Sadly, 2020 was not the best year for wanderlusters. With so many travel restrictions in place, visiting new destinations was not as much of an option. But that doesn’t mean you can’t give a travel-inspired gift to your favorite jet setter. And there’s no better present than home decor. Why? Well, it brings hotels, restaurants, and hot spots across the globe into the houses of those you love so they can experience the joys of travel every day. Here are some of the best home decor gifts for travel lovers.
MR CHOW: 50 Years Book
MR CHOW is one of the most successful restaurant chains of all time. And to celebrate 50 years of fine food, the company released a coffee table book ($49.95) that takes readers through the iconic Chow dynasty’s evolutionary journey and how 11 iconic restaurants were opened in destinations across the globe. It’s the perfect gift for that globe-trotting foodie in your life.
PUBLIC Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Bring the Schrager-aesthetic home with TRADE, PUBLIC’s retail shop curated by Tania Schrager and Yelin Song. TRADE takes a unique and original approach with an eclectic curation of clothing, books, objects, jewelry, and more. Customers can achieve the minimalist, monochrome look that the Schragers are famous for. Exclusive to TRADE, fans of the infamous PUBLIC faux fur throw blanket can bring the luxuriously soft, machine-washable item home for $375.00.
Shou Sugi Ban House Ceramics
Shou Sugi Ban House, the Hamptons’ first wellness retreat and destination spa, just launched their e-commerce site. Their signature ceramics are made exclusively for Shou Sugi Ban House by New York-based ceramicist Stephanie Charlene and come in several shapes and sizes (from $30). But all made from groggy white stoneware and finished with a sandy white glaze. You can pretend like you’re enjoying a meal from Mads Refslund, co-founder of Noma in Copenhagen, who directs the culinary program at Shou Sugi Ban House.
KEENTU Wire Lamp
KEENTU, which means “thing” or “object” in East African, is a new Bleecker Street boutique that has home décor items handcrafted throughout Africa. The products are ethically and sustainably made and feature a contemporary style. A top option for travel lovers would be the Wire Lamp ($398). Made in Kenya, these lamps are crafted by an iron door maker who expertly builds the steel wireframes. He spray-coasts the metal frames with paint and uses a secret technique developed to dry the paint in Nairobi’s humid environment without the need for an energy-intensive dying shed.
H by Frette’s Junior Suite Bed Bundle
H by Frette is the very sheets relied on for decades by the world’s best hotels, like St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Aman, and so many more. So, they will instantly transport your loved one to a luxury resort each night. Available in silky, smooth sateen or cool, crisp percale (starting at $301.75), the Junior Suite Bed Bundle includes all the essentials to build the classic hotel bed, including a duvet cover, top sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.
Artisan Blackberry Farm Wooden Serving Boards
Blackberry Farm is one of those hotels that’s on many travelers’ bucket lists. Well, now you can gift a piece of it with the Relais & Chateaux property’s beautiful serving boards ($120). Each one is made by a local artisan using native wood, meaning no two will ever be the same. While they are super functional for serving up a meal, they also act as works of art hanging in the kitchen.
Ashford Castle Tea Set
Ashford Castle is a historic 800-year-old five-star castle hotel in Western Ireland that makes you feel like royalty during a stay. Surprise the king or queen in your life with the hotels’ limited edition signature tea set ($147). It’s made from fine bone china, features burnished gold, and was made by William Edwards exclusively for the storied hotel.
Isabelle En Touraine Candles
Perfect for any Francophile, Isabelle En Touraine candles bring you to the heart of the Loire Valley region. Isabelle and Philippe Galliot make scented candles ($40) in their workshop in Touraine, France using natural waxes like soy, rapeseed, and beeswax. The scents, which incorporate the renowned perfume from Grasse, France, include amber and sandal, cedar, blackcurrant, cinnamon and mandarin, and several locally grown flowers.