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Time is running out, so we can't pretend Christmas is ages away – it's time to get shopping or risk disappointing the ones we love. And if you enjoy your caravan holidays, we think these caravan-themed gifts will put a smile on your faces between breaks. We have a selection of highly practical gadgets as gifts, too – gizmos designed to make your caravan holidays easier and more relaxing all next year.
Let's start with one for the kids, the Lego Friends Summer Caravan, costing £19.99. Little caravanners in your life will have hours of fun building this cool Lego Friends Summer Caravan set. It features everything they need to recreate their favourite holiday scenes on site, and – better still – it all packs away neatly in the caravan when it’s time to tidy up.
We love this Caravan bed from Idyllhome, which is priced at £1295. Kids will always be on a caravan adventure when sleeping in this fantastic bed. The hand-crafted design is made to order, in MDF, and comes in a choice of 22 colours; there’s also a personalised numberplate. Shelves can be positioned along the back wall, and there’s a pull-out drawer underneath. It’s even possible to roll the cloth roof back, should the occupant fancy sleeping in a convertible caravan!
Now for the rest of the family – do you have a disorganised caravanner in your life? Make sure that they never forget their toothbrush again with this fun and spacious Vintage caravan weekender hanging washbag at £36. It features five pockets and a handy hook; the bag is the perfect thing for keeping toiletries in order when you’re using the caravan park's showers.
Mostly for ladies, how about these cute Caravan earrings priced at £29? Give a reminder of your favourite pastime that can be worn year-round with these cute, caravan-inspired earrings. The sterling-silver studs are handmade and designed by husband-and-wife team Huiyi Tan from their studio in Cornwall. They’re sure to bring a smile to lady enthusiasts everywhere.
Give National Trust membership, from £20 for a child, and you'll be giving a year's worth of visits to some of the UK’s most breathtaking houses, gardens, countryside and coastline. No matter where your loved one goes on their caravan holidays, they won’t be far from a National Trust landmark. A gift membership starts from £27 for an adult or £98 for a family.
Ventura Pro SC5700 DVR, at £349.99, will help your loved ones to navigate while towing safely to their caravan site. This nifty sat-nav is designed specifically for caravans. The Snooper unit calculates safe routes based on the vehicle’s width, length and weight; and it includes a search facility of more than 20,000 campsites in 31 countries. Also, unique built-in DVR technology records the view in front of the vehicle, which can be saved and downloaded in the event of a collision.
If you have a friend who likes proper coffee on holiday, they will love the Handpresso portable espresso gadget, costing from £79. Bulky coffee machines aren’t ideal for caravans, but this gadget is. The Handpresso is a portable, manual espresso machine that works with standard espresso pods or ground coffee. It comes in a range of colours and there is even a 12V version. Never be deprived of a decent coffee on tour again!
Know someone who could do with a hand when manoeuvring their van? The latest, award-winning XT motor mover from Truma uses highly efficient DC motors that are less of a drain on the caravan’s battery. Plus Dynamic Move Technology ensures a smooth and precise motion, even over uneven ground. The Truma XT caravan motor mover costs £2015 (for a single axle caravan) and the XT2 mover (for a twin axle caravan) costs £2100. Maybe this is a gift to choose when you want to treat yourselves!
Fill your caravanning friends with Christmas cheer by treating them to a Caravan design cotton tote bag costing £7.50. This versatile bag, featuring an original illustration, is made of 100% cotton and was produced in a carbon-neutral factory. It’s ideal for holding holiday documents, being used as a beach bag for day trips, or to carry the groceries when the new owner stumbles across a delightful farmers’ market on tour.
Make a gift to charity while you shop for presents by buying Solar Aid Lamps, from £15. You can brighten up your awning and contribute to a worthy cause when purchasing a Solar Aid lamp: these are being sold in the UK to raise money for clean, affordable solar lights in rural Africa. There are four of the attractive lamps in the range, which starts from £15; this is a useful, portable gift for around the van.
Make a date to buy a Classic caravanning calendar for just £7.99. Help the caravanner in your life to plan those all-important holidays with this nostalgic calendar. Produced by our very own Andrew Jenkinson, it’s filled with retro caravan images from the 1960s and 1970s. It’s a charming way to get a glimpse of caravanning past while pencilling in your adventures for the year ahead.
For the very special music lover in your life, buy the Spaced 360 speaker, at £250. Music and gadget lovers will love the Spaced 360, a bluetooth wireless speaker that’ll deliver crystal-clear tunes in or around their caravan. The portable unit has patented airSound technology to produce a 360-degree experience. It connects instantly to any Bluetooth-enabled device and provides 14 hours’ playback.
Finally, don't forget that you can buy gift subscriptions to Practical Caravan magazine – a gift that lasts all year and gives great ideas for caravan holidays, glorious travel photography and stories, caravan buying advice, tow car reviews, caravan reviews, friendly chat, competitions and more. Or treat yourself with our special offer and get the first three issues of Practical Caravan for £3.
Whatever gifts you decide to buy, we hope you will have a wonderful Christmas.