Fly by private jet charter to the world’s best luxury Christmas shopping destinations
Whether you start Christmas shopping in June or leave it until mid-December, finding the perfect gift for everyone in your life can be a challenge. If you’re not feeling inspired this holiday season, perhaps you need to look further afield. Air Charter Service (ACS) is here to help.
We’ve assembled a list of the world’s best luxury Christmas shopping destinations, so you can find a shopping trip tailored to your needs. Whether you hit the shops in one city or three, fly by private jet charter to ensure the trip is seamless from start to finish. When you fly private there’s no need to worry about prohibitive luggage restrictions, either, so you can embark on a Christmas spending spree without paying too much attention to how much you’re buying. It’s like flying in Santa’s sleigh, only far more comfortable.
The City of Lights is home to many of the world’s top fashion labels, with Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Hermès all boasting headquarters here. But it’s not just designer names that make Paris an essential Christmas shopping destination; the city also boasts countless chic independent stores (many in the Marais and Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhoods) that feel perfectly Parisian. For the person in your life who loves all things vintage, head to the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, one of the world’s largest and most elite flea markets where you’ll find everything from quirky taxidermy to vintage Chanel bags, Louis Vuitton trunks and rare designer furniture.
2. New York
What list of shopping destinations is complete without the Big Apple? Whether you prefer the famous designers that line Broadway in SoHo or chic West Village boutiques, there are few cities better equipped to fill a Christmas stocking. New York is especially famous for its luxury department stores – spend hours wandering through Bergdorf Goodman and Barney's, eyeing designer handbags and couture pieces, before taking a stroll down Fifth Avenue to see the holiday lights and cheery window displays. It’s the best way imaginable to get into the holiday spirit.
Tokyo is an ideal shopping hub for those who like under-the-radar designers and custom-made goods. With many exquisite shops that offer just one specialty, like indigo-dyed fabrics, impossibly plush towels, or hand-painted stationery, you’ll find something truly bespoke for each person on your Christmas list. And if you’re shopping for kids, Tokyo is a great place to shop for stocking stuffers, with dozens of quirky toy stores and brightly-colored candy stores.
For travelers who love the shopping mall experience, there’s no topping Dubai. Whether you’re looking for jewelry, cutting-edge technology or a private jet for sale, this larger-than-life city has it all. Dubai’s gleaming malls are sprawling extravaganzas filled with top designer stores – Chanel, Valentino and Prada all have flagships here. One of the most jaw-dropping malls in a city of stunning retail complexes is the Mall of the Emirates, dubbed “the world’s first shopping resort”. In addition to housing over 600 stores in 2.4 million square feet of retail space, the mega-mall is equipped with a theme park and an indoor ski resort populated by penguins. Need we say more?
Marrakech is known as the city of artisans. To find a gift that’s truly unique, book a private jet e-charter to Marrakech and dive into the souks – winding, seemingly endless markets selling all sorts of treasures including embroidered linen, handmade leather bags, silk kaftans, one-of-a-kind jewelry and handwoven rugs. Once you’re through haggling, peruse the many upscale boutiques selling high fashion and bespoke clothing. Shopping guides are available to help tourists navigate the souks and negotiate fair prices with vendors.