Stumped for what to buy? Try one of these
One of the hassles of travel is figuring out who’s going to look after what’s left behind: plants, pets, mail, etc. Modern Sprout hydroponic planter solves the first of those problems. Thanks to a three-litre water reservoir, plants stay hydrated for up to three weeks – no intervention required: A hidden pump, timer and tubes ensures that proper amounts of H2O are pushed through as needed. The simple boxes – in white, reclaimed wood, chalkboard black and weathered grey – look great too. Starting at $129 (U.S.); modernsproutplanter.com.
Handsome and sturdy, with a dash of ridiculous, this stylish carry-on – a partnership between Tumi and Ketel One vodka – is designed to “serve up the needs of the modern-day on-the-go mixologist.” The Tumi Mixology Backpack comes equipped with a cocktail shaker and stainless-steel bar tools. Bottles of spirits fit comfortably into side pockets or two inside zippered pouches. Of course, then you’d have to check it. But hey, we’re not dealing in practical realities at this point, are we? $695 (U.S.); tumi.com
Many children are savvy travellers these days and Playmobil’s new furnished Hotel Playa taps into the trend. Bring home the entire five-star resort for $149.99 – with key cards to open the rooms – or book into the Luxury Suite ($69.99), complete with a room service delivery of Champagne on ice. There’s also the Children’s Club Disco ($42.99), a Porter with Baggage Cart ($5.99) and the Housekeeping set ($9.99) – to order a fresh set of towels.