24 great travel gifts for Christmas


Stuck for an original Christmas present? With 24 days until the main event, we unwrap one great suggestion per day

1) For puzzle masters

With a new, bigger site for March 2019, Crystal Maze Live in central London will include 32 new games inspired by the 1990s TV show. Guided by a maze master, teams (age 13+, from £54.99pp, 75 mins) face interactive mental and physical challenges across the Industrial, Futuristic, Medieval and Aztec zones, and collect crystals that buy more time in the final test in the Crystal Dome. And there’s a Maze Bar for a celebration drink afterwards.

2) For a champagne moment

Part of the growing English sparkling wine industry, Rathfinny Estate in East Sussex is one of the UK’s largest vineyards, with a winery, converted barn accommodation and a new tasting room and restaurant with panoramic views over the South Downs. Tours take in the different grape varieties on the 600-acre site and the winery, with its vast curved grass roof, designed to merge with the landscape. Tastings include the 2014 Blanc de Blancs Brut, a rival to champagne. There are various gift packages, including lunch, a tour and tasting (£55pp); tour, tasting and B&B (£195 for two); or tour, tasting, B&B and lunch (£235 for two).

3) For wannabe surfers

Some of the best waves in Northern Ireland are found off the coast of Portrush in County Antrim. Surfing lessons at Troggs are aimed at both surfers looking for one-to-one coaching (£40 an hour) and for beginners, who learn water safety, paddling, selecting and catching waves, turning techniques and etiquette (from £30 for 2 hours, including board and wetsuit, or an intensive three-day course for £135). On the north Cornwall coast, Watergate Bay’s two-mile stretch of golden sand is a great alternative to the crowds at Newquay, and is home to surf schools such as Extreme academy (from £35 for a 2½-hour intro, including equipment).

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