Give the gift of upgraded travel this holiday season — and we’re not talking a bump up to first class. These stylish gadgets, organizers, and other thoughtful present ideas will greatly impact any vacation, from flights to road trips, all without busting your holiday shopping budget.
Here are some handy travel gifts that ring in at $25 or less, so you can look very selfless while also saving money for your next adventure.
A Cheeky Suitcase Organizer
Cases, totes, and packing cubes from the Bag-all brand spell out exactly what’s inside in the most stylish way. Give this travel laundry bag to your most organized friend, or anyone who wants to make post-trip unpacking easier. Plus, we can picture this laundry bag racking up likes in an Instagram flat-lay post, posed next to an Away suitcase and Prada sunglasses.
A Just-in-Case Umbrella
We always hope for good weather on a vacation, but you never know. That’s why everyone can use this travel-size umbrella from Samsonite, which comes with a matching carrying case. The umbrella is flat, weighs less than half a pound, and takes up next to no space in a suitcase, duffle bag, or purse — making it handy in unexpected downpours.
The Most Useful Travel Adapter
For the world traveler who cares about aesthetics, this brightly-colored outlet adapter fits together like a jigsaw. The universal travel adapter from Tessan works in more than 150 countries. It has 2 USB-A ports, 3 USB-C ports, and a universal AC outlet, so you can charge all of your gadgets at once.
For Future Travel Inspiration
For the jet setter who’s usually racking up passport stamps, Where To Go When: Unforgettable Trips for Every Month from DK Eyewitness might inspire a fabulous future trip. The photo-heavy book aims to tell readers the best time to visit destinations all over the globe, from Kyoto to Kauai.
A Design-y Pill Box
Sometimes the littlest things spark joy (right, Marie Kondo?). For us, it’s taking an everyday routine and making it a little more organized and well, polished — as seen in this sleek and minimalist day-of-the-week pill box from the brand Port and Polish. Keep all your vitamins, supplements, and pills together and ready for impromptu getaways in this plastic case with a built-in mirror and several different color choices.
A Dopp Kit Fit for a Gentleman
This travel case from WANDF looks way more expensive than it is, clocking in at just around $20. It features a roomy interior with lining that’s easy to wipe clean, and a separate exterior pocket for wet items you want to keep away from dry ones.
A Clever Reusable Coffee Cup
Take your morning coffee or tea on the road with Stojo’s BPA-free silicone cup: it folds flat, so you can tuck it away in your bag when you’re done. The heat-proof cup handles hot and cold drinks, with a heat sleeve and built-in straw.
For the Apple Product Obsessive
Your nephew’s got the latest Apple Watch and Apple Airpods (of course), and he’s completely plugged into the Apple universe. Now this little silicone charging dock will keep all those crucial Apple accessories together on the road. Just thread the charger and cables connector into the dock, stack up a watch and earbuds, and set it all up on the hotel nightstand to charge for the next morning.
An Eye Mask for Those Bright Hotel Rooms
This satin sleep mask is the ideal gift for any sleeping beauty, especially the ones who need total darkness to fall asleep. It’s comfortable, and the satin won’t absorb moisture from their skin, keeping it hydrated all night.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
The perfect stocking stuffer for the adventurer in your life, the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter will ensure they have clean drinking water wherever their travels take them.
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