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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with more recent information.


Each year, we curate some of our top gift picks, giving you the perfect guide for the jet setters and road warriors on your list.

Without further ado, here are TPG’s 2022 holiday gift picks:

Apple AirTags

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If there’s one must-have travel item this holiday season, it’s an Apple AirTag.

These coin-size item trackers are a lifesaver for those who travel with checked luggage, especially as delayed and misplaced baggage continues to be a global travel issue. Just pop one into each of your bags — I’d recommend adding one to your keychain and backpack, too — and you’ll be able to track your bags directly on your iOS device. That way, the next time an airline tells you that your bag is “lost,” you’ll hopefully have a much clearer picture of where it is.

If you want more than one, you can also take advantage of a sale on Amazon right now for a pack of four.

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Apple AirTag

These coin-size item trackers are a lifesaver for those who travel with checked luggage. Put one in each of your bags, attach one to your keychain and pop one in your backpack.

Away The Insider Packing Cubes

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Packing cubes can help you stay organized, maximize precious carry-on space and even help you steer clear of bed bugs when used strategically. If you’re looking for some of the most stylish yet practical cubes, look no further than Away’s offerings, which are made from water-resistant mesh nylon that both protects your clothes and lets you see what’s inside without fully unpacking. These would go great in the Away Carry-On bags, too, if you are in the market for a new piece of luggage.

Buy: At Away Travel (set of 4 for $45).

Comrad Compression Socks

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For years, I’d heard rave reviews from friends and colleagues about the benefits of wearing compression socks on long flights. I never really understood why until I put on my first pair earlier this year on the world’s longest flight. I landed after the 19-hour journey feeling considerably less fatigued and swollen. Since then, I’ve become a big fan of Comrad’s stylish socks that come in a handful of colors. I no longer leave home without them.

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Comrad Compression Socks

These fatigue-saving stockings come in a variety of colors, including black, navy, berry ombre, heather charcoal, brown, burgundy and striped.

Apple iPhone 14

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Apple’s smartphone lineup got a big travel-focused upgrade with the introduction of the iPhone 14 family. Pro-level models have a new front-face design with the intuitive and informative Dynamic Island, while across-the-board travel upgrades include an Emergency SOS via Satellite feature, crash detection and better cameras.

Buy: Head to Best Buy to purchase your iPhone 14.

Epicka Universal Travel Adapter

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Finding the perfect travel adapter is no easy feat, especially when there are literally thousands to choose from. Recently, I’ve been a big fan of the Epicka Universal Travel Adapter. It works in more than 150 countries and includes four USB-A ports, as well as a fast-charging USB-C port, which will keep all your devices charged with just one single adapter.

Holy Cow Canvas Push Pin Travel Map

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Whether the jet setter in your life tracks countries, continents or states, Holy Cow Canvas has a push-pin travel map for them. These maps come in all different colors, styles and sizes, making them the perfect accessory for a living room, office or den. There are even some colorful kid-friendly maps available, too.

Buy: At Holy Cow Canvas.

Authorized credit card user

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This one might be a nontraditional gift, but it’s sure to be a fan favorite for travelers.

Many of our top recommended credit cards include a whole host of perks that can be shared with authorized users. Perks like American Airlines Admirals Club access or a complimentary Priority Pass membership might come at little to no cost to you but can make a big difference in the travel life of a close friend or relative.

As guest access for those with The Platinum Card® from American Express will be restricted by Amex starting early next year, giving an authorized user card to your travel companion could be their ticket in.

Read: Credit cards with the greatest value for authorized users

Apple AirPods Pro

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With an even better sound experience in a portable package, the second-generation AirPods Pro is especially great for travelers.

These wireless earbuds are also better than the entry-level AirPods, which don’t offer active noise cancellation — a must-have feature for those who want to zone out when in transit. Other improvements, such as precision finding, redesigned controls and a new adaptive transparency mode, combine to make the AirPods Pro Apple’s best travel-friendly earbuds yet.

Buy: At Amazon for around $200.

ExpertFlyer membership

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Want to help a friend or family member fly better next year? Then consider gifting an ExpertFlyer membership.

This pro-level tool will help your loved one snag better seats, find rare award availability and be more informed about the air travel experience. It’s an online service I’ve been using for years, and I can’t recommend it enough. (Editor’s note: ExpertFlyer is owned by Red Ventures, which also owns The Points Guy.)

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Read More: Holiday gift guide: TPG’s 22 travel-friendly picks for 2022

2022-11-22 21:30:58

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