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

After an unprecedented time, and a prolonged period of little or no travel for most of us, Christmas will be extra special this year. Spoil the loved one in your life with some of these great gift ideas for a Christmas to truly remember. Rest assured, travel will return soon and your generosity will not be in vain! We have everything from fashion items to accsesories to help you keep safe and healthy on your travels, plus one or two other treats that you might like to consider. And wherever in the world you may happen to be spending the festive period, we wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas! Online photography course from Photography Concentrate from £72 Have you ever wondered what the secrets are behind jaw-dropping travel photos, the kind National Geographic photographers take every single day? Buy her a course from Photography Concentrate. Instead of boring explanations about the different camera functions, you learn by seeing and doing – so you’ll learn everything you need to know, as quickly and easily as possible. It gives you all the essential information with absolutely no fluff, so you avoid all those time-sucking guide books, online guides and camera manuals. Chiltern Cape (Camel) from Holland Cooper £649 Designed with a relaxed fit silhouette, this Holland Cooper cape is fully lined and is cut to scoop down at the back for a feminine look and feel. Trimmed with a luxurious collar made from the finest Toscana lambswool. Accented with suede on the sleeves and adorned with a signature decorative back buckle for that finishing touch and is hand cut and made entirely in the UK. Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 50+ from Sisley Paris €139 Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 50 from Sisley Paris is a youth protector* sun care product that helps preserve the skin’s ability to protect against the sun and photo-aging due to a combination of cutting-edge UVA and UVB filters and ultra-advanced protective active ingredients. It provides anti-free radical action due to a combination of active ingredients (Vitamin E acetate and Edelweiss extract) that help to protect the skin from oxidative stress, the principal cause of photo skin aging. It also offers cellular protection (protecting the integrity of cells is essential for their renewal) and targeted action on the skin’s barrier function. Finally, shea butter, camellia oil and mango extract help to recover suppleness and moisture with this fluid, silky and smooth cream that leaves the skin feeling supple. Flip flops from flopZ £30 Conceived by co-founders Aga and Alan over several beers, holiday banter and laughing about Aga’s mispronunciation of ‘fish flops’… a creative spark was ignited and they thought what a great idea it would be to create flip flops which have the unique luminescence of tropical fish and coral reefs. They ran with the idea for the two years, allowing the flopZ designs to evolve and develop into the fun, bright, high quality product you see today. flopZ are regularly featured in leading international publications and have collaborated with exclusive luxury resorts such as the Ocean Club in the Bahamas (made famous in the James Bond movie Casino Royale) and the ‘One & Only Reethi Rah’ Maldives. Popular choices from their range include the Ripples and Emerald White Straps flopz that you see pictured above. Freedom Pant from Daiwear £135 Designed for the everyday and everywhere, the Freedom Pant from Daiwear is your on-the-move or lounge-all-day trousers. Perfect for working from home, the office to weekend and cycle commute. And, of course, for travellers. Easy pull-on with soft elastic with 3 pockets including a secure iPhone pocket. They are selling super well at the moment. OUTline Prism GTX shoes from Salomon £120 Get ready for outdoor adventures wherever restrictions allow! Super lightweight thanks to the breathable mesh upper, yet with a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane to keep feet dry, this flexible shoe from Salomon is the perfect companion for outdoor activities, whether that’s walking the dog, hiking the trail or strolling to the pub. Great colours, great fit and great comfort. Activ5 from Activbody, Inc.  £127 Want to stay in shape when you travel but are not sure how?  Dubbed ‘a tiny gym in your pocket’ Activ5 is a portable fitness device that allows anyone with a smartphone or tablet to complete effective five-minute workouts from virtually anywhere. Ideal for any fitness level, Activ5 guides you through short burst isometric workouts while tracking results on the companion Activ5 coaching App. It features more than 100 unique workouts, targeting the whole body or particular areas and muscle groups, that are fast, fun and help motivate you to reach your fitness goals and get stronger. Perfect for the whole family, you can even exercise while playing one of the integrated games in the app that uses the device as a controller. W Mono Material Insulator from Helly Hansen £160 For over 140 years, Helly Hansen has delivered thoughtful designs for cold-weather climates, without compromising on style or function. This Winter the brand is taking its urbanwear one step further with the launch of its environmentally conscious Monomaterial line. Featuring garments with singular material construction, the new collection takes a garment’s entire life cycle into consideration, resulting in apparel that is easy to care for and easy to recycle. The W Mono Material Insulator has double weave stitch free channels for insulation, all seams bound with existing fabric, hand pockets with hidden snap button closure, an inside pocket, 100% recycled insulation and, of course, the famous HH® logo recognised all over the world on the sleeve. DJI Pocket 2 from DJI £339 The DJI Pocket 2 from DJI is a mini handheld camera that stabilizes all your footage with a 3-axis gimbal. In addition to smooth footage, DJI Pocket 2 offers exceptional camera quality, surround-sound audio recording, and a whole load of features that make it the ultimate mini camera for any adventure. Say goodbye to shaky, amateur footage and start capturing magical moments today! It offers huge upgrades compared to the DJI Osmo Pocket such as a Fast Wake feature that lets you start shooting in seconds, a larger 1/1.7-inch sensor so you can shoot in all types of lighting conditions, a wider FOV lens for better selfies, and an entirely new DJI Matrix Stereo system for surround-sound audio. This compact and intelligent device turns any moment into a cinematic memory. In just seconds, the DJI Pocket 2 lets you share your travel experiences anywhere, anytime. Bolide Relax 45 from Hermès £5,310 The Hermès Bolide line is back on the circuit. All of the line’s models feature the signature zip fastener, legendary leather handles and streamlined shape, from the Bolide 45, for long-haul trips, to the Bolide 1923, as well as a brand new mini size and its embroidered version. Carried in the hand or on the shoulder for greater freedom of movement, these emblematic and functional models transcend time and space. Designed in 1923 for top drivers and long-distance travelers, this globe-trotting bag slips easily into any trunk. The zip fastener, brought back from America by Émile Hermès at the end of the 1910s, give it its legendary round-angled shape, and allow for quick access to the contents. 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. Looking out of the window onto a frosty garden the Chiltern Cape looks a good choice. Of course, I’ll have to check that she approves.

    1. It’s an excellent choice, Phil… in the unlikely event she’s not convinced, though, have her take a browse of the Holland Cooper websites as it’s full of lovely pieces.

  2. Thinking about the Bolide 45 and the Bolide 1923 it makes you think that sometimes the designers got it right first time round. End of story.

    I know this is meant to be gifts for her but I often find that men need a nudge in the right direction.

  3. I hope that I’m not too pessimistic, I can only see global warming getting worse and worse. It worries me that so few people take much care of their skin. We all ought to be investing in something like Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care.

    1. We all tend to lead such busy lives nowadays that it’s all too easy to overlook having a good skincare routine. I must confess, I probably fall into that bracket myself. But when it comes to the sun and skincare, you really do need to be especially careful.

  4. Ooh, I’ve never thought about gifting someone with an online course. It’s a great idea, just find out their interests and then enroll and pay for the course. It’s a very timely gift since we can’t freely go out and have these classes physically these days.

    1. I think for many people, when they get to a certain age, they often tend to have the things we want already, so yes… things such as online courses, experiences, meals out, etc. can also go down really well also.

  5. Nothing like a Hermes bag in your list to draw the ladies in. I personally like the look of the Birkins. The Bolide Relax can pass for a YSL Muse or a Kate Spade Satchel. However, with Hermes, you know you’re getting top quality.

    1. Well, they’ve been making bags for almost 200 years so I think they have a good idea of what they’re doing! You don’t remain – and prosper – in business for that length of time if you’re not on top of your game.

  6. Every year I’m very grateful for you to putting together this guide to Christmas presents for clueless husbands. It stops me from getting into hot water. Thank you!!!

  7. It’s always summer or winter somewhere! I’m glad to see that this list contains not only winter stuff but summer essentials as well. Because you’ll never know where your giftee is going to be in the next couple of months to go on a holiday.

    1. Indeed, Doris! It’s still hot in many parts of the world at Christmas time, people often forget that! There’s no reason why quality flip flops can’t be a great stocking filler (if the stocking is big enough!).

  8. Giving a pair of those tropical flip flops could be giving a sign of hope for 2021, there will be days when they will be worn on white sand beaches by blue seas.

    1. Exactly, Ed… I’m very hopeful about a recovery in the travel industry in 2021 now that the vaccine is slowly starting to be rolled out. The first few months – even 6 months – might be a little bit of a struggle still, but I think after that we should see plenty of pent-up demand. For flip flops as well as holidays so best to get them now! :-)

  9. I would be delighted to unwrap a pair of the Freedom Pants. It’s a long time since I went on a flight but the three pockets makes them perfect for flying; phone, charging lead for long flights, money / credit card. Job done. They’re ideal for light travellers like me.

  10. My wife loves flopZ! She’s always raving that they’re not your regular flip flops there’s this soft squishy jelly like material on the flops that are cooling (perfect for summer) and also gives your feet a massage while you walk. It’s a great and unique gift idea.

  11. That DJI Pocket 2 looks promising. In this era when people just love to capture everything they do, this will come in handy for sure. Partner it with the online photography course and you are set to go!

    1. Yes, and what DJI have done so well is to master gimbal technology so you can assured of much smoother footage than you would get from a normal handheld camera.

  12. For a person who is always on the go, the Freedom Pant from Daiwear is a wardrobe must have. These days when you have to do errands here and there, I don’t have the luxury of time to choose what I’ll wear so this Freedom Pant will save my day. I’d love to have this as a gift for myself!

  13. Sunscreen has always been a staple in my skincare kit. Ever since I’ve learned that it helps delay aging and the formation of age spots. I haven’t come across Sisley though, this is the first time. I’d probably give this one a go when I finish my current supply.

    1. Sisley Paris was founded in the 1970s so has been around for a while, but perhaps best known in France and China. It’s mostly found in department stores but they also have around 20 of their own shops dotted around the globe nowadays.

  14. Wait, what? A gym in your pocket? I want one of those! I’ve been trying to get myself motivated but haven’t really found the one thing that will make me want to sweat it out. Goodness knows how much we need to be more physically healthy this pandemic. Maybe the Activ5 will give me that jumpstart that I need. I actually stopped reading at “5-minute” workouts.

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