What to love and where to be right now...
We’ve all been sitting around in leggings and tracksuits for far too long. Now’s the time to embrace our personality from head to toe. Starting at the top, we’re paying milliner Jess Collett a visit to try her hats out for size. Dress up for cocktails with an emerald trilby or soak up the sun in a wide-brimmed fedora. Her unisex World Traveller hat is our favourite – it folds up in your bag while you travel and pops up without a dent on arrival. Choose your trim to suit your destination, from neon pompoms for Belize to Aztec stripes for Mexico. Jess Collett World Traveller, £120, jesscollettmilliner.com
Go that extra mile with a customised present
These tokens of love are small enough to hide in your luggage, but big enough to show you care. Customise each piece for that heartfelt touch.
Ensure your memories last a lifetime with an engraved gold-plated photo locket. Celestial compass locket, £195, astleyclarke.com
Deliver a secret hand-written message on this leather travel jewellery case. Jewellery storage boxes from £95, stowlondon.co.uk
Create a signature scent with Floris, London’s favourite perfumery since 1730. Bespoke scent, POA, floris.com
From cards to mah-jong, Alexandra Llewellyn’s hand-crafted marquetry boxes are sure to impress. Bespoke games, POA, alexandrallewellyn.com
Transform your favourite holiday memory into stylish beachwear.
Snap Shorts, £395, orlebarbrown.com
Make a grand gesture to someone you love with Panerai’s new diving watch, the Luminor Marina. It has been designed in partnership with world- record-setting free diver Guillaume Néry.
While Néry has impressively dived as far as -126 metres, the Panerai can withstand -300. These are depths that the rest of us could certainly never reach in one breath.
“Everything changes when I go into the water,” says Néry.
Except the watch, he adds. “It reminds me I’m human and that I have to come back to the surface.”
Panerai Luminor Marina 44mm Guillaume Néry Edition, £17,100, panerai.com
This is the perfect gift for when you land back home. Anya Hindmarch creates unique bespoke boxes that can be passed on from generation to generation. Each compartment is inlaid with a photograph and individually labelled, and you can personalise it in your favourite colours, sizes and materials. It’s a beautiful way to mark a milestone birthday or anniversary, with a handwritten message and a place to store precious mementoes. Put your order in early though, as they can take up to three months to create. The Ultimate Box, POA, anyahindmarch.com
A simple message can be the best gift. Add one of these quotes to your next card to share the love and laughter.
“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” Katharine Hepburn
“Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won’t be invited to cocktail parties.” Oscar Wilde
“Life is a party. Dress for it." Audrey Hepburn
“The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.” Hubert H. Humphrey
“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” John Lennon
“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” William Shakespeare
“Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.” Satchel Paige