THERE are just two weeks left to bag those Christmas pressies.
But don’t panic – you can choose some fabulous travel gifts without even leaving your armchair.
If Father Christmas can do it in a day so could you
Unwrap it: Never mind a Santa hat, pop on an eye patch and surprise the kids with this family holiday. They will have a ball at the 3H themed Pirates Village in Santa Ponsa, Majorca. Pools with slides, kids’ clubs, live shows, a cinema and a daily programme of sports and activities will keep everyone entertained.
Buy it: Seven nights’ self-catering at Pirates Village is from £340 per person, leaving Gatwick on March 31. See loveholidays.com.
Something for the whole family at a resort on the island of Majorca
Unwrap it: A new Trunki is on sale this Christmas to celebrate the release of the movie Paddington 2. Travelling tots will love to pack their toys in the blue pull-along case, embossed with London landmarks, while his ‘n’ her Antler cases are a perfect gift for older members of the family.
Buy it: Paddington Trunki costs £44.99. Other designs are available and you can customise your own at trunki.co.uk. Antler cases cost £199. See antler.co.uk.
Be ready to go anywhere with a new suitcase
Unwrap it: Thong Tanote Beach is on the Thai island of Koh Samui – perfect if you want to get away from it all. The Centra Coconut Beach Resort has a superb pool stretching the length of the resort and there’s nothing but palm trees between it and the ocean.
Buy it: Seven nights’ B&B at the 4H Centra Coconut Beach Resort is from £747 per person, including flights from Heathrow on March 21. For more information, see southalltravel.co.uk.
Sip a cocktail on the beach in Thailand
Flight & Hotel Vouchers
Unwrap it: Virgin Atlantic has launched a “Where I want for Christmas” gift card. It can be used to help pay for flights and comes wrapped in a bespoke luggage tag. Ryanair offers Happy Christmas vouchers, while travel brand Hotelgift has gift cards available from £5 to £5,000.
Buy it: Get Virgin Atlantic card from Liberty London. Also see ryanair.com and hotelgift.com.
Go anywhere with this voucher from Virgin Atlantic
Unwrap it: Attractions in the capital can be expensive so bring the cost down by buying a half-price Big London Cluster ticket. The pass includes entry into four major attractions – Madame Tussauds London, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, the London Eye and Shrek’s Adventure!
Buy it: Big London Cluster tickets cost £55 per adult and £44 per child aged three to 15, saving more than 50 per cent. Visits can be spread over 90 days. See attraction-tickets-direct.co.uk.
Seeing the underwater world is like discovering another planet
Unwrap it: Who doesn’t want to go to the Bahamas? The luxurious Sandals Royal Bahamian is on its own island along Nassau’s Cable Beach. Choose from ten restaurants, pamper yourself in the spa, chill in the Zen Garden or sip cocktails in the swim-up pool bar.
Buy it: Seven nights’ all-inclusive in a Balmoral Ocean View Grande Luxe suite is from £2,539 per person, with return BA flights from Heathrow in February. See sandals.co.uk.
A little Caribbean sun could do you the world of good
Unwrap it: Eat, drink and be merry on a springtime cruise from Southampton. Tour the majestic Norwegian Fjords on P&O’s luxury ship Britannia, or chase the Mediterranean sun with seven nights on sister ship Azura, which calls at various ports in Spain, Portugal and France.
Buy it: A full-board Fjords cruise departing on April 22 is from £634 per person, while the full-board Med cruise departing April 6 is from £740pp. See pocruises.com.
Raise anchor and head for the open seas on a cruise
Unwrap it: There isn’t anyone who will not thank you for a relaxing spa break, day or treatment after Christmas. Spabreaks.com can be used at more than 75 venues around the UK. A day at the Last Drop Village Hotel, near Bolton, Lancs, for example, is £20. Or, a three-hour experience at the Bridge Hotel & Spa, near Wetherby, Yorks, costs £24.
Buy it: Spabreaks.com has 15 per cent off vouchers, available in multiples of £25, with the code JOLLY15.
Enjoy a relaxing massage in a gorgeous setting
Unwrap it: Dance your way into the heart of a loved one with tickets to the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour. The tour kicks off at the Arena Birmingham and will be hosted by current Strictly champion Ore Oduba.
Buy it: A Strictly package including your ticket, coach travel, B&B and dinner in a 3H Birmingham hotel on January 20 is from £139 per person. Shearings also sells gift vouchers for any coach tour from £10. See shearings.com.