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It might be a little early, but we’ve already got this holiday season on the brain. Here are some of the things we’re hoping to get this year.
Brian Kelly, The Points Guy
I really hope people will donate their points, miles and expertise in booking award tickets to Points for Peace, a partnership between TPG and the PeaceJam Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that connects youth around the world with Nobel Peace Prize winners, who then work together to bring positive change to their communities. I’ve had the privilege of attending some of PeaceJam’s events this year and can honestly say it’s one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever been a part of. That’s all I want for the holidays this year, for more people to get involved with this incredible organization.
James Oliver Cury, Editorial Director
With its focus on overlooked and eerie underworlds, Atlas Obscura has carved out its own niche within the travel writing world. Visit the site on any given day and you’ll see headlines that combine frighteningly original story ideas (a recent example: “Strangely Captivating Vintage Photos of People Knitting”) with travel-guide tips you just won’t see anywhere else (basically weird destinations and tours for most major cities). In September, the company published its first book — “Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders” — which means I now have about 700 new things to add to my bucket list.
Zach Honig, Editor-in-Chief
Now that I have an iPhone 7 — which, as you may have heard, excludes a headphone jack — I really want a nice pair of Bluetooth headphones. I bought the Bose QuietComfort 25 a couple years ago, and I still love those, but the cord is obviously an issue. The Bose QuietComfort 35 seem like the obvious replacement, so I borrowed a pair to check them out. And they’re fantastic! There isn’t really anything else I need (I like to travel light), so the QC35 will likely be the one and only item on my list this year, although United gift cards are another safe bet.
Sarah Silbert, Points and Miles Editor
It’s been a while since I upgraded my smartphone, and the recently launched iPhone 7 seems like the perfect tech toy to ask for this holiday season. It’s splash- and water-resistant, so it should be able to withstand the days spent poolside or at the beach. And thanks to its improved camera, I’ll be able to shoot high-quality photos and videos.
Kaeli Conforti, Senior Editor
I usually ask for gift certificates more than actual presents so I can use them to do something special later on. Last year, for instance, I asked for some from Viator.com so I could book a few fun tours during my birthday trip to Munich and Salzburg. I ended up cashing them in for a day trip to Hallstatt — a gorgeous storybook village in the middle of Austria on a lake surrounded by mountains — and, one of my favorite things, The Original “Sound of Music” Tour (see what I did there?). I’ve got some amazing trips coming up next year, so keep ’em coming!
Emily McNutt, Associate Editor
While most (if not all) of my travel photos are either stored on my phone or shared on social media, very rarely do I have photos in my apartment from all my travels. I’ve always thought that maps were fun to look at so I can visualize where I’ve been and where I’ve yet to go, so I love love love this handmade distressed wooden travel map. It’s perfect for pressing cute push pins in the boards without damaging your wall, and is much more appealing to put on your wall than a simple poster.
Nick Ellis, Assistant Editor
The Tumi Alpha T-Pass Brief Pack is on my list! I love the gray color and the fact that it was designed with the traveler in mind — you don’t even have to remove your laptop from the bag at TSA checkpoints! Plus, I’ve had the same backpack since my freshman year of college and it’s getting a little disgusting, so it’s time.
Kate O’Brien, Director of Marketing & Compliance
Being a part of the TPG team often means you need to be able to easily connect wherever you are in the world. For the past few years, I have used a Macbook Air and while it’s relatively light and easy to transport, Apple’s two-pound 12-inch MacBook would be ideal to bring along with me on trips as well as back and forth to the office. I also love that it comes in different colors rather than the standard silver MacBook Air. Gold is my preference!
Cliff Fleiser, VP of Marketing and Communications
The Rimowa Topas Cabin Multiwheel in aluminum, for both its style and functionality. I’ve always wanted a piece from the famed German hard-cover luggage maker. I travel frequently while working for TPG — usually for short trips that only require a carry-on — and this one’s the perfect size for both domestic and international flights. Plus, its hard silver case is durable and stands out in what’s usually a sea of black bags.
Brendan Dorsey, Editorial Intern
The Leica Sofort Instant Film Camera is a new “instant” camera that spits out Polaroid-like pictures. What really sets this one apart from other instant cameras is its serious lens. The Sofort brings back the “tangible” aspect of photography that’s missing from the digital age and is a fun and unique gift for anyone who enjoys photography.
Alex Allegro, Editorial Intern
The Apple Watch Series 2, pictured at the top. Apple’s second take on the smartwatch improves on every single aspect the original model got wrong and features a built-in GPS so you can track a run or a hiking trail route sans iPhone. The increased water resistance also means you can go take a dip in the hotel pool or head to the beach without having to worry about taking it off. Add to that a brighter, more vibrant display — which supposedly makes reading the screen in direct sunlight easier — and the Apple Watch Series 2 easily tops the list of gadgets I’m hoping to see under my tree this year.
What are you hoping to get for the holidays this year? Let us know in the comments, below.
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