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Despite the awe of far off places, sometimes it’s the quotidian things tucked in a suitcase side pocket that elevate the experience. A chrome-plated toothbrush case and a tiny umbrella that fits in the palm of your hand are both useful and inspiring.
While your well-traveled loved ones may be expert packers, they’ll surely find a sliver of space for something small and special. Whether an update on the usual suspects like a new cashmere eye mask or an object they would have never have thought to buy like a portable bag hook, our edit of pocket-sized luxuries leave a lasting impression.
To create this list we thought about the moments in between the big adventure—brushing your teeth, resting your eyes, spilling red wine on your shirt—and selected pieces that bring ease, inspiration, and a little bit of luxury along the way.
Relais & Châteaux Gift Boxes
With 20 different options, this iconic travel brand has reminaged their classic experience gift boxes as little pouchess of luxury that make for an ideal stocking stuffer. Experiences can be anything from dinner at Eleven Madison Park to an overnight at Blackberry Farm and Mountain in Tennessee. You can even customize the gift as you please, depending on what the recipient loves to do. These chic little pouches are made entirely from recycled water bottles, and can be repurposed as a passport holder or cosmetic bag.
To buy: relaischateaux.com, from $110
SKII Facial Treatment Mask Set
This holiday season, give the gift of glowing complexion with SKII’s best-selling face mask. The secret ingredient in it is Pitera, rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and organic acids that leave the skin hydrated and visibly more radiant. You can choose between six and ten masks par box so all your friends can get in on the action.
To buy: nordstrom.com, from $95
Clive Christian Private Collection C Masculine Travel Refill Vial Set
Clive Christian’s vial set is perfect for the frequent travelers in your life. The fragrance is deep and smoky with notes of saffron, tobacco, and mandarin. But the best thing about it is that they can be refilled and re-used.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $150
Cambridge Audio Wireless Headphones
Move over AirPods! This sleek pair of wireless headphones delivers an absolutely outstanding sound quality and a charge lasts up to nine hours. They are also perfect for the gym since they have a sweat and water-resistant construction. And speaking of that, the headphones are super lightweight and come with three different-sized silicone earphone tips for the best fit.
To buy: amazon.com, $100
Roxanne Assoulin Custom Bracelet
A friendship bracelet but make it fashion! These vibrant Roxanne Assoulin bracelets are the best way to send a (eight-character) message this holiday season. They are handcrafted with enamel and gold-plated tiles and are total Instagram gold!
To buy: roxanneassoulin.com, $150
La Bouche Rouge Lipstick Set
A red lip will never go out of style. This refillable lipstick set consists of a stylish leather case and color refill of a gorgeous matte red shade called 70s America. La Bouche Rouge formulates its lipstick without allergens and perfume and it is all made in France.
To buy: barneys.com, $145
Byredo Rose Of No Man's Land Hand Cream
Hand cream is a skincare essential and even more so during the colder months so this Byredo stocking stuffer will definitely come in handy. This particular one smells like Pink Pepper and Turkish Rose Petals and absorbs fully into the skin leaving it soft and hydrated.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $40
Aerin Spearstone Bottle Stopper
The holidays are a time of celebration so next time your friends open a bottle of wine, they will have this beautiful bottle stopper to put in it. It has a gorgeous lapis stone on top and the gold-tone body looks super stylish.
To buy: saksfifthavenue.com, $105
Blue Lagoon Silica Mud Mask
If you have visited the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, you already know about the benefits of its silica mud firsthand. To put it bluntly, this stuff is absolutely amazing. It is a multitasking miracle that deep-cleanses and reduces visible pores. It is formulated without fragrances, parabens, and colors.
To buy: bluelagoon.com, $103
Louis Vuitton Key Pouch
This stylish case will put an end to losing your keys and finding loose change everywhere in your bag. It is crafted from Louis Vuitton’s signature coated canvas and has the company’s logo printed on it. It is compact in size and fits even in the smallest of purses.
To buy: louisvuitton.com, $205
Slip for Beauty Sleep Silk Sleep Mask
A good night’s sleep is essential to our wellbeing and this sleep mask will help anyone catch some Zs. It is 100 percent silk inside and out (yes, even its filler is pure silk)—mulberry silk to be exact, and it was made without any toxic dyes. It comes in ten pretty color options. And while you are shopping, grab one for you as well.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $50
Kai Body Buffer
This duo of hypoallergenic sponges gently cleanses and exfoliates the body while the natural essences they are infused with leaves it smelling divine. They are formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, phosphates, and are cruelty-free.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $40
Burberry Monogram Stripe E-Canvas AirPod Case
Protect your AirPods (or earphones) with this stylish case by Burberry. It is crafted from eco-conscious canvas and sports an allover print of the brand’s logo. It has a press-stud closure and can be securely attached to a backpack.
To buy: burberry.com, $210
Bottega Veneta Card Case in Intrecciato Nappa
A chic card case will always come in handy—whether it’s for the occasional night out or all the time because, really, who carries cash nowadays anyway? This one sports Bottega Veneta’s signature intrecciato woven leather pattern and is of course made in Italy. It has a central compartment and three more card slots. And last but not least, it comes in seven color shades so whether you are shopping for a man or a woman you will surely find one that matches his or her style.
To buy: bottegaveneta.com, $290
Smythson "Make It Happen" Panama Notebook
Encourage your loved ones to document their adventures in the new year with this beautiful mini notebook. It has a grosgrain leather cover and back and the words “Make It Happen" stamped at the front. It also features a grosgrain ribbon page marker.
To buy: barneys.com, $64
Acqua di Parma Arancia Di Capri Lip Balm
Chapped, dry lips are never a pretty sight (not to mention they can be painful). We think that lip balm is a year-round essential but this is especially true during the winter months. Acqua di Parma’s lip balm is formulated with shea butter that moisturizes and smells just like the brand’s Arancia di Capri fragrance—fresh and citrusy.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $21
La Maison du Chocolat Tapage Noisette Bar
Don’t know if your friends prefer milk or dark chocolate? This bar has a decadent layer of both, and slivers on hazelnuts in between—it’s definitely a crowd-pleaser.
To buy: lamaisonduchocolat.us, $14
Ralph Lauren Wyatt Bottle Coaster
This chic bottle coaster will not only protect any surface from annoying ring marks but it will also add a sophisticated touch to any tabletop. It is crafted from stainless steel and also has a removable saddle leather trim, as well as an “RL” engraved rivet.
To buy: saksfifthavenue.com, $95