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They threw their caps in the air and now summer is in full swing for high school graduates. Someday soon, they will likely be traveling — perhaps for vacation or off to a college dorm. Here’s a compilation of TPG-approved travel gifts — both practical and trendy — that your teen will totally appreciate.
This simplistic suitcase just debuted from actress Shay Mitchell’s travel brand. It has a versatile design that goes with everything, and its thoughtful features set it apart from other luggage on the market. With a weight-limit indicator, an optional expander, compression flaps and a TSA-approved combination lock, this bag has everything you could possibly need when jetting off.
Buy: Beis Travel, $258
Rather than suggesting a pair of our beloved noise-cancellation headphones, we think a more appropriate gift for a recent graduate is a pair of AirPods. Apple’s cult-favorite earphones are useful in flight and in everyday life. They embody convenience and comfort.
Buy: Apple, $159 — $199
This thoughtful gift allows you to speed through airport security — no worries about removing your shoes or belt. It’s the best fast-pass a traveler could have, especially for a teen who struggles with staying on schedule. Plus, the membership lasts five years.
Buy: TSA, $85
It may be years, but sooner or later high school graduates will move out of the house, stuffing all of their belongings into a suitcase. These highly rated packing cubes compress clothes and other items into an almost airtight space. TPG’s all about maximizing, whether it’s credit card points or luggage space.
Few things beat being a frequent flyer, but one thing that does is letting people know that you’re a frequent flyer. This hat (fresh from the TPG shop) lets people know that you’re no novice traveler, all while hiding that messy plane ‘do. Gift it while it’s hot.
Buy: The Points Guy Shop, $25
This coat blew up the Internet; every Gen Z-er has it or wants it in their closet. It makes for the perfect boarding outfit that screams: “Don’t talk to me when my AirPods are in. Or do. Regardless, I’m very cool.” All of this to say, while it’s a definite statement piece, it’s also a really safe gift choice.
Buy: I AM GIA, $76
Spotify Premium or Apple Music Subscription
Travels require ambience, and ambience requires a music subscription. Those are just the facts. Any recent graduate would appreciate ad-free music and the opportunity to listen offline in the sky. Plus, both of these options offer discounts for college students. Score.
Buy: Spotify, (for students) $0.99 for the first 3 months, then $4.99/month
Buy: Apple, (for students) $4.99/month
Make Them an Authorized User
Chances are, recent graduates will opt for a basic economy fare when they’re given the choice, but the gift of an authorized user account on your premium card can completely revamp their airport experience.
For example, becoming an authorized user on a The Platinum Card® from American Express can mean exceptional lounge access. And most important, this card can help young people build their credit — a priceless gift.
Here’s our breakdown of the best credit cards for authorized users.
This tech travel case seems to be one of those “I didn’t know I needed it, and now I can’t live without it” types of gifts. This faux-leather case keeps cords from becoming tangled and it sections off electronics while keeping them in the same place. It’s the perfect gift that transitions a young traveler seamlessly into adulthood.
Buy: Nordstrom, $60
Even though recent grads are out of the classroom, at least for the summer, a nice backpack will take them into their latest and greatest journey … and then maybe right back into school next fall. The sleek exterior fits pretty much anyone’s style, but the backpack also has a roomy interior with pockets and a strap on the back so you can slide in your luggage handle.
Buy: Away Travel, $195
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