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Headphones, tablets, hi-res music players and more – here's a handy list of gift ideas for the globetrotter in your life (or a certain red-suited man flying across the sky this Christmas)...

We're all moving a lot further and a lot faster these days. Whether you're flying over the water to the States for Thanksgiving, heading home to spend Christmas with the family, or even heading away from home to avoid Christmas with the family, you'll need gear that's good on the go.

We've rounded up everything the itchy-footed could want this Christmas, including noise-cancelling headphones, picture-perfect tablets, and the necessary music and video services to keep you entertained on your daily commute or annual pilgrimage.​


Tested at £330 / Best price £329 at Sevenoaks

One of the most impressive noise-cancelling pair of headphones we’ve ever used, Bowers & Wilkins' first foray into the category is a resounding success. Great sound quality matched by the way they can effectively eliminate any outside chatter means whether you're in a plane, train or automobile, you’ll be moving in comfort.

Sony WF-1000X

Tested at £200 / Best price £200 at Currys

But if you don't want to take a huge pair of headphones out and about, why not try something a little smaller? Sony's WF-1000Xs are the best true wireless headphones we've heard, and they still have excellent noise-cancelling capability. Pack them into their charging case and you'll get nine hours of battery life.

Cowon Plenue D

Tested at £200 / Best price £200 at Amazon

Taking hi-res tunes on the go can be a challenge - even if your smartphone has the space and the support for the file types, usually it won’t sound as good as a dedicated portable player. That’s why you’ll need an inexpensive, but still superb, player like Cowon’s Plenue D. Great sound on long trips needn't cost an arm and a leg.

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Apple iPad (2017)

Tested at £560 / Best price £309 at Amazon

It’s unlikely you’ll want to be lugging a 4K HDR television around with you on holiday, so you’ll want to pack something a little smaller. Apple’s iPad is the go-to device for class-leading performance, bringing you rich colours, crisp detail and smooth performance for less than you might expect.


Tested at £20 per month / Best price £20 a month

Sure, Spotify might have even more songs, but audiophiles know it's the quality that counts. And Tidal has that in spades. The service's CD-quality lossless tunes blow rivals' measly 320kbps offerings out of the water. It's not cheap - but factor in exclusive tracks, videos and even live concerts, and it's the gift that'll keep on giving. Set your songs to offline and you can enjoy them whenever you're stuck without a network connection.

Amazon Prime Video

Tested at £6 per month / Best price £6 per month at Amazon

Amazon Prime Video and Netflix have always been going head-to-head but, for the weary traveller just wanting to unwind, we have to recommend the former. It's the most affordable way to watch 4K and HDR content (and for music streaming, too - plus it’s an attractive option as part of its complete Prime package, which might also help in getting those last-minute presents through the door on time).

Anker 10,000mAh Mini Portable Charger

Best price £20 at Amazon

With so many electronic devices packed into our lives now, the worst thing in the world is their runniing out of juice just when you need them most. Never be caught out again with a reliable powerpack – and Anker, a company made by ex-Googlers, has an extensive range of products. At 10000mAh, this one will keep your smartphone going for three charges at least.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Tested at £780 / Best price £549 at Amazon

One of the best smartphones available right now, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is sure to make long journeys fly by. Gorgeous design, sophisticated sound and punchy picture quality to watch all the latest shows – what more could you want? And it even has a headphone jack!