2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Gift-giving presents a conundrum. Is it better to give something useful, such as a 112-bit screwdriver set, or something whimsical, such as a cat-sized iron throne? There is no right answer. That’s why our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide, curated by Post reporters and editors, includes suggestions at both ends of the practicality spectrum. With a wide range of gift ideas in nine categories — we’ve even included some that are functional and fun — this guide will make the process just a little bit easier.

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Home
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Self-care
Tech
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Travel
Video Games

Travel

Whether the recipient is traversing the country by car or the world by plane, these gifts will add pizazz and practicality to their trips.

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MoMA Design Store: Primary Recycled Leather Passport Case

$25 | Interior pockets keep travel documents snug inside this easy-to-clean, eye-catching case made from sustainably produced leather.

Buy from MoMA

Monti Coolers: Travel Packable Cooler Bag

$119 | No more banging a hard-sided cooler against your knees or struggling to fit it into your car. This soft option boasts a strap and a slim profile.

Buy from Uncommon Goods

Clutch: V2 Lightning

$39.99 | There’s no excuse for running out of power with this slim charger on hand. About the size of a credit card, it packs a powerful punch and is compatible with iPhones.

Buy from Clutch

Mark & Graham: 6 Piece Packing Cube Set

$79 | These soft, collapsible cubes make it easy to maintain order inside a suitcase or hotel room. The set also includes shoe and laundry bags.

Buy from Mark & Graham

Solgaard: Carry-On Closet

$275 and $295 (20 inches and 22 inches) | Trade out that dumpy duffel for this high-end, do-it-all case. A tough outer shell protects an interior shelving system and USB charging port.

Buy from Solgaard

Be Outfitter: Campo Utility Hammock + Poncho

$84 | This multiuse gadget will earn its place in any outdoors-lover’s pack; it can transform into a hammock, rain poncho, or shelter.

Buy from Be Outfitter

Maika Goods: Fanny Pack

$38 | Slung across a waist or shoulder, fanny packs are back. Maika’s lined, coated packs come in stylish designs and feature a hidden pocket for extra security.

Buy from Maika Goods

Cadence: Weekender

$76 | This set of six hard-sided, leakproof capsules will keep all your potions safe. The magnetic containers lock together for easy packing, and you can label them with text or symbols.

Buy from Cadence

SensaCalm: Weighted Travel Blanket

$149.99 | Bring the soothing comfort of your bed on any road trip. This portable weighted blanket has carrying straps and buckles for easy transport.

Buy from SensaCalm

Uncommon Goods: Travel Watercolor Paint Kit

$45 | This kit includes everything you need to capture the beauty of your destination on the go. Paper, watercolor sheets and a pen brush fold neatly into a vegan leather case.

Buy from Uncommon Goods

About this project

Project editing by Nicole Arthur, Camille Kilgore. Illustrations by Sean Dong. Art direction, design by Katty Huertas. Development by Jake Crump. Design editing by Eddie Alvarez. Photo editing by Annaliese Nurnberg. Copy editing by Thomas Heleba. Editors and reporters: Nicole Arthur, Christina Barron, Matt Brooks, Emily Codik, Mike Hume, Yun-Hee Kim, Stephanie Merry, Marylou Tousignant, Chris Velazco, Mari-Jane Williams. Editorial aides: Kelsey Ables, Helen Carefoot, Olivia McCormack, Becky Meloan, Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Sophia Solano. Photographers: Carolyn Van Houten (‘The Original’ Cat Backpack, PupFlask Water Bottle, Small Pet Wooden Fruit Assortment), Ericka Wadleigh (Cranberry Orange Caramels), Melati Citrawireja (Chai Kit), Mandy Lamb (HappySeed Boxes), Erick Tosco (Mushroom Self Watering Glass), Vanessa Vlandis (V2 Lightning), Zion Stone (Campo Utility Hammock + Poncho), Amy Chaplin and Anson Smart (“Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat With 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar”); other photos from retailers and publishers.