Looking for that perfect gift, for the world traveler who has it all? Here are plenty of great ideas ranging from ultra luxe to practical, that will fit any budget!
Those who are passionate about traveling, need very little. They are they type of person who value experiences over stuff and understand the importance of less is more. So what do you buy the luxe traveler in your life?
Here is a list of practical and special treasures that I personally love. Whether they’re hiking sand dunes in Abu Dhabi, relaxing on a private beach in Thailand or playing in the snow in Iceland, this list can be taken all around the world.
Gifts Over $500
Tumi Tegra lite case
Whether you're traveling for work or play, good luggage makes life much much easier! You need something that will protect against luggage handlers as they toss your bags around like a football, it should be sturdy to stand the test of time and easy to wheel around airports. Tumi's Tegra-Lite collection does all of this while looking sleek and stylish.
Luggage can be a very personal thing to buy someone, but if you’re confident in their tastes you can’t go wrong!
A Getaway Bag
Brics Leather Duffle
A stylish duffle bag is the perfect companion for a quick getaway for a night or two. It allows you to keep things simple and pack the essentials. I love how this bag is all leather, and that over time it will patina and show off the beautiful leather even more. You can even add a couple bottles of wine from different countries to the present...now that’s a gift I’d love to get :)
An UNFORGETTABLE dining experience
For the true gourmand, an experience at one of the world's best restaurants is an unforgettable moment... and can be a bit frustrating to get into. Fortunately there is self-appointed ambassador of pleasure, Kristian Brask Thomsen, who organizes the most prestigious dinner parties around the world, in the best restaurants around the world. His epic dinner parties last anywhere from an evening to several days and are held at places like Noma and El Cellar de Can Roca.
Prices vary depending on the location and restaurant, but if you get access, just do it.
A portable TV & computer
New or upgraded electronic equipment always work for a worldly traveler. Especially if you’re like us and like to use an iPad as a TV and rely on your phone to stay connected. With all the new options out there, the new iPad Pro is definitely a must. It's screen is huge, yet it's lightweight size makes it perfect for travel. Also if you work on the go, the upgraded IOS system allows you perform most functions you usually do from your laptop.
Cashmere Blanket & Travel Set
Long flights and long layovers are always a bit more comfortable with cashmere. To stay cozy and comfy on long travel days, this set by Le Kasha is perfect. Containing a warm throw blanket, an eye mask, and socks everything fits into a coordinating zippered bag that also doubles as a pillow.
Gifts Under $500
VIP Airport Lounge Membership
Let's face it, airports can be daunting. People sleeping wherever they can, playing 'find the power outlet' and loads of crappy fast food. So give the gift of comfort and give the option of waiting in luxury. With 3 different options of membership plans, Priority Pass gives travelers access to over 850 international airport lounges in 160 countries.
Tumi Travel Jacket
If you've ever tried packing a warm winter coat into a piece of luggage, you understand the struggle of trying to stuff your warm wear into a small space. That's why a compact, warm and versatile jacket is essential.
The Tumi puffer jacket checks off all the boxes and is more than just a warm lightweight down jacket... it converts into a neck pillow through a hidden pouch in the collar! The men and women's versions are the same, just cut a bit differently.
With Le Cordon Bleu Paris
$120 - $500
With classes ranging from a few hours to a few days and with a focus on everything from traditional French recipes, to the art of macaron making and even a truffle workshop, you could say the courses are pretty spansive.
This is the perfect gift for someone who loves cooking and is looking for a more intermediate course, than a typical cooking class. Set in the city of lights (and romance) this is such a fun idea to give to a loved one, friend, or family member!
Professional Quality Photo Book
$70 - $230
Photography is a big part of traveling. Whether you’re taking selfies, or like to concentrate on landscapes, what better way to remember your adventures, then seeing them printed in a beautiful book. Artifact Uprising takes your photos, (yes even smartphone photos) and prints them on high quality paper, to be presented in a book format for prints that can be beautifully displayed.
Their modern and upscale look, is what sets them apart from other printers. This is one of the few times a gift card is totally acceptable.
Classic leather tote
In addition to actual luggage, a large multifunctional tote bag comes in handy. They act as a market bag, a beach bag, additional luggage and the perfect purse! I love the brand Cuyana for all things concerning luxe travel bags.
Their ethos is “Buy fewer, better things” which are perfect words of wisdom for travelers. Their classic tote bag is large enough to hold the essentials and more, but not to big so that you look like you're carrying luggage. This bag comes in an array of colors, but the caramel leather has my vote!
The Luxe Coffret Set of Perfume
You can’t go wrong with perfume, especially if you’re looking to get something for your significant other. Many designer fragrances now have travel size bottles or rollerballs. There are also a few perfumeries who are offering their popular scents in cute little packs, just like Bond no.9. I love their Luxe Coffret set as it features my favorite scents (3 of them) and as the website describes, is perfect for women who are romantically or seductively inclined—or both at once.
Now if only Tom Ford would do smaller sizes!
High Powered Blow Dryer
Let’s face it, not all hair dryers are created equal and finding one, small (yet useful) for travel can be frustrating. The gift of power (gets hair dry quickly) combined with a small design, is the perfect travel companion for those in your life looking to keep a stylish mane, whether they’re in the tropics or freezing temps!
This T3 model has a foldable handle, making it very easy to pack and the ionic heat stream, means an easy and quick blow dry
Bagllerina Ballet flats
Traveling year after year with one piece of luggage is tricky, especially if you want to feel stylish and not so…schlubby. So whenever I can find some compacted style, I go for it. Ballet flats are the perfect companion to any stylish traveler and are comfortable to wear walking around for hours on end.
What I love about the Bagllerinas is that they are easy to pack (they fold) and come in so many different colors and textures! Perfect for the shoe-lover-traveler like me!
QuietComfort wireless headphones
I'm pretty sure this is on everyones gift guide and for good reason....they're awesome. There is nothing that ruins a flight, or travel day like the sound of screaming children, loud propellers or just chitter chatter.
Bose makes great over the ear noise cancelling headphones and they're all compatible with apple products.
Gifts Under $100
Stylish Backup Battery
Chances are your traveler has a several devices, cords and miscellaneous charging devices in their arsenal, but do they have something that can charge multiple devices at once, provide 4 full charges and look stylish? Yeah I didn't thing so :)
This sleek battery does the job and is compatible with all USB charging cables. Plus its lightweigh so it wont had bulk to what they're already caring.
$45 - $60
Remember when you were in school and used stickers to personalize your notebooks? Well Anya Hindmarch has taken the sticker and gave it a sleek, luxurious makeover. Her embossed stickers are great for sticking on anything from your handbag, to your luggage or even phone.
Also make sure to take a peek at her bags as well, she makes great travel totes that have a sleek and elegant look!
graphic image desk diary
There are some things that I just refuse to make 100% digital - like my planning. There is just something about pen and paper that makes me happy.
My go to day planner for the past 10 years has been a Graphic Image desk diary. You can get them personalized and they even have maps and other useful travel information on the inside pages - perfect for planning. They are pretty slender in size, so that are perfect for packing into a suitcase or carryon bag.
Smells have a way of reminding you of special moments or people in your life. As a full time traveler, it's nice to light a candle, reminiscent and feel a bit at home. Although many brands carry travel size candles, nothing beats Cire Trudon. Their scents are exotic and the perfect packaging makes it fun to unwrap. If you need help selecting a scent, go with Trianon, it's fresh and heavenly!
The gift of beauty
Thomas Roth Mask kit
Easily packable facial masks by Peter Thomas Roth in cute small travel sizes. Whether you’re looking to resurface, detoxify, lift, firm, hydrate and repair your skin, there is a solution for almost anything in this kit. Perfect for the intrepid traveler who most likely will be jetting off from climate to climate, while crossing a few time zones.
leuchtturm 1917 scrapbook
Personalized scrapbooks are perfect to keep track of where you’ve been and where you want to go. They are perfect for displaying postcards and other little mementos that you might collect along the way. I love these notebooks I came across in Germany by Leuchtturm 1917. The paper has a nice thickness to it and they come it so many fun colors (like neon and metallic). You can of course personalize them and order any of them online.
Modern City Guides
With a catalogue of 29 cities, Louis Vuitton has created in-depth city guides to locations all around the world. You can find the best places to sleep, dine and to-do all with the Vuitton ethos of valuing quality over quantity. This is perfect for the discerning traveler who appreciates a 5 star hotel as much as a street food vendor, selling the best falafels...plus they look incredible sitting on a bookshelf or coffee table
What are some of your favorite travel items, that would make perfect gifts? Share in the comments!