T+L Editors Reveal Their Favorite Gifts to Give This Year

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black sunglasses and navy waist pack
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As editors, a big portion of our jobs at Travel + Leisure is — you guessed it — traveling. And now that we're finally able to return to our favorite destinations all over the globe with safety measures in mind, we're constantly on the lookout for the latest and greatest goods to bring along that make the journey more comfortable, memorable, or enjoyable. Suffice it to say, we like to think of ourselves as experts when it comes to selecting practical yet meaningful gifts.

As part of this year's gift guides — where you'll find something for everyone on your list, from long-distance friends to your favorite dinner host — we made sure to recommend a few of our personal favorite picks too.

Below, you'll find the gifts that are topping our shopping lists and wish lists this year, from a cozy pair of boots your loved one can wear around the house to a hip waist pack they can take on their next camping trip (or use everyday).

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Tiffany Knot Ring

rose gold ring
Courtesy of Tiffany

"Now that we're all going out again, it's time to dress up and break out the jewelry. I'm loving Tiffany & Co.'s new Knot Collection, which debuted this fall. It's modern but also timeless, subtle yet playful. The 18K rose gold ring, with its brilliant row of diamonds, adds just the right note of sparkle to any holiday look." — Jacqui Gifford, Editor in Chief

To buy: tiffany.com, $1,700

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Cultus Artem Moisture Milk

face cream
Courtesy of Cultus Artem

"Winter spells dryness — especially for regular travelers, like myself, where airplane air and mask usage is not doing my skin any favors. One way to combat it is to pick a solid, light moisturizer. I love this new product from Cultus Artem, a San Antonio-based niche beauty brand. The moisture milk contains hyaluronic acid, pomegranate seed oil, knotted sea kelp extract, and shiitake mushroom extract — all feel good ingredients." — Jacqui Gifford, Editor in Chief

To buy: cultusartem.com, $165

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Jean Paul Gaultier La Belle Eau de Parfum

Bottles of Le Belle and Le Male perfume fragrances
Courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier

Wearable anywhere, transport your senses around the world. Perfect for the traveler in your life, these sensual fragrances fit snugly in a suitcase or transcend an evening out close to home.

To buy: Jean Paul Gaultier La Belle Eau de Parfum

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Tory Burch Dot Ballet Flats

flat shoes with polka dots
Courtesy of Tory Burch

"Who doesn't live in flats these days? A little bit whimsical and utterly practical, this is the perfect 'statement' walking shoe. You can easily wear them with black pants or jeans and a great fall sweater, on the plane or off." — Jacqui Gifford, Editor in Chief

To buy: toryburch.com, $248

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Silhouette Sunglasses

Courtesy of Cool Frames

"As I set out on the road again this year, I would throw everything in my bag, unsure of how to pack after so much time NOT traveling. My travel goal in 2022? Go light again. Silhouette, an Austrian eyewear brand, makes the lightest sunglasses of high-tech titanium. Even the case is light, so it won't weigh down your bag; they can even fit in an evening bag." — Jacqui Gifford, Editor in Chief

To buy: coolframes.com, $300

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Bean Box World Coffee Tour

coffee box
Courtesy of Amazon

"It's a fact: Travelers need energy. Energy to board a long-haul flight. Energy to combat jet lag. Energy to spend hours exploring a destination. And nothing offers a quick jolt quite like a good, warm cup of java. Even better, visiting the world's coffee shops — and interacting with the locals in them — provides a peek into a place's culture. So, this year, I'll be gifting all my travel- and coffee-loving friends and family Bean Box's World Coffee Tour, which, like its name suggests, will transport them (or at least their taste buds) to a new destination every day, offering some delicious future travel inspiration along the way. The package comes with more than 15 freshly roasted coffees from the globe's top producing regions, tasting notes and brewing tips included. One morning, they'll be sipping a chocolatey blend from Latin America; the next, a fruity, cherry-forward roast from Africa." — Alisha Prakash, Senior Digital Editor

To buy: amazon.com, $90

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Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarer Smart Glasses

Courtesy of Amazon

"I love to give gifts that I already have and find incredibly useful or fun. Most recently, I got a pair of Ray-Ban Stories Smart Glasses and instantly found them to be my new go to accessory. They are the perfect accoutrement to my phone allowing me to take calls, listen to music, and of course, snap photos or videos in an instant. They are also perfect for nailing a mirror selfie without having to find the perfect angle of your phone. But, my favorite part is that they come in the classic Wayfarer style, which adds just a bit of edge to anything you wear." — Deanne Kaczerski, Digital Content Director

To buy: amazon.com, $299

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Patagonia Black Hole Waist Pack 5L

fanny pack
Courtesy of Patagonia

"Since we're all *still* carrying extra masks and hand sanitizer, there's nothing more useful than a waist pack. Patagonia's Black Hole bags are just big enough to fit all your pandemic accessories — plus your phone, charger, earbuds, and a snack — without being too bulky. It's the perfect thing for travel these days, whether that means racing through the airport, hitting the ski slopes, or vibing by the pool at the brand-new Baja Club Hotel in La Paz, Mexico." — Paul Brady, Articles Editor

To buy: patagonia.com, $59

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'Italian Hours' by Henry James

Courtesy of Penguin Random House

"I like to give travel-related books as holiday gifts, and one of my favorites is this collection of essays about Italy by Henry James, written during his many trips there from 1872 to 1909. It's a fascinating insight into what European travel was like for Americans in the 19th- and early 20th-centuries, as well as a snapshot of Italian life at the time, from Rome to Venice, Florence to Naples. The most striking thing is how many of James' observations — especially the longing for a more romantic version of the country and the dismay at modern life — are just as familiar today as they were 150 years ago." — John Wogan, Special Projects Editor

To buy: penguinrandomhouse.com, amazon.com, from $6

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Ugg Ultra Classic Mini Boots

Courtesy of Ugg

"When I first saw a New York Times article about the 'Highly Unlikely Yet Totally Predictable Return of Uggs,' I did the following: 1) Marvel at the ongoing renaissance of early-2000s fashion, 2) shudder at the memory of how I used to style them in high school (with a henley and boot cut jeans, of course!), and 3) buy a pair immediately. Uggs have always been some of the comfy-coziest shoes in the game, and this chronically cold-footed editor didn't take much convincing. But it helped that these are not the Uggs of 20 years ago: The brand recently launched a collaboration with Telfar, a platform style that must look good on somebody, and these Ultra Minis, an update on the classic boot that almost feels sleek enough to wear with a real outfit. Almost." — Hannah Walhout, Senior Editor

To buy: ugg.com, nordstrom.com, $140

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Estelle Colored Glass Wine Glasses

stemless wineglasses
Courtesy of Nordstrom

"These beautiful wine glasses come in a rainbow of cheerful colors that are certain to brighten up any bar cart (because they're way too pretty to store away in a cabinet!). They make the perfect gift for the entertainer in your family or friend group." — Elizabeth Rhodes, Associate Digital Editor

To buy: nordstrom.com, $160

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champagne bottles
Courtesy of Total Wine

"Pop the bubbly, we've made it through another wild year! Champagne might be a basic holiday gift, but it feels especially apt this year as we celebrate the return to holiday gatherings and travel. And if you're not celebrating with friends and family in person this holiday season, you can now easily ship sparkling straight to their homes. These Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque bottles are a beautiful gift, and you can never go wrong with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Cheers to that!" — Elizabeth Rhodes, Associate Digital Editor

To buy: (left) totalwine.com, $180; (right) totalwine.com, $55

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Airbnb Gift Card

gift card
Courtesy of Airbnb

"An Airbnb gift card is great for all types of travelers — whether it's the adventurer who's been dreaming of sleeping in a tree house, yurt, or barn; the luxury seeker who wants their own beachfront villa or ski chalet; or the practical one who might need a comfortable and conveniently located place to rest their head as they travel to visit family and friends. Plus, now there are local experiences they can redeem either on their travels or virtually from home."— Nina Ruggiero, Deputy Digital Editor

To buy: airbnb.com

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Summersalt The Coziest Cashmere Blend Jogger

tan joggers
Courtesy of Summersalt

"An elevated take on the classic sweatpant, these cashmere joggers are a must-have for the person on your holiday shopping list who has been living in loungewear for the past 18 months. I have a pair myself and plan to wear them all winter long, whether I'm lounging at home or road tripping to a cold weather destination. Who wouldn't want to feel like they're wrapped up in their favorite sweater from head to toe?" — Madeline Diamond, Ecommerce Writer

To buy: summersalt.com, $95

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