Instead of the requisite trinkets that often fill hotel gift shops, these next generation gift shops at hotels are bringing specialty items to the next level. From hand-crafted selections from world-class artisans, to locally made one-of-a-kind pieces, to whimsical creations that reflect a sense of place, “check out” these hotel shops for all of your gift-giving needs.
The Fife Arms Hotel plays an integral part of the creative ecology of the Scottish Highlands, giving employment and sales opportunities to local artisans and makers. For example, the hotel just commissioned a collection of bespoke seasonal products from Aberdeenshire-based artisans. In addition to creating products sold in the hotel’s on-site and online-shop, these artisans also lead hands-on workshops for guests. Araminta Campbell, a weaver from Aberdeenshire, created the custom tweed and tartan which is used across the interiors, staff uniforms, and retail products. All of her textiles are handwoven in her own studio, using local materials, traditional skills and expert craftsmanship. Weaving has been practiced in Scotland.
The new 53rd Street Boutique, the legendary crystal brand’s newest store now open at Baccarat Hotel New York, has something for everyone on your holiday list. Offering a curated selection of lighting, barware, deco and more, all packaged in Baccarat’s signature red box, gift giving is made that much easier this holiday season when visiting the flagship hotel. Guests and non-guests alike will enjoy a fully immersive Baccarat experience, venturing from the Grand Salon and Bar into the new boutique – all located on the second floor – to find the perfect gift for that someone special or take a piece of Baccarat home with them.
Dromoland Castle in Ireland’s County Clare recently opened Charlotte & Co, a boutique celebrating Irish artisans and giving visitors a one-stop shop to pick up an authentic, Irish-made item to remember their trip. The boutique features a collection of Irish contemporary design comprising chunky, hand knit Colin Burke sweaters that reimagine traditional motifs; homewares by KOPPER KREATION made with reclaimed copper, steel, and brass; handmade perfumes made in and inspired by The Burren national park from Burren Perfumery; super chic freeform architectural modeling kits from ARCKIT (think Lego goes high design); and several other proudly Irish makers.
The Beverly Hills Hotel Signature Shop features inspired gift items and specialty keepsakes this holiday season. With its familiar pink facade and green and white stripes, the hotel’s signature aesthetic celebrates LA’s alluring lifestyle, while its iconic banana leaf print has been touted as one of the world’s most recognizable wallpapers. Together, these beloved design elements provide the perfect inspiration for whimsical keepsakes and thoughtful gifts. Included among the extensive selection of specialty gift items offered in the Signature Shop is the latest pajama collection designed by artist Alexandra Nechita in partnership with SHHH Silk, a beauty collection with NCLA Beauty, KOIO shoes and George Esquivel bags.