When Mark Twain said, “Never put off ‘til tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well,” he probably wasn’t talking about online Christmas shopping. But with complimentary two-day shipping and express deliveries, we understand why slothing runs so rampant around this time.
The Forbes Travel Guide office is not immune. But this year, to combat our annual foot-dragging tendencies, we’ve gone ahead and compiled 10 can’t-miss gifts for the on-the-go traveler on our lists. We’d advise you to take a look at the options as well. And while you’ll probably still wait until the last second to hit “purchase” in your shopping cart, feel good knowing that your recipients will at least have a smile on their faces once they finally unwrap their present.
The Globe-Trotter Suitcase
A collaboration between the Globe-Trotter luxury luggage maker and Oetker Collection’s Eden Being lifestyle brand, this vulcan-fiber-composed suitcase is a ridiculously light .94 pounds. As if that weren’t enough to turn heads in the airport, the colorful inside image of one of Oetker’s famed hotels (such Forbes Travel Guide Five-Stars The Lanesborough or Le Bristol Paris) will do the trick.
Lululemon Men’s Pack It Down Jacket
Renowned for its women’s yoga gear, Lululemon has released this versatile piece that makes a bold statement in men’s outerwear. Made with a durable-water-repellent stretch glide fabric that’s as soft as a pile of fresh leaves, the Pack It Down — yes, it easily folds into a bookbag pocket — keeps you plenty warm while also making a subtle fashion statement.
S’well Cocktail Kit
Remember the Curtain Call you sipped at Five-Star The Savoy? With S’well’s attractive set (available in white marble and teakwood), you can have a serviceable re-creation at home — minus the fig liqueur and bartender Philippa Guy’s dexterity, of course. Like with the impressive line’s everyday bottles, these beauties are made with triple-walled stainless steel and Therma-S’well technology to keep your pours at the right temperatures.
Helly Hansen Women’s Leonie Down Jacket
A label that’s commanded respect since the late 1800s, Helly Hansen turns a fashion-forward page with the Leonie, a good-looking wardrobe addition that will garner stares with its prints (Beluga Camo is an option) and will guarantee that your body remains toasty with its construction (downlite duck down filling).
Four Seasons: The Art of Hospitality
Many properties attempt to replicate the experiences found at Four Seasons hotels, but imitation is next to impossible without the right staff. And that fact resonates vibrantly through artist Ignasi Monreal’s latest work, this evocative, 212-page tome filled with digital paintings of the chefs, concierges and housekeepers whose sole goal is to keep smiles on guests’ faces every day.
Xero DayLite Hikers
We took these lightweight shoes on a hike through Quebec and they held up wonderfully. But it won’t matter if your family member takes long treks in the woods or short jaunts to the store, these nimble boots (FeelTrue soles, mesh uppers, vegan-friendly materials) will have feet feeling fabulously until it’s time to unlace.
The Langham’s Ginger Flower Fragrance Oil
It’s routine for high-end hotels to flaunt a signature scent. What’s special about the Langham’s Ginger Flower (an insatiable blend of ginger flower, pineapple, lilac and violet) is that the smell stays in your memory long after your trip concludes. Though you can only online order the fragrance from the Melbourne location right now, if you’re anywhere near Five-Star The Langham, Chicago or other locations, you can always pop into the boutique for a candle or bottle.
Dakota Grizzly Vic Vest
We’re big fans of this brand that matches a strong Midwestern aesthetic with accessibility. This black vest, for example, will keep you cozy with its diamond-quilted design and thermal yoke lining, while nifty pockets on the chest and internal lining ensure that your essentials are never far off.
Our nightmares center less around monsters and more around coughers on plane. The AirTamer A315, which sits comfortably around your neck, creates a field of fresh oxygen by pushing healthy negative ions that force airborne pollutants away. And with its 30-hour battery, the mighty machine can put up a fight for as long as the passenger in seat 11B sneezes.
Unbound Merino Socks
On travel days, there’s nothing more important than comfort. This line of wool essentials centers its existence around that philosophy. While we could gush for hours over Unbound Merino’s anti-wrinkle V-necks for men and women, it’s the cloud-soft socks (a mix of wool, nylon and lycra-spandex) that will get your loved one through his or her next layover.