Christmas gift ideas: the winter sun holiday

If you or a loved one are jetting off to warmer climes early in the new year, then holiday essentials would make a welcome Christmas present. Go small and give a travel skincare gift set or a pair of cool flip flops, or splash out on a new piece of swimwear or beachwear. We’ve put together a holiday wishlist for inspiration.

The perfect bikini

Sumarie Lisa Bikini

Sumarie’s Lisa bikini is simple, flattering and classic. If you know the size you need, you can’t go wrong with this halter neck style.

Buy: sizes S-L, top £79, briefs £69 from Sumarie.

The glamorous cover up

Seafolly cable kaftan in indigo

Seafolly’s extensive range of cover ups really does have something to suit everyone’s style. Our current favourite is this Coastline Cable Kaftan in indigo.

Buy: one size, £41 from

The cute beach shorts

Le Short Paulette

No one does beach shorts quite like French brand Le Short – cool, quirky and colourful. Try these Paulette shorts in pinstripe pink with a navy lace trim.

Buy: S-L, £63 from Le Short.

The versatile flipflops

Carvela Kurt Geiger flip flop

These Carvela Kurt Geiger jelly flip flops tick both the practical beach wear and glam beach bar boxes. Choose from black, nude or pink.

Buy: sizes 3-8, £40 from Debenhams.

The cool shades

Asos Top Cat Eye sunglasses

An on-trend pair of sunglasses is an absolute beach essential. You can’t go wrong with these Metal Top Cat Eye sunglasses from Asos.

Buy: £12 from Asos.

The stylish beach bag

Baku beach bag

We love this nautical striped beach bag from Baku. Big enough to carry everything you need and super stylish.

Buy: £34 from

The trendy sun hat

Panama hat Accessorize

Almost as important as the shades – and just as welcome when the sun is beating down – the sun hat is a style investment, and this Panama hat from Accessorize is just what the doctor ordered.

Buy: £15 from Accessorize.

The travel skin care essentials

NUXE summer travel kit

Looking after your skin is so important when you’re away. It needs protecting from the sun, sand and sea and it also needs a little extra pampering – which is what this NUXE travel kit will be great for.

Buy: £9.90 (worth £22) from

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