Have Love, Will TRAVEL.

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Yes folks, it’s February! You know what that means? Valentines Day!

This year, locked down and in the house with your other half all day long...

... you really WON’T have an excuse for forgetting!


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Note from the Ed: We understand that Valentines can be a hard time for some.

People have lost loved ones, and loneliness can feel magnified when others are celebrating their relationships. If you are feeling low on this holiday, please reach out for help from professional services that are waiting to hear from you. Samaritans: Call 116 123 for FREE (UK) Cruse Grief Helpline: Call 0808 808 1677

Normally, my ‘significant other’ and I don’t do Valentines. However this year more than ever, it feels not just necessary but NEEDED! Everyone needs a little pick-me-up as we close in on nearly 365 days of Covid. It does us the world of good to be reminded that we SURVIVED this year, and furthermore, someone is happy that you’re still in the world. More of us will be grieving the loss of loved ones this year, and looking to show our affection to those who have made it through. We have also had to sacrifice some of our greatest pleasures in 2020. Travel abroad is nigh on impossible. Live music and concerts have had a death-blow, and a lot of us are missing quality time spent connecting with others in person.


So I’ve compiled a few lists of Valentines gifts - one for each of the blog focus points.


Valentines Gifts for the Craft-Lover in your Life.

Valentines Gifts for the Music-Lover in your Life.


Valentines Gifts for the Travel-Lover in your Life.

For The Taste-Bud Traveller.

For Practical Pathfinders.

For The Journalling JourneyMan (or Woman!)

For that Special Somewhere Someone.

Wearables for your Wanderlust Love.

Have Love, GIVE Travel


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Valentines Gifts for the Travel-Lover in your Life.


Lockdown is absolute torture to the Footloose and Fancy-Free type. Everyone has been missing their holidays, but travel-lovers need new destinations like they need air. Consider this Gift Guide the Romantic CPR that will keep their heart beating until they can get a new stamp in the passport… For The Taste-Bud Traveller.

In the coming weeks, I’ll blogging about ‘How to Travel When You Can’t Leave Home’, and a big part of that is giving your senses new experiences. Subscription boxes or sampler selections are a great way to discover destinations through cuisine. If you’re going to give chocolates on Valentines Day, why not a WORLD of chocolate, with the Valrhona Grand Cru - Chocolate from 8 different Single Origins. If you lean towards caffeine rather than cocoa, Whittard of Chelsea’s Coffees of The World Gift Set is a treat for your eyes as well as your tastebuds. Thinking of something a bit stronger? Display your drink proudly in this Mixology Decanter Globe from I Want One Of Those (and it's 50% off right now!). Eat.Art allows you to send a Spice Sampler Tribute to one specific county, while the Modern Gourmet Foods Around The World Hot Sauce Sampler gives you 30 flavour adventures! Try to refrain from calling your partner ‘Hot Stuff’ in their Valentines Card!

Valrhona Grand Cru Chocolate Assortment: https://amzn.to/2LgOsKp

Whittard of Chelsea - Coffees of The World Gift Set: https://amzn.to/2NToPQL

Mixology Whiskey Globe from IWOOT (50% off!): https://tidd.ly/2YKP9yL

Eat.Art Spices of the World Range: Full Range Available on Amazon Around The World Hot Sauce Sampler: https://amzn.to/3oPpLlS


For Practical Pathfinders.

Let's face it. Travellers often have to be quite practical. If you're buying Valentines gifts for someone who prefers real-world over romance, these should do the trick.

A Travel MultiTool is always a good idea. I've gone for natural materials and this is the second time Rosewood has featured in the Valentines Gift Lists (see also Gifts for Music Lovers). Alternatively, there's a lovely heritage to an Original Swiss Army-Knife, and now you can get those in lovely natural wood too!


Other practical parts of travel include saving the pennies. A Glass Front Travel Fund Money Box lets them see how they're progressing and keeps their mind frugally focussed on the prize. If you're a really lovely partner, you could include their first pound coin or note.


The Solar Power Bank is a great addition to a traveller's packing list - particularly those who are heavy on the electronics (think photos, travel reading and music - allll in our smartphones these days). I have chosen this one because it is brimming with features and benefits. Dustproof, Shockproof, Waterproof - this bank was made rugged. You can charge the bank by power cable, and the solar panels provide on-the-go back-up. There are multiple ports and it will even charge wirelessly for devices that are able! This model also has a built in torch. It's a little belter!


Just because you are practical, doesn't mean you can't enjoy a little travel romance! A Kindle Paperwhite is easy on the eyes in both senses, and allows you to carry a library of beach reading, and destination guides in a slim, light volume. If your Valentine has a tablet - think about discussing this gift beforehand. They may be just as happy with the Kindle App, which frees up cash for an Audible Subscription, Amazon Kindle Unlimited E-Book Subscription, or an Amazon Music Subscription (All of which have 30 day FREE TRIALS!).

Rosewood Multitool UK Legal Blade: https://amzn.to/2YMR7P3

Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Multitool, Wood: https://amzn.to/2LiA04z

Deep Box Frame Travel Fund Money Box: https://amzn.to/3oKxS3r

Solar Power Bank, Wireless, Waterproof, Dustproof Shock Proof: https://amzn.to/3jhFHfL

Kindle Paperwhite | Waterproof, 6" High-Resolution Display, 8GB: https://amzn.to/2MZ2WyU

Audible: 30 Day FREE Trial

Amazon Kindle Unlimited E-Books: 30 Day FREE Trial

Amazon Music Subscription: 30 Day FREE Trial



For The Journalling JourneyMan (or Woman!)

Most travel fans like to memorialise their adventure in one way or another. Scratch Maps are 'having a bit of a moment' right now (I must admit to owning one). However, I like the idea of the Cork Globe, or Cork Wall World Cut-Out Map. These two have the benefit of allowing pins for marking out destination aspirations. You can't un-scratch the Scratch Map. Maybe you could have a cork piece for future planning and the Scratch Map for recording countries visited (she said looking at the ground, guilty of owning both). I've even linked in a few nice choices of Wood, Metal and Flag Shaped Pins! Don't say I nevah giv' ya nuffin' nice! It might be a bit close to the wire for Valentines now, but I was AMAZED by the speed with which CEWE PhotoWorld turned around my PhotoBook at Christmas. The quality is great too, and the interface for designing your book is user-friendly without being limiting. It might even be nicer to gift a photo book as a promise! That way you can spend time together designing the book and re-living your favourite couple travel memories - awwwwww!


I'm trying my hardest to go digital and pack light when it comes to books abroad, hence recommending a Kindle (or even an iPad with the Kindle App!) earlier in the post. That being said, I know a lot of people who wouldn't swap their physical travel journal for the world... well... maybe for a round-the-world trip, but... ... ahem! If your partner loves the romance of scratching their memoirs with ink and paper, this Personalised Leather Bound Notebook with pen is a sensory delight.

Maps Globes and Travel Journal Gifts for Valentines

14cm Natural Cork Globe: https://amzn.to/3awJsdj

Cork World Map Wall Art from IWOOT: https://tidd.ly/2MqS7pL

Wooden Push Pins: https://amzn.to/36ItqMj

Metal Ball-Top Push Pins: https://amzn.to/39Od1bd

Flag Push Pins: https://amzn.to/2MSQMIb


Scratch the World Travel Map: https://amzn.to/2YY0Rq5

Create Your Own Photobook: at CEWE PhotoWorld

Personalised Leather Travel Journal Notebook A6: https://amzn.to/3pRae6q

For that Special Somewhere Someone.

If there's a special place, that you share a special memory of, with a special someone...

... well, firstly, congratulations, that's a LOT of special!! Secondly, if it's THAT special, why not celebrate it with some gorgeous personalised map-art. Verbatim Art produce all sorts of variations on the theme in print. You can customise the location, messages, colours and frame choices. Meanwhile, if you prefer things a bit more 3D, Lasaris make laser sharp Wood-Cut City Street Maps . Lastly, it doesn't all have to be so large as to take up wall space. These Wood-Cut City Street Map Coasters are small and subtle. Choose a couple of countries from the drop down menu to flesh out your coaster collection.

Verbatim Art Customised Map Hearts In Frame: https://amzn.to/2MxiBpm

Verbatim Art Customise Single Location Map (No Frame): https://amzn.to/3oOYfVQ

Verbatim Art Range: https://amzn.to/36HsgAM

Lasaris Wood-Cut Street Map Range: https://amzn.to/3oPqqE0

Wood-Cut City Map Coasters: https://amzn.to/2MTwBK0

Wearables for your Wanderlust Love.

Jewellery is a great gift for travellers - it's small and portable - 'nuff said.

The Coordinates Wrap Ring and Coordinates Bar Necklace can both be personalised to a special spot on the Earth. The Carrie Clover Couples Coordinates Coin Bracelet Set is even more perfect for those keeping the flame burning over a great distance - you can have a set of personalised coordinates EACH.


I personally collect charms for my bracelets that represent life events and destinations ticked off my bucket list. Thomas Sabo are a firm favourite with me, and make several Specific Destination Charms, like the Eiffel Tower one featured below. Or you could go for a more generalised Travel Charm, such as the Compass, Passport or Vintage Globe Charms below.

Handmade Personalised Silver Coordinates Wrap Ring: https://amzn.to/3azSvtV

Personalised Silver Coordinates Necklace Bar: https://amzn.to/3tu0JMM

Carrie Clover Couples Coordinates Coin Bracelets (2): https://amzn.to/39OI8TM

Thomas Sabo Eiffel Tower Charm: https://amzn.to/39QtknM

Thomas Sabo Silver Compass Charm: https://amzn.to/3pVIs9e

Thomas Sabo Silver Passport Charm: https://amzn.to/2YMYG8o

Thomas Sabo Vintage Globe Charm: https://amzn.to/2YLz3Fi

Have Love, GIVE Travel

Possibly the best news I can give you right now is that it's still possible to gift someone ACTUAL TRAVEL. Red Letter Days are still booking Flight Experiences, (I've always fancied a Hot Air Balloon Flight (hint hint). They also provide Short Breaks in the UK and Europe. Both products come with a 20 month period of usage, giving you plenty of time to get on top of Covid, Brexit and whatever else tries to put spanners in our travel plans!

We will NOT be defeated! If you prefer to stay in the UK, go and be a tourist in your own country when Lockdown eases. MalMaison Hotels are super lush and refund on cancellations right up to 24 hrs in advance! Big-time schecksy Mr & Mrs Smith vibes here!

Red Letter Days Hot Air Ballon Trips & Other Flight Experiences (Good for 20 months): VIEW THE FULL RANGE AT RED LETTER DAYS

Short Breaks (UK & Europe) from Red Letter Days (Good for 20 months):

VIEW THE FULL RANGE AT RED LETTER DAYS MalMaison Hotels: SEE FULL RANGE AT MALMAISON

Tell me in the comments below - are you celebrating Valentines this year? Which of these gifts is on your wish list? What are you giving this year?

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