Buying Christmas gifts could be a nightmare. Sometimes shopping for our loved ones is one of the most daunting tasks of the holiday season. For 2018, I’ve put together a luxury online holiday gift guide for that hard to buy for friend, family member or business colleague, featuring the latest in lifestyle, beauty, fashion and tech products, all with a travel spin and all available online.
For the ladies, fashion and accessories are always a great way to go. Some of the latest items include Ovcio’s ultra soft cashmere scarves and wraps featuring the world’s finest Mongolia cashmere made with RippleLite™ exclusive weaving technology. Travel in style with the stunning, fine leather, custom made Sweet Susan Trench, or celebrity favorite, the hands free, lightweight cross body Sash Bag made with the finest genuine and vegan leathers, or a custom designed tote by Dress for Cocktails, for which you can select the color and even add Chanel-inspired embellishments. For the ultra stylish jetsetter, the striking ruby red carry-on by Andiamo Luggage that features a unique 70/30 split case construction and USB port function, will delight. The classic luggage coupled with the modern Le Luxace clear pouch for your makeup and toiletries make airport security checks a breeze.
Express positive emotions through jewelry with universal words such as the handmade ‘amour’ bracelet in pink gold, part of the Atelier Paulin timeless collection, which can also be customized with your loved one’s name or favorite word, or a stunning piece from the limited edition, fine jewelry line by Italian-born designer Maddalena Bearzi, who creates designs in gold, silver and copper in her Southern California studio. Perhaps, a personalized watch by TreeHut made with natural wood that can be engraved with a memorable date or phrase.
To toast the holidays, wine and spirits are on the menu. A unique find is the quality tequila by Clase Azul, presented in beautiful ceramic bottles handcrafted by artisans in Mexico that can be used as a vase or decorative item after the final toast is made. Fine wines by Napa Valley’s Palmaz Vineyards and ROOT crafted cocktail mixers also make for wonderful corporate or hostess gifts.
As for that hard to buy for fellow, there’s innovative outerwear and performance apparel by Oros Apparel, insulated with aerogel, the same technology used by NASA, with jackets and parkas to keep him warm without the bulkiness, or you could buy a high quality, bespoke leather jacket in a wide range of styles and designs from The Jacket Maker. For unique stocking stuffers, check out the vibrant and exotically patterned undergarments by Toronto-based Bunch of Animals, or for the techie, the latest in ear buds by Oomo Sound or custom fitted earphones by Ultimate Ears.
Beauty and wellness products of note include beautifully packaged Aurum Skincare’s facial serums and masks made of birch from Northern Canada, while the revolutionary ZOE by QYKsonic facial massager has unveiled three new models (Luxx, Plus and Bliss), just in time for the holidays. Verte Essentials Voyager Beauty Collection offers up a selection of skincare products designed to reset and revive, while for upcoming beach getaways, the cellulite diminishing tool Fascia Blaster is the latest rage.
For the perfume lover, hand-mixed natural scented oils for women and men by inkling scents in such fragrant concoctions as Gossamer and Steel & Velvet, and socialite Paris Hilton’s latest scent Platinum Rush presented in a sparkling figurine bottle, make the cut.
For the home, gifts for your favorite couple (or singles), include FDA recognized wellness, 400 thread count bed sheets by Celliant, designed to promote restful sleep and increase blood flow and energy, or a coffee maker/grinder by Gourmia, that’s programmable and WiFi-enabled to start the morning brew from your bedroom – offers true first class service in your own home.
A must read book for that long haul flight or a day by the sea is the new international thriller “Mackenzie’s Secret” by S.A. Williams, which soon will be adapted to the big screen. For the resort set, why not a special edition retro beach towel from the first annual French Riviera Film Festival? It’s sure to be a collector’s item.
Probably the most unique gift idea I have discovered this season is Flytographer, a unique service that connects travelers with local photographers in 250 cities worldwide for fun, candid photo shoots. With Flytographer, travelers not only return with a beautiful souvenir, but they learn cool insider tips on what to eat, see and do, as they stroll the streets chatting with their local photographer. Customers can book their preferred photographer online, and photos are delivered five days after the shoot – the perfect souvenir that provides keepsake memories of a vacation for decades to come.
Cadeau, Geschenk, Podarok, Regalo, or in English – Present, we’re sure to make new memories as your friends and family members unwrap the gifts of the 2018 holiday season! ■