The SUITCASE Christmas Gift Guide 2020: The Ultimate List

Suitable for your bae and besties, colleagues and cohabitors, and everyone in between, the SUITCASE gift guide is a go-to for finding that nailed-it present.

We've checked with Santa and his elves - they say these recommendations are candy-cane solid. Expect boots made for walking, luxe loungewear and handcrafted ceramics that will satisfy affluent spenders and those in search of a more affordable stocking filler. You can thank us later.

In the words of Mrs Claus: all I want for Christmas is… everything on this list.

Cashmere co-ords, next-level suitcases and coffee-table accessories: SUITCASE's curated Christmas gift guide

Love in Bloom Heart Vase

Courthouse Interiors

A Kim Kardashian-esque figure vase protruding with pampas? Too basic. Eschewing every teeny bopper YouTube star's Christmas wishlist, we're reaching for this showstopping piece handmade by Italian designer Marcantonio. After all, what says "I love you" more than an artery-filled, cardiovascular ceramic.

Buy now at Courthouse Interiors£75.00

Trio Ear Cuff


Diamonds really are a girl's best friend, especially when they're lab-grown, sustainable and set in recycled gold. Proving that bling can be planet-friendly as well as plush is Kimaï's selection of edgy, eco-chic ear wear. If your significant other isn't quite ready to commit, convince them to put a diamond (ear)ring on it instead.

Buy now at Kimaï£875.00

The KP Collection

KP Studio

We all have one. That plate you reach for; the mug that makes your cuppa taste that bit better. Crafted in a small, Brighton pottery, this set - featuring three plates, a mug and coaster - is decorated with a tactile lino-cutting technique that means no two items are the same. Mix and match from the range of patterns to curate your own collection (we love the South Downs-inspired Wanderlust). Lunch al-desko just got an upgrade.

Buy now at KP Studio£95.00

Howie Eye Mask

Desmond & Dempsey

There are two types of travellers: those who are constantly bemoaning their lack of sleep and inability to acclimate to new time zones, and those with eye masks. This pineapple-print number from Desmond & Dempsey is made with factory offcuts. It's a low-waste, ultra-chic essential for any traveller, whether flying long-haul or taking the sleeper train cross-country.

Buy now at Desmond & Dempsey £15.00

Jardin de la Lune Candle

Earl of East

Chances are, a bunch of your pals are now fully established remote workers. Give their home office an aromatic upgrade by sending them an Earl of East candle. Each of its scent profiles is inspired by the founders' past travels, whether it's a dusky village in rural Greece or the gardens of the Grand Trianon in Versailles. Soothing balms for WFH burnout (pardon the pun).

Buy now at Earl of East£20.00

The Frame Carry-On: Aluminium Edition

Arlo Skye

Not familiar with Arlo Skye? Get to know it. Over the past few years it has bagged an impressive cabinet of design awards and become the go-to source for stylish luggage that lasts. Floating on whisper-quiet wheels, with clasp locks, compartmentalised interior pockets and a super-fast, in-built charger, this next-level suitcase is our must-have item for 2021.

Buy now at Arlo Skye£423.00

Anaïs Classic Silk Pyjama Set


A luxe pyjama set is 2020's answer to the sequin mini dress. Drawing inspiration from 1920s Parisian watercolours, this 100-per-cent silk set is too chic to keep hidden under a tatty dressing gown. Pair the top with your jeans and saunter down supermarket aisles, or slip on the pyjama bottoms with a slinky bodysuit, oversized leather jacket and a barely-there heel for drinks with friends. Sure, you can also sleep in the set too.

Buy now at Yolke£365.00

Misela x SUITCASE Istanbul Set in Tangerine


Secure that spot as favourite off-spring/ sibling/ colleague with this slick collection of travel games made in collaboration with Istanbul-based brand Misela. As good for on-the-road as it is around the fireplace, this old-school set featuring a portable backgammon scroll, playing cards and a puzzle set comes in handcrafted cases trimmed with lambskin leather. Have the set personalised over on

Buy now at SUITCASE£350.00

Intermission: compiled by THESP


Compiled by THESP founder and former SUITCASE editor, Gilly Hopper, this pair of books features meditations from some of the UK's most renowned actors and directors on what happens when the stage falls silent - be that mid-speech, during an interval, or a pandemic (how novel). Packed with essays, stories, poems and more, it's a celebration of British theatre that will leave readers inspired and hopeful for the future. Better still, proceeds will go to Acting for Others, which provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need.

Buy now at THESP£12.99

Pipamoka Portable Vacuum Coffee Maker


A piece of kit for those who never scrimp on good coffee. Slot ground beans into the metal basket, fill with water and turn the top to exert pressure; in less than two minutes you have a perfect cup o'Joe. This device is a great addition to any camper's knapsack and ideal for that friend with an unhealthy addiction to splurging on pricey artisan brews.

Buy now at Wacoco£47.50

The Fife Arms Tartan Blanket

Fife Arms

Naff keyrings and tacky fridge magnets? No thanks. We like to fill our (and our friends') homes with trinkets, treasures and the odd cashmere (or lambswool) throw from our favourite place to hunker down in the Highlands. Created by designer Araminta Campbell exclusively for The Fife Arms, it's as gorgeous thrown over the sofa as it is stuffed into our carry on.

Buy now at Fife Arms £250.00

Discovery Bundle


What do you get the person that seemingly has it all? A SUITCASE Discovery bundle. Packed with our 10 latest issues, this coffee-table collection will suit insatiable wayfarers, cultural connoisseurs and armchair adventures. Whisking you to the icy wilderness of Svalbard, on road trips through Palm Springs and in the literary neighbourhoods of Paris, it's essential reading for the modern traveller.

Buy now at SUITCASE Magazine£86.00

PHAT Glow Facial

Ole Henriksen

Who doesn't love slotting a new skincare product into their (okay, already quite over-stuffed) washbag? This "home facial" is made with PHAs, a clever exfoliating acid proven to work wonders on acne scars and damaged skin. We're sending this bottle of face food to the homebound spa-breakers. Here's to many a facial next year.

Buy now at Ole Henriksen£39.00

Gia Shanghai Hoodie and Track Pants Set

Olivia Von Halle

Nailing the perfect airport attire is an artform. Although our co-ords might have seen more couch action than air miles this year, we're still hankering for the perfect in-flight set. Step forward this Olivia Von Halle two piece spun from a silk-cashmere blend so buttery-soft that you'll feel like you've been enveloped in a hug. Remember those?

Buy now at Olivia Von Halle£1,195.00

Brady Black Leather Hiking Boots


These boots are destined to be loved deeply and worn excessively by whomever is lucky enough to receive them. Dare we say it, we think these are the perfect city-to-country shoes - handmade, Goodyear welted and strong enough to withstand many a mud-splattered woodland ramble. If you rate presents on their cost per use, this pair of kickers is a surefire winner.

Buy now at Grenson£285.00

Black and Red Suncover


At last, a stylish alternative to the bulky sunglasses case. Hat tilt to Finlay for designing a range of "suncovers", nifty wallets that can be clipped onto one's bag strap for ease of access at a moment's notice. Finlay knows its customers have discerning taste, and have released these cases in a kaleidoscope of gorgeous colourways and designs. Our favourite? This love-struck number. How apt.

Buy now at Finlay £75.00

Ogene Diamond Dress Socks


So you shacked up with your current beau during lockdown and have only interacted with their parents over Zoom... meaning your knowledge of their likes and dislikes is largely based on the colour of their wallpaper. Yikes. Socks may be the safest stocking filler out there, but this snazzy pair inspired by the ogene, a musical instrument from Nigeria, will brighten up any foot.

Buy now at Ebonyx£36.00

5-in-1 Rejuvenating Facial Serum

Holy Grail

Our bathroom cabinets may be stacked with enough lotions and potions to fill an apothecary, but we regularly reach for the same, fail-safe products in our skincare routine. That is, until we tried Holy Grail's 5-in-1 Rejuvenating Facial Serum. Packed with all our favourite ingredients - vitamin C, tick; hyaluronic acid, tick; wrinkle-busting argireline, tick - the serum plumps, polishes and protects from sun damage and pollution. A must-have hero product for the beauty gurus gift bags.

Buy now at Holy Grail£29.99

Centenary Vanity Case in Oxblood/ Black


Security-compliant clear plastic bags may be practical but they're not exactly flying down the runaway. This vanity case that pays homage to the golden age of travel is just the ticket for giving your next journey an upgrade. Inside, you'll find nifty features such as a jewellery tray, a detachable mirror and a cover to protect from any spillages in transit.

Buy now at Globetrotter£850.00

Annual Subscription


Give the gift of year-round travel inspiration by hooking up your nearest and dearest with a SUITCASE subscription. Over the course of the next year, they'll receive each new issue the day it comes out - it truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Reading this on Christmas Eve? Don't sweat it. The second you subscribe, we'll send a thank-you email. Pop it in a festive card and you're good to go.

Buy now at SUITCASE£16.00

Mino L Portable Speaker


When it comes to speakers, they simply don't get more travel-perfect than this. Designed by Paris-based Manuela Simonelli and Andrea Quaglio for Lexon, the Mino L might look cute but it packs a mighty punch. We suggest getting a couple of these little dudes; they sync up so you can create a multi-room sound system wherever you happen to lay your head.

Buy now at Lexon£50.00

Hydra-Gel Hand Sanitiser

Grown Alchemist

Let 2020 be remembered as the year that safety became sexy. Upgrade your loved one's pandemic paraphernalia by giving them a deliciously scented bottle of hand sanitiser from Grown Alchemist, the fuss-free, Australian skincare experts. This time last year, we'd have scoffed in the faces of those who considered this gift-worthy. Now, we're lusting after the stuff.

Buy now at Grown Alchemist £10.00

F411 Padded Laptop Envelope


Anyone who's been to the alternative enclave of District Five in Zurich will know about Freitag - its multi-storey tower of shipping containers is not only the brand's head office, but offers one of the best viewpoints over the city. We digress. Its bags, wallets and laptop cases are made from sturdy stuff - recycled truck tarpaulin, that is - and are completely unique.

Buy now at Freitag £75.00
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