The 8 Best Travel Gifts Under $25

When freelance writer Adele Chapin isn't tracking dining trends and fun things to do in her hometown of Washington, D.C. for work, she's planning out every meal possible for her next vacation. Her beats include food, travel, fashion, shopping, and event planning, and Adele's stories have appeared in the Washington Post, Eater, Condé Nast Traveler, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bravo, Racked, Refinery29, BizBash, and more.

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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 make a big impact on 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 “Wash Me” travel 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 could use this travel-size umbrella from Samsonite, which comes with its own 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 the event of unexpected downpours. 

The Most Colorful Travel Adapter

For the world traveler who cares about aesthetics, there’s this brightly-colored outlet adapter that fits together like a jigsaw. The four-part adapter from Flight 001 works in more than 150 countries. Unlike a plain travel adapter, this one is so eye-catching, you won’t miss it in your suitcase or forget to unplug it from the hotel socket on the way home. 

For Future Travel Inspiration

Even though some travel plans might be grounded for the moment, we can keep dreaming. For the jetsetter 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 faux leather travel case from British brand Ben Sherman looks way more expensive than it is, clocking in at just around $20. With a burnished brown exterior, the toiletry kit features a roomy interior with lining that’s easy to wipe clean, along with an exterior pocket for small things like contact cases or lip balm.

A Clever Reusable Coffee Cup

Sadly, single-use plastics made a comeback this year due to COVID-19, but we think reducing waste is always in style. Take your morning coffee or tea on the road with Stojo’s BPA-free silicone cup: it folds flat, so when you’re done, you can tuck it away in your bag. The heat-proof cup handles both 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.

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