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Arguably, the jetsetter is one of the hardest people to gift for. They usually have the best of everything and can speak of incredible experiences from all over the world. So what should you get the girl that has everything? I’ve put together an affordable luxe gift guide covering everything from the chic to practical.
1. The travel shirt
The sweat, the red eye flights, the extreme cold and stuffiness… travelling in a comfortable shirt that’s fashionable and made of quality natural materials is the way to go. I opted for these two because they’re perfect for gifting, trending labels that make gorgeous multi-purpose clothing. Pour Les Femmes is a socially conscious sleepwear company that trains women in the Congo and empowers them by providing career options. Their pink nightshirt looks just like you’ve borrowed it from your boyfriend. Asceno is a much-loved London based brand with luxurious materials, the pyjama shirt is a classic trend and they’re a specialist.
2. Travel fragrance
I can’t stand the smell of a plane, it’s a mix of bad coffee, disinfectant and the baby that threw up two hours ago. Falling short of not being able to bring an air purifier aboard, I love to pack a travel-sized fragrance with me that I can associate with my next destination. We all know scent and memory are personal and go hand-in-hand, and my current obsession to explore is Frederic Malle. It’s stocked at the likes of Liberty and Net-A-Porter but somehow retains an aloof non-commercialist image. The names you see on the labels are the various perfumers instead of the brand, which makes it seem as if it was created just for you and your next adventure. The perfect gift!
3. Comfort items
Unless your friend is fortunate enough to fly first class every time, she might appreciate a little help in the comfort department of her journey. Slip makes gorgeous 100% silk pillowcases which are beneficial to skin and hair, something we could all use after a flight. This soft pink gift set is too pretty! I’ve started travelling with my Ketzal blanket which is made from sustainable alpaca yarn, which I double up as a scarf. However, this herringbone piece from John Lewis is also beautiful, affordable and super cozy.
4. Travel stationery/ organisers
The last time I was at an airport I realised I left my wallet at home. I like to blame the fact that almost everything is on my phone – boarding pass, Apple pay and countless travel apps – for being such an idiot. Some organisation tools could never hurt! Aspinal have a fabulous price point for luxury gifts that can be personalised, I love their travel wallet with croc embossing, which is especially useful when going to countries that are predominantly cash-based. Mulberry is also a classic favourite for this time of the year. Their passport cover is discreet and comes in such gorgeous, rich colours.
5. Must-have tech
Who doesn’t own their own portable charger in this day and age? But you can never have too many, especially something small and light that can fit into the most over-stuffed cabin bag. I also love Fitbit’s new watch design that is essential for any traveller that cares about their fitness and wellbeing while on the road. It’s more important than ever to take care of your body when you’re putting it through time zone changes and various climates. This is an option that you can almost guarantee won’t be regifted.
6. Flight slippers
I know the obvious choice is a pair of flight socks but the idea of barely-there material against a thinly carpeted floor that 200 people have tread on gives me goosebumps. Go for fuzzy slippers to pop on while you stretch your legs and visit the loo. Often way more comfortable than what hotels provide too.
7. In-flight beauty
This could take up an entire post on its own but I’ll keep it simple: bring heavy duty products, less is more. Some personal favourites include Avene Cicalfate cream (admittedly not very ‘giftable’ but the best) and La Mer’s Crème de la Mer (very giftable and generous!). A cute option, particularly if you’re looking for an accompaniment to a main gift would be LIXIRSKIN’s Universal Emulsion that doubles up as a night cream and has SPF that won’t clog your pores. Pop it into a transparent bag for liquids, like this pretty one from Anya Hindmarch, and you’ve got an entire gift ready to wrap!
8. A travel handbag
When I choose which handbag to travel with, obviously size and weight is important but also security and how hard-wearing the materials are. I’ve recently got my hands on a new Furla bag and it is an absolute timeless design in a creamy camel colour. Because the leather is pebbled, it’s hard to scratch and durable. It also fits everything and I mean everything: A huge bottle of water, my giant phone charger, endless cords and wires, a make-up bag, a book and all my travel documents. Plus airport bits like a packet of crisps and little duty-free goodies. Would 100% recommend this as a gift to jetsetter friends.
9. A fashionable cabin bag
When your jetsetter friend pops over to Paris for the weekend, you want her to bring back some macarons for you, and she certainly won’t forget when you’ve got her a stunning new cabin bag. I’m in love with this hard case marble beauty from Calpak and even more so with the price!
When it comes to gifting something fashionable like this, it can be a bit daunting and risky. I’d always go for something classic in black or tortoiseshell with a vintage vibe. Something so retro fits most people’s face shapes and won’t go out of style. Everyone needs a pair they can keep in their bag to hide puffy, bloodshot eyes, as well as wear while exploring a new city.