From wine tasting in the Santa Monica Mountains to the latest in luxury beachwear, some gifts simply embody the Malibu lifestyle. And whether you are spending the holidays with us at Malibu Beach Inn or planning your next coastal getaway in the new year, they all make for out-of-the-ordinary ideas come gift-giving season.
For those still wrapping up their holiday shopping, here are a few of our favorites to enhance both the journey and the destination:
A Meditation Kit
Engage both body and mind with a simple yet invigorating meditation ritual. The Meditation Kit by lululemon features a Mindfulosophy Journal to start and end your practice with a clear mind, a firm but comfortable cushion to promote correct posture, and a soothing, aromatic candle to set the mood with lavender, jasmine blossom, and sparkling mandarin. At the lululemon shop in Malibu Country Mart, you can also find stylish athletic apparel and an array of premier yoga mats.
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Three years ago, Bluesmart created the world’s first smart suitcase – complete with USB charging, weight sensors, and remote auto-locking – and today you can take your travel a step further with the upgraded design and technology of Bluesmart Series 2. Along with an expanded capacity and sleek new look, each piece of the collection (including the checked bag, carry-on, laptop bag, and passport pouch) connects to the new app, which is compatible with cellular networks in every country, so travelers can always track the location of their luggage.
$125 – $540
A Sleek Fitness Tracker
One of the smallest fitness trackers available – with the ability to monitor fitness, heart rate, and sleep – the Motiv Ring is stylish and comfortable without sacrificing functionality. While wearing the ring, the accompanying Motiv App automatically records your data and helps you set goals to improve your health. The ultralight design is both waterproof and durable with a titanium shell, and you can find the perfect fit for yourself or a loved one with at-home try-on.
From chic travel attire to beach-ready looks, Everything But Water offers a curated assortment of elegant swimwear, sundresses, caftans, and accessories that celebrate the coastal lifestyle. Choose from exclusive pieces from influential designers – like the Maaji: Buenaventura Rainforest pareo wrap that can be worn as a skirt or dress or the Ancient Greek Sandals tote – online or in person at the Malibu Sands boutique on the PCH.
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In the spirit of Italy’s coffee blending tradition, Caffè Umbria blends up to 15 different types of coffee from various parts of the world for diverse, memorable blends. Roasting the beans together brings out the best of their individual characteristics, resulting in flagships like the Gusto Crema, Bizzarri, Arco Etrusco, Terra Sana, and Grifo. Give the gift of all five to the coffee lover in your life with the 5 Bag Sampler Pack, and choose the grind type for each, from whole bean to pour over.
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A Wine Safari
Discover Malibu’s vineyards with an enchanting safari in the Santa Monica Mountains. By way of an open-air vehicle, explore the 1,000-acre Saddlerock Ranch while making stops to take in the vibrant scenery, enjoy two flights of local wines, and meet the resident animals including zebras, camels, alpacas, and bison. When you choose the Giraffe Explorer tour, a Malibu Wine Safari favorite, you will also get up close and personal with retired Hollywood star Stanley the Giraffe.
$65 – $95
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Wellness Travel Essentials
Uphold your wellness while on the go this holiday season with the Saje Natural Wellness Traveling Farmacy. Used to enhance physical, mental, and emotional states of being, essential oils have incredible therapeutic properties. The kit contains eight supportive essential oil blends in miniature form, including the Stress Release blend, Fortify Antitussive blend rub, and Peppermint Halo cooling and soothing oil blend for the head.
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A Woven Beach Towel
Inspired by the flat-woven construction of classic Turkish towels, the Bolinas Organic Beach Towel from Coyuchi is the perfect size for sunning on Carbon Beach or picnicking in a nearby park. Woven with vibrant, yarn-dyed stripes and edged with white fringe, the velvety material is quick to dry and warm to wrap up in after a dip in the Pacific.
A SoulCycle Gift Card
Fitness routines do not have to feel like work. At least not at SoulCycle, where the founders set out with that very vision in mind to create the inspirational, meditative workout that fitness enthusiasts across the country have fallen in love with. Set in a dark, candlelit room to high-energy music, cyclists move as a pack during fun but effective sessions. Participants from all levels of fitness feel at home, and at the Malibu location on Cross Creek Road, hotel guests receive complimentary water and shoes.
A Travel Diffuser
Feel balanced and refreshed while traveling with the Let’s Roam Road Trip Diffuser Kit by Saje Natural Wellness. The ultrasonic diffuser’s compact size and ability to plug in anywhere with a USB outlet makes it easy to pack for your stay in Malibu or anywhere else in the world. The kit comes with a Refresh Diffuser Blend and a Yoga Diffuser Blend, and you can add your own favorite essential oils for relaxation, increased energy, and other benefits.
Photo: Saje Natural Wellness