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Christmas treat: How you can chip in to buy a loved one a flight

All I want for Christmas is… or, I should say Where I want for Christmas! If you can’t think of what to buy a member of your family or a friend this Christmas, then buy a gift voucher for a flight.

Virgin Atlantic has come up with two ways to treat someone – buy a gift card or contribute on-line to a flight once a person has decided where they would like to go.

From New York, Miami, Dubai or Hong Kong, you can now take your loved ones a step closer to their dream destination by simply purchasing the gift card, exclusively sold in-store at Liberty London. The cards range from £50 to £150 so you can pick one that suits your pocket.

Packaged up in a bespoke luggage tag themed wallet, the gift card can be hung on your tree ready for Christmas morning.

Alternatively, you can set up a crowdfunding account on www.whereiwantforchristmas.com and your family or friends can chip in for a flight of your choice – saving them having to search the shops for a gift. Simply select your dream destination and generate a personal URL to share with them.

Shai Weiss, of Virgin Atlantic, said: “This festive season, for the very first time, we’re giving customers the chance to unwrap a Virgin Atlantic flight. The ultimate present is one that lasts in your memories forever and whether you’ve always wanted to travel to New York, Miami, Las Vegas or Los Angeles, our gift card will make your dreams a reality.”

Other travel companies are also selling gift vouchers:

Boutique accommodation specialist i-escape lets the giver set the gift value themselves and choose any amount from £25 up to a maximum of £10,000, making it feasible for families and friends to club together if they choose. See www.i-escape.com/gifts

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New Forest Safari Campers is offering gift vouchers of your chosen value, allowing the recipient to select their own favourite campervan to explore the New Forest and choose holiday dates. New Forest Safari’s fleet of iconic, Smartie-coloured vans are all quirky, from the 1960s and 70s originals to the modern T5.

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