December 19th, 2012

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If you’re a procrastinator like me, you probably haven’t done much holiday shopping. The good thing is that Christmas isn’t until next week, so there is still a little bit of time to squeeze in a few last-minute presents for the travelers in your life. Here are a couple of my personal suggestions for the uber traveler in your life, but comment with your own as well!

A Tumi roller carry on is both stylish and utilitarian.
A Tumi roller carry on is both stylish and utilitarian.

Tumi Vapor Carry On: Tumi is one of my all-time favorite luggage brands. Their products are sleek, stylish and tough, and they come with great warranty and repair benefits. This four-wheeled carry is lightweight thanks to a triple layer of high-performance alloy of ABS and polycarbonate, and makes an ideal gift for road warriors and leisure travelers alike. If the price isn’t quite right, Tumi products are often featured in flash sales on retailers like Gilt and Rue La La. $289-495

Nothing says over-the-top luxury like a Goyard champagne trunk.
Nothing says over-the-top luxury like a Goyard champagne trunk.

(Ridiculous Luggage Option for the Diva in Your Life) Goyard Champagne Trunk: On the truly, ridiculously, deliciously expensive side of the spectrum, get the swankiest points hound in your circle of friends – the one who just has to have their specific vintage of Dom on hand all the time – this champagne trunk from the esteemed Parisian luggage-maker, Goyard, whose wallets and totes have been all the rage on the streets of New York and LA this year. Price available upon request aka if you need to know, you probably can’t afford it.

I don't go anywhere without my Bose headphones.
I don’t go anywhere without my Bose headphones.

Bose QC 15 Noise-Cancelling Headphones: I always have these with me – whether it’s a short-haul shuttle flight or a transpacific odyssey. That way I don’t have to worry about chatty seatmates, crying babies, or loud flight attendants. I just slip them on, turn up the music and drift away into my own little world.  Best of all, you can earn either 1,500 Delta SkyMiles or 1,500 American AAdvantage miles on your purchase. $299

Stream photos, movies and other media wirelessly with the AirStash.
Stream photos, movies and other media wirelessly with the AirStash.

TPG Reader Recommendation: AirStash Wireless Flash Drive: Ever wonder how to store a bunch of movies or photos while you’re on the road? This flash drive lets you wirelessly store and stream your media directly to your device (or up to 3 devices simultaneously) through your browser or the free AirStash app. You can save and share documents, stream media files and view or import photos and it’s compatible with the iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire. It might not be too useful on those international flights (yet) because it requires WiFi, but it’s a good way to keep entertained and travel light while you’re on the ground. Hat tip: TPG reader Fanfoot. $129

The Anker Astro3 can charge pretty much any mobile device.
The Anker Astro3 can charge pretty much any mobile device.

Anker Astro 3 Mobile Power Pack: The most left-behind item in hotel rooms are mobile phone and computer chargers, so head that disaster off at the pass with a mobile power pack like this one that’s can store up to 4-5 full charges or add 40 hours of talk time to your iPhone 5 / 4S / 4G / 3GS, 3-4 full charges for Samsung Galaxy S3, a full charge for iPad / iPad 2 / Samsung Galaxy Tablets, or 400%+ to most mobile phones’ battery life. It can also charge higher-voltage devices including netbooks, tablets, digital cameras, DV recorders, PSP, NDS and NDSL and comes with a variety of wires to hook up your device of choice as well as a travel pouch for keeping it save in your carry on. $59.99

A GoPro camera is a great choice for amateur and professional photographers alike.
A GoPro camera is a great choice for amateur and professional photographers alike.

GoPro HERO3 Camera: I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly taking photos on the road…and constantly fumbling with my camera or phone trying to get just the right shot and exposure. My photographer friend suggested this new release from GoPro Cameras because it can take up to 30 photos per second, is waterproof to 197 feet, is wearable and can be mounted on various pieces of gear, has built-in WiFi and an included WiFi remote, and is 30% smaller and 25% lighter than the last version. It also takes video and has an aspherical lens for better sharpness and various light settings. $399

Macbook Pro
The Macbook Pro Retina Display comes in 13 and 15-inch – go for the big one!

15-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display: I used to be a Macbook Air kind of guy – I love how light and thin they are, making it a great travel tech gadget, but I have to say, I have fallen head over heels for my new 15-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display. It’s not that much bigger than the Air, and the quality of images as well as processing speed and memory space make it that much more useful whether I’m working away on the road or relaxing and watching a movie (or Real Housewives) on it. $2,199-$2,799

Passport, cash, credit cards - the Prada portfolio holds them all.
Passport, cash, credit cards – the Prada portfolio holds them all.

Prada Portfolio: I got this beautiful case as a gift from a friend who works at Prada, and it’s the perfect carry all for my bevy of cards, foreign currencies, passport and more. It’s available at Saks Fifth Avenue, but remember to navigate to the store’s site through your favorite airline, hotel or credit card shopping portal since many of them are offering spending bonuses on Saks purchases including 3 American or Southwest miles per $1, 2 United, US Airways or Delta miles per $1, and 3 Marriott Rewards points per $1. $510

With a white or black face option- or maybe get both!
With a white or black face option- or maybe get both!

Baller Pick: Rolex Explorer II: Of course, if the frequent flyer in your life is more of a high roller, then you can consider this fancy timepiece from Rolex. The original Explorer II came out in 1972, and this latest edition (released in 2011) is a throwback to the original’s timeless elegance. I personally think the orange 24-hour hand is eye-catching and stylish, while the Oyster case and stainless steel wristband are both solid and elegant. $7,400


BA First
I love the eye masks that come with British Airways’ First Class amenities kit.

British Airways First Class Amenity Kit: This is probably  my favorite first class amenity kit, and I actually keep the eye mask with me in my Bose headphone case to use on domestic flights and when other amenity kits aren’t up to snuff since it’s the best I’ve had. You can find intact amenity kits on eBay for around $30 – just make sure they’re unopened!

Uber is like having a taxi on demand.

Uber Gift Cards: I love Uber, which is an iPhone and Android app that lets you order a taxi or town car and pay for it automatically with your credit card on file. Basically it’s like a taxi service and lets town cars fill in dead time in their schedules, and means no more waiting on rainy street corners trying to hail a cab at rush hour. I personally use it all the time, but if you want to share it with your friends, you can give Uber promo cards in set amounts so they can try it for themselves. Sign up through my link and we both get $10 in credit when you take your first ride.

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • No matter where you're traveling, when you use your Premier Rewards Gold Card there are no foreign transaction fees from American Express.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • Get a $75 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, if available with The Hotel Collection at Terms apply.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.
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Excellent Credit
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