drinks cabinet this year with a bottle of rum. Jamaica produces some of the world’s most recognisable brands, including Appleton Estate. For something a bit special, look for a rare blend or special reserve bottle.
Honey – Greece
Chocolate coins and advent calendars prove that Christmas is a time for sweet treats. So why not splash out on something that’s delicious, but healthy, too? Honey connoisseurs know that Greece is probably the best place on the planet to purchase this sweet and sticky foodstuff. With more bee hives per acre than any other country in Europe, honey is one of Greece’s most famous exports.
As well as being tasty, honey is a great source of antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids. It’s a great gift during winter as it can help heal sore throats and coughs. Did you know that in Greek mythology, the god Zeus was brought up on a diet of honey? If it’s good enough for him, it’s certainly good enough for Uncle Seamus!
Handmade pottery – Bulgaria
It’s well known that handmade presents are a great option for Christmas gifts on a budget, and pottery is a versatile idea. Crockery, ornaments or even Christmas decorations – it covers so many areas. And if you have a bit more money to spend, you can find some delightful goods along the High Street, or online.
Consider this, too: people have been making pottery in Bulgaria for thousands of years – and the craft reached its zenith in the town of Troyan. Located in the foothills of the Stara Planina Mountain Range, Troyan developed as a regional crafts centre at the end of the 19th century and has been producing and exporting incredible pottery ever since.
Using distinctive red clay from the region, with designs based on ancient Thracian pottery, Troyan ceramics represent Bulgaria’s fascinating heritage. Today, Troyan pottery is mass-produced, but you can still find hand-thrown items around the country which would make a lovely Christmas gift.
Maracas – Mexico
Looking for something fun and exotic for the younger members of your family? Why not go for a Mexican favourite: the maraca? This simple musical instrument is a fun one for kids and adults alike. Use it to shake along to some traditional music, or give a spicy twist to your favourite pop song. Has Dad always wanted to be a drummer in a rock band? Well, maybe he can audition as maraca player for starters…