Planning ahead of time at Christmas keeps the chaos at bay. Especially Expat gifts or for friends and family living abroad. Arranging gifts early for pre Christmas delivery keeps stress levels down.
You can also take your time to compare prices and hunt down discount codes too.
Allowing for shipments to arrive before all the last minute posting dates.
As I have family and close friends in the UK and in Spain. I love shopping online from companies in Spain and UK. Saving money as I get deliveries done direct.
This cuts down on delivery time as well as expensive delivery costs too.
I purchase the majority of gifts online while at home in Spain. Sometimes I have them delivered to a friend’s house ahead of time. Ordering 6 weeks before the date, this way I can check out discount or special promotions that may be coming up. (Black Friday – Cyber Monday deals?)
This also allows time for delays in delivery. All delivery companies tend to get busier around this time and unexpected delays are no problem when you schedule things with wriggle room.
I have chosen three different themes
- Expat Gifts and Friends and Family living abroad
- Great ideas for Travellers
- Gifts for those who love Spain and everything Spanish
Expat Gifts for Overseas Friends
Getting gifts ordered online and delivered directly to a home address keeps my luggage down when I travel at Christmastime.
Here are some of my Gift ideas for Expats and those who live abroad.
Festive Sharing Hamper
This year instead of an advent calendar. I decided to change it up and order a British Christmas Hamper to indulge myself in festive treats that remind me of home. This Christmas I won´t be travelling to England so I have brought some treats over to Spain.
The Food Hampers from the British Hamper Company are beautifully wrapped and packaged with a hand tied navy blue ribbon.
I love the British Hamper Company as it is a family business which delivers luxury British gift baskets & food hampers. Sourcing food from Britain’s best artisan food producers and many award winning companies.
They offer delivery to Spain which takes as little as 1-2 working days.
Gifts across the Miles
When people move abroad they really appreciate things from back home. This hamper makes a lovely gift for British people who are now living in another country. I certainly love it. Last year I picked the Festive Sharing Hamper which has Chocolate Santas, Christmas cake and lots of crackers and biscuits. Whereas this year I choose a different option and decided for the Christmas treats – Festive fun hamper
British Food Abroad
This is the list of all the treats in the Festive Sharing Hamper.
- Simply Delicious Cake Co.´s Handmade Christmas Cake
- Christmas Chutney by Hawkshead Relish
- Grate Britain – All British Cheddar Biscuits
- Cranberry & Raisin Toast BY Millers Toast
- Tin of Yorkshire Crisps – Henderson’s Yorkshire Sauce flavour
- Cocoa Loco – Milk Chocolate Christmas Santas
- Teoni’s All Butter Shortbread Cookies
- Crumbly Fudge by the Cotswold Fudge Co
- Perry Court Farm – Sweet Apple Crisps
- Willie’s Cacao – Milk of the Gods Luxury Chocolate
The Festive Treats hamper cost £59.49 delivered to Spain and included melt in the mouth spiced biscuits from Devon; delicious handmade milk chocolate Christmas Santas and Chardonnay wine vinegar Yorkshire crisps.
For many years a good idea for those living abroad is a magazine subscription to a UK magazine. When you receive a new one each month it brightens your day. Digital versions are available for most publications too for mobile and tablet reading.
The great thing is that this gift lasts all year.
Other ideas such as a Spotify (online music streaming) annual subscription is a good idea too. Enjoy music on your smartphone or laptop without ads.
Gifts for Spain Lovers
Good quality slippers that I have been buying since I moved to Spain in 1998. They last ages and are really comfortable. You can get Nordika slippers from Howorths UK
Excellent quality hard-wearing Spanish slippers. Available in the UK & in Spain.
They last several years and most people don´t want to change brands once they´ve tried them. Most good shoe shops in Spain sell them and you usually can find them in the Corte inglés too.
Spain Food Tour
A gift voucher for foodies. Spain Food Sherpas offer Food tours and Cooking Classes in Granada, Seville & Malaga. This experience would be a good idea for friends and family who live in Spain. Or even if someone is planning to visit Andalucia.
The Gift vouchers available on their website make a lovely gift for those travelling to Southern Spain. It is something to look forward too even before the New Year begins.
This is a good way to gift an experience for 2020. There is even an option to enjoy a Food tour and Flamenco performance too.
Cicerone Guides & Spain Books
Cicerone Press specialise in Books on Hiking around Spain & Portugal. These detailed guides are updated constantly and have extremely detailed information about the routes. Difficulty levels, where to stop for food, maps and the nature you can see along the way.
They have most Spanish and Portuguese routes covered and their selection is vast.
This gift idea is particularly good for birdwatchers and ramblers.
Portugal Hiking Routes
Some new Cicerone Portugal titles that have just been launched are:
- Walking the Camino dos Faros
- Walking in the Algarve
- Portugal’s Rota Vicentina
- Walking on the Azores
Spanish Books & Spain Themed Titles
I created a long list of Spain books + Novels which maybe useful to narrow down for someone who loves everything to do with Spain.
On the list are Flamenco titles, food books, novels and non fiction.
With over 50 suggestions there will be a title for your hispanophile friend…
Gift Ideas For Travellers
As a frequent traveller I have found several things that help me prepare for last minute stress free travel
Bach Rescue Remedies is one of them… ; )
Here are a few others..
Solid Shampoo and Conditioner bars are so useful. These are long lasting, plastic free and very compact. I use them in my gym bag as well as for travelling. Lush have been making these for many years. I have a little tin to keep them in so that they stay in their original shape.
They may seem expensive to purchase but they last for a very long time and also done use any plastic packaging at all. Think of how many shampoo and conditioner bottles you can save.
The fragrance of each one is fabulous. The Argan Oil shampoo bar works wonders on dry and frizzy hair. (shown below) But over the years I have tried most of them. I like to change it up and try all the different colours and fragrances.
Lush have lots of different gift sets which make gorgeous gifts. In Spain and UK they have online store and also shops in different cities.
I have been using packing cubes for a long time now. Such a game changer. I got them intially just to be more organised with my packing but they are actually space saving too.
These lightweight zip up bags compress your clothes so that you can fit more in. Packing cubes also helps to organise your packing too. For example I put full outfits into different cubes. That way I dont need to undo my entire suitcase on arrival.
Together with SmarterWomen we can offer 10% discount off this set (promo code below)
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This pack of travel cubes is really handy if my trip involves lots of locations. (a different hotel each night) The set has enough cubes to cover a 2 week trip. Laundry can go into the carrying pouch and stay separate.
Since I have been using travelling cubes for short and long trips its part of my frequent traveller kit now. Don´t know quite how I got on without them before.
Learning a new language is popular new years resolution, but also make a great Christmas gift.
Online courses are great to do in you own time from your own home. (or office) The folks at I Will Teach You A Language have a very comprehensive course suitable for all ages and levels.
These courses are different from standard language teaching as they show you how to Speak like a local. How to create your ideal life with an exciting programme learning the right way. Its driven by the power of story!
They have courses in many languages including Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian and German.
Spanish Like a Local
Their Spanish programme is structured into three different types. The most comprehensive course is the Spanish Uncovered Online Course.
Allowing you to enjoy learning at your own pace. Replay the videos as many times as you want and review different exercises to learn as you go.
Spanish Uncovered is perfect for beginners that want to learn Spanish. I only wish that this had existed when I was struggling to learn Spanish back in 1999. I basically created my own way of immersion but it took much longer of course.
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Expat Gifts and Festive Guide for Travellers