TPG Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers Now Live!

by on November 25, 2011 · 15 comments

in General TPG Business, Shopping

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If you look at the top of the screen, you’ll see a new menu item for “Travel Gift Guide.” Right now there are 22 items – ranging from 99 cents to $159,000, and all of them are either items I use, TPG reader recommendations, or ridiculous pipe dream fantasies of mine (Hello, Necker Island!).

I’ll be updating the list throughout the holiday season, so feel free to Tweet or comment on this post if you have anything you’d like to be considered. My hope is to provide a comprehensive list of interesting and practical items for travelers.

Happy Black Friday- I’ll be spending my day in United p.s. Business Class on LAX-JFK – thanks to 25,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points (transferred to Continental) and $2.50! Spending the week with Grandma in Santa Barbara was a blast and probably one of the best mileage redemptions I’ve ever made. More on the trip (and report on the Four Seasons and Hyatt Santa Barbara to come!)

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  • Brent

    Didn’t Necker Island have a big fire recently? Maybe one could get a discount.
    Happy to see you put up my suggestion for the 360 Panorama App, I’ve been using it a ton!

  • Anonymous

    Just a correction – the 13″ macbook air is NOT $999.

  • Paul

    between award wallet and expert flyer which would you recommend?

  • bac

    Monster makes other travel adapters that also include USB outlets. Be sure to get a “high power” USB if you plan on charging an iPad.

  • Derek

    I think the Outlets To Go Power Strip with USB – 3 Outlets is better than the 4 Outlet one. Because if you do ever lose/forget that little USB connector, you can charge from the strip.

  • PJ

    love to see how you finese yourself into Four Seasons without breaking your pockets :)

  • Coleman

    Better choice than the Monster Cable:

    2 USB ports and surge protection, sadly lacking in Monster’s offering. I’m tempted to throw in the word overpriced in there too but I think it’s almost synonymous with their brand to begin with.

  • Anonymous

    I have both the Belkin & the Monster strips. I got the 4-port version of the Monster for $6 when Computer City went out of business. Upgraded to the Belkin for integrated surge protection but ended up getting the new Monster so I can have integrated USB charging in Europe – it doesn’t claim to be rated for 220V but it hasn’t let out the magic smoke yet. :-)

  • Anonymous

    Finally reading the list…

    - Ditch the neti pot and get the $10 nasal rinse bottle at Wal-mart. I pack the bottle and a dozen salt packets in a quart ziploc and throw it in the dopp bag. Easier to use than a neti and works better too…

    - Tripit pro is nice but i’m really getting tired of forgetting to forward an email to them to add the reservation. I find myself using Pageonce and AwardWallet (nice two-for there) more since they auto-import.

    - Saddleback is nice gear but i’m partial to my passport holder.

    - You didn’t include a wallet but every serious card collector needs a slimmer wallet. I use the men’s original from and it holds 24 cards. Made from america’s cup yacht sailcloth; thin, strong and great customer service. And when it’s holding 24 cards plus cash, receipts and business cards; it’s still THINNER than almost any other wallet… empty.

    - I’m surprised you don’t include any Scott eVest products. De Rigueur for a traveller’s holiday shopping list. :-) Seriously, I love my jacket.

    And finally, #1 piece of advice for travellers. Buy an “extra” whatever for “travel only” so you never forget to unplug/disconnect/stick in your bag/take with you the one thing that you need for that specific trip and don’t remember until you’re receiving your complimentary tsa massage. Not that I would know anything about that firsthand… :-)

  • Anonymous

    A regular 500 mA USB charge will charge an iPad just fine, albeit slower.

    Ripped from
    The quickest way to charge your iPad is with the included 10W USB Power Adapter. iPad will also charge, although more slowly, when attached to a computer with a high-power USB port (many recent Mac computers) or with an iPhone Power Adapter. When attached to a computer via a standard USB port (most PCs or older Mac computers) iPad will charge, but only when it’s in sleep mode. Make sure your computer is on while charging iPad via USB. If iPad is connected to a computer that’s turned off or is in sleep or standby mode, the iPad battery will continue to drain.

  • Conor

    FYI, the Tumi bag is available from Zappos in the “mist” color for only $129, no tax, free shipping both ways. (

  • Anonymous

    There’s a debt crisis brewing not only for European countries, but for America.

  • Bluto

    great list, especially RCalistan’s additions. Please keep adding more!

  • DianaB

    If you are still doing recomendations for products I have a few suggestions:

    Amazon Instant Membership (like Netflix) Unlimited streaming videos worldwide:

    ebags Packing Cubes. They come in square/rectangle shapes and various colors:

    Lewis N’ Clark Travel Comfort Set:

    Folding Travel Hairdryer (for women):

    If you want a phone thats not an iPhone, check out the Droid RAZR:

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