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Last minute GIFT GUIDE for travellers (armchair and otherwise)


With less than two weeks until Christmas, the pressure to find a gift that is simultaneously unique, representative of your love for another human being, and preferably on sale is high. Here are our top picks for travellers and for those who love/tolerate them.

 

GOING

BAGGAGE TO IMPRESS - VICTORINOX LEXICON FREQUENT FLYER HARDSIDE CARRY-ON

The Lexicon Collection is THE luggage for frequent flyers or for those who want to make a statement at the baggage carousel. But it’s not jut about looks, these cases are super functional too.

 

The Victorinox Lexicon Frequent Flyer Carry-On maximises packing space to 34 litres in volume, beating all other suitcases in its size range available on the market.

 

COST: Frequent Flyer Hardside Carry-On RRP $799.00 (available in Black and Titanium)

WHERE TO BUY: www.victorinox.com OR you can enter our competition to win one of these lux cases. Click here to enter.

 

BAGGAGE TO SHOW YOU’VE THOUGHT ABOUT THEIR BODY - OSPREY FARPOINT/FAIRVIEW

There are some places that wheeled luggage can’t take you. But backpacks needn’t just be for those embarking on months-long overland jaunts through Europe. Running for your next plane or to make a tight connection can be made much easier with a cabin-approved backpack such as the Osprey Farpoint (male) and Fairview (female) 40L.

 

The stowaway harness and hipbelt are perfect should you check your bag, and a padded laptop/tablet sleeve keeps your electronics secure. The Fairview 40’s compact size also ensures carry-on compliance on most flights.

 

Farpoint is available in Volcanic Grey & Jasper Red, whole Fairview is available in Misty Grey & Rainforest Green

 

COST:

Men’s Farpoint| 80L RRP: $259.95 | 70L RRP: $249.95 | 55L RRP: $239.95 | 40L RRP: $199.95

Women’s Fairview | 70L RRP: $249.95 | 55L RRP: $239.95 | 40L RRP: $199.95

WHERE TO BUY: Visit www.ospreypacks.com for more information or to find your closest dealer.

  

GADGETS 

WIRELESS HEADPHONES - AUDIOFLY AF56W

You’d think the best thing about these headphones was the quality of sound you get from them, but another huge selling point is that they’re Australian, which means they’re a great gift for friends overseas! 

 

Equipped with a microphone and volume control for calls and smart device functionality, the AF56W features up to 5 hours battery life. In addition to that, perfect for travellers and Aussies who are always out and about, it also features Audiofly’s signature Audioflex™ cable braided with CORDURA® fibre technology, helping with tangle resistance and adding market leading strength and durability to the headphones.

 

COST: $139

WHERE TO BUY: JB Hi-Fi

 

Traveltalk is giving away two sets of these headphones. Enter here for a late Christmas present for yourself

 

HEADPHONES FOR THE KIDDIES - JBL JR300BT

Trying to wrangle a set of adult sized headphones on a little (most likely wiggling) noggin can be tough. Tougher still is getting them to stay on. The JBL JR300BT not only fit well, but they perform well too. Add to this the included stickers for decoration and you’ve got a product that is perfect to keep little travellers occupied. The headphones are also designed to ensure the volume is always below 85dB to protect hearing and easy controls that can be operated without any help. 

 

COST: $69.95

WHERE TO BUY: http://www.jbl.com.au/JR+300BT.html

 

SOI HANDBAG LIGHT

Women spend an average of 76 days of their lives with their heads in their handbags searching for wallets, keys, the holy grail etc. For those who say they should just use the light on their phone, guess where it is? Lost in the bag.

 

Simply an approaching hand or a light touch causes SOI to light up, providing light to every handbag. Once a given time period has elapsed, SOI switches off again, fully automatically and energy efficiently, removing the need for any switches at all. 

 

COST: $40

WHERE TO BUY: Top3

 

GROOMING

MAKE HIM PRETTY AT THE QT BARBER SHOP

Let your man indulge his inner Don Draper with a sixty-minute makeover at QT Canberra or QT Sydney Barber Shop. Starting with a two-step wet shave, the transformation includes a cold towel and aftershave spritz to close the pores and restore the skin’s natural pH levels. 

 

A barbershop haircut follows, while every gent is also served a healthy dose of Chivas Regal to top off this dapper affair.

 

COST: 60 minutes / $95

WHERE TO BUY:

QT Canberra bookings: (02) 6267 1267

QT Sydney bookings: (02) 8262 0088

 

DYSON SUPERSONIC HAIRDRYER

The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is fantastic for travelling - it's eight times faster than other hair dryer motors and half the weight meaning it's quick drying, ultra-lightweight and doesn't take up much packing space in your suitcase. Surely that beats the dodgy hotel hairdryers?

 

COST: From $499 

WHERE TO BUY: www.dyson.com.au/haircare/supersonic.aspx

 

GALLIVANTING 

LEGOLAND FOR THE ‘KIDS’

Rather than buying Lego, give the gift of LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre in Melbourne. Visitors to Melbourne can even skip the typical tourist haunts in favour of Miniland - Melbourne in Lego form.  

 

Loads of fun for kids and the adults who drag them from attraction to attraction.

 

COST: From $32.50

WHERE TO BUY: https://melbourne.legolanddiscoverycentre.com.au/

 

LOUNGES FOR THE ‘ADULTS’

Give the gift of a visit to a Plaza Premium lounge. Plaza Premium lounges are located in destinations popular with Aussie and Kiwi travellers such as Brisbane, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, Kuala Lumpur and the SkyTeam lounge in Sydney. 

 

COST: 2-visit card for $US98, a 5-visit card for $US219 or a 10-visit card for the frequent traveller for $US349 which is a saving of up to 50% on standard lounge access rates.

WHERE TO BUY: http://www.plaza-network.com/giftcard/

 

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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 15 December 2017


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