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2018 Holiday Gift Guide For Luxury Travelers + GIVEAWAY

2018 Holiday Gift Guide For Luxury Travelers + GIVEAWAY

December is finally upon us! Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but if you are anything like me, you have barely scratched the surface with your Christmas shopping. Hopefully this gift guide will provide you, or a luxury travel lover in your life, with some beautiful and useful products. Make sure to read until the end for details on my giveaway for two lucky readers!

#1 HP Sprocket Photo Portable Printer – $129

For me, half the fun of traveling is coming home to go through all of the photos and memories from my trip. As much as I like sharing my vacation snaps on social media, it’s just as nice to have hard copies! This portable printer is about the size of a cell phone and can instantly print photos from your phone or tablet. Find out at the end of this post how to win one!

#2 SteamLine Luggage Carry On Suitcase – from $395

A suitcase is obviously essential for any trip. But do yourself a favor and get something stylish and durable for any adventure. You’ve probably seen these beautifully handcrafted suitcases across Instagram, and for good reason! I love all of their collections but their ‘Editor Black Carryon‘ is a particular favorite.

#3 Lo & Sons Travel Bags – prices vary

Lo & Sons bags are built to travel light without compromising functionality and style. Their thoughtful designs come with meticulously placed pockets and compartments for tech essentials which is a great touch. They are so light too! I’d recommend any of their products but I especially love their Overnight bags.

#4 JORD Wood Watches – from $139

JORD kindly gifted me one of their gorgeous wooden watches earlier this year and I was so impressed with the quality, I knew I had to include them in my guide. Not only do these hand-crafted timepieces look incredible on your wrists, they also come in the most beautiful wooden boxes which you can get engraved! Of course, I had to stick with a travel theme and I think it came out perfectly. Lucky for you, they are offering a 25% off discount to my readers so click here if you want to start shopping! I went with the stunning Koa and Rose Gold Watch.

#5 Kusshi MakeUp Travel Bag – from $79

These makeup travel bags were created by women who travel for women who travel. They have thought of everything! Kusshi uses the highest quality leather and their makeup bags have a convenient zip out interior lining that can be machine washed. I also love the zippers on both sides so that I can see all of my makeup easily without digging around.

#6 Sherpani Lifestyle Bags – from $68.95

I easily fell in love with these lifestyle bags after a test run with a Sherpani bag during my recent travels! These are specially designed with a beautifully simple philosophy in mind: modern, natural, and minimal. They use organic materials that can withstand many different conditions. After a lot of deliberation (it was a tough decision), I chose the Tempest in the darker shade of blackstone. I love how it can be converted from a shoulder bag to a backpack!

#7 Airbnb Experiences – prices vary

I know most people are familiar with the popular rental website, but Airbnb is offering so much more now! You can really learn how to live like a local by having an actual local take you around to see the sights. Airbnb Experiences can range from an afternoon sightseeing or foodie experience to training with a true samurai artist! There are so many unique experiences to choose from and if you’re considering this as a gift for someone, Airbnb provides gift cards.

#8 Tesalate Sand Free Beach Towels – $59

Life will never be the same on your next beach vacation once you get a hold of these towels. As much as I love lounging by the sea, sand is just annoying. With clever engineering, Tesalate towels allow the sand to slip off very easily AND they dry in record time. What more could you need? Okay, they are compact, light, and stylish too. I’m obsessed!

#9 Boutique Mexico Tote Bags – from $90

These are the perfect tote bags: handmade, stylish, and ethical. Boutique Mexico values local artisans in Central Mexico and gives them a say in the making of the bags, as well as donating to a local school! Their bags embody the cultural flavor and each have their own sense of personality. My personal favorite is the medium Stella Tote.

#10 Olloclip Lens Set for iPhone – $99.99

These award winning mobile lenses are such a fun addition to your smart phone, especially on your travels. If you prefer to travel lightly or don’t want to spend money on a fancy camera, Olloclip will make your phone photos look high quality and unique! I’d recommend the Core Lens Set which includes the Fisheye, Super-Wide, and Macro 15x lenses.

#11 Womenโ€™s Organizing Travel Bags 4-Pack – $48

These travel pouches are designed by Swedish stylist and creative director, Jennifer Jansch. I love how they are printed with images of what’s inside, as a stylish way to keep your to-go essentials easily contained. They also keep my suitcase as organized as possible!

#12 Bose QuietComfort Noise Canceling Headphones – $249

Noise cancelling headphones are an essential for me on any flight. I first fell in love with Bose headphones years ago on a flight with American Airlines in their first-class cabin. While over-the-ear options are great, they aren’t as easy to carry around everywhere. Therefore, I’d recommend these QuietComfort earphones! The sound quality is just as great as the small size.

#13 Try The World, $39 a month

I think monthly subscription boxes are a great gift idea for those people in our lives who are difficult to shop for. A travel-themed subscription box is even better in my world! Who wouldn’t want a present arriving at their doorstep every now and then? I’d highly recommend Try The World; they deliver a gourmet food box from a new country every month with eight products that are curated from notable chefs around the world. They only provide items from small, family-owned companies who follow artisan methods of production which is something I really like!


‘Tis the season of giving, therefore I am so excited to give away two special gifts for two of my lucky readers (open internationally). You can choose from the HP Sprocket Photo Portable Printer or a $100 Visa Gift Card! You have until December 14th to enter and the winner will be announced on social media and emailed on December 15th. If you’d like to enter, please follow the 3 simple steps below:

1. Make sure you’re following me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (and comment below with your social media handles).
2. Share this post on either Twitter or Facebook with the share buttons below.
3. Please leave a comment and let me know which gift you’d like the most.

Good luck and happy holidays!

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. S D

    love the lo & sons bags

    • Carmen Edelson

      They’re fabulous!

    • Love those travel handbags. And I am pretty sure I need a sand free towel in my life! So cool !!!

    • Carmen Edelson

      A sand-free towel is a must! Thanks for reading, Malini!

    • I love giveaways! Followed you on all social media and tweeted the article (@therainbowroute). We could always use a VISA card:)
      Jennifer recently posted…Gluten-Free Guide to Surviving in JapanMy Profile

    • Carmen Edelson

      Me too! Good luck to you, Jennifer!

    • Laurie Steiner

      I’d love the giftcard…so many presents to buy~ lol…all 4 steps done laurie251 @laurie25101

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for entering, Laurie! Fingers crossed ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. S D

    Follow you on twitter (@sjd_c) and tweeted

    • Carmen Edelson


  3. Kelly D

    I would choose the Visa gift card. I followed and tweeted. Thank you!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for entering, Kelly! Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Dana Esker

    Following @esker3 on twitter and IG, Dana Esker on facebook

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for entering, Dana! Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wendy Pesce

    Followed you on twitter: @savingwithwendy
    Followed on Instagram: suzannep29
    Folllowed on facebook Wendy pesce

    I’d like the Visa gift card but love all the ideas you gave

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for entering, Wendy! Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This is an awesome list! I would love the $100 gift card lol! Followed you everywhere ?

    • Carmen Edelson

      Good luck, Monica! Thanks for entering ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I love the suitcases (have seen something very similar in Sweden lately) and the travel bags. Being currently in Cambodia, Christmas feels so far away for me. And – being currently in Cambodia – luxury travel gear would be so out of place here….Anyway, Season Greetings!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I hope you’re having an amazing time in Cambodia!

  8. Amy Ambrosia

    I love all the expert travel tips and advice! It is always an adventure just following you around the globe. Please keep me in mind for the Bose ear buds and accessories. Thankyou!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Hi Amy, thanks for reading! The Bose ear buds are amazing, however, I am only giving away the HP photo printer or a $100 VISA gift card ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I had not heard of AirBNB Experiences. That is a great idea. I have family members who will love the Try the World monthly gift also. Thanks!

    • Carmen Edelson

      So glad I could give you some gift ideas, Elaine!

  10. I didn’t realize you could gift AirBnB experiences! That’s a great idea. Awesome gift guide!
    Meagan recently posted…Exploring Johnston Canyonโ€™s Secret CaveMy Profile

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, I think so too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I love idea of bose headphones

    • Carmen Edelson

      They are such great headphones, Cody!

  12. carol clark

    i like number 9 myself and i think its stunning and i follow you ccntx

    • Carmen Edelson

      Great, Carol! Thanks for participating ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. mark

    In an era where everyone is pushing the same products on travellers the Try the world packs stand out for me. they are something unique and give you a real taste of different destinations

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks, Mark! I really appreciate that. They are a great company.

  14. Am loving seeing all of the gift guides – tis’ definitely the season. I’d take the gadgets or the AirBnB experiences any day. Will have to forward your list onto Santa.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Tell Santa I say hello ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Loving the looks of the carry on suitcases. I wonder if Claire will surprise me with those ๐Ÿ™‚
    Danik recently posted…Discovering the Vineyards in EssexMy Profile

    • Carmen Edelson

      My fingers are crossed for you, Danik! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Alyssa Pascarosa

    Love those bags ? Followed and shared IG @alindesigns TW @alin_designs FB @alindesign and Iโ€™d like the Sprocket, or either really! Thanks for the post!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks, Alyssa! Good luck to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Brenda Haines

    I would love the $100 Visa to put towards Christmas or New Years Eve.

    • Brenda Haines

      I follow on Facebook; Brenda Haines, Twitter; @TheHippieHut and Instagram; @thehippiehut32 I also shared on Twitter.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Great, you’ve been entered!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Fingers crossed for you, Brenda! Thanks for participating.

  18. I think the Airbnb experiences would be a great gift for me! I heard about the new offering but didn’t have time yet to check it out. Otherwise I would enjoy all other gifts as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Carmen Edelson

      I love the idea of Airbnb Experiences! Such a great new addition.

  19. Great gift ideas and giveaway. I’d prefer the VISA gift card.

    • Carmen Edelson

      So glad you entered, Lara! Good luck to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Great! I followed and tweeted. A VISA gift card would be nice ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for reading and entering!

  21. Ahhhhhhh! I am going to have this link along to my husband! I want all of these under my tree for Christmas. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    carrie @ frugal foodie mama recently posted…Why Grapevine, Texas Should Be on Your Holiday Travel ListMy Profile

    • Carmen Edelson

      I hope he takes note! Merry Christmas, Carrie ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Love these, that portable printer would be amazing, I would love to send some photos back as postcards!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Great idea. I hope you enter, Nic! Good luck.

  23. Amy Heffernan

    Thanks for the chance. Yip! I am following everywhere and shared on twitter.
    Happy Holidays!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thank you, good luck!

  24. Melissa

    That wood watch is going on my shopping list for my husband’s Christmas gift. Great roundup of products!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I’m so happy to hear that! They are beautiful watches.

  25. valerie theberge

    I would choose the visa card and the wood watch is beautiful.

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Carmen Edelson

      Those wood watches make beautiful gifts! And good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Hii,
    Such an amazing post this is! Loved so many things listed here.

    1) Have followed you on all the SM pages.
    Here are my handles:
    Instagram: @zeniadabreo
    Facebook: zenia.dabreo
    Twitter: @zeniadabreo

    2) Shared this post on my FB

    3) My favorites in this list are “SPROCKET” for the quick pics & “Try The World Box” for awesomeness from world over in a box.

    If i win (fingers crossed) i would love to get the ‘sprocket’

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thank you so much for entering, Zenia!! Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. latanya

    Thank you. I would love the $100 visa card.
    I follow you as sweetums82 on IG and twitter.
    FB as latanya thornhill

    • Carmen Edelson

      Good luck, thank you so much for entering ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. wendi

    posted on twitter

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for entering and sharing, Wedni!

  29. John Zarkivach

    The best Travel items ever. Travel in Style. I would love the Visa Gift card.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for entering, John!

  30. Ken

    the visa card

    • Carmen Edelson

      Good luck, Ken!

  31. Paige

    would love the gift card please

    • Carmen Edelson

      Good luck to you, Paige! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. lori

    I would like the visa card as I have a daughter going to college to be a veterinarian and I would love to give it to her so she can do something special (veterinary school is expensive)!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Fingers crossed, Lori!!

  33. Love all your picks! Those suitcases are definitely on my wishlist. I hope somebody gifts them to me….haha ?


    • Carmen Edelson

      Ha, me too! Happy holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. adriana

    These are all such great ideas! I absolutely love them – I love travel gifts!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I do too, Adriana!!

  35. I love Lo&Son’s bags! I’m planning on buying a new one next year for traveling!

    • Carmen Edelson

      That’s great, Amanda! You won’t be disappointed.

  36. Sanil Thomas

    would love to use the $100 GC

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for entering, Sanil!

  37. greg

    $100 GC

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for entering, Greg!

  38. Great list. This is such a lovely post. Thanks for sharing this post.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Hey Carmen great article. I’ll be keeping note for this year’s Christmas because i want to buy my wife something expensive ๐Ÿ˜€ and you have reviewed some interesting items.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I think she will love anything on this list ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case Iโ€™ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

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