Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2011, Part 1: Leisure & Travel


Markets Media Lifestyle brings you its first annual Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide in eight categories: leisure & travel, food & drink, grooming & beauty, home, sport, office, technology & autos, and style. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks, as we roll out our series of sure-fire gifts. This week, we kick things off with Leisure and Travel, because all work and no play makes for a dull Jack and Jill.

Hermès Poker Chips and Cards. Housed in a gray sycamore box topped with calfskin leather, these colorful cedar poker chips pair perfectly with cards edged in silver and colored in Hermes’ signature orange. Hermes Poker Chips Case, $6,050.00 and Playing Cards, $85. www.hermes.com
Elie Bleu Flor de Alba Cigar Humidor. Keep those stogies safe and sound in an heirloom-worthy, hand-painted humidor adorned with rare wood veneers and inlays. A playful take on the classic Cuban cigar box, this humidor has an analog hygrometer inside and is made of air-cured sycamore. Elie Bleu Flor de Alba cigar humidor, $2,395.00.www.updowncigar.com
Valextra Cut-Out Passport Cover. Colorful, blocklike geographic leather cutouts add a dash of style to your jetsetting ways. Valextra Leather Passport Holder, with a choice of Italy, Australia, South America, United Kingdom, and Africa cutouts, $295. www.barneys.com
Pineider Two-Tone Leather Helmet. Invoke a bit of vintage style in duo-toned leather. Italian maker Pineider’s open-faced, old-school helmet is perfect for quick trips around town. After all, why should your ride get all the cool points? Pineider Black & Brown Leather Helmet, $434.00. www.forzieri.com
Sofisticato Chessmen. Italian crafted, handmade solid brass chessmen plated in 24-carat gold on one side and solid brass, .925 silver-plated chessmen on the other, wrapped in stained, shaved Italian maple. Set against a high-gloss, lacquered chessboard made in Spain, this chess set’s luxurious high drama should distract your opponent just enough to allow you to execute that perfect move. Sofisticato Chess Set, $795. www.bellogamesnewyork.com


Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet. George Harrison and The Beatles got their start at Liverpool’s Cavern Club. Which guitar did George play? A 1957 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet. The now-legendary modern incarnation is in a gorgeous Cadillac green; the George Harrison tribute model is in black and silver. Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar, $3,500. www.gretschguitars.com
Caran d’Ache Carbon Fiber Lighter. Plated in silver, rhodium, and carbon fiber, Caran d’Ache’s legendary Swiss craftsmanship adds a hefted, polished finishing touch. Caran d’Ache Carbon Fibre Slim Lighter, $1,860. www.pianki.com
Bric’s Campari Munari Limited Edition Travel Bag. Going somewhere exciting for the weekend? This bag, described by Bric’s as “Inspired by Bruno Munari’s art (housed in the MoMA in New York)”, is just as fun as the destination, wherever it may be. Bric’s Campari Munari Limited Edition Weekender. 22in x 13in x 10in $409 www.brics.it

Keep an eye out for the next installation of our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2011!

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