15 great travel gift ideas for Christmas

15 great travel gift ideas for Christmas

Send your loved ones packing ... in style, comfort and a little bit of holiday luxury

Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Bose  Noise Cancelling Headphones

Block all airplane annoyances -- including the ungodly roar of engines, young children and yappy pilots -- with the latest sound-blocking headphones from Bose. With what the company calls "significantly improved noise reduction" and redesigned ear cushions for a more comfy fit, these phones give new meaning to the phrase, "Can you hear me now?"

US$299.95, Bose.com

Subscription to 'The Economist'

Instead of paying the outrageous newstand price multiple times a year at airports, save your loved ones a ton of money by having this airplane reading staple -- arguably the best magzine in the world right now -- delivered to their door. Or e-reader.

Subscriptions to "The Economist" start at US$67.25 for 25 issues. For more offers check the mag's official website.

"The Economist" launched iPad and iPhone apps last month. Digital subscription in the United States costs US$110 a year.

Linda Farrow Luxe Oversized Square-frame Acetate Sunglasses

The next best thing to ski masks for concealing greasy faces after long flights. If the price tag doesn't seem worth a little vanity, consider that these shades also come with polished "stingray embellishment" on the arms, a leather case and designer display box. If you don't feel like a celeb yet, you never will.

US$690, Net-a-Porter.com or Linda Farrow.

Leica D-LUX 5 Digital Camera

Yes, it'll satisfy the nostalgic gadget-loving uncle in your life. But the new generation of cameras from the name behind 1960s photojournalism legends isn't any old throwback.

The D-Lux 5 has a super-fast lens (up to 12,800 ISO) and delivers pictures in 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 (widescreen) formats.

US$799.00 from B&H or Leica.

Globe Trotter Suitcase

The only downside to having a gorgeous case from the handsome Globe Trotter Orient range? The pain of seeing it tossed about on the baggage belt. No worries, the envy of fellow passengers will make up for a few nicks and scratches. 

From £565 (US$894), order enquiries at the Globe Trotter official website. Also available at Lane Crawford from HKD12,500.

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Native Union Moshi Moshi 04

The Moshi Moshi 04 is a multi-purpose mobile phone handset that can be converted into a conference call unit and iPod speaker. It supports Bluetooth 2.1 multipoint technology, which allows users to pair and answer calls on two Bluetooth devices. 

It doesn’t hurt to look at, either.

US$179.99, Amazon.com or Native Union. Also available at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong for HK$1,800.

Diesel Time Zone Watch

Even if you don't actually need to track four time zones at once, you might want to with this snazzy wristwatch. With stainless steel, leather and mineral crystal elements, you never looked more stylish saying, "Yes, as a matter of fact, I do know what time it is in Fukuoka."

US$295, Nordstrom.com or Diesel.

Smythson Travel Case

Because it’s important to look fabulous during check-in, this plum-hued crocodile-print calfskin wallet from Smythson has slots for tickets, documents, currency and boarding passes. It also comes with a removable passport cover. Class it up futher by presenting it to your loved one with a few starter bills on the inside.

HK$4,240, available at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong or Smythson.

L.B. Evans Men's Lariat Travel Scuff

With a supple leather exterior and memory-foam insole, these aristocratic foldable leather travel slippers will have air passengers taking off their shoes and feeling better about economy class in no time.

US$84.95, Endless.com or L.B. Evans.

Callpod Chargepod

With six docks compatible with more than 3,000 devices including smartphones, cellphones, portable gaming systems and digital cameras, the Chargepod will end all adaptor and charger needs.

US$39.99, Amazon.com or Callpod.

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Acne Shearling Aviator Hat

The look says, "I'm on speaking terms with Amelia Earhart." The rugged sheepskin shell and plush shearling earflaps let people know you're not joking around in extreme climes.

US$450, shop.acnestudios.com. Also available at Lane Crawford for HKD3,900.

KARVT Wooden MacBook Skins

Sure, you can let your loved ones walk out the door with cheap, molded plastic cases protecting their MacBooks. Or you can show that you actually care about them, their work and the environment.

As the attitude-heavy KARVT founder, idealist and Mac apostle Kurt Barbee explains: "Plain and simple, we are 'cooler' than the other laptop owners. Why not rub it in their face that they have plastic skins ... and we have organic, durable, wooden ones?"

KARVT Wooden MacBook Skins are handmade of 100 percent cedar wood. KARVT also sells wooden iPhone and iPad cases. The cool is a given. Attitude optional.

US$39, Generate or from Karvt.

Heys xScale

The makers of this digital luggage scale claim it's the smallest such scale in the world. It can weigh up to 50 kg (110 pounds) and comes in a range of juicy colors.

US$30 from Neiman Marcus or Heys.

StarKids Snack and Play Travel Tray

These lightweight, foldable trays will be a godsend for parents of kids with short attention spans and the tendency to wail on planes. The travel tray has a padded rim to keep toys and snacks from falling off, and two side pockets to store more toys.

US$19.95, Amazon.com or StarKids.

Lonely Planet Phrasebook iPhone App

Each Lonely Planet audio phrasebook contains 630 commonly used phrases in the world’s most spoken languages. It's a great (virtual) stocking filler, and your lucky recipient will never be lost in translation again.

US$5.99 per phrasebook, iTunes Store or Lonely Planet shop.