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.

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. (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

Getting gifts ordered online and delivered directly to a home address keeps my luggage down if I am travelling over Christmas.

Some Expat gifts ideas and those living abroad are:

Festive Sharing Hamper

This year instead of an advent calendar. (I usually treat myself to a Beauty Advent calender) 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 British Hamper are beautifully wrapped and packaged. My choice was the Festive Sharing Hamper which has Chocolate Santas, Christmas cake and lots of crackers and biscuits.

Expat Gifts Luxury Christmas British Hamper

This is the list of all the treats it contained.

  • 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

British Hamper Christmas Food Gift

Magazine Subscription

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.

Mujumaps Home Office Desk Map Granada Spain

Personalised Wall Map

At Mujumaps they print and customise maps for you. Choose your village, hometown or favourite travel destination. I have the city of Granada above my desk. But you could choose anywhere in the world.

They have different colours to choose from and ship worldwide.  Delivered in a roll up tube it makes an original gift for travellers and those missing their hometown. This is one of the best Expat Gifts as they can choose their birthplace and or their new location to decorate their home.

Make the most of the promo code that Mujumaps have shared with me this festive season.

Get 20% discount off your Mujumaps order with code:

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They have different colours to choose from and ship worldwide.

Delivered in a roll shaped tube it makes an original gift for travellers and those missing their hometown.

Make the most of the promo code above that Mujumaps have shared with me this festive season.

Mujumaps Customised Personal Maps for travellers

Gifts for Spain Lovers

Nordikas

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.

nordikas slippers spanish shoe brands

Cicerone Guides & Spain Books

Cicerone Press specialise in Books on Hiking around Spain. 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 of Spain covered and their selection is vast. Great for birdwatchers and ramblers.

Cicerone Guidebook Walking Sierra Nevada Richard Hartley (5)

Spanish Themed Titles

I created a long list of Spain themed books and 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…

Expat Gifts Mens Society Weekend Kit

Gift Ideas For Travellers

Mens Society

Love this company especially for Gifts for Men this British company based in Norfolk has some great gift tins.

With witty gift ideas and great quality products Made in England. They are packaged so beautifully and make a practical gift for Christmas.

I actually bought a Weekend Wash Kit for my Dad´s birthday so that he can just pop it in his case and be ready for travel. It´s the ideal weekend getaway kit. Especially for Air travel as they are all small size bottles.

With gifts for Bearded friends, Ski enthusiasts, Tattoo wearers or even trainer cleaning kits. There really is something for everyone.

The trainer cleaning kit would make a great little present for a teenager.

With prices from £7.50 they make good stocking fillers too.

I also have a guide to Spanish Cosmetics worth seeking out for those spending time in Spain or living here.

Gladiator Carry On

I have had my trust Gladiator Suitcase for 2 years now. The model Grow Up is great as it is cabin size for even the strictest airlines. But it has an expandable zip section if you need more space on the way back (which I usually do)

I am actually using this case not only for weekends but for up to 1 week travel now. (packing cubes optimise the space)

Gladiator Suitcase Trolley Made in Spain

Gladiator cases are made in Spain and they even have a great customer service team too. This summer one wheel got damaged on the luggage belt. So before I ditch the case for a new one, I wrote to see if they could send me a replacement wheel or repair it.

In 3 days I got a new wheel fitting and my case is good for another year of travel. At 60 euros this case has been great value for money.

As you know I love to support Spanish companies too.

 

 Christmas Gift Ideas for Travellers Expats Abroad.

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Expat Gifts and Festive Guide for Travellers