Whether they make travel smoother or more elegant, send you somewhere you’ve never been or make you feel as if you’re an ocean away when you haven’t left home, these gifts aim to transport.
1. Atlas Blue Jetsetter Tote Bag, $98
From Hudson + Bleecker; hudsonandbleecker.com
Warm-weather vacations call for beach bags. This faux leather cobalt tote with geometric perforations is lined with thick, clear plastic so you can toss in wet flip-flops and sunscreen with nary a care.
2. Ladurie Macarons, $29.74, and Ladurie Chocolate books, $31.98
Some gifts you long to keep for yourself. If you can’t make it to France, these beautiful hardcovers with metallic edges and rich photos will take you there. They go beyond recipes (Ladurie Macarons has instructions for making 80 different kinds) to the storied history and production of some of the country’s most beloved desserts.
3. Livescribe Notebook by Moleskine, $29.95
For the people on your list who love chronicling their travels by hand yet want to store everything digitally, this new notebook looks like a classic black Moleskine but has pages designed for smartpens (sold separately) that, in combination with an app, turn anything written or drawn on the pages into digital form.
4. Distressed Skinny Minimergency Kit, $24
By Pinch Provisions; pinchprovisions.com
Vacations are hardly without mishaps. At some point you’re bound to stain your shirt or get a headache. These kits fit in the palm of your hand (5 by 1.5 by 3 inches) yet include an arsenal of "what-if" solutions: tissues, breath freshener, a mending kit, stain remover, pain relievers and much more.
5. Flight 001 Rubber Tags, $7 each
These cheeky rubber luggage tags are affordable stocking stuffers. And with phrases like "You say layover. I say happy hour," you’re also giving the gift of cheer to any delayed traveler who spies one hanging from a bag.
6. Henri Bendel Beach Travel Candle, $15
Even if you don’t want to pack this 4-ounce candle, you can place it on your mantel, strike a match and dream of your next sand-and-sun vacation.
7. Metallic Playing Cards from Anthropologie, $18anthropologie.com
Help loved ones delayed at the airport or warming up by a ski lodge fire pass the time King Midas style with this gold, smooth, shiny deck of cards from Japan.
8. Peshtemal (Fouta), $36
From Turkish Towel Co.; turkishtowelcompany.com
These ultrathin cotton towels made in Turkey won’t weigh down a bag and can be used not only as beach blankets, but also as sarongs and scarves.
9. Panama Women Collection Currency Case, $285
From Smythson of Bond Street; smythson.com
This candy-colored, calf-leather currency case with four zippered compartments keeps travelers organized.
10. Free People Embellished Travel Case; $58
Unlike many beauty cases, this bohemian-inspired number has plenty of room (8 by 10 inches) for all those grooming accouterments — shampoo, brushes, razors — you just can’t travel without.
Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times