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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.
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—listening to music, resting your eyes, putting on makeup—and selected pieces that bring ease, inspiration, and a little bit of luxury along the way.
Guinot Longue Vie Levres Vital Lip Care
Perfect for winter, Guinot’s Longue Vie Lèvres uses powerful ingredients like vitamin C and niacinamide for anti-aging and softness. This lip treatment strengthens and protects the delicate skin on the lips, restoring volume and leaving a balmy and smooth result.
To buy: $37, dermstore.com
Montblanc Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Classique Ballpoint Pen
With this elegant Montblanc pen, filling out a customs form on the plane or signing a credit card receipt will feel anything but mundane. Inspired by the color of the night sky, the pen is crafted from resin in a deep blue shade. The cap is milled with a fox face pattern and reveals a famous sentence from the book The Little Prince.
To buy: $515, montblanc.com
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather AirPods Case
What can be more stylish than carrying a pair of AirPods in this Bottega Veneta burgundy leather case? It sports the company’s signature Intrecciato pattern and features a black matte lobster clasp that can be attached to a bag or a loop.
To buy: $460, matchesfashion.com
111SKIN Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask
Formulated with 24-karat gold and Damask Rose extract, this luxurious face mask brightens the skin tone, treats redness, and hydrates the skin in just 20 minutes. It is the best post-travel face treatment that delivers spa-worthy results.
To buy: $95/set of 5, net-a-porter.com
Louis Vuitton Horizon Wireless Headphones
These cool headphones are the result of the partnership between Louis Vuitton and the New York-based luxury audio company Master & Dynamic. The design features the French house’s legendary monogram and comes in several bold hues, including this one in neon yellow. The headphones deliver an impeccable, well-balanced audio experience and have noise-canceling and ambient-listening modes.
To buy: $1,190, louisvuitton.com
La Maison du Chocolat Dark Chocolate Truffles
It’s the best time of the year to indulge in some delicious dark chocolate. La Maison du Chocolat’s beautifully packaged truffles are made with rich ganache dipped in dark chocolate, and then finely dusted with cocoa.
To buy: $9, lamaisonduchocolat.us
Gucci G Cube Cufflinks
The devil may be in the details but when those details are Gucci, they become devilishly stylish. These elaborately engraved cufflinks in sterling silver will certainly add a touch of flamboyance to any gentleman’s attire.
To buy: $470, saksfifthavenue.com
Hermès Rouge Satin Lipstick
One of the most exciting beauty launches of the year was certainly Hermès’ foray into makeup. The French house’s line of satin-finish lipsticks, Rouge Hermès, consists of 14 bold shades inspired by the brand’s heritage. The Rough H, for example, is a gorgeous dark red with a hint of brown that was created especially for Hermès in 1925.
To buy: $67, hermes.com
Fendi Monster Credit Card Case
Fendi’s playful monster motif makes for a fun accent in this classic credit card case. It is made from saffiano leather in black and red and fits up to six cards.
To buy: $320, saksfifthavenue.com
Cartier Love Bracelet
Cartier’s Love bracelet is such a classic! The beautiful unisex design features the iconic screw motifs and comes in white, pink, and yellow gold.
To buy: from $4,350, cartier.com
Stone & Strand Tiny Zodiac Stud
This tiny stud earring is for the astrology enthusiast in your life. All twelve zodiac signs are made from ethically-sourced solid 14-karat gold and have a silicone back that won’t irritate the skin.
To buy: $70, stoneandstrand.com
SVNR Guayaquil Barrette
All SVNR pieces are one-of-a-kind and are made with found and up-cycled materials. This beautiful barrette is inspired by the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil and features an aquamarine, chrysoprase, and a cultured pearl symbolizing the colors of the land and sea.
To buy: 4150, svnrshop.com
Abas Men's Ostrich Luggage Tags, Set of Two
Any frequent traveler can use this set of two luggage tags crafted from high-quality ostrich leather. To make the gift more personal, take advantage of the complimentary embossing service.
To buy: $300, neimanmarcus.com
Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth Speaker
This wireless speaker may come in a micro size but it packs quite a punch when it comes to its audio quality. It is the perfect gift for the outdoorsy melomaniac in your life who loves camping, hiking, and biking to the sound of his or her favorite tunes.
The speaker is completely waterproof, scratch-resistant, and only weighs about 10 ounces.
To buy: $99, Nordstrom.com
Apple Watch Hermès - 40mm Fauve Barénia Leather Double Tour
Treat a friend or a family member to a new and very stylish Apple Watch strap by Hermès. The extra-long Double-Tour wraps around the wrist twice—a design that has become emblematic for the French maison. It is handcrafted in France from smooth leather with classic contrast stitching.
To buy: $619, apple.com
Gillette Heated Razor Starter Kit by GilletteLabs
Gilette’s game-changing heated razor will turn an annoying grooming routine into a much pleasurable experience. The warming bar heats up in just a second to soothe the skin while the razor’s five blades deliver a smooth shave with just one move.
To buy: $200, gilette.com
Burberry Trafalgar Check Foldable Umbrella
An umbrella is a practical gift that will please both men and women, especially during the colder months. A Burberry umbrella in a vintage print takes things one step further and becomes a fashion statement. This one has a smooth leather handle and folds into a compact easy-to-carry size.
To buy: $260, bergdorfgoodman.com
Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire Scented Beard Oil
It’s been a challenging year that most of us spent at home so if the number of men with beards on your holiday gift list has grown exponentially, you are probably not alone. But you can rest assured that this luxurious Cartier beard oil will please even the most demanding of them all. It has a smooth texture that moisturizes both the beard and the skin beneath it without leaving that dreaded greasy feeling.
To buy: $57, cartier.com
Relais & Châteaux Gift Boxes
With 20 different options, this iconic travel brand has reminaged their classic experience gift boxes as little pouches 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 $120