Everyone has someone in their life that loves to travel, whether it be for work or because they love to see the world. Believe it or not, these people are actually very easy to buy for!
The best luxury travel gifts seamlessly combine practicality with style. It is one of my favourite things to shop for and when buying for others, I love to look for personalised travel gifts to make it that little bit extra special.
Most of these travel gift ideas are from Smythson or Aspinal of London, two of the companies that I think do some of the best personalised luxury travel accessories around that both look great and really last.
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Top Tip: Everything I have recommended in this list has both international shipping options and a gift wrapping service.
Luxury Passport Cover
I thought these were a bit unnecessary until my brand new passport got water all over it, the second time I have managed to do that to one. Luckily it wasn’t so bad that I needed replacing (unlike my first one that led to an emergency trip to the British embassy in Costa Rica).
So for the epitome of practical and pretty (my favourite combo) personalised travel gifts, it has to be Smythson. They do the most luxurious, classic and understated leather travel accessories that really do stand the test of time and any luxury travel lover will be thrilled with. The Panama Passport Holder is the most practical in my opinion, with additional spaces for up to four credit cards and a press snap closure to prevent anything falling out.
You can go classic in colours such as black, navy or mahogany, or jazz it up with a scarlet, mustard yellow or pink choice. Personalisation is an added extra, but there are lots of customisation options, including adding a motif above your initials. It has to be the plane one for me…
Personalised Travel Document Holder
Of all the travel wallets I have had and seen over the years, nothing comes close to the Aspinal Classic Travel Wallet. It actually has space for everything (including coins) and can also fit airport issued boarding passes in with ease, a feature an alarming amount of travel wallets I have owned failed to manage.
It’s slimline, a classic and a great gift for men and women alike, with options in a variety of colours with smooth, lizard or croc effect Italian leather.
Click here for the range in more classic colours and here for some of the more vibrant colours with contrasting linings.
Top Tip: They also sell this travel wallet as part of a set that also comes with a passport holder and two luggage tags.
Customised Zipped Coin & Card Holder
The purse I carry around at home is alarmingly heavy and has a gazillion cards, receipts and dry cleaning tickets that would just be an absolute pain in the behind to replace if I ever lost it (luckily, this hasn’t happened yet, TOUCH WOOD). That, along with my desire to try and reduce the weight of my ever heavy carry-on bag when I travel, led me to the purchase of a “travel purse”.
Requirements for this are spaces to hold a couple of cards and some cash and most importantly, it must be small enough to fit into a small clutch bag for the evening. Enter the Aspinal of London Zipped Coin & Card Holder. Again, this comes in a range of colours and leather effects and is equally suitable for men or women.
Custom Longchamp Le Pliage Tote Bag
The Longchamp totes will always remind me of travelling as they are so incredibly versatile and as such, always make it into my suitcase no matter the destination. They are made from a nylon material that makes them water resistant and machine washable, come in every colour combination and size imaginable and have different handle length options dependant on whether you want to carry it over your shoulder or not.
They also fold up into virtually nothing, so the big ones are great to pack on shopping trips in case you may need an additional bag to check on your way home (me every time I go to New York). I also pack a small one to act as both my handbag and beach bag as my carry on is the size of a small house. If there is a better bag for travel, I have yet to find it.
I am not alone in this view and as such this bag has been incredibly popular for many years now and I expect that to continue. However, I generally like to have my stuff a bit different, so the personalisation option for Le Pliage is most welcome. It’s more than that though, you actually get to build your own bag; you can select the shape, handle type, hardware colour and interior & exterior colours. You also have options for monogramming (there’s even a choice of font), stamping and patterns.
Personalised Travel Jewellery Case
One of my favourite travel accessories; stylish, dinky and crafted from responsibly sourced Italian leather, it’s a great way to transport your jewellery without damaging it or risking losing a tiny earring at the bottom of your bag, an ever present hazard if you just use jewellery pouches.
This Monica Vinader leather trinket box comes in both classic and more vibrant colour options (I love the turquoise) and the optional monogram service is a complimentary extra. Monica Vinader also offer a generous 100 day returns policy, free delivery around the world and a five year warranty and lifetime repair service.
Side Note: This website also has a great range of rather lovely jewellery…you have been warned.
Personalised Toiletry Bag for Him
Hanging wash bags are insanely practical and save you having to unpack everything (like there’s room around the sink after I’ve got all of my stuff out). This beautiful cognac coloured leather toiletry bag is waterproof and the inside can be wiped down with ease for that inevitable shampoo explosion.
Luxury Personalised Luggage Tags
Out of everything on this list, luggage tags are most definitely an essential travel item. Getting them from Smythson is probably not, but they really are beautiful and an excellent gift for any luxury travel lover.
The sage is my favourite colour and the personalisation options allow you to add initials, select your font and pick your colour.
Final Thoughts: Personalised Travel Gifts for Luxury Travellers
Personalised travel accessories are great gift ideas for anybody that loves to travel and the addition of monogramming their initials adds that lovely personal touch. Happy shopping!