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We often receive pitches from various companies that want us to plug their products. Sometimes we agree to take a look, but if the product doesn’t strike us as exceptional, we don’t review it. Our allegiance is to you, the reader.

Here, products every traveler will enjoy:

— Compression Socks are a must for long-distance travelers, and it’s a definite plus if they can be stylish as well as serviceable. The newly-launched Comrad socks come in a variety of colors and roll up to fit not only the toes on your feet but also to fill up the toe-tip of Santa’s stockings. www.comradsocks.com

— The Cities Book serves a dual purpose. First of all, it’s a thick, oversized book filled with lovely photos that will set you dreaming about 200 of the world’s greatest cities. Second, it’s crammed with information that will tell you how to make those dreams come true. Published by Lonely Planet.

— Streets of the World has a backstory that’s almost as impressive as the book, which is to say it’s impressive indeed. Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Swolfs set out in 2009 with the goal of photographing street life in every country in the world. Eight years later he had upwards of 195 photos which, according to the United Nations, is indeed the number of countries in the world. The photos are sold in a limited edition series and are also on display until April at the World Photo Museum in Zaandam, Amsterdam. Published by Lannoo Publishers.

—The World Traveler Coloring Book by Thaneeya McArdle has fill-ins for sites from the Taj Mahal to the Palazzo Vecchio, a Norwegian Stave Church to a Victorian house in San Francisco. The images aren’t overly complex — a meticulous eight year old would enjoy them — but they’re detailed enough to hold the interest of an adult. Another good book in the series, “More Good Vibes,” is not site-specific but contains images that will hold special appeal for the traveler. Both highly recommended for long plane rides. Published by Fox Chapel Publishing.

—The Canadaland Guide to Canada is an entertaining spoof that could only be written by a native, in this case Canadian journalist Jesse Brown. He turns his wit on our “beige” neighbor with discussions on his country’s “estranged, infirm British mother,” its animals, which include the Canadian goose (a“giant, feathered sky insect that regularly flies directly into engines and the windshields of airplanes,” and moose (“a woodland jihadist.”) Recommended only for those with a wry sense of humor and unremitting love for the country to our north. Published by Touchstone.