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Our 7th Day of Sparkle is from New York City, thanks to Instagram user vpedrianes. Keep sending us your best holiday lights photos using the hashtag #TCHolidayLights!

Day 6 of our 12 Days of Sparkle was taken in Temple Square in Salt Lake City Utah by Instagram user anditraveler.  Keep sending us your best holiday lights photos with the hashtag #TCHolidayLights!

Here at Travel Channel, we’re travel junkies (I know — gasp!), so it shouldn’t come as much surprise that we’ve all got travel-related gadgets on our list for Santa this year. As you can probably tell from our picks, we’re a pretty diverse group — so if you’re still looking for the perfect gift for a fellow world wanderer, chances are there’s something here that they’d like. Check out a few of our favorite picks below, or browse the full gallery. THEN, tell us, what’s on YOUR travel wish list? Leave it in the comments, or tweet using the hashtag #TCWishList.

1) Everpurse
2) Katadyn Pocket Water Filter
3) Gizmon
4) Morphie Juice Pack Plus
5) Bloom Theory Straps
6) Nalgene Flask
7) 36 Hours

Venture to Vancouver’s Inner Harbour for day 4 of our holiday lights Christmas countdown, courtesy of Instagram user icecreamcastles. Keep sending us your photos with the hashtag #TCHolidayLights!

Our 3rd Day of Sparkle takes us to Poland, courtesy of Instagram user Vistulaaparmtents. Keep sending us your photos with the hashtag #TCHolidayLights to be featured on our blog!

Our second Day of Sparkle comes from Instagram user Vpedrianes, because who doesn’t love New York City at Christmastime? Well, minus the crowds. This photo, of course, is of the iconic Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Would you like your photo to be featured on our blog? Send us your best holiday lights shot with the hashtag #TCHolidayLights!

12 Days of Sparkle Day 2

We asked our fans to Instagram their favorite holiday lights photos using the hashtag #TCHolidayLights. Our first pick comes from Instagram user bostonthek. Despite the Starbucks Coffee sign, we instantly knew that this photo was taken in Germany. In fact, it was taken in the city of Esslingen, a small city on the Neckar River in Southern Germany. Come back tomorrow for another Day of Sparkle, and keep sending us your holiday lights photos!

A high-density, vertical city with tourists and locals from everywhere on the planet, New York delivers — no matter who you are or when you visit. But the holidays are a particularly nice time to head to the Big Apple, when the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, the holiday shops at Union Square, and the ice-skating rink in Central Park put the city in the holiday spirit. Lined with iconic museums, Central Park draws class field trips, jogging locals, and Hollywood film crews all year long. At Union Square, students take to the streets on skateboards and New York’s premier chefs seek out locally grown produce from the farmers’ market. Shoppers can splurge on Chanel, Prada, and Gucci along 5th Avenue, or venture deep into SoHo, the West Village, or the Lower East Side for insider boutiques, where one might glimpse New York’s acting elite. Meanwhile, art lovers can bask in the grand museums of the Upper East Side or preview up-and-coming imagery at Chelsea galleries.

Throughout the city, expect to pay a premium for cramped rooms — a cozy 200 square feet is about the norm. But remember that in New York, it’s not so much about the room as the location, location, location, instead. For old-world grandeur, Midtown East and the Upper East Side are home to the Waldorf-Astoria, the Peninsula, and the Pierre, an elegant, historic hotel across the street from Central Park, which offers a taste of grand old New York to those staying in any of its 189 small — but freshly renovated — guest rooms. Hip downtown spots include such notables as the Gramercy Park Hotel and the Soho Grand, where guests can find an authentic but accessible taste of the trendy downtown scene. And the hotel still attracts its fair share of celebrities. Of course, you’ll also find outposts of every major hotel franchise — from the Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental up by Central Park to the more down-to-earth Hilton,Westin, and Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

- Oyster.com Staff

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“Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way …

“Oh, what fun it is to … hunt with Jordan this Christmas Day!”

That’s right, people, with the holiday season  upon us, Jordan is on the lookout for some Yuletide bestsellers of the past, searching for misfit toys that are always in high demand around the holidays.

In fact, the holiday season is the busiest time of year for Jordan and his team. Clients are calling nonstop trying to track down hard-to-find toys from their childhood — and if there is one man for the job, it’s Jordan Hembrough.

After chasing down some hot leads, Jordan takes a trip down memory lane and comes across some of the best vintage Christmas gifts of all time. From a 1964 Creepy Crawlers “Thingmaker” to a 1996 Snacktime Cabbage Patch Kid, Jordan and his team discover toys from every generation, for everyone — especially adults who are still just young at heart.

With the cool crispness of the December air, and Christmas’s festive spirit, now both upon us, what better way to kick off the holiday season than by taking a trip back to your childhood with the toys you love(d)?

Don’t miss Jordan’s all-new holiday special tonight at 9|8c!

And check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures from tonight’s episode.

We’ve all had THAT neighbor — the one who has blinky multi-colored lights covering their house before Thanksgiving dinner is even over. You know … the one who’s electric bill for the month of December must be truly astounding. Now’s their time to shine! Take a picture of your favorite holiday lights display — whether it’s of an enthusiastic neighbor’s decor, or the Christmas tree in Rock Center — and Instagram it using the hashtag #tcholidaylights. We’ll pick our favorites and showcase them on the blog starting this Thursday.

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