With Christmas right around the corner, the pressure is on to wrap up — literally and figuratively — your holiday shopping. Haven’t found the perfect gift for your travel-savvy friend or family member yet? Not to worry. We’ve done some sleuthing and discovered five sure-to-impress gifts for the jet-setter in your life.
These headphones are one of the newest Beats by Dr. Dre products on the market; the wireless version of the popular Studio headphones debuted this month. There’s almost nothing these headphones can’t do, including adaptive noise cancelation, skip songs, change the volume and even take phone calls. Plus, the rechargeable battery is a lifesaver during long hours of traveling, and the headphones’ Bluetooth connection means up to 12 hours of listening time. $379.95
Between trekking through the airport and battling security lines, there’s something to be said for wearing a sleek but comfortable shoe when traveling. Enter: Nike Free Flyknit+. Sure, it’s an athletic shoe (available for both men and women), but there’s no denying its soothing effects during a hectic day of jet setting. Not to mention, the sneakers works double duty on vacation, using a sock-fit approach and Flywire cable technology to make your run feel natural and lightweight. $129.97-$160
L.A.-based Gray Malin is well-known for his stunning aerial photography capturing landscapes all over the world, from Sydney’s Bondi Beach to Colorado’s Aspen Mountain, and everywhere in between. Some of his shots almost look staged, before you realize the impressively natural symmetry Malin is able to capture with his lens, many times from the seat of a doorless helicopter. His photographs come in varying sizes, whether you want to gift an accent image for a bedroom or a statement piece to hang above a couch. Either way, you’re bound to make someone’s home happy. $149 and up
French perfumer (and grandson of Parfums Christian Dior founder Serge Heftler Louiche) Frédéric Malle is celebrating the fifth anniversary of his Editions de Parfums being sold at famous London retailer Liberty in a special way — limited-edition packages of 18 scents feature designs from fabric and wallpaper prints created for the store from the late 1700s to 1990. Using his ability to connect colors and scents through synesthesia, Malle matched the prints on the boxes with the smell of the perfumes, such as the bright shades found on the Lys Mediterranee box, or the dark hues found in the design for French Lover. Perfume is a staple on many packing lists, and these special fragrances are a fun addition to any suitcase. You can buy this swanky perfume at Liberty, as well as at Frédéric Malle in Paris and New York. About $172 to $344
Part of packing smart involves organization, so treat the savvy traveler in your life with a foolproof way to prevent any tangled jewelry mishaps with this chic black pouch. British designer Anya Hindmarch’s products are popular with celebrities such as Kate Moss and Alexa Chung, and for good reason. Her stylishly simple bags and accessories combine fashion with utility, and her nylon jewelry pouch, trimmed in patent leather, is no exception. Stow your precious baubles inside the designated pockets for necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings for easy access while traveling. Plus, Hindmarch’s signature dainty bow logo on the outside is the ideal girly topper to its design. About $321
Tumi is a tried-and-true brand not only for its durability, but also for its aesthetically pleasing designs. Sleek shapes serve as stylish accessories to any travel outfit for both men and women. The Kessler Large Duffel in the Alpha Bravo collection is the ultimate carry-on, whether it’s for a weekend trip or a quick overnight. Plenty of zip pockets, an adjustable and removable shoulder strap, key leash and smooth leather handles combine to create an easy-to-use (and carry) bag for trips. The best part? You can also attach it to your luggage by sliding the suitcase handle through the back of the duffel. $395
Photos Courtesy of Gary Malin Photography, Nike and Frederic Malle