The travel lover's Christmas gift guide by Contemporary Class
Christmas; the season for giving. From statement presents to stocking fillers, we’ve rounded up the best gifts for travel-lovers that Santa himself would be proud to gift.
There are two types of packer in this world; the precision packer who spends three weeks preparing, and the laid back last minute types who shove it all in and hope for the best. Either way, we’re yet to come across anyone who enjoys packing. However, Saint Luke’s holdalls’ feature bold colours and tropical patterns that make it feel like your adventure has begun from the moment you start the process. These weekend bags are designed to reflect travel, adventure and personality. From the packed beaches of Ibiza, to the eclectic favelas of Brazil, or a remote rum-shack in the Caribbean, a Saint Luke holdall is at home everywhere you go. Our pick? The St Barths - Mid Haul in vibrant green with a tropical pineapple lining. Pass the piña coladas.
Convenience and size needn’t mean a compromise on sound. Lightweight and compact the Libratone TOO bluetooth speaker is the perfect companion for any traveller on your gift list. Combining minimal design with maximal sound, the TOO will fill any room (or beach, BBQ, boat party) with big, rich, authentic sound. As an added bonus it’ll have you rocking around the Christmas tree on Christmas day, TOO. Available in a range of colours, including a very festive red.
Whether you’re gift shopping for a backpacker, a city breaker, a beach bum or a yachtie, Dock & Bay’s microfibre towels in distinctive cabana colours are the perfect stocking filler. They’re compact, eye catching and sand free - the ultimate must have for sunbathing in style. Available for purchase in our online store.
If your friends and family are anything like us, we’re sure they’ll consider local delicacies an integral part of their journey. There’s something about eating as a local that offers a whole other insight into a country’s culture. For times when they’re not on the road, why not gift them one of our favourite cookbooks to make them feel like they are. You never know, they might even invite you round for dinner too - the gift that keeps on giving let’s say!
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ‘a flamingo floating on the sea’. Equally catchy, a little more 2018 than a partridge in a pear tree, and a far preferable option to put under the tree for your travel-loving friends and family. The Sunnylife rose gold edition is our pick and we can guarantee, sea or no sea, you’ll have fun blowing it up on Christmas morning. Head to our online store to purchase.
Away’s savvy suitcases are designed to bring ‘thoughtful standards to modern travel’. Features include a security compliant in-built charger, and compression technology that helps you to squeeze in more clothes without the dreaded creasing. This minimalist scratch-resistant suitcase is one with style, substance and soul. Away believe that the world is a shared place and so have partnered with Peace Direct, a nonprofit building peace in areas of conflict around the world. A gift from Away contributes to their work because, as they believe, ‘we’re all in this together’. Our pick? The Halo; icy white with a pearlescent finish. A limited edition as part of the Solstice collection to mark the 21st December solstice, a shared global moment.
Launched in 2018 by Instagram powerhouse duo Zanna van Dijk and Natalie Glaze, the Stay Wild Swim collection is the perfect gift for the style savvy, ethically conscious beach lover in your life. Their one piece suits and bikinis are made in the UK from regenerated ocean plastic using the most sustainable practices possible. The founders are avid travellers, have a love affair with the sea and are committed to raising awareness of the marine plastic problem facing our oceans. Their mission; to produce beautiful swimwear with a purpose designed to flatter every woman. A word of warning. Their launch collection was a sell out and they’ve just restocked - so act quickly.
She’s looking fly in Stay Wild Swim so he really needs to turn up on the beach too. Enter Dock & Bay’s quick swim shorts in stylish cabana striped designs. Each pair is made from 100% recycled plastic, by way of 6 plastic bottles, so the travelling male in your life will not only look the part, he’ll be doing his bit for the planet too. Shop Dock & Bay products in our online store.
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