Christmas is my favorite time of year for many reasons, but mostly because i love giving people gifts. I’m a master present wrapper and very good at picking out things that those close to me will love. As an avid traveler there are so many things I would love to receive as a gift and I like to keep that in mind when shopping for my fellow weekenders. Most gift ideas when it comes to traveling can seem rather expensive, like a fancy suitcase or a nice camera lens. But look no further! There are plenty of smaller bits and pieces that would just as appreciated!
So, here is a like of gifts under $50 for all the travelers in your life.
I LOVE luggage tags. They’re a simple way to make any boring bag just a bit more unique. Whether you just give one that’s a bit creative, customized, or just high quality, there’s no traveler that won’t appreciate it.
I feel the most creatively inspired when I’m traveling. That being said, it can get tricky to carry around my laptop everywhere to keep track of projects and ideas. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love a good notebook and having a stash of blank pages to journal as you travel is always a good thing. What better way to say “I get you” like giving someone a gift that allows them to explore that creativity.
Scratch off travel journal
Scratch off maps have been all the rage for a while and traveler’s notebooks to keep track of where you’ve been are just as popular. Combining the two is the perfect gift combo. Not only is this notebook super trendy looking (I’m OBSESSED with kraft paper right now), it’s a fun and creative way for the traveller in your life to chronicle all of their trips.
I have wanted one of these things for years but it never seemed appropriate to buy one for myself. So obviously it would make a perfect gift! Maps are cool, but globes are just such a statement piece. This cork version is just another creative way to keep track of all the amazing places you’ve been.
I swear I die a little inside every time I pay like six dollars for a bottle of water at the airport. Nothing says “I want you to stay hydrated and not go broke” like a fancy water bottle and a S’well bottle is the perfect gift. It’s hefty and insulated but still cool looking and small enough to fit in any bag or cup holder.
Neck wrap thingy
I think personal neck pillows are ridiculous until I wake up with a sore neck after falling asleep on a flight. However, this neck wrap is the best of both worlds. It will give you support for those naps on long journeys but you can fold it up and pack it away. An old staple that’s been re-invented always makes an amazing gift and this is no exception.
Picture this, your phone is about to die and all you need is that one pesky lightning cable. You reach into your bag and pull out a tangled mess of headphones, laptop charges, hard drive cords, adapters, and alas your phone charger. We’ve all been there. A cord wrap is the answer to all of these frustrations. It will keep all your different cords and cables secure and untangled so they’re ready when you need them. So by one for yourself and, you guessed it, give one as a gift to that tech savvy traveler in your life.
Once you do find that charger, good luck finding an outlet! Whether you’re at an airport, on a shuttle bus, or simply walking around in a new city, the last thing you want is for your phone to die when you want to snap that picture or order an uber. An external charger will be that saving grace! They can be pricey to buy for yourself so it’s the perfect opportunity to gift one.
If you’re looking for a gift that’s a bit shinier and not so practical, jewelry is always a good bet (for any gender). I love to layer bracelets and would love to receive a gift that nods to both that and my love for travel. If jewelry doesn’t seem right, you can even opt for a keychain in a similar style.
Any traveler loves to have a beautiful instagram feed to go along with all the amazing paces they’ve been. Phone cameras are better than ever, but detachable iphone lenses can help take any travelers photos to the next level with out having the huge price tag of a fancy camera.
Why is is that passports never seem to fit into a wallet? A passport holder may not seem like a necessity, but any avid traveler will appreciate it as a gift. Even if you’re not going outside the country, a passport holder is usually the perfect size for a boarding pass as well, and it can house all over necessary documents like ID’s and reservation confirmations.