Call them what you will – globetrotters, digital nomads, adventurers, jet-setters, hotel lovers – if you’ve got a few travellers on your holiday shopping list, we have a few ideas. Consider the extraordinary, like a stay in a Marrakech masterpiece, or the practical, like a portable espresso maker (yes, you could say it’s ideal for the caffeine fiend who travels a latte). Here are 16 gifts for your favourite wanderers.
Mr & Mrs Smith Get a Room! gift card
It’s awfully difficult to wrap a safari lodge, a grotto pool, or views of an 18th-century fishing village. That’s why there’s the Mr & Mrs Smith Get a Room! card, which can be used for a stay at over 1,000 boutique hotels and villas around the world. This year, silk pyjama expert Olivia von Halle lent her design skills to the card.
Cork Globe, £109 ($129)
Help your loved ones track their travels with a pinnable globe. If you really want to impress, place a stand-out tack in a new destination and gift a surprise getaway too (see gift card above).
Smythson Atlas Passport Cover and Card Case, £350 ($595)
This may be the coolest way to cruise through customs. Perforated calf leather with a subtle map outline – yes, airport officials around the world are sure to be dazzled.
Whisky Advent Calendar, £150 ($189)
Don’t gift just one bottle of booze – give 24 drams of seriously-good whisky. This calendar comes stocked with a mini bottle for each day in December (or save them for January and kick off 2017 with spirit(s)). There’s even a 50-year-old sample included in the box. But the best part? Each bottle is 30ml, so they’re the ideal flight companion.
Cynthia Rowley Zig-Zag Stripe Wetsuit, £235 ($295)
The queen of stylish neoprene, Cynthia Rowley, recently paired with Mr & Mrs Smith to recommend a whole slew of incredible surf spots. Give the wetsuit and then immediately map out a plan to head to Sri Lanka… or Costa Rica… or Portugal?
Beard Paw Premium BeardWipes £8 ($9) for 12
The modern man likes to stay fresh. These cleansing wipes, made with conditioning grapeseed and aloe oils, make an ideal stocking stuffer for any follicly-blessed guy in your life. He can then toss them in his carry-on or dopp kit and keep his beard clean while on the go.
Handpresso Pump, £70 ($88)
For those who can’t bear to leave their caffeine fix up to chance, there’s Handpresso – a portable espresso maker that uses either pods or ground beans. Be your own barista in airports, train stations and hotel rooms.
Impossible I-1 Analog Instant Camera, £249 ($299)
Any Polaroid enthusiast will go gaga for this camera from the folks at the Impossible Project. The first new camera for instant film in over two decades, the I-1 can link up with an app on your phone for access to a remote trigger, self timer, light paint, double exposure and more.
This is Ground Mod Tablet 3, £279 ($349)
Travel requires loads of stuff (cards, cords, currency, phone, tablet… espresso makers (see above)). Grab a Mod Tablet 3 case and give the gift of organization – in the form of Tuscan veg-tanned leather, no less.
McSweeney’s Book Release Club Subscription, £112 ($140)
Hook your pal up with guaranteed in-flight reading. This subscription includes the next eight releases from indie publisher McSweeney’s, plus four titles to kick off the gift.
Master & Dynamic Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, £436 ($549)
Wires are so 2016. These cordless wonders, called the ultimate ‘mobile thinking cap’, will take you to your happy place sans annoying tangling. Additionally, the cushy lambskin ear pads feel pretty nice against well-travelled lobes.
Paravel Grand Tour duffel, £274 ($345)
This new luxury travel line, dreamed up by former Vogue staffer Indré Rockefeller and Andy Krantz, is the latest in direct-to-consumer brands. Paravel stocks shoulder bags, cosmetic pouches, space savers and a passport keeper, but we’re partial to this lightweight, spill-proof carry-on.
LeCord Charger in Rose Gold, £28 ($36)
Here’s a gift for the notorious charger thief in your bunch. With a rose-gold cord, your bandit will never again be able to claim a mix-up.
Le Kasha Cashmere Travel Set, £805 ($1,013)
With socks, a blanket and an eye mask, this set is basically a cashmere cocoon. And because cashmere deserves to be stored in cashmere, it even comes with a luxe bag.
Canada Goose PBI Camp Hoody, £500 ($600)
For a present with purpose, give a coat that provides both warmth and protection for polar bears. Canada Goose has once again teamed up with Polar Bear International, giving a portion of proceeds from their PBI collection to the research and preservation of the beloved Arctic animal.
Rifle Paper Co. 2017 Maps Calendar, £13 ($16)
Your co-worker doesn’t need another paperweight. Instead, keep your office mate inspired with artistic maps from around the world for each month of 2017.