2021 Frequent Business Traveler Holiday Gift Guide: Diamond Edition

By The Editors on 13 December 2021
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It’s time to throw another log on the fire, sit back, and find the perfect gift for the diamond guest in your life. Finding it may present more of a challenge than a backed up airport security checkpoint, but help is here in the form of the 2021 Frequent Business Traveler Holiday Gift Guide Diamond Edition.

We at Frequent Business Traveler have scoured the field of holiday gifts for all budgets, which are perfect for the most discriminating of recipients.

From Austrian confections to Broadway shows to tools for a digital detox, we have all the bases covered. Here are our editors’ and staffers’ top gift picks for this holiday season.

MULBERRY MEN’S SOFT NAPPA LEATHER GLOVES

Mulberry, an English apparel manufacturer that was founded 1971, is known internationally for its leather goods. The company manufactures these soft Nappa gloves in its original factory in Somerset, a county in southwest England.

These elegant leather gloves are a classic gift and feature discreet Mulberry tree signature branding.  The gloves are cashmere lined and they will mold to fit your gift recipient’s hands with age and wear.

Mulberry Men’s Leather Gloves,  $275 at mulberry.com

THE TRAVELIST EUROPE 2022 WALL CALENDAR

This striking ready-to-hang wall calendar takes you to the most beautiful cities in Europe with striking photographs of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, and Russia. From a glistening photograph of Nymphenburg Palace in the snow to the famous Christmas market on the Marienplatz in Munich, to the canals of Bruges in Belgium, each month has a carefully curated photograph taken and selected by photographer Jonathan Spira, editor of Frequent Business Traveler and The Travelist magazines.

The calendar features U.S. as well as Austrian and German holidays in addition to religious holidays. Save and frame your favorite photographs.

The Travelist Europe 2022 Wall Calendar, $19 at Lulu.com

 

MIRABELL MOZARTKUGEL

For the uninitiated, a Mozartkugel is a small, ball-shaped confection named after the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.   “Kugel” is the word for “ball” in German.

The marzipan-pistachio-chocolate confection was originally known as a Mozart-Bonbon and was created by the Salzburg confectioner Paul Fürst in 1890.  Mirabell Mozartkugel are made by Salzburg Schokolade and are available from European Grocery and other fine purveyors.

12-piece Mirabell Mozartkugel, $30 at European Grocery Store

BROADWAY SHOWS

Broadway is back and taking someone to a show on the Great White Way makes for a thoughtful present. From drama to comedy, there’s a musical or play for everyone.

Our favorites include “Chicago,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Six,” and “Wicked,” as well as “Girl from the North Country,” “The Lehman Trilogy,” and “Caroline and Change.”  And yes, we’ve seen them all.

Tickets to Broadway shows may be purchased at the TKTS Booth on Times Square and online at TodayTix as well as at theater box offices.

MOLTON BROWN JUBILANT PINE & PATCHOULI EAU DE TOILETTE

Every year, Molton Brown, an English perfumier founded in 1971, introduces a limited edition collection for the holiday season.  This year, the fragrance company created an homage to its original salon, Jubilant Pine & Patchouli, to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.

The Jubilant Pine & Patchouli Eau de Toilette comes in a round glass flacon with a spherical cap and engraved atomizer. It is packaged in a debossed Regent Stone card-box and a limited edition sleeve made from 100% tree-free paper.

The woody-aromatic fragrance features warm tones of fresh pine, spicy cinnamon, and crisp juniper berry, with notes of luscious red fruits and smooth suede.

Molton Brown Jubilant Pine & Patchouli Eau de Toilette, $120 at www.moltonbrown.com

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

DoubleTree hotels are known for the scent of warm chocolate chip cookies that are proffered to all arriving guests.  The cookies made their appearance in the 1980s and were originally offered to VIPs. They have been made by the Nashville-based Christie Cookie Company for over three decades.

The recipe – which Hilton made public during the early days of the pandemic – includes Nestlé Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and plenty of butter.

Over 30 million DoubleTree cookies are consumed by guests each year and, for those who have a longing for the cookie-based check-in experience, Hilton is making them available as holiday gifts.

DoubleTree Cookies from Christie Cookie Company, $15 at www.christiecookies.com

PUNKT MP02 ‘NEW GENERATION’ MOBILE PHONE

“Punkt” means “period” or “full stop” in German and company CEO Petter Neby wants to put a full stop to the distractions and diversions of life that the work-from-home pandemic era brings.

Swiss tech company Punkt wants to offer you and your gift recipients a digital detox for the holidays. The updated version of the Punkt MP02, designed by Jasper Morrison and originally released in 2018, is a sleek, modern, mobile phone that places and receives calls and sends and receives text messages. Period (or Punkt, as it is said in German).

The phone features a stylish design and minimalist user interface.  Indeed, even the MP02’s ringtones – the work of the Norwegian sound artist Kjetil Røst Nilsen – have a unique pedigree and minimalistic design.

Punkt MP02 New Generation, $379 at www.punkt.ch

ELAGO KEYCHAINS FOR APPLE AIRTAGS

With its W7 case, elago brings back the look and feel of the iPod Shuffle with this retro-look holder for Apple AirTags. While the AirTag provides excellent device-tracking functionality, it lacks certain useful touches such as a keyring nub. Elago has taken up the challenge of making the AirTag more useful with a variety of striking and fun designs.

The California-based maker of Apple gear, which includes MagSafe charging docks and Apple Watch bands, offers a variety of clever looking AirTag holders in non-toxic, food-grade silicon with a secure grip around the AirTag itself.

The W5 Classic Gaming Console Carabiner Key Ring looks realistic enough to play a game on, and the AirTag Basic Case with Keychain could double as an ornament on your tree.   Finally, the AirTag Silicon Pad includes a reusable silicon pad which allows you to attach your AirTag securely to your bike, skateboard, or even your automobile.

Elago AirTag Keychains and Cases, from $9.99 to $12.99 at www.elago.com

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