RoomCritic Travellers Gift Guide for 2015

Finding the perfect gift for your travelling friends and family can be tricky, so we have rounded up some of the things we love, need and desire for, and inspired by, travelling.

We can’t always be travelling, so it’s nice to have reminders of our favourite destinations at home. These minimal and inexpensive posters by Nomo Design are white ink prints on 18″ x 24″ steel gray paper.
All posters are shipped in crush proof recycled cardboard tubes and $1 of every Runway Poster sold goes to the Challenge Air Program.

Carry On POP Bag by Fauré le Page

faure le pageMy latest luggage crush is my Parisian discovery, Fauré le Page. Established in 1717, it is very exclusive as it is only available in Paris at their boutique and in Galleries Lafayette department store, and their very recently opened boutique in Osaka. The bag shown is the “Carry On” bag in the limited edition Pop colour range with an extra large “Apparat” leather strap. Anything from this brand would be fantastic with my name on the tag under the tree.

These chic hip flasks would make an awesome stocking stuffer for a discerning gentleman.


Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones

Bose_QC25_HeadphonesNoise cancelling headphones are always a travel essential, and the new headphones from Bose are sensational. Designed for comfort with the newest technology and good looks to boot, I need these to put in my new Carry On bag for my next trip.

Louis Vuitton Knit Leopard Square

louis-vuitton-knit-leopard-square-scarves-shawls-and-more--M75561_PM2_Front viewA large chic designer scarf is the perfect travel accessory, which will immediately improve any basic comfortable travel outfit. Louis Vuitton have new variations on these each year, but I’m wanting this lovely generous cashmere and silk scarf in Stephen Sprouse’s iconic leopard pattern.

Net-A-Porter Travel Gift Box

I don’t know any woman who doesn’t get excited when a large black box from Net-A-Porter arrives tied with black ribbon. This year they have put together some carefully curated gift boxes, including one specifically for travellers.

travel boxContaining PORTER Magazine Issue 5, Anya Hindmarch’s ‘In Flight’ patent leather-trimmed travel case, Smythson’s ‘Places To Remember’ textured-leather notebook for jotting down your favorite museums, restaurants and more, LUXE City Guides’ Europe Gift Box with tips for Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Stockholm and Venice, Smythson’s textured-leather luggage tag, This Works’ ‘In Transit Spray On Moisture’ for soft supple skin when traveling (100ml/ 3.3fl.oz.) and Eyeko’s set of ten refreshing eye makeup remover wipes. They really did think of everything.

Orlebar Brown Bulldog Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts

We have been fans of Orlebar Brown’s cool printed swim shorts for some time, and love the variety of prints available. olebar brown

This pair is part of OB Editions range and has been printed with the photographer Slim Aarons’s iconic image of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes. Perfect vacation wear!

Smythson Currency Cases

We love Smythson’s clever solution to a regular travel problem, carrying multiple currencies separately. These come in a variety of colours from simple black or tan to bright emerald or fuchsia.


Saint Laurent Voyage Toiletry Case

st laurentA well made toiletries bag is an excellent choice of gift for your man. I love the low-key masculine print of this one from Saint Laurent.

Rag & Bone Rainier Backpack

back packFashion brand Rag & Bone have collaborated with Japanese Head Porter bags to make this cool and super practical back pack.

The Olsen hotel x Masini & Chern Pyjamas

If you are like us, and just can’t get enough of the Art Series Hotels, we have just the gift for you! The Olsen has partnered up with luxury sleepwear label Masini & Chern, creating a limited edition, custom-designed collection of art-inspired pyjamas to drape yourself in as you sleep. They feature a print derived from one of Olsen’s most famous paintings: the 1982 opus ‘Jumping Frog’, as seen at The Olsen.

For the little RoomCritics

Little Passports Kids Travel Subscription

Little Passports is a monthly subscription service that sends out travel themed packs to children. The recommended age range for subscriptions are 3 to 5 years old for Early Explorers, 5 to 10 years old for World Edition, and 7 to 12 years old for the USA Edition.

The first month the child receives The Traveller Kit containing a mini suitcase, map and everything they need to get started.


Each month after that, ongoing world themed kits arrive with activity booklets, stickers and souvenirs.


Modern-Twist Paris Placemat and Marker Set

A super cute Paris-themed placemat, that doubles up for colouring in while waiting for

Look Inside an Airport book


This fabulous book is well loved by our little RoomCritic and continues to be a favourite. It has lots of flaps to open and interesting information, to keep little people busy on long haul flights.

Stocking Stuffers

Powercube USB

Great design and super practical, this is the adaptor we need to replace all the old ones we have floating around. Available from Flight 001.


Pierre Hardy Cube Print Luggage Tag

A distinctive luggage tag will always help you quickly spot your luggage quickly on the carousel. It doesn’t need to be ugly to stand out though.


Laser Cut Eye, Cheek & Lip Palette by Nars

nars-laser-cut-eye-cheek-lip-palette-holiday-gifting-20679-MLB20194856707_112014-OSmall makeup palettes are a fantastic space saver while travelling, and this one from Nars has gorgeous and practical colours while being highly covetable and chic.

Malin + Goetz Essentials Bag

We love Malin+Goetz products when they are in our hotel bathrooms, hello Condesa DF and Distrito Capital! But its always nice to BYO toiletries just in case what is on offer is not up to scratch at your hotel.malinThis is just what you need to put in your new Saint Laurent or Anya Hindmarch toiletries bag. Any of our travel beauty essentials would also be great stocking stuffers too.

Our previous gift guides can be found here and here if you need more inspiration.

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