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A Perfect 2021 Travel-Inspired Holiday Gift Guide

Nneya in front of Pendry Christmas Tree

Here is a 2021 perfect travel-inspired holiday gift guide for the wanderer in your life.

We’re in the throws of the holiday season with a week left until Christmas. If you’re anything like me, shopping is easy breezy and then last minute express orders. People often wonder what to get for travelers as they spend time touring the world and seeing cool stuff. Well, sometimes, it’s just the little things. Really, they’ll appreciate the travel size. Here’s our perfect 2021 holiday gift guide.

If they have a travel blanket. Get them a big, cozy cashmere scarf!

SCAGLIONE scarf, €149

So I have a travel blanket. Actually, a beautiful Chanel one. But I hardly use it. Why? Because I more often than not live from my carry on. And my “personal item” is a tote that’s jammed packed with my laptop, camera and essentials. So while my travel blanket is super cozy, I usually travel with my SCAGLIONE knit duster and a SCAGLIONE cashmere scarf. It’s comfy, doesn’t take up as much space as a blanket and I’ll wear it at my destination.

For the health & wellness wanderer Ankle Weights!

Inspired by a photo of my friend Alexandra exploring Athens temples in ankle weights. Ankle weights are a great idea for your friend who loves to get in their steps when exploring a city. Tell them to wear them in the airport though — every pound counts when packing.

A piece of home for the luxury hotel lover in your life.

FRETTE robe, $317

There was a point when I was traveling a lot. A work trip 3 times a month. In and out of hotels. I wanted some consistency and I missed home. So, I brought some of that home consistency to the road! I splurged on a luxurious Frette robe. I actually got a great deal at an outlet, so always be on the look out for those and I haven’t found one I love as much as mine (hooded) on sale since. But these plush ones will do just fine and provide a pretty stable transition.

For the gastronomic traveler. The tradition of tea.

MAGIC HOUR TEA, $44

For your friend who enjoys slow travel and the gastronomic delights of it. Here’s a gift that combines intention, relaxation and tradition. Get them an assortment of delicious beautiful teas from Magic Hour

Because as we say here are ‘N A Perfect World, let’s bridge gaps. We are all ambassadors.

Give back this holiday season with celebrity backed charity Choose Love. Choose Love, does whatever it takes to help displaced people around the world. Give gifts with heart to those who need it most. Choose Love offers iconic merch worn by celebrities such as OprahJulia Roberts and James Corden. 100% of profits from Choose Love’s merch goes to support refugees and displaced people in 15 countries around the world. Additionally, the Choose Love shop offers a unique shopping experience which is split into three sections. Each area explores a different stage of a refugee’s journey, from Arrival (emergency blankets, warm clothing and food) to Shelter (tents, sleeping bags and hygiene packs) all the way to Future (education supplies, LGBTQ+ support and mental health care). The experience can even be given as a gift with a downloadable gift card to be printed at home and wrapped up for gift giving. 

Help them get organized! A passport case has never felt more useful!

SMYTHSON passport cover, $325

There may be a few more documents when we travel now making a passport case, with a slip for say your vaccination card, even more handy!

For the one who raves about summers on the Med.

TORMARESCA CALAFURIA ROSÉ, $47

Treat them to this delicious bottle of rosé from Salento. A special edition from the Antinori wine family, this Calafuria wine is perfectly enjoyed over the holidays! For a Secret Santa, Hannukah, any holiday party? It’s the perfect addition to the 2021 holiday gift guide!

Jet Luxe Loungewear

SCAGLIONE joggers, $285 | SCAGLIONE round neck, $226

There’s nothing that says luxe like beautiful loungewear. Of course, my favorite is from SCAGLIONE. A comfortable yet elevated alternative to your standard travel leggings. It’s also a chic look for hotel breakfast. Let me upgrade ya! Here’s a full range of SCAGLIONE loungewear for men and women — by the way, the green ones are mens small that fit me!

For the Traveling Naturalista

Let’s be honest, most hotels can’t even begin to come close to the products that we afro, kinky, curly, coiled folks need. It always feels like a win when I see some of my favorite hair products in the travel section at Target. Heading on a beach vacation soon? This Naturalicious travel set (Black woman owned!) has a perfect moisturizing traveling pouch that I wish I had with my right now to revitalize my curls after this long flight!

For the pro packer

CALPAK Luka Duffel, $110

Still on the hunt for the perfect carry on? This efficient Calpak duffle made Oprah’s Favorite Things list in 2019. The countless slips and pockets, even an underbelly for shoes make it the perfect carry on for the traveling pro in your life. 

So comfy they can walk 1,000 miles

FREEDOM MOSES slides, $50

This summer, I fell in love with these Freedom Moses slides and they were the perfect companion for our road trip through Sicily. So of course they made it to my 2021 holiday gift guide. Easy to pack, these stylish shoes are now a travel essential of mine. Use my code FM15NNEYA to get a special discount!

For the Italophile

Another perfect present for a holiday party, especially with Italians. Familiar with the panettone but not one for a fruit cake? Try this deliciously light and airy fugassa, an ancient Venetian dessert. This Cipriani version is delicious. After I got some my mother-in-law then ordered for Christmas!

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