What Our Editors Are Shopping for This Holiday Season

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The staff of Departures weighs in on their top present picks.

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'Tis the magical season for showing appreciation to your loved ones. And as editors here, we're privileged to be surrounded by beautiful, inspiring and exciting new designs every day, so it feels like we've been researching for this all year. 

For our gift guides this year, we've been busy scouring the depth of the internet for the best gift ideas that will delight everyone on your list—even the pickiest. From the foodie fiend, to the new parents, to the photographer, to the dog-obsessed, or the one on your list who needs a little TLC. But sometimes its the most personal of recommendations that spark the best ideas.  

Related: The Best Luxury Backpacks to Take with You on Your Next Trip

Which is why we're letting you in on our gift-giving arsenal of ideas to both give (family, friends, and loved ones should look away now) and also the gifts we'd love to receive (you can look back now and take notes, friends). From a lightweight and luxurious travel bag that our style director can't travel without, to elaborate porcelain decor, rare wines, and a new classic watch, there's something for every type of luxury shopper you love. 

Here's what our editors are either hoping to score this season or to gift to the favorite people in their life. 

Montunas Convertible Canvas Backpack with Cognac


Courtesy Montunas

"I recently traveled around the world with a shockingly spacious Montunas bucket bag that converts to a backpack — the chicest answer to the latter half of the “carry on plus personal item” rule, and something nearly all of my friends have already covetously asked (/ hinted) about."

—Alessandra Codinha, Style Director

To buy: $643; montunas.com

Augarten Wien Espresso Cup And Saucer


Courtesy Moda Operandi

"Maybe it’s because I share my home with two rambunctious young kids who break everything in their sight, but I dream of one day surrounding myself with elaborate porcelain tableware, like this hand-painted espresso cup and saucer by Augarten Wien."  

—Flora Stubbs, Features Director

To buy: $420modaoperandi.com

Deluxe Passport Cover + Luggage Tag Set


Courtesy Leatherology

"My favorite thing to get my travel-loving friends is a cute and custom passport and luggage tag set. I love the ones from Leatherology, they feel special with the personalization and they make traveling and navigating the airport more fun and stylish."  

—Alessandra Amodio, Photo Editor

To buy: $85, leatherology.com 

Showstopping Backgammon Sets


Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

"There's nothing I look forward to more during the holidays than settling somewhere cozy with wine, friends, and some backgammon. Though I love finding old sets when traveling (Marrakech's old medina has some gems) I'm eyeing up a few online. For traditional, there's a timeless investment piece like Aerin's croc leather set (to buy: $3,150; saksfifthavenue.com) that can be passed down for generations; for on-the-go play there's Hector Saxe's suede Victor Travel set (to buy: $475; barneys.com) that rolls up and fastens; or check out this cheery and chic acrylic set from Australian outdoor accessories label SunnyLife (to buy: $160; shopbop.com)." 

—Tal Dekel-Daks, Audience Engagement Editor 

Smeg Retro Variable Temperature Kettle


Courtesy Neiman Marcus

"I love retro kitchen appliances. This mid-century modern kettle from Smeg is so chic, and also makes for a lovely statement piece to have on the kitchen counter in the wintertime. I'm constantly heating up water for tea or pour over coffee, so I need a reliable kettle—bonus points if it doubles as decor!"

—Ellie Nan Storck, Associate Digital Editor

To buy: $200, neimanmarcus.com

Alcohol Gifts For the Booze Hound


From Left: Courtesy Wine.com [2]; Courtesy Caskers; Courtesy Astor Wines

"Whether it’s for the holidays, birthdays, or as a thank you, I’m a huge proponent of giving gifts that are consumable. Some can find it difficult to justify spending a hefty chunk of change on a nice bottle of whiskey or a fine bottle of wine, which is why the holidays are a great excuse to pamper the ones that you love. For the red wine lover, a bottle of Mount Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Sentinel (To buy: $60; wine.com), which has a Sonoma sweetness but the structure of a Napa wine. White wine drinkers will love a bottle of Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc (To buy: $75; wine.com) for its vibrant acidity and notes of beeswax, chamomile, and honeysuckle.

For the whiskey aficionado, a bottle of Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Rye (To buy: $250; continentalws.com) is perfect—it has a strong vanilla aroma and finishes with notes of clove and butter. For the gin drinker, go for a bottle of Monkey47 (To buy: $76; astorwines.com). One of the best gins on the market right now, Monkey47 offers a complex array of botanicals while also being juniper-forward. Whatever bottle you go with, I’m sure whoever is the gift recipient will be more than thrilled." 

—Sean Flynn, Deputy Digital Editor

19th Century Sapphire and Diamond Cluster Earrings


Courtesy FD Gallery

“I melt over anything from FD Gallery, located on the Upper East Side, Manhattan. Their rare and vintage fine jewelry finds, in particular, (from a 1940s diamond ‘Trombino’ ring by Bulgari to a diamond elephant pendant by Boivin) are utterly breathtaking and make for truly special gifts. For the holidays, I’m lusting over these plush 19th-century sapphire and diamond cluster earrings.

—Annie Davidson, Editor

To buy: Price available on request; (212) 772-2440

Galop d'Hermès' Watch 


Courtesy Net-a-Porter

"I didn’t think any watch could top my love for the classic Hermès Cape Cod, but the new Galop shape is an instant classic. This holiday season, I’m taking a less is more approach, investing in pieces that have quality and lasting appeal. I can see myself passing this watch on to my daughters." 

—Melissa Ventosa Martin, Fashion Director

To buy: from $3,650; net-a-porter.com

Agent Provocateur Classic Silk-satin Pyjama Trousers


Courtesy Matches Fashion

"If what we wear really does say something about who we are, then my usual loungewear (men’s basketball shorts, oversized sweatshirts, Crocs) needs a serious reboot. Enter Agent Provocateur’s silk pajama set: luxurious and sexy, yet oh-so-comfortable."

—Erin Lengas, Editorial Operations Associate

To buy: $163; matchesfashion.com

A Facial at Silver Mirror


Courtesy Silver Mirror

"Silver Mirror has changed the way that I look at getting a facial. This facial bar, with two locations in NYC and a recently opened location in DC, offers a quick and effective way to maintain healthy skin on a regular basis. Choose from their menu of 30 or 50-minute treatments and discuss your skincare concerns and goals with an experienced esthetician to create a customized, targeted facial just for you. Silver Mirror’s philosophy is simple: make taking care of your skin a priority just like we might regularly prioritize getting our hair trimmed, going to the gym, or going to the nail salon. A facial doesn’t always have to be a lengthy, costly event. Even going once will be a treat for anyone on your list. Who knows, maybe you’ll help Silver Mirror find their newest regular."

—Hannah Belport, Editorial Operations Coordinator

To buy: From $83; silvermirror.com