14 Best Gifts for the Extravagant Traveler
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Some people seem to have it all. So what do you buy that first-class flyer who consistently stays at upscale hotels and loves to travel in style? Picking the right present for the person in your life who already has everything — and more — can be tricky. That’s why we curated this list of 14 luxurious, exclusive and outright outrageous gifts for the glamorous globetrotter on your holiday gift list. From miniature splurges to heartfelt gestures, these presents are worth every penny.
This stunning coffee table book, “Eighty Four Rooms: A Unique Collection of the Most Stylish & Individual Boutique Hotels,” will add an element of chic to every home. In addition to gorgeous photos of some of the most beautiful hotels in the world (think: The Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland and Barcelona’s El Paulet), the book also contains a curated list of nearby restaurant and bar recommendations. It’s a collection guaranteed to inspire some seriously extravagant travels. Buy: Amazon.com
SK-II is a cult skincare favorite. The luxe Japanese brand creates products that work wonders for dry and fatigued skin — the kind you get from frequently flying long-haul routes. The brand’s secret formula includes a so-called “miracle ingredient” derived from fermented yeast that has more than 50 micronutrients meant to moisturize skin and make users downright radiant. This particular kit comes with three of the brand’s most popular products, all in travel-friendly sizes: the Facial Treatment Essence, the Facial Treatment Mask and the RNA Power Cream, which claim to give users soft, supple and youthful skin. Buy: Sk-ii.com, $116
Selfie sticks may be a bit too lowbrow for the extravagant traveler in your life. But you can give him or her the gift of memorable travel photos by hiring a private, professional photographer to follow them around on vacation. Perfect for extra special trips such as anniversary getaways or honeymoons, or even just a casual weekend trip to Paris, a Flytographer Shoot Concierge will arrange all the details for photography sessions all over the world. Bookings range from 30 minute, single location sessions to surprise proposal packages and everything in between. Buy: Flytographer.com, from $250
In the era of shrinking aircraft and ancillary fees, it often seems that it simply doesn’t matter how much money you’re willing to spend or how many miles you redeem: You could still get stuck sitting too close to an annoying seatmate or be denied lounge access due to crowds. Fortunately, there’s the Jet&Bo “Make Travel Luxurious Again” travel set, which promises to upgrade even the least upscale travels to a first-class experience. Made of 100% cashmere, the set contains a cozy travel wrap, socks and a sleep mask, all packed neatly in a cool (also cashmere) zip up case for you to stow in your carry-on. Buy: Jet&Bo.com, $330
For a seasoned traveler that already has Bose QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones, consider these earbuds a smaller, lighter and still extremely high-end alternative. Crafted from steel and aluminum, the sleek Jakob Wagner-designed earbuds feature touch controls, noise-cancelling technology known as “transparency” and the brand’s famously clear sound. The wireless buds, which are stored in a slick leather case, are capable of four hours of play time and come in black, charcoal and pink. Buy: Beoplay.com, $300
Forget packing cubes. For garments and accessories to arrive looking impeccable, they should be properly packed inside a suitcase. This is easy to achieve with luxe travel storage items from Bottega Veneta. With protective woven leather cases designed specifically for every imaginable item (think: watches, cufflinks, cosmetics, shoes, headphones and more), belongings will stay safe, secure and free from dust. Start small — a leather and brass card case — or drop a few thousand for the matching rollaboard trolley or travel bag. Buy: BottegaVeneta.com, from $290
TPG editor-at-large Zach Honig says the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom drone is one of his ultimate favorite travel accessories — and perfect for travelers who already have everything, and then some. The drone boasts a super-sharp 2X optical zoom lens, making it possible to get closer photos and videos without hovering right above the subject. If you’re going to go all-out, add the $400 Fly More Kit to the gift basket, which delivers 90 minutes of total flight time. Buy: DJI.com, $1,249
Nothing says luxury quite like a limited edition suitcase collection, such as this collaboration between Rimowa and Off-White. Led by designer Virgil Abloh, the edgy, urban-inspired luggage features three of the most coveted suitcases you can roll through customs at the moment. Each suitcase comes with an industrial luggage belt and bag tag, among other accessories. Just remind the lucky recipient to take extra care when packing, since the transparent polycarbonate rollaboards aren’t very discrete. Buy: Rimowa.com, from $1,700
A ridiculously indulgent gift, this portable sauna promises to deliver the detoxifying, soothing and relaxing benefits of the spa at home. Or (because the sauna packs nearly flat and weighs just 20 pounds) the hotel suite. Even the person who has it all probably doesn’t have this compact sauna machine, which uses infrared heat to help users sweat out travel toxins even while on the go. Buy: Amazon.com
Especially helpful for stressed out travelers, this mindfulness hoodie can be worn on a train, in a car, on a private jet — anywhere, really. The sweatshirt zips up completely over the face (the wearer can see out, but no one can see in, making it ideal for celebrities and VIPs), and uses light, isolation, sound and color therapy to help travelers chill out. Even the pockets are designed for relaxation, with a special arrangement that keeps arms folded snug over the torso. Buy: Vollebak.com, $295
Make a child’s dream come true, inspire a community, save a life — there may be no greater gift than giving back in the name of someone you love. TPG works with a number of incredible organizations, including Make-A-Wish, PeaceJam, Rainbow Railroad and others, to promote peace through the power of travel. Donate points, miles or cash to one of these extraordinary foundations. Donate to: Make-A-Wish, PeaceJam, Rainbow Railroad.
The ideal gift for supreme #AVGeeks, the limited edition Bremont Supersonic watch contains aluminum from the G-BOAB Concorde, also known as Alpha Bravo. In real person talk, these watches are crafted with metal from the last-remaining Concorde aircraft. The watch has some other cool aviation-inspired details, too, like a white dial that echoes the Concorde’s specially developed reflective paint, and the plane’s iconic silhouette and key stats (aircraft number and registration, years of active service, number of supersonic flights and top speed) are machined onto the back of the watch. Only 500 will be made, so get shopping! Buy: Bremont.com, from $12,180
A private jet membership may just be the best gift ever for anyone (hint: everyone) tired of flying commercial. This December, give an extremely lucky someone on your holiday gift list the chance to see whether or not he or she loves traveling in a Gulfstream IV-SP (another hint: they will). Members can book discounted seats on private or semi-private jets, and — depending on the level of membership — may have access to a 24/7 personal concierge and VIP events. Buy: JetSmarter.com, from $1,995
Frequent travelers who are fed up with flying commercial and private can now consider a new style of flying: space travel — talk about one heck of a gift! Unfortunately, this gift can’t be redeemed quite yet. For now, you can register your interest with Virgin Galactic and, when a space flight is available, you’ll be notified. Just be ready to fork over some serious cash to fly someone to space for Christmas — at least a couple hundred thousand dollars. It’s still unclear whether you’ll be earning Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for your purchase. Buy: VirginGalactic.com, from $250,000
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