20 luxury travel gifts for him this Christmas – UK & Europe edition


It’s that time of year again… is it just me or does Christmas come around more quickly each year?! And even though this year hasn’t been great for travel, there’s still plenty of inspiration out there for travel gifts, not to mention plenty of optimism for a new year of fun-filled travel ahead. Treat him this Christmas with our 20 luxury travel-inspired gift ideas – we have everything from great gadgets to lovely luggage (you see what I did there?) and lots more besides.

For our other Christmas gift guides, please visit the following links:

20 luxury travel gifts for him this Christmas – US & Canada edition
20 luxury travel gifts for her this Christmas – US & Canada edition
20 luxury food and drink treats to enjoy this Christmas – US & Canada edition
20 luxury travel gifts for her this Christmas – UK & Europe edition
20 luxury food and drink treats to enjoy this Christmas – UK & Europe edition

Thank you, and happy shopping!

Recon Force 4K EDGE camera from Browning Trail Cameras

The new Recon Force 4K EDGE camera from Browning Trail Cameras features true 4K UHD video recording @ 30 fps., as well as the ability to capture images up to 32MP. This camera also includes adjustable detection ranges from 55ft.- 80 ft., along with 2 adjustable IR flash modes for optimum picture control at night.

To help you view images and videos in the field, the Recon Force 4K has a built in 2 inch color display. Additional features include Smart IR video, which continues to record video footage while game is moving in front of the camera and SD card management options which allow you to overwrite older images on the SD card if the memory is full. The Recon Force 4K EDGE is also compatible with up to 512 GB SDXC memory cards.

Hasselblad X1D-50c from MPB

The allure of portable medium-format cameras started in the days when film ruled the roost. The aim was to achieve the perfect balance between image quality and portability. Later, in the early days of the digital age, creating the equivalent of a medium-format film negative would have yielded a cumbersome and heavy camera. But when the Hasselblad X1D-50c was released, in 2016, it was revolutionary. Before then, no manufacturer had ever got even close to creating something as small with as much imaging prowess.

The beauty of the Hasselblad X1D-50c is how little compromise is involved with its beautiful design, relatively lightweight portability and top-tier image quality. There was really nothing quite like the Hasselblad X1D, and it still holds up well today. Available from MPB.

AlcoSense Ultra from AlcoSense

We all like to think that no one would ever drink and drive but did you know that you can still have alcohol in your system the morning after the night before? Particularly at Christmas with alcohol consumption so much higher, make sure that you don’t risk your licence, your life or the lives of others in an accident. Any alcohol remaining in your body can impair your judgement, reduce concentration and speed of reaction. Remember there is no rule of thumb as we all process alcohol as an individual.

Driving abroad or simply putting in a lot of miles on the roads each year? The AlcoSense Ultra sits at the top of the range of personal breathalysers from AlcoSense. It has the same size sensor as used by several UK police forces, a colour screen clearly showing your reading and whether you still have alcohol in your system, the Blow Coach which helps you blow into the device accurately, a Time Until Sober alert, pre-programmed international level alcohol limits, is fine-tuned to external temperature readings, has a backlit blow tube receptor, 100 extra blow tubes and a carry case. Every AlcoSense breathalyser is calibrated and tested to ensure accuracy.

Elevation Infinity 2.0 Jacket from Helly Hansen

Helly Hansen‘s award-winning Elevation shell jacket has been enhanced with the most advanced and responsible waterproof/breathable technology. Their unique LIFA Infinity Pro™ fabric is a hydrophobic textile with durable water-repellency achieved without adding any chemicals. Taking input from pro skiers, they upgraded the jacket design so you can adventure in fresh powder all day.

The construction is compatible with wearing a helmet and a backpack, enabling access to all pockets and zips. It’s made for maximum mobility and visibility. Extra freeride features include a RECCO® reflector for findability, a Life Pocket+™ to save your phone battery in extreme cold and a number of hi-vis details.

Lobster serving tray from The Just Slate Company

For seafood lovers this slate serving tray featuring a luscious lobster makes a perfect Christmas gift. Made in Scotland by family gift company, The Just Slate Company, it is hand cut from high quality slate. Priced at just £36 it is not only durable but has a versatile functionality and contemporary luxury elegance. The hand illustrated picture adds an extra element of style and fun. It is perfect for serving canapes, cheese, seafood or antipasti. For any man who loves fine food this is a great gift.

The Adventure Bag from Stubble & Co

From tackling epic road trips to scaling mountain peaks and for city-stays and camping in the wilderness too, Stubble & Co’s new Adventure Bag is the present for 2022 explorers. The all-black “go-anywhere-do-anything bag” has been designed to provide great functionality and versatility. Lightweight, exceptionally comfortable and sized to be taken as an airline carry-on, it ticks the eco-friendly box too as it’s made from robust, recycled and waterproof materials.

The soft-sided clam shell design makes for easy packing, while the outer compression straps means it can be packed to the limit. With direct-access compartments including a 16-inch laptop padded pocket, separate shoe compartment and pockets for security items, cards and valuables this bag is designed to make travelling easier. To ensure maximum comfort, there is a breathable and cushioned back panel, with adjustable straps as well as a removable waist strap, grip handles and trolley sleeve. Plus, once unpacked, it folds super small for easy storage. Capacity: 42L Laptop size: 16-inch Weight 1.8kg Dimensions: 55 x 38 x 24cm. £185.

Northern Lights night flight experience with Travelzoo

Take in the natural wonders of the Northern Lights from the air with this unique night-flight experience from Omega Breaks, courtesy of Travelzoo. Flights start from £189, including pre-flight presentations and in-flight commentary, and give you an opportunity to see the Northern Lights, the Milky Way, Orion’s Belt, and more. Departures are available from numerous airports across Britain and save £40-£50 on the regular price.

The offer includes a 60-minute pre-flight presentation by expert astronomer Pete Lawrence, who regularly appears on the BBC’s “The Sky at Night”. Pete will be accompanied by either Nigel Bradbury, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, or amateur astronomer and physicist Dr Lee Sproats, who will join you on your flight. The flight in search of the Northern Lights lasts over three hours and includes light refreshments on board.

Grampian Waterproof Ankle Boots from Chatham

A durable boot prepared for tough outdoor conditions, Grampian is the latest addition to Chatham‘s autumn country collection. This 100% waterproof ankle boot is crafted from premium leather in dark brown and features five-eyelet lacing, stitching detail, padded ankle cuffs and a breathable Sympatex lining on a heavy cleated sole.

Grampian also features Chatham’s new sole spring poron performance cushioning, which is anti-bacterial and offers maximum comfort and shock absorption. A rugged boot designed for handling rural life with ease.

Soldier Waterproof Backpack with Laptop Compartment from Paguro Upcycle

Paguro’s Soldier Waterproof Vegan Backpack is a perfect example of substance meeting style. Not only is it ethically handmade but it is also environmentally-friendly and vegan. The bag is made using reclaimed canvas from military tents, a hard-wearing and waterproof material. The canvas is then combined with reclaimed rubber from tyre inner tubes, adding rigidity and strength. The bag includes a detachable padded compartment for your laptop or other tech equipment.

The storage space can be increased or reduced as desired using compression straps on the sides and the rolled top. Adjustable cushioned shoulder straps make it comfortable bag to wear, while the waist strap helps to provide even weight distribution. It is this attention to detail and the quality of the finishing that make this a luxury backpack, perfect for travelling, commuting or even for outdoor adventures.

ESR HaloLock Kickstand Wireless Charger from Amazon

The ESR HaloLock Kickstand Wireless Charger offers a fast and convenient way to wirelessly charge your Apple iPhone 13 and 12. Small and portable, the product features a unique built-in kickstand that helps you prop up your device in portrait or landscape position on any flat surface; it’s a perfect way to take FaceTime calls in busy airport terminals and hotel rooms, or simply watch videos whilst you’re on the go.

With a durable and tactile aluminium alloy body and hard scratch-resistant face, the ESR Gear HaloLock Kickstand gives you durability with a premium feel. To help you carry it around, the sturdy kickstand arm neatly folds away when you’re not using it, and the product comes with a removable 1.5m USB-C cable which gives you the freedom to move around or ditch the cable all together. Utilising advanced fast charging technology, the ESR Gear HaloLock Kickstand will fully charge an iPhone in just 2 hours and is the perfect companion to any trip abroad – be it for business or pleasure. Available from £23.99.

Pocketalk S from Pocketalk

The Pocketalk S language translator is the perfect gift for globetrotters. It can translate 82 languages bidirectionally at the touch of a button and has a text-to-translate camera which instantly recognises and translates text, the written word and signs – ideal if you need help reading menus or are trying to find your way around a new city. By utilising the best translation engines from around the world, Pocketalk S provides consistently accurate translation and creates the best experience by picking up localised dialects and slang. It also comes with a complementary 2-year mobile data plan that provides coverage in over 130 countries/regions so you don’t need to rely on Wi-Fi.

Cast Quick Dry Towel from Slowtide

In collaboration with photographer Laserwolf, Cast is an aerial photo of Ke‘Iki Beach on the North Shore of Oahu. This towel from Slowtide is made from 100% recycled materials, and these Mcrofiber Quick-Dry Towels are the perfect companion for any adventure. 100% Recycled: 80% Recycled Polyester, 20% Recycled Polyamide.

Trésor de la Mer Print Short Swim Shorts from Versace

These bold swim shorts from Versace come in the aquatic Trésor de la Mer print. A contemporary reinterpretation of an archive design, the iconic print is a celebration of nature and being in tune with the elements.

Summit Wooden Sunglasses from dewerstone

The Summit Wooden Sunglasses are an après ski essential for long lunches in the sunshine or winter walks on a crisp sunny day. Perfect as a luxury stocking filler or an extra Christmas treat for adults and teens alike. The Summit Sunglasses from dewerstone come with hand-made maple wood frames and their high quality 100% UV protection polarized lenses look after your eyes, reducing glare and fatigue, whether you are soaking up the mountain views or sunbathing long-haul beside the sea.

Through 1% for the Planet, dewerstone commit 1% of their annual revenue directly to non-profit environmental action groups. All dewerstone’s products are Climate Neutral Certified and for every product they manufacture they plant a tree. The Summit sunglasses are available to buy online from dewerstone’s website. RRP £59.95.

Sun Drops from Dr. Barbara Sturm

Sun Drops from Dr. Barbara Sturm has a lightweight feel on the skin and is gentle enough for sensitive skin. This innovative, light-textured SPF 50 sun serum that doubles as skincare provides truly broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

An active complex of Cassia Extract, Vitamin E and Beta-Glucan protects the skin from oxidative damage, while Purslane, an anti-aging powerhouse, helps calm the skin and reduces visible signs of irritation.

World Map Black XL Metal Wall Art from Hoagard

Our planet is not only made up of continents, mountains or seas but it also has your memories. So, here is a great opportunity to see and show them on your wall! Hang your travel photos around the world map and inspire your guests with this unique decor from Hoagard.

Triple Watch Roll from Bennett Winch

A lot of time goes into these. Every brown leather Bennett Winch Watch Roll is handmade in London by their team of master craftsmen. Tuscan leather panels cut from hand-selected hides are stitched around a flexible Kevlar® core and onto a cushioned Alcantara® suede lining. The resulting structure transforms from a rigid protective shell when closed, into a soft preparation and display surface when open. The future of time travel has arrived.

Feather WS-D2S Wood Handle Stainless Safety Razor & Stand from Executive Shaving

The WS-D2S is the finest razor Feather make. It is a close, yet mild, irritation free, shaver, and is suitable for all beard types and all skin types. This is perhaps the ultimate safety razor, available from Executive Shaving. Mild does not mean this razor is too mild for men with tough beards, it will make short work of all beard types without any fuss or irritation. Made in Japan to the highest possible standards the Feather WS-D2S is the ultimate safety razor. It is crafted from high grade stainless steel and dark hardwood to exceptionally high engineering tolerances.

The hardwood is impregnated with resin to make it waterproof; look closely and you’ll see the natural grain of the wood. It comes complete with a Feather branded stand which is crafted from solid, highly polished stainless steel with a band of the same hardwood used in the handle which provides a stunning contrast to the polished steel. The words Feather and Japan are engraved on the stand and back filled with black enamel paint. The razor and stand are housed in a hand-lacquered presentation box, you will also receive 5 Feather razor blades and a guarantee featuring an exclusive number for your beautifully made razor.

Keepall Bandoulière 55 by Louis Vuitton

An icon since the appearance in 1930, this Louis Vuitton Keepall embodies the spirit of modern travel. Light, supple and always ready for immediate departure, the bag lives up to its name: those adept at the art of packing can easily fit a week’s wardrobe into the generously sized (and cabin-friendly) Keepall 55. Shown here in classic Monogram Canvas, with a strap for casual cross-body wear. £1,930.

Burton Family Tree Mystery Juice Wagon Camber Snowboard from Burton Snowboards

When you’re in search of air and speed across the whole mountain, the Burton Family Tree Mystery Juice Wagon Snowboard gives you the platform to make it happen. It brings the responsive lightweight build and snappy precision of Mystery construction to the original and agile Juice Wagon shape.

Hit natural features and charge through untracked landscapes with the enhanced carving power, reduced weight, and increased pop of carbon to raise the bar on performance. The clean aesthetic is meant to telegraph the board’s character and personality. The Family Tree is about building the future with all of the lessons from over 40 years of experimentation and adoration for the glide, ride, and slide. The hope is always to move what is possible within our sport and culture towards the future.

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Comments (52)

  1. Paula Harvey says:

    What a great selection. Always love your gift guides! Plenty of variety, so there’s always something for everyone.

  2. Vinnie Watts says:

    That trail camera looks like a great idea. I live in quite a rural location and see wildlife from time to time, but invariably only have my phone camera with me which just doesn’t do it justice. To think that I could be just positioning the camera somewhere and then let it do the work for me sounds like a great idea. I might have to tip the wife off on this one. :)

  3. Chris H says:

    The Hasselblad has always been the gold standard for photographers. Though back in the day they were huge pieces of kit. Now things have changed. Very true that the nicest presents come in the smallest packages.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      I have never owned one, but have long since aspired to do so. As you say, they’ve been the gold standard when it comes to the highest quality camera equipment, for many years.

  4. Ed says:

    The way the weather’s going in the UK this week the Helly Hensen infinity jacket is going to become every day wear.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      And I hear we are in for another cold snap! The UK’s lowest temperature of the season was recorded just near me the other day at a place called Shap – minus 8.7C (16.34F). It’s with temperatures like those that a quality brand such as Helly Hansen makes all the difference.

  5. Jimmy says:

    I’m a cartophile (someone who loves maps) and love that semi-abstract wall art. If you’ve travelled extensively and want to give visitors to your home a snapshot into your antics around the globe, that looks like a great way to display it.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      Indeed, Jimmy! Long gone are the days when you would invite people to your house to look at your holiday snaps! But this is a nice way for any visitors to your home to get a glimpse of your adventures – and for your own memories, of course.

  6. Fiona says:

    Seeing the Northern Lights is close to the top of my husband’s bucket list, though I’ve got to say that it is a lengthy list.

    Travel Zoo’s Northern Lights flight is a great way of ticking that one off. It would be a real surprise for him.

  7. Sam says:

    Thanks for coming to my rescue!!!! I’ve been wondering to get hubby for Christmas this year (he’s always impossible because he doesn’t really need for anything) and a Northern Lights flight is just the ticket. I didn’t even realise that was something you could do from the UK.

  8. Rosie Reynolds says:

    Love the lobster tray. I have a cheese board from the same company – have had it for years – and love it.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      They have some truly lovely items. Have a look at their site. As well as slate servers, place mats and coasters, they do beautiful table runners and other tableware.

  9. Carolyn says:

    My husband has his “Action Man” moments where he goes off for the weekend with his mates or heads out into the wilds for a walk. The Adventure Bag by Stubble and Co would be perfect for those times.

  10. Jack says:

    Not sure if us men are meant to be commenting on this post or even reading it. Personally, I’d be delighted to receive a pair of the Grampian ankle boots. As I have to visit some muddy sites for my job I wear that sort of waterproof boot most of the year.

  11. Vivienne says:

    That’s a varied list of gift items to pick from. As a woman, I’m always drawn to accessories as I’m sure a lot of women are. My top 3 are the Keepall, it’s classic LV. Sun Drops, sun or no sun sunscreens are a must. And Cast Quick Dry Towel, perfect for beach vacations. I just hope they pack light.

  12. Jane says:

    That Soldier Backpack looks a serious piece of heavy duty kit. It might even survive a life with my partner. Nice bonus that it is vegan too.

  13. Sally Arnold says:

    That Louis Vuitton bag is an absolute classic. The fact that it’s still going strong after 90 years shows how well designed it was in the first place. I know a man who would appreciate unwrapping one.

  14. Beth says:

    I think I’ll get him a pair of the Versace shorts and hope that he gets to wear them in an exotic location sooner rather than later.

  15. Lorraine Berry says:

    Those wooden sunglasses have got a lot going for them. I think we’re learning more and more that to preserve our eyesight 100% UVPM protection is vital. And at £59.99 they are a good price too for such a stylish accessory.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      Hi Lorraine – good to see you back here. Yes, dewerstone have a lovely range, many with wooden (all maple, I think) frames, plus some with acetate frames with wooden details. Have a look at their website!

  16. William Bratton says:

    amazing ideas about luxury travel gifts in christmas.

  17. Fred says:

    Even going about my everyday business in London I usually came across one or two words and phrases that globalisation has imported. You don’t have to travel to need Pocketalk.

    • Fergus says:

      I like the idea of Pocketalk but isn’t there an app that does all this?

    • Paul Johnson says:

      There is – Google Translate. However, if you don’t have WiFi, then Pocketalk I think wins hands down as you won’t be hit by roaming costs. There are other pros and cons for each, I believe… but for me that has to be one of the key advantages of Pocketalk.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      I just did a bit more investigation on this and another key advantage is that Pocketalk comes with a dedicated noise-cancelling microphone. This means that it will still pick out your voice even if there are other noises in the vicinity.

  18. Natasha says:

    Very rarely does my partner do any food shopping. When he does he always comes back with a lobster. Getting him a lobster tray would really complete the job for him. Favourite food served on a stylish tray.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      That would certainly look amazing, I’m sure, Natasha. I think you could use it for any seafood to be honest – eg. a nice smoked salmon starter on Christmas Day.

  19. Matt says:

    Some great ideas there. Love the recycled towel and the cameras. I once saw the northern lights from a plane, so I’d be tempted by that trip too. It was incredible!

    • Paul Johnson says:

      Thanks, Matt.. glad you liked the post. I can’t say I’ve ever seen the Northern Lights from a plane but I have seen spectacular displays in Greenland that could be watched for hours. Such a magical phenomenon to witness.

  20. Kristof Eyckmans says:

    Gift lists always remind me of the fact how lucky (read spoiled) we all are. So many people I’ve met in life use Christmas to buy themselves something they really need while we often wonder what we could buy which the other person doesn’t have yet (the irrelevance of the need for it is striking).
    This list however does have some goodies which really tickled my fancy. The sunglasses and that Hasselblad camera have my name written all over them!

  21. Paul Eyers says:

    the Northern Lights are firmly on my bucket list so if anyone wants to buy me the gift from Travelzoo i will happily accept….

  22. Jane says:

    Christmas trees are everywhere and I’ve still not bought a single present. So relieved that I came across this post. It might just have saved me …

  23. Valerie says:

    Although my husband says he’s easy to please he’s a difficult man to buy for. He is something of a “boy’s toys” lover so I think I might go for something on the tech gizmo theme …

    • Paul Johnson says:

      Owning one myself, I can heartily recommend the Browning trail cameras if you live in a rural location. You’d be surprised at what wildlife you find is around you!

  24. Sue West says:

    Now we are back working from home that rugged Edge camera will be ideal for my hubby as he likes to escape into the wilds when he has a spare hour.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      The beauty of it – especially if you live somewhere relatively remote – is that he can just leave it set up somewhere discreet and return another day to see what he has captured. No need to get up before sunrise to see what you can capture!

  25. Aiesha Pearce says:

    I’ve seen a lot of version of a pocket translator, but the Pocketalk S has everything you need; voice translator, text translator, and even a data plan so you don’t need to find Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s stylish and small to carry anywhere and the big screen is a big help too.

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