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5 Last Minute Christmas gifts for explorers

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We all know someone who loves to explore the great outdoors, whether it be weekend hikes, treks through national parks, or venturing into the unknown. Therefore, we’ve rounded up some Christmas gift ideas to arm your explorer with everything they need to adventure into 2018;

The Great Bristish Colouring Book

Christmas is the perfect time to relax and unwind, and while this may be the preference for many, this might be a challenge for the restless explorer in your life. To stop them from reaching for their walking boots on Christmas Day, encourage them to take a colourful journey around Great Britain instead. The Great British Colouring Book is bursting with 55 maps of iconic spots across England, Scotland and Wales, complete with a huge fold-out map of central London to colour in however they wish.

OS Thermal Mug

No explorer should be without a warm cup of tea (or hot chocolate!), especially in the festive season. Equip your adventurer with a thermal mug to keep their hot drinks warm whilst out on brisk Boxing Day walks and into the New Year, and their cold drinks cool when the warmer months roll in. Map-lovers will certainly appreciate the iconic contour design, and there are three colours to choose from to ensure your gift is truly tailored!

OS Towels

For the explorer who has everything, we can bet they don’t have one of these! Our giant travel towels feature a variety of map designs, and dry 8 times faster than regular towels. Perfect for avid adventurers, these can be used all year round- from camping trips to beach holidays, making them not only a unique Christmas gift, but a useful one too! Choose between maps of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis- after all, you can be sure the recipient is planning on conquering one of these walks in 2018!

Digital Map Subscription

If the explorer in your life is a big fan of the great outdoors, it’s more than likely they’ll already own a lot of the essentials. Digital subscriptions are great ideas for Christmas gifts- they’re useful all year long, and are often something that people are unlikely to purchase for themselves. The OS 12-month digital subscription includes everything an adventure enthusiast needs when heading off the beaten track. Not only does the recipient get access to all of OS’s maps from mobile, tablet and desktop, they will also be able to take a different look at the surrounding landscapes with 3D imagery and an AR feature- ideal for the more techy explorer!

Marvellous Map of Great British Place names

If you know an explorer with good sense of humour, we think this marvellous map would be a great addition to their home. While it may look like a traditional map of Great Britain at a glance, on closer inspection, you will find some of Britain’s funniest place names such as ‘Galloping Bottom’ and ‘Great Snoring’. Perhaps more suited to your older outdoor enthusiasts as opposed to the younger ones, this gift is certain to raise a giggle on Christmas Day morning!

If you’re stuck for an idea for a Christmas gift for an outdoor adventurer, take a look at our range of gifts and gadgets.

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