“Get me out of here!”. So goes their battle cry. Once the kind of person who used to flood our social media feeds with snapshots of serene beaches, lofty mountains, and flower fields — well, like it or not, they’re back with a vengeance. Bitten by the irresistible travel, not flu, bug, they’re ready to reignite our wanderlust with the most aspirational destinations. Only VTL-approved ones though.
— $208, available on Shopee.
As far as instant cameras go, this one is the most portable and the photos come out in a super cute small square format. You’ll have so much fun with this camera. Read our full review here.
APPLE AIR TAG HERMÈS TRAVEL TAG
— $1,049, available at Hermès boutiques and hermes.com.
If your friend’s planning to travel even with the ever-changing restrictions and extra testing, then they’re probably the kind who can appreciate the luxe feel of Fawn Barenia calfskin on this Hermès travel tag. The good thing is that it keeps their baggage safe since they can tag it to the “Find My” application on their iPhone, for truly safe travels.
KATE SPADE NEW YORK SLICE 3D PIZZA CROSSBODY
— $590, available at Kate Spade boutiques.
For a literal slice of New York, this Pizza Crossbody bag from Kate Spade is everything a travel fiend would want if they’re visiting the Big Apple this holiday season. Well, even if they’re not, the playful piece is adorned with intricate crystals that make up the cheese and pepperoni bits, as well as rose-gold pearls for the crust. Impractical, perhaps? Nah, this one’s all for the ‘gram.
NOMOS GLASHÜTTE X THE HOUR GLASS ZÜRICH WORLDTIMER LIMITED EDITION SINGAPORE 2021
— $8,030, available at The House Glass and Watches of Switzerland boutiques.
This timepiece celebrates the Golden Twenties in a beautiful way: it features a gold plated dial, ultra-modern steel case and fine drawings in red and blue. There are only 50 pieces of this made so you know it’s really worth collecting.
CHLOÉ FREDY COTTON-CANVAS WATER BOTTLE HOLDER
— $611, available at matchesfashion.com.
Have your pal stay hydrated, in style, with Chloé’s extra chic water bottle holder, crafted with a Woody logo webbing on their signature water-repellent cotton canvas, and with black leather trimmings to boot. Additional details such as an adjustable carry strap and a leather loop keep any bottle secure while they’re out on the move.
RIMOWA MATTE BLACK CASE FOR AIRPODS PRO
— $110, available at Rimowa stores.
A trusty pair of earphones are a must during long hours on the plane, and any inter-city commute actually, especially if they intend on travelling solo. For these daring individuals, we trust them to appreciate the impeccable standards of RIMOWA. Here, they can easily match the brand’s iPhone cases or suitcases with an AirPods case that features a grooved design on polycarbonate.
COMMUNE WEAR HORSEBIT MULES
— $129, available at the Commune Wear store and sg.commuewear.com.
This local fashion brand started with Commune Wear’s co-founders wanting to share their discovery of Myanmar’s skilled craftsmen, which we can admire via handcrafted footwear made with genuine leather. Designed and made in Myanmar, the stylish pieces, including these Horsebit Mules, are available at an affordable price point, and come with comfortable insoles that mould to your feet over time.
Fujifilm’s latest Instax instant camera is their flagship hybrid model, one that’s packed with lots of updated features. For one, there’s now a 3-inch LCD screen on the camera so you can frame your shot and select your favourite; the camera can be connected to your smartphone as well. To retain an old-school feel though, they’ve made sure to include a couple of manual features, such as a lens dial that lets you switch lens effects, and a lever you pull to print your photos.
ONA THE MONTEREY CAMERA BAG
— USD365, from onabags.com.
This here solves a perennial traveller’s problem — where to stash their DSLR or mirrorless cameras in a way that’s still stylish and discreet. ONA’s backpack is their most compact one yet, but manages to fit a full DSLR kit (1 – 2 camera bodies and 4 – 6 lenses) and a 13″ laptop, in a silhouette made with premium waxed canvas and a full-grain leather top flap. Importantly, its shoulder straps come with air mesh padding so you’ll never feel the burn.
KENZO X KHRISJOY PUFFER JACKET
— $2,645, available at Kenzo stores and kenzo.com.
Ski season’s coming soon and if you know someone who likes to stand out on the slopes, this one’s a no-brainer. The KENZO x KHRISJOY collaboration reimagines goose-down puffer jackets in the most vibrant prints inspired by the polar bear, and bear design elements of an oversized cocoon style, XXL logo drawstrings, as well as brushed nickel metal detailing.
LOUIS VUITTON 100ML TRAVEL CASE
— $815, available at Louis Vuitton boutiques.
Pretty in pink to go with their alluring Rose Des Vents fragrance, this travel case is also sturdy enough for someone who’s always losing — or breaking —their items while in transit. Scent bottles and precious belongings can be kept safe, then closed securely with a buckle, while you may also personalise your giftee’s initials at your nearest Louis Vuitton store.
MINOR MIRACLES HANDEE HYGIENE POUCH
— $28, available at the Minor Miracles store and minormiracles.com.
Wherever they are in the world, your loved one will be able to carry the feel of home, via this practical pouch designed by local label Minor Miracles. How handy is the Handee, you ask? It holds slots for tissues, a hand sanitiser bottle, mask; comes with a key ring so you can loop this onto your bag, and comes with a short strap if you’re travelling light. The colourful begonia print they created is also called ‘Take Flight!’. Enough said.
MUJI GUSSET CASES
— from $14.90, available at MUJI stores and Shopee.
Aka handy dandy packing cubes. You really can’t go wrong with these. Super lightweight and collapsible, they help any avid traveller organise their days while keeping bulky clothing compressed — which basically means, more luggage room for the souvenirs they’ll be getting for you (hopefully). More MUJI gift ideas from their Christmas catalogue here.