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16 High-flying Gifts Every Traveller Will Love

From a packable kayak to a pocket laundromat, here are 16 gift ideas for the frequent flyers on your list.


Model: Milly (Dulcedo); clothing: H&M (sweater), Simons (skirt), COS (ring)

Minibar Upgrade

Never call down for a bottle opener again. Not only will this solid brass version slip easily into your carry-on, its modernist silhouette will take your minibar set-up to the next level.

F&Y Bottle Opener, $48


Models: Benji (Folio), Tinashe, Sébastien, Gerardo, Jeremy; clothing: Simons

Arm Candy

Meet your new everyday timekeeper. The designed-in-Montreal collection is unisex, with minimalist faces and straps that go with virtually anything. Since they weigh just 31 grams, you may even forget you’re sporting one. Bonus: Store it in its felt case when you’re not wearing it.

Atelier Canvas Watches with Nylon Strap, $79 each

Very Plane Clothes

Model: Sébastien; clothing: H&M

Fly Overnighter

Calling all aviation geeks: This airplane-print poly-canvas duffle is just the right size for an overnight, or you can pack it in your suitcase on a longer trip if you need extra space. Bring on the souvenir shopping.

Very Plane Clothes CDG Duffle Bag, $125

A.E. McAteer

Models: Benji (Folio), Marine, Vicky; clothing: Simons

Foot Cozies

You’ve probably never packed your slippers, but now, thanks to fitted zippered cases that keep these pairs together, there’s good reason to. Made from top-grain leather with a cushy wool lining, they’ll make every trip comfier (and we won’t tell if you pull them out at home, too).

A.E. McAteer Travel Moccasins, $298

Oru Kayak

Model: Benji (Folio); clothing: New Regime

Collapsible Kayak

This vessel folds up into an 84-cm x 74-cm package that weighs 12 kilograms and fits into a custom backpack, which you can check in on your flight to your next dream paddling destination. Glacier kayaking in Iceland, anyone?

Oru Kayak The Beach LT, US$1,299, Oru Paddle, US$99

Canada Goose

Models: Benji (Folio), Sébastien; clothing: H&M (orange sweater, shoes), Tiger of Sweden (pants)

High-tech Threads

Made from Argentinian merino wool, this fisherman-style knit sweater combines the rugged-outdoorsman look with city-slicker technology – Thermal-Mapping ventilation adds breathability to the areas that need it most. Two layers at the collar keep you warm, but looser stitching under the arms, on the chest and at the upper back prevents overheating.

Canada Goose Men’s Galloway Sweater, $395

The Laundress

Model: Karyne; clothing: Simons

Pocket Laundromat

Yes, we’ve seen those travel-size steamers, but we’re way more into these travel-size laundry products that offer a fix for almost every clothing-related problem you might face on the road (wrinkles, smells and stains included).

The Laundress Travel Pack with Crease Release, Delicate Wash, Stain Solution, and Fabric Fresh, $76, Wash and Stain Bar, $11

Flight 001

In-room Trainer

Working out in your hotel room is no sweat with this sleek backpack filled with three resistance bands, a lightweight skipping rope and workout manual (no bulky mats required).

Flight 001 F1 Fitness Kit, US$48

Flight 001

Model: Milly (Dulcedo); clothing: Simons (black and red workout outfit), Browns (shoes), Stella McCartney for Adidas at Simons (pink workout outfit)


Models: Benji (Folio), Valeria; clothing: Simons

Smartest Earbuds

These wireless neckbuds are good for up to five hours of listening with one charge, but the best part is that, together with Google Assistant and a Pixel phone, they can provide real-time translation directly into your ear. Just place a finger on the right earbud, ask the Google gods to “Help me speak Portuguese,” then sit back and relax as your server gives you a nuanced analysis of that five-page port menu.

Google Pixel Buds, $219

Atelier YUL

Model: Sébastien; clothing: H&M

All-star Sleeve

Ditch the briefcase: With exterior pockets for small notebooks, pens and your phone, this laptop case simplifies what you’re toting to meetings.

Atelier YUL Pochette Blue, US$105 (13-inch) and US$115 (15-inch)


Model: Sébastien; clothing: Simons

Hand-held Espresso Machine

Say goodbye to questionable hotel-room coffee. This handy, pump-action gadget produces a bold, creamy shot however you like it, from ristretto to caffè lungo. Bonus: At 360 grams, this machine weighs as little as your average bag of beans.

Wacaco Minipresso GR, $80

Canon, Rugged Lot

Model: Milly (Dulcedo); clothing and shoes: COS

Memory Maker

Never miss a photo op again. The mirrorless-style camera, 40 percent lighter than a DSLR, quickly autofocuses and captures high-resolution pictures and HD video (even in low lighting), and built-in Wi-Fi means you can upload your photos and share them on Facebook in an instant. Swap the strap for this handmade-in-Toronto leather one (and get it monogrammed, free of charge).

Canon EOS M5, $1,250, EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens, $250
Rugged Lot Camera Strap in Natural, $90

La Compagnie Robinson

Model: Milly (Dulcedo); clothing and shoes: H&M

The Perfect Travel Tote

A roomy carryall is totes essential for every trip, and this vegetable-tanned leather bag, handmade in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, has a handy interior pocket that means no more digging for your phone and wallet.

La Compagnie Robinson Classic Tote Bag Brown, $325

Terre-Neuve Supply

Models: Benji (Folio), Tinashe; clothing: COS

Fisherman’s Friends

Cozy meets functional with these 100-percent-wool trigger mittens, hand-knit in Newfoundland. Originally worn by fishermen, these mittens free up your index fingers for increased dexterity.

Terre-Neuve Supply Trigger Mittens, $40

Dandy Nomad

Model: Oscar

Plane Games

A simple pouch unzips to become a two-sided game. Keep the devices stowed and the kids occupied with checkers on one side and backgammon on the other.

Dandy Nomad Travel Games, $39



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