6 Gifts for People Who Travel that Won’t Break the Bank
By Jessica Thiefels
We all have a few world travelers in our lives—they’re here and there, and always posting pictures of their latest trip for you to pine over at home. Now, while they’re home for the holidays, it’s time to shower them with your love and a great gift.
While travel is the number one wish list item this year, according to a 2016 holiday survey, sending your friends or family on an excursion may be a little out of your price range.
Instead, spoil them with one (or a few!) of these budget-friendly accessories and gifts. From stocking stuffers to presents to put under the tree, here are six of the best gifts for travel that won’t break the bank.
Because of airline liquid restrictions, travelers need to put all their bathroom items in checked luggage—frequent travelers may never check bags (what a hassle). Make transporting liquids and shampoo easier for them with GooToobs, mini bottles that can be packed in a carry on.
Available in eight different colors and range in size from 1.5 to 3 ounces, you can pick and choose the best options for your favorite traveler. The squeezable bottles have a wide, easy-to-fill opening and an ID window, so they can easily tell what’s inside each tube.
The travel tubes start at $6.99 and are available on the Human Gear website.
Carry-On Cocktail Kits
Sometimes a beverage at 30,000 feet is just what travelers need to kick their next adventure off right. But in-flight drinks can get expensive. Luckily, the Carry-on Cocktail, a tin kit that contains everything you need to make two mixed drinks in the air, is the perfect solution. Treat your jet-setting friend to a drink on you for their next big trip without actually being there.
Each kit is $24 and you can choose from a gin and tonic, old fashioned, bloody mary and more.
There’s nothing worse than a dead phone when you’re on a trip with no place to charge your phone. Help your favorite travelers stay connected with The TravelCard, which is a charger made from slim, sleek anodized aluminum. It’s small enough to fit inside a wallet and comes with two built-in charging cables, making it compatible with Android, iPhone, or any device with a micro USB port.
TravelCard chargers are currently available for $29, a limited-time, special holiday price!
Pack-It Original Cube Set
Even seasoned travelers can occasionally struggle to fit everything in their suitcase, especially when they make last-minute travel plans. Help your favorite jetsetter keep track of his or her things with this suitcase organizer. The kit includes three different sized cubes to compress and organize items like clothes, gear, and accessories.
The machine-washable cube set comes in six different colors and is available online for $22.36.
Moleskine City Notebook
Despite posting travel photos on Instagram and Facebook, many people still appreciate an old-fashioned journal. Gift your friend or family member a Moleskine City Notebook so they can document their journey or jot down important itinerary information.
The City Notebooks usually sell for $20 but you can score some limited-time holiday markdowns if you act fast.
Give your on-the-go buddy a custom passport holder to organize their most important travel documents. Not only will your favorite traveler love having his or her things all in one place, he or she can think of you during their adventures!
Check out Etsy for some creative, one-of-a-kind designs that are stylish and affordable.
- iTunes Gift Card: With an iTunes gift card or Spotify Subscription, your frequent flying friend can load up his or her smartphone with all their favorite tunes.
- Audible: If your friend or family member is into audiobooks, you can gift an Audible membership or credits to purchase books. If they prefer e-books, you can also purchase Kindle gift cards.
- Airline Gift Cards: Depending on the destination and the time of year, airfare can be pricey. Maybe you don’t have the means to cover an entire trip, but you can buy Airline gift cards to help put money towards travel expenses.
Travel gifts don’t have to be expensive, they just require a little thought. Use these ideas to surprise and impress your favorite travelers this holiday season.