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14 gifts for hotel lovers, from robes to candles to cocktail tools

Need a gift for a bon vivant? Turn to these hotel souvenirs.

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Good hotels make guests feel special by curating an environment they can’t replicate at home. Designers and consultants scour the globe for the right linens, paint colors and fragrances to make a stay just right — and some offer those items for sale in gift shops and online stores.

Gifts from hotels can bring the glamour, comfort and hospitality of a travel experience home. Here are items — edible, wearable and otherwise — for the hotel lover in your life.

Food and drink

The DoubleTree Cookie, $15.50

The free cookie on arrival at a DoubleTree hotel is a great American tradition, and you can enjoy it at home this holiday season. DoubleTree by Hilton sells them online (all year, for the record) in tins of six for $15.50.

And if you’re feeling ambitious, you can bake them yourself — the hotel revealed its secret recipe in 2020.

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Bar Hemingway cocktail glasses, $126

Embrace your inner Ernest Hemingway with the right accessory: a perfectly made martini in iconic glassware. Bar Hemingway at the Ritz Paris sells cocktail glasses in sets of two, so can toast your drinking partner in style.

“The NoMad Cookbook,” $56

Savor 552 pages of recipes from NoMad Hotel’s former chef Daniel Humm, bar expert Leo Robitschek and restaurateur Will Guidara in this cookbook that worthy of displaying on your coffee table. Recipes range from tagliatelle king crab with Meyer lemon and black pepper to a classic Pimm’s Cup.

The Breakfast Edition from Claridge’s Hotel, $187

There’s breakfast, and there’s a 5-star luxury hotel breakfast. Without a highly trained chef and access to the best ingredients, replicating a Claridge’s Hotel breakfast at home is a challenge. Luckily, this breakfast hamper can help. Start your day like royalty with loose-leaf tea, coffee, preserves and elegant tableware.

Beds and bedding

Four Seasons Signature Sleep Collection, starting at $3,799 for the mattress

Not loving the mattress you bought online after hearing 30 ads for it on a podcast? For the ultimate upgrade, there is the Four Seasons Signature Sleep Collection, which includes the mattress and topper (with optional foundation), a sheet set, duvet cover set, duvet insert and two pillows. If the ultra luxurious, absolutely pricey full set is out of your budget, you can buy individual pieces to bring touches of a Four Seasons sleep into your bedroom.

Wynn Resorts down pillow, $120

The hypoallergenic down pillow from the Wynn At Home collection is made with 25 percent CentroClean down and 75 percent feathers. Prefer an option to take on the road? The pillow also comes in a travel size.

The Westin Heavenly Bed, starting at $995

It took years of research before Westin Hotels & Resorts landed on the perfect formula for its signature bed. The resulting Heavenly Bed mattress and box spring was built to complement all body types and designed with pillow-top construction for comfort and support. Guests immediately took notice; requests to purchase the Heavenly Bed poured in. Customers can buy the whole setup, or parts of it, online at the Westin Store.

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Indian Springs Resort seersucker robe, $96

Slipping into this seersucker and terry spa robe from Indian Springs Calistoga feels like you just finished a massage treatment in California wine country, even if you’re actually watching Netflix on your couch.

Hotel San Jose robe, $190

The Hotel San Jose’s robe captures the beauty of an Austin sunset. The robe is designed by hospitality organization Bunkhouse and is made of 100 percent cotton. Want one with pockets? The sister property Hotel Magdalena has you covered with a similar unisex option.

Kimpton Plush leopard robe, $149 for adults; $99 for kids

Fans of this leopard print robe made of 100 percent ring-spun Turkish cotton use words like “huge” and “plush” and “obviously cool looking” when describing this Kimpton Hotel amenity. For a terry version, Kimpton also sells one in zebra stripes.

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Candles and toiletries

The Ritz-Carlton Antica Farmacista candle, $79

The Ritz-Carlton creates signature scents for each of its properties. In New York, the hotel’s candles nod to Central Park with scents of elderflower. For D.C., the sakura candle captures the city’s springtime cherry blossoms. You can give the gift of a Ritz hotel stay, or at least the fragrance of one, by choosing your preferred destination’s candle.

The Fairmont’s Le Labo Rose 31 Travel Kit, $45

This Le Labo toiletry kit has shampoo, conditioner, hand wash and shower gel. There’s also the much more extravagant $425 Le Labo Experience ($425) that contains even more bathroom luxuries.

The Royal Hawaiian Malie candle, $44

The Royal Hawaiian gets its aroma courtesy of Malie, a local, organic beauty brand. The Waikiki hotel stocks Malie products in the rooms and gift shops, and it is partial to the fragrance Koke’e, which brings together scents of Hawaii’s native maile vine, fresh pineapple and dewy jasmine.

EDITION candle, $80

Fans of the EDITION Hotels candle tout its lasting power. Made in France, it features notes of black tea, citrus, smoke, chocolate, pepper and Sicilian bergamot. Not a big candle person? Try the Edition fragrance diffuser set that lasts approximately 300 hours.