Valentine’s Day is less than a week away and we’ve been turning the heat up searching high and low for a fabulous selection of trip treats and lovey-dovey presents. Take a look at our top-picks for romantic travel-themed gifts that will woo the socks off your globetrotting-other. Think magic multi-purpose beauty balms and sleek travel wallets for her; seductive in-flight friendly scents for him; and sexy city guides and a bug spray with bite for you both!
Sophisticated, elegant and very chic, the Aspinal Classic UK Travel Collection is your passport to partner perfection! This sassy travel wallet set includes two stunning luggage tags and also a pride-of-Britain passport cover. Made from beautiful Black Jewel Calf Leather and luxuriously lined in moiré silk with contrasting plush red soft-suede, the wallet oozes style and sophistication. You can even personalise it with her initials to make it extra special.
Give her the gift of beauty this Valentine’s Day. This absolutely adorable travel brush set from Bobbi Brown is handbag friendly, classy as anything and is perfect for a romantic weekend away. With four classic tools of the trade, flawless make-up application is guaranteed on the go. For flawless makeup application wherever you go, we kitted out our travel brush set with four tools of the trade (in handbag-friendly sizes). Inspired by Bobbi’s Caviar & Oyster Collection, this limited edition set feels chic yet edgy in a sleek black leather-like case lined with slipper-pink satin. Beautiful!
If you only buy one beauty product for your globetrotting lovely, let this be it! Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is quite possibly the most magical multi-tasking balm to have hit this planet. The cult skincare classic restores, calms and helps relieve chapped, cracked and dry skin. It works efficiently to sooth roughness, redness and minor skin irritations. In fact, the uses are practically endless! Perfect for travel, the award winning cream is a make-up artist must-have and will cut down on all her beauty products. So do your girlfriend (and yourself) a favour…
Longchamp, Le Pliage Shopper in red, from £62
Treat your woman to a gift that she’ll use every single day. Longchamp’s fold-away shoppers are practical, light-as-a-feather and a worldwide phenomenon, making them the ultimate travel companion! Make her the lady in red with this romance-ready pop of colour.
Red Cities Case by Verso, £39.99
Bring back the romance of well-loved hardback novels with this handcrafted and foil-stamp embellished cover for her new-age Kindle. Now she’ll be able to travel light with a hint of by-gone days, carrying millions of lovely digital books in this elegant hardback case. You could even hide your Kindle amongst your paper books when you’ve finished with it for the day – no one will ever know. Genius!
Tantalise his taste buds with L’Atelier du Vin’s travel Oeno box: the ultimate treat for wine-lovers the world over. He’ll discover the aromas of 50 European wines, sniffing them gradually, letting their smells awaken echoes and souvenirs. Perfectly portable, he can keep this stunning collection close to his heart at home and on holiday. Yes please!
Diptique’s Neroli is not only in-flight friendly and ultra elegant but is a fragrance that stirs the senses with evocative notes. Re-live sunnier climes with neroli and orange blossom that rise on sparkling clear notes of bergamot, giving your man the essence of the mediterranean. The roll on metal ball further intensifies the citrus notes of the scent, leaving spicy orange blossom lingering seductively on his pulse points. Mmmmmmm.
Personalised Grid Reference Handmade Keyring and Ring, Alison Moore Designs, £87 and £80
Inspired by wave-like map contours, these charming handmade rings and keyrings are the ideal romantic gesture for a man with subtle taste and travel on the brain. The solid sterling silver countour rings and keyrings are engraved with the grid reference of a location that is poignant to both of you. Be it the restaurant you had your first date in, the church you were married in, or the house you first bought together, he can carry this gift with him always. Subtle yet sexy.
Personalised Men’s Wash Bag and Hand Towel, the Alphabet Gift Shop, £26
Make travel a little more exciting with this matching wash bag and towel for your man. It’s neat shape and style means that it is perfect for packing into a cabin bag for weekend in Prague… just because you can! Its roomy interior is easily accessible and there are three individual pockets to keep toothbrush, razor and comb separate from the shower gel and aftershave. Embroider both the wash bag and hand towel with his initials for an extra special touch.
Bespoke Wooden Map Heart Box, Bombus, £40
These bespoke wooden boxes from Bombus are thoughtful, utterly unique and absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day. Heartfelt and travel-themed, the handmade boxes are personalised with a vintage map printed in the centre representing a location close to your heart.This little wood heart also works as a secret lock to keep the lid closed and you can even have your initials or a special date engraved on the lid. Bombus use pieces of real, vintage maps so each box is is uniquely handmade for you. Simply delightful!
Tabasco, Miniature Travel Pack 6 x 3.7ml, £5.99
Spice up your meal wherever you are with this Tabasco Pepper Sauce travel pack. It features four miniature bottles of everyone’s favourite taste-boosting pepper sauce. Turn up the heat on your next adventure and take a taste of home with you!
Cowshed Horny Cow Seductive Travel Candles 4 x 38g , £22
Pick up this pack of Horny Cow Seductive Travel Candles the next time you’re planning a romantic retreat abroad. for . The 100% natural and organic candles are infused with rose absolute and essential oils of desirous patchouli and warming cinnamon to give you both a boost of passion when you’re on your travels together. Steamy stuff!
Luxe City Guides, from £4.99
Compact enough to fit in a handbag or under your arm out on-the-go, Luxe has a fabulous collection of city guides that are as practical and useful as they are stylish and sexy. With short, sharp and snappy reviews, mixed with a personal-style of writing the guides give you all of the must-know information from the main attractions to the lesser-known ‘hidden treasures’. The latest edition focuses on the city of love and romance, Paris, and features the most up-to-date information on the key sights, best places to shop and most delicious places to eat. Weekend getaway to Paris anyone…?!
Stamp Art Heart, Bombus, £55
A unique, hand-made gift to grace any home. A medley of used stamps from around the world with striking display of shapes, images and vibrant colours are carefully selected to form the heart shape. Each heart cheerfully represents the wonder of travel and the colourful diversity of the globe. Pretty! We want one.
Attract the right sort of bites with this profoundly unique spray! Intelligent Nutrients’ certified organic personal perfume is skillfully crafted to attract humans whilst repelling biting, stinging and scourging insects. Free from drying and dehydrating chemicals, the skin loving and non greasy combination of oils condition and soften while providing moisture resistance. Love bite anyone?!
Big ones on wheels. Small ones with buckles. Fat ones stuffed to the brim. Colourful ones decorated with tags and ribbons. Expensive ones with designer labels and posh little padlocks. Sturdy ones that boast new technology and protective metal plating. Mini ones in the shape of cartoon characters that double up as trolleys for little tykes. The list goes on.
A suitcase is a suitcase, though…. Or is it?
God bless those sturdy box-like receptacles that allow us to lug our belongings from one continent to another. They never moan or complain, no matter how much we stuff them, no matter how much we squash them and drag them and throw them, no matter how much we grumble about them being overweight and heavy.
Flung haphazardly on top of the wardrobe or stuffed into the heaving collection of unwanted items in the loft, the ever-faithful suitcase lies patiently, collecting dust, until the sniff of a holiday awakens travel hopes anew. Battered, broken, tatty and old, don’t resign your suitcase to a life of misery piled into a dirty skip with rusty car parts and your next door neighbour’s rotting armchair.
No matter what state they’re in, our faithful friends deserve reincarnation.
Everyone’s got baggage so you may as well pack it up in something beautiful and once you think your suitcase has had its heyday, don’t be so dismissive.
Think outside the suitcase.