While Christmas is a great time to share the love, here are 25 trendy, unique and cool travel essentials to show the jet-setter in your life you care anytime of the year. Happy shopping and while you’re at it, treat yourself to something too.
1 Beauty & Brains
Impressive luggage which lets you to locate your bag using Bluetooth technology, weigh it by simply lifting the handle (no more tossing things out at the airport) and charge your phone or other devices up to four times (using a USB) thanks to its integrated battery.
Info: The Raden A50 set, $695; Raden.com
2 À votre santé
Champagne is always a good idea. Veuve Clicquot’s Arrow Gift Box collection is a fun twist on road signs to 29 destinations from New York and Kyoto to Paris and makes for a great keepsake box too.
Info: Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Champagne Yellow Arrow Gift Box 75cl, $49.35; Thechampagnecompany.com
3 Passport Protector
Stylish, fun and practical – what’s not to love? Oh and matching luggage tags are available too.
Info: Ban.dō, The Getaway I’m Outta Here! Passport Holder, $37.48, Selfridges.com
4 The Smart Towel
Meet the Tillow – a beach/poolside towel with a removable orthopaedic foam pillow, a water-resistant storage pocket, a touchscreen slot for your phone so that you can send messages and manage playlists without getting your phone wet and an adjustable lounge chair belt which also doubles up as a carrying strap. Pretty cool, right? We think so.
Info: The Tillow, $35.99; Thetillow.com
5 Allergy Control
Tired of having itchy eyes and a blocked nose on a flight or during your travels, give this nifty mini bottle humidifier a try. It’s tiny, shatter-proof and uses only a USB cord for power.
Info: Bottle Humidifier Mini, $45; Leibal.com
6 Hostess with the Mostess
Learn how to throw exquisite parties at home with The Art of Entertaining Relais & Châteaux book. Elegant theme ideas, floral choices, table displays, recipes for cocktails and dishes and so much more are shared by hospitality insiders to create an amazing party.
Info: The Art of Entertaining Relais & Châteaux, $28.57; Amazon.com
7 Tech Junkie
Access your handwritten notes or sketches while on the go or in-flight on your phone or tablet with the click of a button. You can edit notes on your phone, share them via email or store them on your favourite cloud service. Pure genius!
Info: Mont Blanc Augmented Paper, $680+ taxes and shipping, Montblanc.com
8 Wine Connoisseur
Take wine bottle opening to next level when you travel with the Rabbit Electric Corkscrew Wine Opener. The smart LCD screen lets you know how many bottles you have left to open before a recharge is necessary (opens 30 bottles with one charge).
Info: Rabbit Electric Corkscrew Wine Opener, &99.95, Williams-sonoma.com
9 Go for Gold
Move over Dior, Chanel’s 18K gold mirror (yes, you read right) round signature glasses are stealing the show. Whether you’re skiing on lying on a beach, these sunnies are a great choice.
Info: Chanel 18K gold round sunglasses, $515, Chanel.com
10 Take It In Stride
The latest series by Samsonite features luggage that is wheeled on its’ side so it’s easier to manoeuvre as it’s lower to the ground. Bring on the moving walkways, trams and trains; you’re good to go.
Info: Samsonite Stryde Glider Long Journey, $289.99; Samsonite.com
11 A Foodie’s Dream Come True
Anthony Bourdain’s first cookbook in over 10 years, Appetites, reveals his favourite dishes from over 40-years of cooking and globetrotting.
Info: Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain, $22.50, Amazon.com
12 Mane Attraction
You have probably experienced the super-quick Dyson hand dryers at most airports around the globe and now they have created a hair dryer. Expect minimal drying time, intelligent heat control for shine and it straightens too.
Info: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399, Sephora.com
13 Sweet Dreams
Sleep like a baby in-flight with this exclusive cashmere jersey neck pillow by Loro Piana. You can add on slippers, blanket and an eye mask too.
Info: Plane pillow in Red Berry, Loro Piana, $845, LoroPiana.com
14 The Voyageur
Stand out in the frequent-flyer crowd with this modern yet nostalgic The Voyageur Denim Stowaway by SteamLine Luggage complete with a TSA-approved lock.
Info: Voyageur Denim Stowaway, $755, Steamlineluggage.com
15 Travel Tales
Put pen to paper to document memorable experiences on your travels and life in general.
Info: My Life Story So Far Journal, $30, Uncommongoods.com
16 Snap Happy
The Leica Sofort is a modern take on an old-fashioned Polaroid camera. This fun compact camera boasts a retractable 60mm f/12.7 Leica lens, built-in flash, and an optical viewfinder. It also has cool preset modes, like Party & People, Self Portrait, Sport & Action and Macro. It’s only available in white at the moment but orange and mint can be pre-ordered.
Info: Leica Sofort, $284, Jessops.com
17 Picture Perfect
National Geographic, in celebration of its 125th anniversary, has released a three-volume collector’s set that includes incredible pictures of: The Americas & Antarctica, Asia & Oceania and Europe & Africa.
Info: National Geographic: Around the World in 125 Years Three-Volume Set, $432.50, Taschen.com
18 In-flight Rejuvenation
Massage this oil-free, lightweight serum infused with seaweed filtrate rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and so much more goodness on your face and neck pre-flight for luminous skin on arrival.
Info: C-Serum Seaweed Filtrate Face Serum, $59, Repechage.com
19 Get Some Shut-Eye
No one likes being woken up during a flight, unless it’s for champagne of course. This mask has a soft velvety lining and a light-eliminating insert.
Info: F1 Wake me for Champagne Eye Mask, $16, Flight001.com
20 Through the Lens
The Core Lens Set offers three professional-style lenses for taking pictures and videos from your iPhone 7/7s and iPhone 7/7s Plus – Fisheye, Wide-Angle and Macro 15x. It’s lightweight and just takes a few seconds to attach. If you have an iPhone 6 check out the award-winning Ōllo Clip 4-in-1 Lens set here.
Info: Ōllo Clip Core Lens Set, $99.99, Olloclip.com
21 In the Bag
Travel like a pro and pack and unpack effortlessly with the award-winning Spacepak system that maximises luggage space by compressing up to two weeks’ worth of clothing, shoes and toiletries. Other products to try by the brand are the Seat Pak and the F1 T5 Jewelry Box.
Info: F1 Spacepak Set, $98, Flight001.com
22 The Shopaholic
You don’t even need to travel to be a global shopper thanks to Aramex Shop and Ship. A lifetime membership will set you back $45 but will give you mail forwarding addresses in 18 different countries such as China, South Africa, UK, USA, Spain, Germany, France and more.
Info: Shop & Ship Lifetime Membership, $45, Shopandship.com
23 The Perfect Pouch
Monogram your initials at no extra cost and stash cords and cables, cards and cash, passport and travel docs, an external battery and small electronic devices in this sturdy vachetta leather pouch. Just snap and go.
Info: Leather Tech Envelope with free monogramming, $149, Markandgraham.com
24 Now Hear This
These luxe wireless headphones are made from lambskin, deliver a professional level quality of sound and they are perfect to use with your iPhone 7 after the removal of the headphone jack.
Info: Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless Headphones, $400, Amazon.com
25 Make-up Magic
Organise, store and travel with all your make-up brushes in this roll-up nylon brush holder, which is super easy to clean too.
Info: The Artful Traveler pouch, $26, Sephora.com