Find out how to spoil the seasoned traveller in your life this Christmas
For the man or woman who seems to have it all, Christmas poses some problems when it comes to gift giving. For those who like nothing better than jetting off, choose this passion to get some inspiration this year to make sure you get things just right – and they’ll be thinking of you each time they take to the skies.
The private jet lifestyle opens up a lot of indulgent options not seen in the commercial world, whether it’s the chance to travel with your hard-to-leave-at-home pooch, or the opportunity to enjoy your favourite cigar.
Taking all the comforts of home with you as you fly to a favourite destination is surely the greatest luxury of flying private and Linley’s Vice Box (Linley, £7,500) will have anyone given to enjoying a game of poker as they sip their favourite tipple and puff a cigar everything they could want in a beautiful walnut table-top chest. Small enough to travel with but cleverly designed to hold all anyone would want, the Vice Box includes a Trafalgar whisky decanter, four Trafalgar whisky tumblers, 300 clay chips, two packs of playing cards, a cigar cutter and a holder for twelve cigars. The box depicts playing cards in marquetry in ripple walnut, straight walnut and sycamore and is lined in hand-dyed red bolivar veneer, while a sterling silver poker plaque on the lid can be engraved to make the gift truly personal.
If a prized pet rather than poker-playing friend will be the star travel companion, Louis Vuitton’s iconic dog carrier will be the perfect way to take a pet on board in style. The spacious pet carrier is the larger of two versions on offer and is both resistant to water and scratches and comes equipped with a double zip-around closure and a breathable mesh window (Louis Vuitton, Dog Carrier 50, £1,920). Whilst browsing make sure to not just look after any furry friends but also check out their full range of legendary leather goods, which apart from the well-known range of luggage also includes a folding jewellery case, a must for any jewellery lover. The folding case in Monogram canvas comes with a number of secure storage pockets, and closes shut with a natural cowhide leather cord tied in a bow to keep everything in place.
There are many other stunning leathers goods that any discerning traveller would cherish. Even though hold space and luggage allowances are not a worry on a private plane, there is something truly romantic about travelling light and spontaneously, and doing that in style. In understated tones Bottega Veneta’s travel range is the perfect way to carry all your essentials for a weekend getaway. From signature intrecciato to lightweight canvas and leather combinations, each piece is designed to be as elegant as they are practical, and the smart range combines perfectly with one another to provide a truly stunning collection of luggage (Bottega Veneta, from £1,605).
And finally, if after the excitement of take off, a game of cards and a dram of the finest malt a good sleep is in order the Loro Piana plane blanket is surely the ultimate plane blanket (Loro Piana, £1,800). The super-soft cashmere is edged in suede and is lightweight and the perfect size for comfort without bulk and comes in three colour options, Powder Angel Mel (grey), Red Berry Mel (a rich red), and Winter Sea Mel (a very striking blue). The blanket can be also be gifted with a pillow, sleep mask and slippers set for the most comfortable and luxurious rest you can have at altitude.
With Christmas fast approaching, make sure this year the frequent flyer in your life has the very best for their next trip. With some beautifully crafted wooden, leather and cashmere on offer there are sure to be some happy faces when the unwrapping commences this festive season.
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