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Top 10 luxury travel gifts for him this Christmas (UK & Europe edition)

The festive season is upon us which of course means the pressure is on to find the perfect gift. The task of Christmas gift-giving is not always an easy one – especially if he already seems to have everything – so we hope our list helps you out! From a Harrods hamper packed with luxury goodness to one of the most advanced compact drones on the market, we have compiled a number of suggestions which we hope will make buying for him that little bit easier this year. The Ultimate hamper from Harrods Treat family and friends to a show-stopping festive spread with The Ultimate hamper from Harrods. From Champagne and caviar to tea, coffee, fine wines, fresh cheese and cured meats, this cornucopia of Food Halls favourites will enhance any occasion. Suunto 9 Baro GPS watch from Ellis Brigham Available from Ellis Brigham, this robust wrist-based heart rate GPS watch packed with features for outdoor adventures will make the perfect Christmas gift. Use it daily to track your steps, sleep and calories or put it to full use and use it to navigate, track your routes, record your adventures on the slopes, up mountains or on city breaks. It will give you sunrise and sunset times and there’s even a storm alarm. World wall maps from Future Maps I don’t know many people who travel who don’t also have a love for maps. Future Maps produce world wall maps in a a variety of styles and finishes, including magnetic maps which are great for plotting your travels. Turn your map into a noticeboard, plot your next trip or mark points of interest thanks to the optional magnetic finish. The paper print is encapsulated in plastic then hand-mounted onto flexible sheet metal in their East London studio. A free magnet pack is also included with every magnetic map, containing a selection of strong stainless steel magnetic balls and cylinders. Force XT roofbox from Thule Need a little bit more space for those family trips? Buy him the ultimate roofbox from the experts in the market – Thule. The Force XT roofbox fits a wide range of vehicles, offering maximum space efficiency and an easy-to-mount solution thanks to the PowerClick quick-mount system. Easy access is made possible by the DualSide opening whilst the forward position on the vehicle roof enables full trunk access with minimal risk of contact with the cargo box. It is also simple to open and close thanks to the LockKnob that also helps to prevent damage to the Thule Comfort Key. Mars limited edition, handmade Kingwood cufflinks from Corazon Latino Handmade in England from sustainable Kingwood, a Brazilian hardwood traditionally used for inlays on fine furniture because of its warm red brown tone and strong graining. These beautiful cufflinks are carved, polished and inlaid with a 1mm wide strip of sterling silver and finished with solid, sterling silver toggle backs. Stylish and understated, every pair is unique thanks to the graining within the wood, and each pair carries the Stirling silver hallmark of the London Assay Office. Gassano medium leather Gladstone bag from Maxwell-Scott No adventure should be undertaken without the very best luggage – it is the ultimate travel luxury gadget. Maxwell-Scott’s Gassano medium leather Gladstone bag is the pinnacle of premium luggage. An Italian leather holdall with a classic design, this is a travel companion to last a lifetime. Each Gassano medium bag is handcrafted in the heart of Tuscany by skilled artisans from the finest vegetable-tanned leather. This durable western cowhide has a natural finish which will only improve with age as the leather develops a unique patina over time – mapping your many journeys around the globe. The practicality of this timeless British design is crucial. The Gassano medium holdall has a 38 litre capacity and features a spacious durable faux leather-lined compartment and an internal zip pocket to separate out essentials. The hinged metal frame opening is then fastened with a lock and lastly, twin leather buckle straps provide added security. There is also an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap so that the Gassano travel bag can be easily worn over the shoulder. Thoughtful and functional in its design, this luxury holdall easily adapts to every adventure. For years of travelling around the world, the ultimate travel luxury gadget at your disposal therefore should always be the Gassano medium Gladstone luggage bag. Men’s Lifaloft™ Hybrid Insulator Jacket from Helly Hansen Stay warm without the bulk and weight with the new Lifaloft™ insulated hybrid jacket. A must have jacket for mountain living or traveling packed in a lightweight PFC free shell and stretch slick face fleece panels. Developed in cooperation with PrimaLoft®, Lifaloft™ is a combination of Lifa®’s unique insulation structure and PrimaLoft®’s extensive knowledge in synthetic insulation. It is lighter and less bulky than standard polyester insulation alternatives, yet is warmer due to the unique structure of Lifa® fibers woven into the construction. It is also a more sustainable choice due to a lower water and carbon foot print. Online photography course from Photography Concentrate For the person who wants to take their photography skills to the next level, an online course with Photography Concentrate is a great way to learn and makes the perfect gift for that difficult-to-buy-for person who already has everything they might want or need. With this course, you can download materials that you can read (and watch – there are some videos, too) at your leisure, regardless of whether you have an internet connection. Tips are presented in a really clear and straight forward way, and beautiful packaged for photographers of all abilities. R15.3 backpack from Riut Time to get him a new backpack for his travels this Christmas? Make sure it is secure and has every feature he needs. Travel safer with the RiutBag® R15.3 backpack built to airline carry-on size and with a zipped 15” laptop holder, quick-access smartphone pocket, store tech accessories, water bottle holder, chest strap and waist strap (bought separately). The bag’s USP is that all openings are against the wearer’s back so it can’t be opened by pickpockets from behind. It’s the perfect carry-on safe for flights and quick to open at airport security. The clever D-pocket lets you stow and access your passport or phone whilst your backpack is on your back. Mavic 2 Pro drone from DJI Get ready to see the bigger picture this Christmas with the Mavic 2, DJI‘s flagship consumer drone built for pros and enthusiasts. The Mavic 2 Pro is equipped with the all-new Hasselblad L1D-20c camera, which sports a 1-inch CMOS sensor, allowing you to explore more of the world smoothly and safely. Want to feature in one of our gift round-ups? If you have a luxury travel related product that you’d like to see featured, please contact us. Please also sign up to the channel for luxury retailers on our mailing list in order to receive an alert when we are compiling similar articles.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. In the past I have given hampers on a number of occasions as Christmas presents. It’s a habbit I started when I received one myself and really appreciated it. Most of the luxurious items have long use by dates and they are little treats that keep you going long after Christmas has gone. Then at the end of the day the hamper basket itself keeps on giving. Sadly, I’ve never received the ultimate Harrods Hamper – note to friends and relatives.

  2. The Magnetic Map is brilliant, fantastic for plotting your travel campaigns for 2019 and beyond. On a long flight recently I totted up the countries that I had visited and it came to 34. It would be great to mark on some target destinations and see if I can hit 40 by the end of 2019.

  3. It is one of those strange quirks of history that William Gladstone, former British Prime Minister, is mainly remembered for a piece of luggage and not the policies contained within it.

    I travel a lot, probably like most ALTB readers, and the prospect of Maxwell-Scott’s leather Gladstone bag lasting a lifetime is very appealing. I’m tired of replacing my bags every few years. It is time that I invested in quality.

  4. Do I really have to wait for Christmas to get a Thule Force XT roofbox?

    This is one of those times of year when I need it most. ‘‘Tis the season for ferrying round kids, presents, loads of luggage and extra members of the family.

  5. Excuse me! Why are these gifts for him? There are some great women photographers out there. And if someone gave me an online photography course I might become one of them too.

  6. Outstanding ideas and just in time for Christmas! I love the ultimate hamper from Harrods. It would be even better to just go to the food hall at Harrods and pick out several items personally. The backpack is great too. Love that you can carry it on the plane and it holds your laptop. Thanks so much for all these suggestions!

  7. Reluctantly I think that a lot of us are going to be in need of a GPS watch come the New Year. I hold my hand-up, you might as well get one for Xmas for me. My fitness has slipped over recent months and it ain’t gonna improve over the coming three weeks. I know I’m going to have to work hard to get back in shape and the data would help.

  8. That magnetic map is the perfect gift for my friend who travels a lot. He also does a travel blog, backpacker style and he uses only a paper map with the usual flag tack. This would be up his alley and he doesn’t have to destroy it with holes.

  9. I used to think roofboxes were a waste of time but, when I was bought one as a gift, I suddenly saw how useful they are! We mostly use ours to carry stuff we don’t need to access all that often or urgently, leaving us more space in the rear of the vehicle to properly organise everything.

  10. I am not a great fan of airports. Who is? And taking luggage is expensive with the budget airlines so I try to get away with carry-on luggage whenever I again. The Riut Backpack looks as if it would be the perfect travelling partner.

  11. Fitness trackers are still really popular, but one that allows you to navigate and is more kitted out with features for outdoors pursuits is such a good idea for explorer fanatics. The wall maps are a great idea. I bought two scratch off maps as presents for people last year who like to travel, so they can scratch off the places they’ve been. A more versatile map that you can use as a noticeboard or magnetic board is pretty cool. I’ve also got one of those backpacks that open at the back. I find it a bit fiddly as you have to fully take the bag off when you want to get something out, but I do feel a heck of a lot safer with it than a regular backpack so I’d say that’s good for guys and gals.

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