This holiday season promises to be like no other. Travelers are returning en masse, and high vaccination rates means many families can return to their pre-COVID rituals. We’ve put together a gift guide to match the excitement of the season. From a VIP Houston Rockets experience to martini glasses from a famed London bar, these presents will impress the jet-setters in your life.
If you can’t make it to this castle-like hotel in Ireland’s County Limerick for its elegant afternoon tea to warm up your holidays, help a loved one replicate the ritual at home with the decadent strawberry and champagne jam, Adare Manor’s own 1832 Signature Tea blend and tart lemon curd.
The Houston Rockets Experience at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
Win over sports fans with this VIP Houston Rockets experience from Texas’ only double Five-Star hotel. They will receive personalized Rockets jerseys and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Toyota Center before watching the basketball action from floor seats. During half-time, they can retreat to the exclusive Lexus Lounge for cocktails and food. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This British Virgin Islands hideaway provides this plush terry-cloth loungewear to its guests staying in the two-bedroom suites and villas. But now the button-down-shirt-and-shorts set made with sustainable and trendy apparel brand Frolic + Detour is available without the trip. The unisex pieces, whose blue hue recalls the surrounding water, can be worn at the beach, pool, spa or while working with the Zoom camera discreetly turned off.
Gift a foodie this digital cookbook featuring 30 top starter, entrée, dessert and cocktail recipes from 22 restaurants in the Vegas resort, including Estiatorio Milos, Delmonico Steakhouse by Emeril Lagasse and Smith & Wollensky. It’s a steal at only $10, and even better, all proceeds support Three Square food bank.
Send this balsa-wood tray filled with cashews, almonds, hickory-smoked almonds and pistachios crowned with a flower made from dried peaches, pears, plums and whole apricots to your favorite host or hostess. There’s good reason the fruit-and-nut arrangement has been a bestseller at snack purveyor Torn Ranch for more than 20 years.
One of the best things at the Five-Star London hotel’s celebrated Connaught Bar is its beloved martini trolley, which rolls up to guests with a mixologist tailoring the libation to their taste. Cocktail connoisseurs will appreciate this set of martini glasses, each hand-decorated to match the design of the cubist bar.
Aviator Luggage from Paravel
Whether getting the stylish Aviator carry-on or the larger Aviator Grand, you can feel good about gifting this to a globetrotter. The first all-sustainable travel accessories brand uses recycled materials for its polycarbonate shell, zipper and liner. Plus, Paravel is carbon-neutral, offsetting emissions from its sourcing, assembly, shipping and even the Aviator’s first trip to its recipient.
Fan Notecard Set from Mandarin Oriental
In the digital age, a handwritten note arrives as an unexpected and welcome touch. Present the writer in your life with a gift box of more than a dozen square, blank notecards, each showcasing a unique and colorful fan from a different Mandarin Oriental hotel. Two sets of cards cover the brand’s entire hotel collection.
Velvet Slippers from Four Seasons
Offer a bit of hygge with these ultra-comfy embroidered slippers covered in velvet with stitched, non-slip soles and elastic backs that are hand-woven by artisans in Italy. They come in six colors all named after destinations with Four Seasons hotels, like Hampshire charcoal, Egyptian camel and Napa cabernet.
These made-in-Puglia Le Ninè bags come in orange, fuchsia and olive, echoing the bright shades of the hotel’s famed Music Room. The versatile seagrass handbag features hand-embroidered crystals, double satin silk and tassels handmade by local artisans. It’s just the beachy accessory to bring to the Lake Como retreat or anywhere sunny.
Hotel aficionados will want this new Assouline tome on their coffee table. The beautiful silk hardcover holds a heartfelt forward from Lenny Kravitz, photos of the 1930 institution’s celebrity guests like George Clooney and Princess Diana, and shots of the hotel’s newly renovated interiors. It also shares insights from fans like Broadway’s Elaine Stritch: “Like being in someone’s arms that you love. That’s what staying at The Carlyle is like.”
Faux Fur Throw from EDITION Hotels
A faux fox fur throw artfully drapes the beds in sleek EDITION hotels in West Hollywood, New York and Barcelona. Make someone’s winter cozier and more luxurious by giving them the same machine-washable, animal-safe 60-by-70-inch spread for their own bedroom. They’ll want to wrap themselves in the soft beige fur lined with suede all season long.
Smoke & Sugar Cookie Candle from The Tennessean Hotel
Guests were so intoxicated by the scent that came from the Knoxville hotel’s Smoking Old Fashioneds that The Tennessean decided to capture it in candle form. Made by local purveyor Silver Dollar Candle Company, the fragrance combines the smoky drink and sugar cookies for your new favorite holiday pairing. To purchase, call 865-232-1800.
Marc Jacobs Sweatshirt from Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
Loungewear became a hot trend during the pandemic, but this limited-edition black sweatshirt is timeless and will long outlast the pandemic fad. Designer Marc Jacobs and Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown originally created the Big Apple-emblazoned crewneck as an ode to NYC for New York Fashion Week. To purchase, contact the hotel.
Salt Soak from Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel, Anguilla
Anguilla has a long history producing prized salts. But the ingredient isn’t solely sprinkled in food; the beachfront hotel uses the ingredient in its salt soak, which carries notes of lime and coconut. Add these salts to a bath or use them as a natural skin exfoliant. To purchase, email email@example.com.