Maybe you are super organised and have all your presents wrapped and under the tree. Or maybe you are also working at 7pm on the Friday before Christmas, you have some presents left to work out, and you’re trying to suppress the creeping fear that your to do list is going to take much longer to complete than the time you have available.

Fear not! I’ve got you covered with a list of last minute present ideas, which should arrive in time for Christmas. (Some of these use affiliate links – see end of post for more info.)

Versatile, foldable, packable duffel bag

Bright colours, strong design, super light fabric? This is the ideal bag to throw in your suitcase to help you bring back gifts and extra purchases. It’s also the sort of bag to make airports easier to navigate – once you’re through security you can take off your winter coat and scarf, and stuff it in here along with snacks and water bottles.

WANDF Foldable Travel Duffel Bag Luggage Sports Gym Water Resistant Nylon, £12.99

A beautiful and intense history book everyone should read

Admittedly, this is not a super light read. However, it is a very well written and darkly haunting study of Belgium’s colonial history in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This is a great gift for anyone interested in the Great Lakes region or history in general.

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild, £9.90 new

Secure, comfortable cross-body bag

A friend has a Kipling bag like this and she loves it. It packs down flat when travelling, and she’s able to fit phone, ID, some money and a small camera in when she’s out and about. Lots of colours available, not all of them will arrive before Christmas.

Kipling Women’s Alvar Cross-Body Bag , £60.25

Harry Potter pocket sized quiz pack

Even before the Gatwick Airport drone shutdown, many of us were aware of how much lengthy airport delays suck. For anyone who loves Harry Potter, this little game pack is a lot of fun. When we played it, we discovered some unexpected Harry Potter nerds in our midst…

Winning Moves 29612 Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit Game, £10.09

Insulate travel mug

Long journey ahead of you? Or maybe buying for someone who hits the road a lot? How about a quality thermos to keep their drinks hot/cold while on the road. Multiple colours available.

Thermos Stainless King Travel Tumbler, from £19.99

Travel writing, but not as you know it

A series of travel essays that I return to again and again. Beautiful, powerful writing – whenever I’ve read it recently, I end up recommending it to lots of people.

AA Gill is Away by AA Gill, £8.39

A tie travel case, for the snazzy business traveller

This was something my uncle mentioned a few months back. He’s a fan – apparently cases like this one are the best way to keep your ties crease free when travelling. A travel hack his friend recommended was packing multiple ties and pocket squares and using these to mix up your look when on a business trip. (While also washing shirts as required.)

Vegan Leather Travel Tie Case, £39.77

Bluetooth headset

This is on my personal wish list. A headset with a built in mic that is designed to survive workouts and stays in your ears? Yes, please.

Excellent reviews and a price that means if you leave it on a plane or in the back of a cab, you won’t be kicking yourself for the following six months.

Anker Bluetooth Headphones, SoundBuds Slim Lightweight Wireless Headphones, from £18.99

A slightly different, slightly cheaper cross-body bag

If you liked the sound of the Kipling bag above, but found the price a little steep, you might be interested in this. Again, lots of colours and prints available.

ABLE Women Anti Splash Water Shoulder Messenger Crossbody Bags, £13.99

Wonderful facts and details about the world

I love this book – the perfect tome to keep on a coffee table or by your comfiest chair, you can just dip in and out and learn so many fascinating things. The Chocolate Hills of the Philippines, the Salt Men of Chehrabad, and the Transcontinental Air Mail Route Beacons – these are just three things that popped out while I flicked through that I am definitely going to go read about once I finish this article.

Perfect gift for that person who likes to mention obscure facts to spark conversations.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, £18.89 

Beautiful leather travel journal

Photos are a decent way to remember holidays, but I find journal entries bring it all back so much better.

This beautiful journal can be refilled and used again and again.

Our Adventure Book Journal Refillable Notebook Leather Notepad, £13.99

Travel inspiration for 2019

I love books like this so much. The Christmas break is a great time to start planning your trips for the coming year, and this book will help you work out where to go and when.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019, £7.19

Zip up fleece

Sometimes simple things make great gifts. I love my North Face fleece and am wearing it as I type. It’s been to several continents and works just as well for an early morning outing exploring a new city as it does for a dog walk on a day with changeable weather here in the UK.

The North Face Women 100 Glacier Full Jacket, from £39.08

The North Face Men’s 100 Glacier Fleece Outdoor Jacket, from £33.64

Something for the younger traveller

With beautiful illustrations and lots of information, this book will entertain and delight younger travellers and their travel companions.

Maps by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski, £14.00

For the person who wants to keep track of their travels

What’s better than a beautiful map of the world? One that helps you keep track of the places you’ve visited.

Luckies of London Scratch off Map World Poster, £9.99

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