We all know that one person who is almost always impossible to catch up with. Planning a night out at the opening of the newest bar in town? They’re on a business trip in Hong Kong. Attempting to make Sunday brunch plans at your favourite restaurant in Dempsey? You see them skiing down the slopes of Switzerland — via Instagram, of course.

And while they may or may not be home for Christmas, you’re still cracking your head trying to think of the perfect travel gift for that modern jet-setter in your life. You’ve already got your gifts sorted for the fussy gourmandskin-care enthusiast, logo maniac, and tech buff — but what can you even buy for that globetrotting individual that will impress them more than their lavish private jet journeys around Africa or hiking expeditions on Mount Everest?

Sure, there’s no known cure to wanderlust — and they probably don’t want to be healed, anyway — but what’s the next best thing? Perhaps chic and practical essentials that will come in handy during their trips.

If you’re still stressing, there’s no reason to. We’ve got you covered with a list of modern gifts for the frequent traveller. From a luxurious skincare routine on-the-go to carefully-curated itineraries for their next trip, check out these thoughtful Christmas travel gift ideas they will love.

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Kindle Oasis, Amazon
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Travel wallet, Cuyana

Every frequent traveller needs a good wallet to keep things organised. Cuyana’s travel wallets are made with Italian leather and feature gold-tone hardware, along with a snap closure. Additionally, there is also an option to customise each piece with stylish monograms or choose from a range of gorgeous colours.

The travel wallet opens up to three sections, one for travel documents, a second zippered compartment, and a final slot for your passport. There are also eight card slots in all — so you won’t lose the different cards in your wallet.

S$250, www.cuyana.com

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Silk eye mask, Slip Pillowcase

We don’t know about you, but we don’t think there’s a better gift for anyone than a good night’s sleep. If you know someone who finds it impossible to fall asleep while on the plane, this sleep mask will definitely make a great Christmas present. It’s hypoallergenic and made of pure mulberry silk, ensuring a night of quality beauty sleep.

S$60.75, www.slipsilkpillowcase.com

 

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Anti-Wrinkle Essentials Kit, La Prairie

A busy travel schedule doesn’t mean you should skimp on your skincare routine, the skincare enthusiast should know. This portable kit by La Prairie comes with a foam cleanser, a stress cream and a contour kit for your eyes and lips — so you can come out of a long haul flight looking fresh and rejuvenated.

S$425, www.laprairieswitzerland.com

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Get a Room! gift card, Mr & Mrs Smith

If your modern jet-setter prefers experiences to material things, surprise them with this Mr & Mrs Smith limited-edition Get a Room! card, playfully designed by illustrator Angelica Hicks.

The card can be used in more than 1,000 luxury hotels around the world curated by travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith, so it makes for a very thoughtful yet versatile gift.

From S$50, www.mrandmrssmith.com

 

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Beoplay E8, Bang & Olufsen

A jet-setter’s carry-on luggage isn’t complete without a pair of good-quality earphones. Enter, Beoplay E8, Bang & Olufsen’s first wireless earphones that has features such as touch interface for taking calls, good music control, and a unique transparency mode that will keep you aware of your surroundings.

Each pair of earphones comes with a premium charging case made of genuine leather, so you don’t have to worry about battery life while on the go.

S$429, www.beoplay.com

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European Grand Tour Box, Luxe City Guides

Plan a trip for your loved ones with Luxe City Guides’ carefully-curated travel guides. We love the European Grand Tour Box, which is beautifully adorned with crisp, glossy delft blue botanicals on a cool, matte white background.

The box features the latest published editions of Europe’s most popular cities — namely Madrid, London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, Istanbul and Florence. If you prefer a digital copy, each box comes with a complimentary 6-month subscription to the online guides.

S$174, www.luxecityguides.com

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Stowaway, Paravel

Launched late last year, Paravel offers a fashion-forward line of water- and stain-resistant canvas bags for the trendy jet setter. If you know someone who often goes overboard while shopping in Bangkok or Europe, Paraval’s Stowaway will help prevent excess baggage fees.

The foldable bag is an ingenious twist on the classic suitcase and features a collapsible interior architecture — so it can be, well, stowed away when not in use.

S$439, www.tourparavel.com

Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.