Gifts to Make the Flight More Pleasant
1. A good eye mask
Sleep on a plane is a luxury I rarely get to experience, particularly when cramped in cattle class, with various noises and lights around me. I am a terrible sleeper when travelling, so I really do put in a lot of effort to make my chances of sleep even slightly increase. One of my key pieces for increasing my chances of sleep, is a good eye mask. I have selected a few of my favourites below:
A luxury, silk, lavender infused eye mask. This option is a bit pricey but it feels incredibly soft on the eyes, and the lavender really does help to promote an air of calm and peace around me. It is from Holistic Silk and priced at £46.
A quirky cat ear design, lavender scented eye mask. This is not made from silk as above but it is considerably cheaper, and still promotes calm with it’s lavender scent. It is available from Urban Outfitters for £12.00.
I just love this one simply because it is a panda eye mask. What is not to love? It is available from Gift Oasis for £3.49.
This one does not look the most attractive of masks, but it is filled with gel to cool and soothe tired eyes. This mask is more for use in the hour or so before landing, to reduce any puffiness around the eyes. It is available from Amazon for £2.27.
2. A travel pillow
Another in-flight sleep essential, the travel pillow. It may not be the most amazing, glamorous gift you could get someone, but if you think about it, you are actually gifting them a good in-flight sleep, which is pretty awesome if you ask me. There are so many options out there for this, in pretty much every colour you can imagine. The real choice though is whether to go for an inflatable pillow or a ready to go pillow. It all depends on preference and luggage allowance. Personally, I prefer the inflatable option because I rarely travel light, so space is very limited for me!
Mountain Warehouse also have a good, cheap inflatable option for £2.49(sale).
3. A Passport Holder
Not only is it practical but it has also become quite fashionable, and a must have travel accessory. I find myself looking at others passport holders in the queue at passport control. If nothing else, it helps to pass the time, looking at the different designs people have.
Here are a few I have found:
This is a beautiful, leather passport holder by Aspinal of London, it is pricey but smells and feels so good. You can also personalise it by adding the persons initials. Always a bonus. This is priced at £45.
For a cheaper option, I have found this from Not on the Highstreet, I love this website for gifts, and this particularly stood out for me. There are so many other options available to suit all tastes, so I would definitely check them out. This was priced at £25.
4. A luggage tag
Yes, you get given the free cardboard/paper ones from your travel agent/airline but so does everyone else. When the carousel is spinning round with loads of black bags that all look the same, a different, more personal luggage tag does stand out – and helps ensure you leave with the correct bag!
I particularly like this option from Not on the Highstreet (again) as you can really personalise it. This costs £24.
If you are after something a bit more colourful, check out Cath Kidston. This is one of my favourites and is priced at £5. Bargain.
I don’t know about you, but my feet get extremely chilly on flights. I therefore always pack a pair of thick, fleecy socks to keep my toes warm.
There are so many options for this category but these are my favourites:
These are from Accessorize and cost £7 (sale).
For the male traveller, these are a good option from Tesco for £4.
6. A Hydrating Mask
Planes are very, very dehydrating places to be, and therefore you need to replenish the moisture that is lost. Not only by drinking lots of water whilst in the air, but also by taking care of your skin. The secret to stepping off the plane, looking all rejuvenated and refreshed , is to put on a good hydrating mask.
I am a huge Kiehls fan and their Ultra Facial Overnight Hyrdrating Masque definitely does the job. It is priced at £28 but is a good investment piece and will help you to look less like a zombie when disembarking!
The Body Shop has an amazing Vitamin E Sink in Moisture Mask for £14. It does a really good job but it doesn’t go on clear, so it can be obvious to others you are wearing it. However, the results it produces, once you remove it, will shut up those giving you the strange looks on the plane!
For an extra boost, particularly on long haul flights, use the Indeed Labs Hydraluron creme. It increases the amount of water the skin retains massively, and really does produce a noticeable plumping effect after use. This is available from Boots for £8.33 (sale).
This is an absolute in-flight essential! If you are anything like me, you will find that plane headphones can be rather uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. They also have a very limited range in terms of size. I often find them falling off my head, eve on the smallest of settings! There are so many different types of headphones out there and they are starting to become quite the fashion statement.
My ultimate, favourite headphones are these rose gold ones from Frends. They are expensive at £122 but, in my opinion, they are worht every penny!
Another alternative are the Beats by Dr Dre headphones. These are available from Argos for £139.99 (sale).
If the traveller in your life prefers in ear headphones, these are a couple of good options I have found in Currys:
Beats by Dr Dre Urbeats headphones, £77.
Skullcandy headphones, £9.99.
I hope the above has given you some ideas for gifts for the travellers in your life. Please check back tomorrow for Part 2 of my gift guide.