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Top 5 luxury travel gifts to give this holiday season

Posted by Melanie Nayer  November 23, 2012 03:58 AM

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image.jpgBlack Friday deals abound this holiday season, but if you're looking for something more than big-screen TVs, the latest toys and fancy electronics, consider surprising your favorite traveler with one of these luxury travel gifts:

Travel the Mayan Calendar: According to the Mayan calendar, the world will come on to end on Dec. 21, 2012. If you are the bettting kind, consider a trip with Kensington Tours to travel the Mayan calendar. ‘The Mayan Calendar in Luxury’ tour will bring you to Merida, the capital city of the Yucatan Peninsula where a private guide will take you to various cultural sites around the city including the famous Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza. The city, once revered by priests and nobles for its prestigious cultural and religious significance, exists today as a testament to the success of the Mayan civilization. You'll sleep along the beach in Cancun and enjoy some of the best entertainment in Mexico. Total cost: $2,089.00 per person for 7 days.

TUMI luggage: You can't travel the world without some luggage. Pick up some of the very best at TUMI. This year, enjoy up to 40% off of select products across Tumi's collections - including and accessories for travel, business and lifestyle - on Black Friday. The offer is good in-store and online. On Cyber Monday, the luxury retailed will offer web exclusives of its Tegra-Lite™ Collection and exclusive colors in iPad cases. Check online this Black Friday and Cyber Monday to buy.

Custom surfboard at The Beverly Hills Hotel: What better way to Hang 10 than with your own custom surfboard, straight from California. Perfect for those who enjoy the eternal summer temperatures of Southern California, The Beverly Hills Hotel offers a custom designed surfboard for those looking to catch some early morning waves. At six feet, the surfboard is decorated in the hotel’s signature leaf motif, making it distinctive and easy to spot on the beach. To purchase, visit shop.thebeverlyhillshotel.com. Total cost: $1,695.

Curate your own art collection: Head to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and invest in what the destination is known for: art. La Posada de Santa Fe, formerly an art sanctuary where Georgia O’Keefe and Will Shuster gathered in the 1940’s and 50’s, is the only hotel in Santa Fe to have an onsite art curator. She oversees the hotel’s “Gallery Collection”—a selection of over 600 works from 44 accomplished, living American artists. The artwork is exhibited throughout the sumptuous public areas and adorn La Posada’s most prestigious suites. From Don Ward’s striking landscapes to Patrick Dean Hubbell’s “Look on The Brighter Side” vibrant, acrylic on canvas paintings, La Posada de Santa Fe offers an exquisite array of masterpieces at artist studio prices, enticing collectors and hotel guests alike. Consult with the curator on adding to your own art collection while you're here.

Solar iPad charger: Sure, the iPad mini is the hot new gift of the season, but it's the accessories that really make the item a coveted piece of technology. And what better way to keep your iPad charged than with the Spark Tablet Case, which embeds a solar charger into a waterproof lightweight case to keep your iPad from running low on juice (and also charges other electronics, like phones and digital cameras). Buy online at www.voltaicsystems.com. Total cost: $249.

Need more gift ideas? Check out these hotel gift shops for unique holiday gift ideas!

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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