Best Travel Gifts 2009

  • Vancouver watch for the 2010 Winter Olympics

    Photo: Davies + Starr

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    Use the Travel + Leisure holiday gift guide to find the perfect presents for travelers.

    From December 2009 By , ,

    Quick: what’s the next best thing to giving someone a plane ticket this holiday season? It’s buying a travel-related gift—something that either inspires travel or provides a practical benefit while on the road.

    “Travel gifts should make the travel experience easier or more comfortable, or be inspired by a specific destination or trip,” says Mimi Lombardo, fashion director at Travel + Leisure. And this year, she says, the trend is toward value and authenticity. “People are really looking for either a gift with a humanitarian element or something that will be truly useful.”

    With the economy still struggling, these trends are no surprise. Nor is the fact that 89 percent of consumers are planning to spend the same amount or less this holiday season than they did in 2008, according to the marketing research company NPD. Fortunately, valuing authenticity and pragmatism (over, say, brand name) is also wallet-friendly—an important consideration, since the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) anticipates that retailers will not be slashing prices as they did last year.

    In keeping with these trends, we found gifts to inspire travel as well as essential products to bring on your 2010 globe-trotting. For the spiritual traveler on your list, there’s a baggie of Intentional Chocolate candies, dark chocolate infused with positive energy and handmade by Tibetan monks ($15). (Add in an invitation to a yoga retreat for a creative “feel-good” combination gift.) If you’re looking for inspiration to return to Paris next year, order up the 1932 vintage cookbook I Know How to Cook ($45). Recently translated into English, its more than 1,400 recipes make up the bible of French cooking. And while walking along the Seine, you can look fashionable with a brightly colored water-resistant watch from Nixon ($55).

    To find travel-gift inspiration outside of our gift guide, check out Hammacher Schlemmer, where the travel section includes everything from electronic translators to shirt-pocket-size HD camcorders. And of course there’s everyone’s favorite seat-back catalogue, SkyMall, where you can buy such essential items as Aquabell Sets—plastic dumbbells you pack in your suitcase, then fill with water to work out.

    If you’re looking for a deal, try the website www.Black-Friday.com, which offers sneak peaks at the markdowns of retailers like Old Navy and Macy’s. We found the colorful, compact iLuv portable stereo speakers—great for taking music on the road—for under $25 (suggested retail: $35).

    Happy shopping. —Catesby Holmes

  • Plastic Diana F+ camera

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    2 of 43

    For the Peripatetic Amateur Photographer

    Plastic Diana F+ camera, which produces vignetted images. (Lomography Gallery Store; 212/529-4353; lomography.com; $95) —Christine Ajudua

  • globe

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    3 of 43

    For the Worldly One

    Digitally mapped table globe with aluminum base, Design Within Reach. (DWR Tools for Living stores; 800/944-2233; dwr.com; $295) —Christine Ajudua

  • Suitcase with cotton tote

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    4 of 43

    For the Glamorous Beach Bum

    Suitcase with cotton tote, sarong, and flat espadrilles, Lanvin. (Bergdorf Goodman; 888/774-2424; bergdorfgoodman.com; $738) —Christine Ajudua

  • cashmere slippers

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    5 of 43

    For the Globe-Trotter With Tired Feet

    Cashmere slippers with matching pouch, Williams-Sonoma Home. (Williams-Sonoma Home stores; 888/922-4108; wshome.com; $148) —Christine Ajudua

  • rabbit fur vest

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    6 of 43

    For the Après-Ski Bunny

    Rabbit fur vest, Adrienne Landau. (Saks Fifth Avenue; 877/551-7257; saksfifthavenue.com; $698) —Christine Ajudua

  • Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative travel capsules

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    7 of 43

    For the Frequent Flier

    Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative travel capsules for face and neck, Elizabeth Arden. (elizabetharden.com; Macy’s, 800/343-0121, macys.com; $68)

    Trip idea: For a more intensive restorative experience, book the Ultimate Wish spa package ($509)—including a facial, hot-stone massage, manicure, pedicure, shampoo, blow-dry, and more—at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa (various locations; 888/813-0391; reddoorspas.com). —Christine Ajudua

  • water-resistant watches

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    8 of 43

    For the Time Traveler

    Water-resistant watches with quartz faces and polyurethane straps, Nixon. (760/944-0900; nixonnow.com; $55 each) —Christine Ajudua

  • Intentional chocolate

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    9 of 43

    For the Spiritual Chocoholic

    Dark chocolate infused with positive energy by Tibetan monks, Intentional Chocolate. (intentionalchocolate.com; $15)

    Trip Idea: Learn how to meditate at Kripalu (packages from $155 per night, two-night minimum), a yoga and health center in the Berkshires with a variety of holistic “retreat and renewal” programs. —Christine Ajudua

  • gold ring

    Photo: Courtesy of Amedeo

    10 of 43

    For the Italian Art Aficionado

    18-karat-gold ring with agate cameo from Torre del Greco in Naples, Amedeo. (Amedeo boutique, New York, 212/737-4100; Bergdorf Goodman, 888/774-2424, bergdorfgoodman.com; $1,900) —Christine Ajudua

  • Vancouver watch for the 2010 Winter Olympics

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    11 of 43

    For the Guy Who’s Counting Down to the Games

    Limited-edition stainless-steel Vancouver watch for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Omega. (Omega, New York, 212/207-3333; Beverly Hills, Calif., 310/860-9990; omega.ch; $3,800)

    Trip idea: Vancouver also hosts the Cultural Olympiad 2010 (Jan. 22–March 21; vancouver2010.com) with gallery tours and performances by Canadian and international artists, including a Neil Young tribute. —Christine Ajudua

  • silk caftan

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    12 of 43

    For the Sea-Loving Sybarite

    Silk caftan, Farah Khan. (farahkhan.com; $938) —Christine Ajudua

  • books

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    13 of 43

    For the Armchair Traveler

    Customizable destination reading list, Idlewild Books. (Idlewild Books, New York; 212/414-8888; idlewildbooks.com; price upon request) —Christine Ajudua

  • polycarbonate hardcase luggage

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    14 of 43

    For the High Flier

    Rolling polycarbonate hardcase with Romero Britto print, Heys. (Neiman Marcus; 888/888-4757; neimanmarcus.com; $250) —Christine Ajudua

  • silver bracelet with sapphires and topaz

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    15 of 43

    For the Seeker of Exotic Gems

    Silver bracelet with sapphires and topaz, from Hong Kong–based M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza. (Bergdorf Goodman; 888/774-2424; bergdorfgoodman.com; $1,110) —Christine Ajudua

  • Portable stereo speakers

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    16 of 43

    For the Mobile Music Lover

    Portable stereo speakers, iLuv. (Neiman Marcus; 888/888-4757; neimanmarcus.com; $35) —Christine Ajudua

  • Down parka

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    17 of 43

    For the Alpine Sports Enthusiast

    Down parka, Nautica. (877/628-8422, nautica.com; Macy’s, 800/343-0121, macys.com; $198) —Christine Ajudua

  • leather handbag/clutch

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    18 of 43

    For the Woman About Town

    Folding leather handbag/clutch, Cartier. (Cartier boutiques; 800/227-8437; cartier.com; $980)

    Trip idea: Check out “Cartier and America” at the San Francisco Legion of Honor (Dec. 19–April 18; $20). More than 200 items including jewelry and timepieces from the Cartier Collection are on display to illustrate the Cartier Brothers’ early- and mid-20th-century travels. —Christine Ajudua

  • Leather boots with rubber soles

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    19 of 43

    For the Rough-Luxe Road Warrior

    Leather boots with rubber soles, Tsubo. (866/998-7826, tsubo.com; Dillards, 800/345-5273, dillards.com; Macy’s, 800/343-0121, macys.com; $190) —Christine Ajudua

  • wool hats

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    20 of 43

    For the Arctic Explorer

    Wool hats, Otto. (Moss, New York; 866/888-6677; mossonline.com; from $200 each) —Christine Ajudua

  • stainless-steel travel alarm

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    21 of 43

    For the Person Traveling Around the Clock

    Stainless-steel travel alarm, Verdura. (Verdura, New York; 212/758-3388; verdura.com; $250) —Christine Ajudua

  • DVDs

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    22 of 43

    For the Foreign-Film Buff

    DVD-of-the-month club, with movies sourced straight from international film festivals, film movement. (866/937-3456; filmmovement.com; from $15 per month)

    Trip idea: Don’t miss the Palm Springs International Film Festival (Jan. 5–18, 2010; psfilmfest.org; tickets from $10, on sale to public Dec. 26), with premiere screenings, panel discussions, and ample opportunities for stargazing in California’s Modernist desert city. —Christine Ajudua

  • shower gels

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    23 of 43

    For the Bathing Beauty

    Travel-size shower gels, Fruits & Passion. (866/638-8417; us.fruits-passion.com; $24 for set of six) —Christine Ajudua

  • earrings with amethyst and quartz

    Photo: Davies + Starr

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    For the Global Glitterati

    Earrings with amethyst and quartz, Asha by ADM. (ashabyadm.com; $695) —Christine Ajudua

  • nylon-canvas windbreaker

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    25 of 43

    For the Girl on the Go

    Packable nylon-canvas windbreaker, Yves Saint Laurent Edition 24 2009. (select Yves Saint Laurent boutiques; 212/980-2970; ysl.com; $1,790) —Christine Ajudua

  • travel wallet

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    26 of 43

    For the Organized Traveler

    Lizard-skin travel wallet, Adriana Castro. (866/460-4484; adrianacastroonline.com; $430) —Christine Ajudua

  • Christmas pudding

    Photo: Courtesy of Claridge’s

    27 of 43

    For the Sweet-Toothed Anglophile

    Limited-edition Christmas pudding, Claridge’s (one lucky bowl comes with a stay in a penthouse suite). (866/599-6991; claridges.co.uk; $47)

    Trip idea: Drop into Claridge’s (doubles from $664) for a Festive Champagne Afternoon Tea (Nov. 21–Jan. 3; tea for two from $142) with baked apple scones and mince pies in the hotel’s Art Deco foyer; the Southend Boys’ Choir sings Christmas carols on weekends. —Christine Ajudua

  • wool duffel bag

    Photo: Courtesy of Polo Ralph Lauren

    28 of 43

    For the Glamper

    Tartan wool duffel bag, Polo Ralph Lauren. (select Ralph Lauren stores; 888/475-7674; ralphlauren.com; $1,595) —Christine Ajudua

  • notebooks

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    29 of 43

    For the Journal-ist

    Box set of 14 notebooks, Hermès. (Hermès stores; 800/441-4488; hermes.com; $170) —Christine Ajudua

  • I Know How to Cook cookbook

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    30 of 43

    For the Foodie Francophile

    Best-selling 1932 French cookbook by Ginette Mathiot, now in English, Phaidon. (amazon.com; $45) —Christine Ajudua

  • Guggenheim lamp

    Photo: Courtesy of Megara

    31 of 43

    For the Museumgoer

    Guggenheim lamp, Megara. (800/329-6109; guggenheimstore.org; $55)

    Trip idea: Head to the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda on Dec. 20 or 21 to hear the George Steel–conducted Vox Vocal and Graham Ashton Brass Ensembles play holiday music (including a new work by wunderkind American composer Nico Muhly), free with admission ($18). —Christine Ajudua

  • tartan shoes

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    32 of 43

    For the Country Walker

    Shearling-lined tartan shoes with rubber soles, Sperry Top-Sider. (800/247-6575; sperrytopsider.com; $85) —Christine Ajudua

  • gold necklace

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    33 of 43

    For the Manhattan Fashion Plate

    14-karat-gold necklace with N.Y. initials, Ginette NY. (Ginette NY, New York; 212/627-3763; ginette-ny.com; $950) —Christine Ajudua

  • leather luggage tags

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    34 of 43

    For the Bright Young Thing

    Leather luggage tags, Tumi. (Tumi stores; 800/299-8864; tumi.com; $25 each) —Christine Ajudua

  • Extra virgin olive oil

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    35 of 43

    For Those Who Dream of Rolling Hills and Olive Groves

    Extra virgin olive oil, Nudo. (718/473-0732; nudo-italia.com; $42 for 500 mL tin)

    Trip idea: Adopt a tree on Nudo’s Italian Apennines estate in your giftee’s name ($150). They’ll get an invitation to visit and reap its bounty—four 500-milliliter and three 250-milliliter tins of olive oil—throughout the new year. —Christine Ajudua

  • sunglasses

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    36 of 43

    For the Sun Goddess

    Sunglasses, Tod’s. (Tod’s boutiques; 800/457-8637; tods.com; $350) —Christine Ajudua

  • wool scarf

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    37 of 43

    For the Jet-Setter With a Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi

    Wool scarf, Louis Vuitton. (866/884-8866; louisvuitton.com; $310) —Christine Ajudua

  • polycarbonate trolley

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    38 of 43

    For the Bond Girl (or Guy)

    Polycarbonate trolley, Rimowa. (rimowa.com; $880) —Christine Ajudua

  • Ralph Lauren Romance eau de parfum

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    39 of 43

    For Those Who Follow Their Noses

    Polo Black men’s travel spray (Macy’s; macys.com; $25); Ralph Lauren Romance eau de parfum rollerball (Macy’s; macys.com; $20) —Christine Ajudua

  • Lancome Genifique Eye Cream

    Photo: Courtesy of Lancôme

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    For the Red-Eye Passenger

    Lancôme Genifique Eye Cream (800-526-2663; lancome-usa.com; $59) —Christine Ajudua

  • Zegna Colonia Deodorant

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    41 of 43

    For the Man Who Likes to Feel Fresh on the Road

    Zegna Colonia Deodorant (Zegna boutiques, zegna.com; $20) —Christine Ajudua

  • Cotton shoulder bags

    Photo: Davies + Starr

    42 of 43

    For the Cartographically Inclined

    Cotton shoulder bags with silk-screened maps, Maptote (maptote.com; $20 each) —Christine Ajudua

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  • Vancouver watch for the 2010 Winter Olympics

    Quick: what’s the next best thing to giving someone a plane ticket this holiday season? It’s buying a travel-related gift—something that either inspires travel or provides a practical benefit while on the road.

    “Travel gifts should make the travel experience easier or more comfortable, or be inspired by a specific destination or trip,” says Mimi Lombardo, fashion director at Travel + Leisure. And this year, she says, the trend is toward value and authenticity. “People are really looking for either a gift with a humanitarian element or something that will be truly useful.”

    With the economy still struggling, these trends are no surprise. Nor is the fact that 89 percent of consumers are planning to spend the same amount or less this holiday season than they did in 2008, according to the marketing research company NPD. Fortunately, valuing authenticity and pragmatism (over, say, brand name) is also wallet-friendly—an important consideration, since the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) anticipates that retailers will not be slashing prices as they did last year.

    In keeping with these trends, we found gifts to inspire travel as well as essential products to bring on your 2010 globe-trotting. For the spiritual traveler on your list, there’s a baggie of Intentional Chocolate candies, dark chocolate infused with positive energy and handmade by Tibetan monks ($15). (Add in an invitation to a yoga retreat for a creative “feel-good” combination gift.) If you’re looking for inspiration to return to Paris next year, order up the 1932 vintage cookbook I Know How to Cook ($45). Recently translated into English, its more than 1,400 recipes make up the bible of French cooking. And while walking along the Seine, you can look fashionable with a brightly colored water-resistant watch from Nixon ($55).

    To find travel-gift inspiration outside of our gift guide, check out Hammacher Schlemmer, where the travel section includes everything from electronic translators to shirt-pocket-size HD camcorders. And of course there’s everyone’s favorite seat-back catalogue, SkyMall, where you can buy such essential items as Aquabell Sets—plastic dumbbells you pack in your suitcase, then fill with water to work out.

    If you’re looking for a deal, try the website www.Black-Friday.com, which offers sneak peaks at the markdowns of retailers like Old Navy and Macy’s. We found the colorful, compact iLuv portable stereo speakers—great for taking music on the road—for under $25 (suggested retail: $35).

    Happy shopping. —Catesby Holmes

  • Plastic Diana F+ camera

    For the Peripatetic Amateur Photographer

    Plastic Diana F+ camera, which produces vignetted images. (Lomography Gallery Store; 212/529-4353; lomography.com; $95) —Christine Ajudua

  • globe

    For the Worldly One

    Digitally mapped table globe with aluminum base, Design Within Reach. (DWR Tools for Living stores; 800/944-2233; dwr.com; $295) —Christine Ajudua

  • Suitcase with cotton tote

    For the Glamorous Beach Bum

    Suitcase with cotton tote, sarong, and flat espadrilles, Lanvin. (Bergdorf Goodman; 888/774-2424; bergdorfgoodman.com; $738) —Christine Ajudua

  • cashmere slippers

    For the Globe-Trotter With Tired Feet

    Cashmere slippers with matching pouch, Williams-Sonoma Home. (Williams-Sonoma Home stores; 888/922-4108; wshome.com; $148) —Christine Ajudua

  • rabbit fur vest

    For the Après-Ski Bunny

    Rabbit fur vest, Adrienne Landau. (Saks Fifth Avenue; 877/551-7257; saksfifthavenue.com; $698) —Christine Ajudua

  • Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative travel capsules

    For the Frequent Flier

    Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative travel capsules for face and neck, Elizabeth Arden. (elizabetharden.com; Macy’s, 800/343-0121, macys.com; $68)

    Trip idea: For a more intensive restorative experience, book the Ultimate Wish spa package ($509)—including a facial, hot-stone massage, manicure, pedicure, shampoo, blow-dry, and more—at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa (various locations; 888/813-0391; reddoorspas.com). —Christine Ajudua

  • water-resistant watches

    For the Time Traveler

    Water-resistant watches with quartz faces and polyurethane straps, Nixon. (760/944-0900; nixonnow.com; $55 each) —Christine Ajudua

  • Intentional chocolate

    For the Spiritual Chocoholic

    Dark chocolate infused with positive energy by Tibetan monks, Intentional Chocolate. (intentionalchocolate.com; $15)

    Trip Idea: Learn how to meditate at Kripalu (packages from $155 per night, two-night minimum), a yoga and health center in the Berkshires with a variety of holistic “retreat and renewal” programs. —Christine Ajudua

  • gold ring

    For the Italian Art Aficionado

    18-karat-gold ring with agate cameo from Torre del Greco in Naples, Amedeo. (Amedeo boutique, New York, 212/737-4100; Bergdorf Goodman, 888/774-2424, bergdorfgoodman.com; $1,900) —Christine Ajudua

  • Vancouver watch for the 2010 Winter Olympics

    For the Guy Who’s Counting Down to the Games

    Limited-edition stainless-steel Vancouver watch for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Omega. (Omega, New York, 212/207-3333; Beverly Hills, Calif., 310/860-9990; omega.ch; $3,800)

    Trip idea: Vancouver also hosts the Cultural Olympiad 2010 (Jan. 22–March 21; vancouver2010.com) with gallery tours and performances by Canadian and international artists, including a Neil Young tribute. —Christine Ajudua

  • silk caftan

    For the Sea-Loving Sybarite

    Silk caftan, Farah Khan. (farahkhan.com; $938) —Christine Ajudua

  • books

    For the Armchair Traveler

    Customizable destination reading list, Idlewild Books. (Idlewild Books, New York; 212/414-8888; idlewildbooks.com; price upon request) —Christine Ajudua

  • polycarbonate hardcase luggage

    For the High Flier

    Rolling polycarbonate hardcase with Romero Britto print, Heys. (Neiman Marcus; 888/888-4757; neimanmarcus.com; $250) —Christine Ajudua

  • silver bracelet with sapphires and topaz

    For the Seeker of Exotic Gems

    Silver bracelet with sapphires and topaz, from Hong Kong–based M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza. (Bergdorf Goodman; 888/774-2424; bergdorfgoodman.com; $1,110) —Christine Ajudua

  • Portable stereo speakers

    For the Mobile Music Lover

    Portable stereo speakers, iLuv. (Neiman Marcus; 888/888-4757; neimanmarcus.com; $35) —Christine Ajudua

  • Down parka

    For the Alpine Sports Enthusiast

    Down parka, Nautica. (877/628-8422, nautica.com; Macy’s, 800/343-0121, macys.com; $198) —Christine Ajudua

  • leather handbag/clutch

    For the Woman About Town

    Folding leather handbag/clutch, Cartier. (Cartier boutiques; 800/227-8437; cartier.com; $980)

    Trip idea: Check out “Cartier and America” at the San Francisco Legion of Honor (Dec. 19–April 18; $20). More than 200 items including jewelry and timepieces from the Cartier Collection are on display to illustrate the Cartier Brothers’ early- and mid-20th-century travels. —Christine Ajudua

  • Leather boots with rubber soles

    For the Rough-Luxe Road Warrior

    Leather boots with rubber soles, Tsubo. (866/998-7826, tsubo.com; Dillards, 800/345-5273, dillards.com; Macy’s, 800/343-0121, macys.com; $190) —Christine Ajudua

  • wool hats

    For the Arctic Explorer

    Wool hats, Otto. (Moss, New York; 866/888-6677; mossonline.com; from $200 each) —Christine Ajudua

  • stainless-steel travel alarm

    For the Person Traveling Around the Clock

    Stainless-steel travel alarm, Verdura. (Verdura, New York; 212/758-3388; verdura.com; $250) —Christine Ajudua

  • DVDs

    For the Foreign-Film Buff

    DVD-of-the-month club, with movies sourced straight from international film festivals, film movement. (866/937-3456; filmmovement.com; from $15 per month)

    Trip idea: Don’t miss the Palm Springs International Film Festival (Jan. 5–18, 2010; psfilmfest.org; tickets from $10, on sale to public Dec. 26), with premiere screenings, panel discussions, and ample opportunities for stargazing in California’s Modernist desert city. —Christine Ajudua

  • shower gels

    For the Bathing Beauty

    Travel-size shower gels, Fruits & Passion. (866/638-8417; us.fruits-passion.com; $24 for set of six) —Christine Ajudua

  • earrings with amethyst and quartz

    For the Global Glitterati

    Earrings with amethyst and quartz, Asha by ADM. (ashabyadm.com; $695) —Christine Ajudua

  • nylon-canvas windbreaker

    For the Girl on the Go

    Packable nylon-canvas windbreaker, Yves Saint Laurent Edition 24 2009. (select Yves Saint Laurent boutiques; 212/980-2970; ysl.com; $1,790) —Christine Ajudua

  • travel wallet

    For the Organized Traveler

    Lizard-skin travel wallet, Adriana Castro. (866/460-4484; adrianacastroonline.com; $430) —Christine Ajudua

  • Christmas pudding

    For the Sweet-Toothed Anglophile

    Limited-edition Christmas pudding, Claridge’s (one lucky bowl comes with a stay in a penthouse suite). (866/599-6991; claridges.co.uk; $47)

    Trip idea: Drop into Claridge’s (doubles from $664) for a Festive Champagne Afternoon Tea (Nov. 21–Jan. 3; tea for two from $142) with baked apple scones and mince pies in the hotel’s Art Deco foyer; the Southend Boys’ Choir sings Christmas carols on weekends. —Christine Ajudua

  • wool duffel bag

    For the Glamper

    Tartan wool duffel bag, Polo Ralph Lauren. (select Ralph Lauren stores; 888/475-7674; ralphlauren.com; $1,595) —Christine Ajudua

  • notebooks

    For the Journal-ist

    Box set of 14 notebooks, Hermès. (Hermès stores; 800/441-4488; hermes.com; $170) —Christine Ajudua

  • I Know How to Cook cookbook

    For the Foodie Francophile

    Best-selling 1932 French cookbook by Ginette Mathiot, now in English, Phaidon. (amazon.com; $45) —Christine Ajudua

  • Guggenheim lamp

    For the Museumgoer

    Guggenheim lamp, Megara. (800/329-6109; guggenheimstore.org; $55)

    Trip idea: Head to the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda on Dec. 20 or 21 to hear the George Steel–conducted Vox Vocal and Graham Ashton Brass Ensembles play holiday music (including a new work by wunderkind American composer Nico Muhly), free with admission ($18). —Christine Ajudua

  • tartan shoes

    For the Country Walker

    Shearling-lined tartan shoes with rubber soles, Sperry Top-Sider. (800/247-6575; sperrytopsider.com; $85) —Christine Ajudua

  • gold necklace

    For the Manhattan Fashion Plate

    14-karat-gold necklace with N.Y. initials, Ginette NY. (Ginette NY, New York; 212/627-3763; ginette-ny.com; $950) —Christine Ajudua

  • leather luggage tags

    For the Bright Young Thing

    Leather luggage tags, Tumi. (Tumi stores; 800/299-8864; tumi.com; $25 each) —Christine Ajudua

  • Extra virgin olive oil

    For Those Who Dream of Rolling Hills and Olive Groves

    Extra virgin olive oil, Nudo. (718/473-0732; nudo-italia.com; $42 for 500 mL tin)

    Trip idea: Adopt a tree on Nudo’s Italian Apennines estate in your giftee’s name ($150). They’ll get an invitation to visit and reap its bounty—four 500-milliliter and three 250-milliliter tins of olive oil—throughout the new year. —Christine Ajudua

  • sunglasses

    For the Sun Goddess

    Sunglasses, Tod’s. (Tod’s boutiques; 800/457-8637; tods.com; $350) —Christine Ajudua

  • wool scarf

    For the Jet-Setter With a Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi

    Wool scarf, Louis Vuitton. (866/884-8866; louisvuitton.com; $310) —Christine Ajudua

  • polycarbonate trolley

    For the Bond Girl (or Guy)

    Polycarbonate trolley, Rimowa. (rimowa.com; $880) —Christine Ajudua

  • Ralph Lauren Romance eau de parfum

    For Those Who Follow Their Noses

    Polo Black men’s travel spray (Macy’s; macys.com; $25); Ralph Lauren Romance eau de parfum rollerball (Macy’s; macys.com; $20) —Christine Ajudua

  • Lancome Genifique Eye Cream

    For the Red-Eye Passenger

    Lancôme Genifique Eye Cream (800-526-2663; lancome-usa.com; $59) —Christine Ajudua

  • Zegna Colonia Deodorant

    For the Man Who Likes to Feel Fresh on the Road

    Zegna Colonia Deodorant (Zegna boutiques, zegna.com; $20) —Christine Ajudua

  • Cotton shoulder bags

    For the Cartographically Inclined

    Cotton shoulder bags with silk-screened maps, Maptote (maptote.com; $20 each) —Christine Ajudua

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