Steam Train Xmas Gifts for 2017Next Post
Christmas is just around the hairpin bend of life's train tracks again so it would be remiss of us not to offer a seasonal helping hand in spreading good joy to all steam enthusiasts.
As such we have scoured the internet for this years must have gifts for the steam loco-minded members of your family!
Steam Train clothes
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without receiving some socks!
As a child I would receive socks and be somewhat non-plussed, but now I’m quite happy to be given the opportunity to not have to buy them myself later in the year!
The erroneously named Tiesplanet.com has a range of Steam Train themed socks ranging from the moderately tasteful (see pictured) to the significantly less so, all priced around £5.99
For those planning on going out to posh do’s over the festive season they also stock rather dapper Steam Train Cufflinks - they have plain metallic cufflinks, Blue Mallard Cufflinks and Green Flying Scotsman Cufflinks (They also have Taxi Cufflinks and Fire Engine Cufflinks, but that’s just silly!)
Last but not least (depending on your point of view) they also sell, sharp in-take of breath, Steam Train Ties!
Steam Train related merchandise
Continuing the theme of sartorial elegance we also found plenty of nice pocket watches such as this commemorative Flying Scotsman Pocket watch made of pewter and chrome alloy which could be a nice nostalgic momento for a waistcoat-wearing steam train (or steampunk) enthusiast.
Another way of mixing the old and new is getting in on the current trend for personalisation of presents by buying a personalised engraved steam train tankard which comes in a nice presentation box (easy to wrap!)
Lastly, Christmas is a good time of year to buy someone a new calendar and we’ve found some wonderful ones in the National Railway Museum online shop (they did have some diary’s but they’ve all sold out) - fantastic for steam train enthusiasts and lovers of great commercial art!
Steam Toys and Games
For the next generation of steam engine aficionados we’ll round off with some steam train toys and games - first one that all the family can enjoy.
Last year we did a post on the best boardgames for rainy days in which we featured Ticket To Ride - an award winning boardgames that’s easy to pick up, challenging for all ages and great fun. So if you didn’t get a copy then don’t miss your chance this year!
Lego is a great toy that, whilst ostensibly for kids, has a habit of getting adults involved and we’ve found this cheerfully seasonal Lego Winter Holiday Train Set at John Lewis which looks fantastic!
Whilst Lego is undoubtedly brilliant it is a bit pricy (the above kit is £75!) and not necessarily suitable for younger children which was why we thought this personalised wooden train set we found on Etsy deserved a mention (There's a picture of it at the top of this post!).
It’s really cute, comes with zoo animals, you can customise it with the lucky recipient’s name and at £19.99 plus shipping it seems like a real bargain!
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By Alastair Baker at 14 Nov 2017, 00:00 AM