If you are stuck in a mid December present rut, do not fret. When a cashmere scarf is too dull, gold too bling and art too personal, look out of the box and back in again and go for practical yet stylish gifts for even the most worldly globetrotting family and friends.
Whether it is an annual luxury escape or weekly jet setting business jaunts, most people pack up a suitcase from time to time and with travel, comes need for stylish accompaniments. Take it from Italian style purveyors Dolce & Gabbana. "We both believe in practical luggage that is functional and looks great at the same time," explains Stefano Gabbana. "And when it comes to travel, accessories really come into their own," he adds.
So, here at LUXOS HQ we have compiled a hit list of gifts from luxe luggage to essential on board accessories for jet setting gents and luxe-trotting ladies...
Domenico Dolce says he always travels with the same basics - a black suit, four shirts, a cashmere sweater and jeans. And while jeans and suits are quite a personal purchase, what stylish globetrotter wouldn't say yes to a cashmere sweater or a new shirt. Burgundy is top of the hues this winter and is a great team player with black, navy, brown, camel and grey, while a print shirt will pep up every day jeans or add a suave finish to a simple suit. Dolce & Gabbana's gold-fit shirt is sharp, sleek and with just a subtle hint of print with stitched Swiss dots.
The carry on
Refined travel calls for refined accessories so a slick leather passport cover, we love this oak brown leather cover from Mulberry, a cool carry on (Globe Trotter have a great collection of classic yet contemporary fibre-board and leather cases) and a sleep inducing cashmere eye mask all make great gifts.
A watch has to be the ultimate luxury gift for the jet setting businessman and Bremont's ALT1-WT/WH World Timer Automatic Chronograph Watch is not only style soaked, but shows 24 time zones from Alaska to the Azores.
The carry on
What do us ladies need when travelling? Bags. It is simple. Whether a new sophisticated suitcase for her weekend capsule wardrobe (Gucci's red leather and gold detailing structured trolley is the epitome of chic), a handy hands free and style brimming backpack – go for Jil Sander's triangular yellow backpack for statement style or for something more seamless, Marc by Marc Jacobs' black Luna leather backpack or how about a belt bag for minimalist essentials (yes they are back in fashion).
You can't go wrong with arm, back or hip candy to carry you across time zones and seasons. And instead of a very uncouth plastic bag bursting at the seams, Anya Hindmarch's transparent PVC travel case with patent leather trim allows you and your make-up to whizz through security in style.
Pyjamas and socks may be mocked for Christmas, but when it comes to long-haul flights it is essential to slip into something a little more comfortable yet retain the style credentials. Equipment's woven navy pyjama set, Falke's No. 1 cashmere socks and Theory's waffle knit cashmere eye mask and pillow set will ensure a stylish snooze. And make sure to prep your skin ahead of arrival with nothing but the best – Eve Lom's Travel Essentials Set is the perfect buddy for tired and jet lagged skin.
As an alternative to a movie marathon, a good old-fashioned book is a great way to while away the mile high hours. The New York Times' '36 hours' series will inspire even the most seasoned of travellers with its stylish recommendations and insider travel tips and if it is too heavy for hand luggage, will make a great coffee table companion.