The Official Hotels Above Par Gift Guide

Welcome to the official Hotels Above Part gift guide. We’ll be keeping this list updated throughout the holiday season, ensuring quality selects for every traveler on your list. Expect hand-picked editor selects that capture the spirit of adventure at home, to practical products that keep us organized throughout days, weeks, and months-long journeys. 

Chic Passport Holder

A passport holder may feel like a basic gift but, for avid travelers or friends planning a special once-a-year-trip, it’s also an essential — in other words, it’s a present that will be genuinely put to use no matter who the recipient. This option from Fossil comes in cognac and black, with a substantial leather material built to stand the test of time. 

Blue Lagoon Iceland Face Mask Set

If an all-expenses-paid trip to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is not in the works, consider this face mask set the next best thing. Each product in this travel-friendly quartet is rich in geothermal water sourced from the Blue Lagoon; another standout ingredient is bits of volcanic black lava, a powerhouse for drawing out impurities and leaving a smooth complexion behind. 

The North Face Travel Bag

This North Face duffel is an excellent closet addition for folks with permanent wanderlust and an aversion to paying for a checked bag — this carry-on is surprisingly spacious and capable of fitting a weeks’ worth of outfits. Plus, if you’re scared of traveling with a white accessory, don’t be; the fabric is abrasion-resistant and won’t scuff. 

Apple Airtags

“Lost luggage” is the scary phrase that fuels every traveler’s love for Apple’s AirTags, a bluetooth-enabled device that allows you to track your bags in real time via iPad or iPhone. Consider this a gift that keeps on giving by way of guaranteed peace of mind. 

Vintage Rimowa Rolling Suitcase

Rimowa suitcases are the cream of the luggage crop, with stunning designs and impeccable quality. They’re also pricey, which is why we recommend scouring The Real Real to find one secondhand and at a fraction of the original cost. 

Assouline Book

Assouline is known for stunning and colorful hardcovers that feel more in line with art collectibles than books. For a thoughtful gift, memorialize their favorite trip by selecting a destination they love — options include Ibiza, Athens, Dubai, Havana, and more.  

Aesop Travel Kit

There are only so many times you can Google “TSA liquid sizes” before you give up on silicone tubes and opt for skin care sets that are specifically designed for airport security. The Aesop Arrival Travel Kit comes with a quarter of everything you’ll need for a shower routine: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body moisturizer packed with nourishing ingredients and refreshing essential oils. 

Drawstring Toiletries Bag

This drawstring toiletries bag makes it significantly easier to keep all beauty products and toiletries in one place. It lays flat so that lotions and lipsticks can be splayed out on the bathroom vanity, but quickly folds up for easy packing and less mess. 

Vintage LV Luggage Tag

At Hotels Above Par, we have a deep appreciation for travel products that feel as if they were plucked from the racks of a well-curated secondhand store — and a vintage Louis Vuitton luggage tag is one of those pieces that feels like purchasing a bit of history. Added bonus: It’ll be easier to spot your suitcase on the carousel. 

Basic Packing Cubes

If you’re attempting to fit a month’s worth of clothing into a carry-on intended for a weekend trip (we’ve been there), packing cubes are an essential. This pack of five keeps outfits organized and condensed to a fraction of what they would be, which is especially helpful for winter travels involving thicker layers and accessories. 

Calpak Luggage Set

This Calpak luggage set will be a welcome gift if they’ve been toting around the same beat-up carry-on since college. This set is sleek, functional, and adored by reviewers for its spacious design, plus the small, medium, and large size means they’re set for any kind of impending trip, whether a weekend getaway or weeks-long sabbatical.

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