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Holiday Gift Guide: 25 Travel Gift Ideas Under $25

There’s a reason $25 is such a popular dollar amount for gift exchanges and gift cards. It’s just the right amount to afford a present that’s worthwhile to the recipient without putting a strain on your wallet.

At this price point, there are some crowd-pleasers you can purchase for a friend or coworker. If you know they are into travel, check out this list of things I love to treat myself to and bring along when I’m on the road.

Related: Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Travel Gifts Under $10

Packing Cube Set

The one thing every traveler desires is more space when they are packing, and that is where packing cubes come in handy. Plus they make packing and unpacking a breeze once your traveler arrives to their destination. This cube set from Amazon is a budget-friendly option.

Dry Bags

Dry Bags come in extremely handy when traveling. I use them a lot like packing cubes, but I also keep one in my backpack at all times in case an unexpected rainstorm comes. I throw my electronics and camera into it to ensure they stay dry.

Face Mask

Traveling takes a toll on your skin when you travel thanks to the change in environment, lack of sleep, and usually dehydration. Treat your traveler with an assortment of face masks. I always take a face mask with me on my trips to help give my face a little TLC.

Kissable Color

In addition to treating your travelers face, also treat their lips. Burt’s Bees lip care is one of my favorites! Plus now that they come in colors, it replaces my lipsticks when I’m doing very compact traveling.

Carry-on Cocktail Kits


These pocket-sized kits are the ultimate treat to toast to the next adventure. This kit includes everything you need to create a Moscow Mule, one of my favorites, mid-flight, but it also comes in Bloody Mary, Gin & Tonic, and Old Fashioned.

Postcards & Calendars

If your traveler is a fan of snail mail during their travels, then these postcards from Anderson Design Group are just the thing they need. I, personally, love the Southern Design kit and the build your own. This city map set from Rifle Paper Co. is another favorite of mine. I also can’t get over the Rifle Paper Co.’s calendars, and I look forward to getting one every year.

On the Go Game Pad

This notebook is full of classic games like hangman and dots and boxes will help pass the time on flights or long road trips (in the passenger’s seat, of course).

Emergency Kit

You never know what the road will bring so having a first aid kit on hand is very helpful. I really like this one because it is a good size and comes pre-stocked with plenty of supplies.Travel Humidifier

Travel Humidifier

Another one of my travel essentials is a travel humidifier. This one converts a water bottle into a humidifier, which is super helpful in the winter months when the air is much dryer.

Tile Mate

Tile Mate is a handy racker if your traveler tends to lose things!

Bottle Cap Tripod

No need to travel a bulky tripod around, when you can add this bottle-top pod to the top of your water bottle.

GorillaPod

Another alternative to a bulky tripod is a GorillaPod. I do not travel anywhere without mine, and I absolutely love it!

Solar Charger

Depending on where your traveler is going a solar charger could be the perfect gift! This charger is compact enough to function anywhere you want, and it is suitable for a wide range of occasions like flights, parties, BBQ and other outdoor activities. Plus it comes in multiple colors.

Bluetooth Speaker

One of the best ways to make friends while on the road is music. It’s a language everyone understands. So treat your traveler with a portable Bluetooth speaker that they can take anywhere with them and share their tunes with their new friends.

Travel Adventure Map

This scratch-off map is the perfect way for your traveler to keep track of all their adventures.

Travel Wall Art

Another fun way to document all of your traveler’s destinations is with wall art. I particularly like these luggage tag posters.

Language Guides

Language guides are a handy thing to have for when visiting a new country. I really enjoy the Lonely Planet phrasebooks as they make it easy to use when on the road.

Travel Pillow

Travel pillows are a great companion for those super long flights. There is nothing quite like landing and having a crick in your neck.

Travel Necklace

Anyone who loves to travel has a small obsession with world maps. This world necklace makes for the perfect gift for the traveler who wants to keep the world close by.

Compression Socks

I have found the older I get, the more my feet swell when I travel on long flights. Compression socks have become a life-saver. I love these colorful socks because if you are going to wear them, they might as well be fun!

Travel Steamer

If you have a traveler who hates wrinkles, then you need to treat them to a travel steamer. This one is perfect for compact travel needs and heats up quickly! It’s the perfect companion when you aren’t sure if there will be an iron available.

Travel Hairdryer

Not every destination has a hairdryer, which is a complete shame. I use this one when hotels do not have one available. It’s very compact and includes ceramic technology to fight frizz.

Daypack

Daypacks come in very handy when touring a new place. This one is super lightweight and has plenty of space for your guidebooks and cameras.

Hydration Pack

Depending on the types of activities your traveler enjoys, a hydration pack is a very useful thing gift. I use mine for day hikes and those very long, hot days. This pack is compact and holds a 2L bottle.

Gift Card

An Amazon gift card or one to their favorite store is always an easy go-to. I love getting gift cards because I can purchase exactly what I want when I need it.

Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Stocking Stuffers for Travelers

In my opinion, one of the best parts of Christmas is the stockings! I mean multiple presents in one – can it get much better? And it’s a bonus for travelers because stockings equal small gifts! So, instead of purchasing a new toothbrush and toothpaste for the traveler in your life, try adding one of these gifts to their stocking.

Prynt Pocket Smartphone Instant Photo Printer

Sometimes you want to print pictures off while you are on the go. With this printer, you can snap and print in 30 seconds.

Swiss Army MiniChamp Pocket Knife

This pocketknife from Swiss Army has 16 different functions — including an orange peeler — is super compact and fairly priced for its quality. Just don’t pack it in your carry on!

Pinch Provisions Travel Kit

This travel kit is packed with everything to make sure your flight and trip are stress-free.

Memory Card Carrying Case

If your traveler doesn’t have a camera bag, then this memory card carrying case comes in handy for keeping track of all those memory cards.

3 in1 Camera Lens Kit for Smartphones

If your traveler isn’t a big photographer but always have their phone on them, then this lens kit is perfect! It’ll hopefully encourage them to take more pictures while on their adventures.

What are your favorite travel-themed stocking stuffers?

Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Travel Gifts Under $10

The holiday season is in full swing, and if you haven’t already done your holiday shopping, it is time to start. Here is a quick guide to travel gifts that all come in under or at the $10 mark. These are gifts the traveler in your life will love and use on their next adventure.

Luggage Scale

Does the traveler in your life have a have a (suitcase) weight problem? If so, then a digital luggage scale will be an extremely useful gift. Packing habits change the more you travel, but having a scale on hand helps to ensure your traveler won’t be hit with surprise fees when they arrive the airport.

Passport Cover

Nothing quite makes your passport stand out like a passport cover. There are several options to take when it comes to protecting your passport. You can have a design that also includes a wallet feature to hold your credit cards while you are traveling, like this one, but I don’t like the wallet style because if it is lost or stolen, then you are really out of luck. Another option is to go with a simple passport cover that helps your passport stand out if your traveler is going with a group. A final option is to go with a sleeve that provides RFID protection; this is my personal favorite.

Luggage Tags

Luggage tags are a great way to help your luggage stand apart in baggage claim. For some reason, the day you fly everyone on your plane has the same color bag. This tag matches the passport cover above if your traveler is the matchy-matchy type. These leather tags are perfect for your sophisticated traveler. Lastly, we have this fabulous four-pack of tags for the whole family.

Travel Journal

Every traveler has a story to tell, so help your traveler record their next adventure with a journal. I take a journal with me on every major trip I make to assist me in keeping track of the small details that I know I’ll want to remember later and to help me organize my photos as I travel from location to location. Here are three options to help start your journal hunt: this one, this one and this one.

Eye Mask & Ear Plugs

Sleep is hard to obtain when you are traveling, and it usually takes a little while to get acclimated to a new time zone. This is where an eye mask and earplugs can come in handy, and are the perfect gift for your light-sleeping traveler. I have tried out several different types of masks, and I have found that masks similar to this one are by far the most comfortable.

Cord Organizers

Cords can get out of control in a suitcase or carry on. Help keep your traveler organized with this handy cord case that keeps everything right at his/her fingertips.

Mad Libs

There are only so many movies you can watch on those long-haul flights. Throw a little fun into your travelers carry on to break up the flight and break the ice with their seat meat. This version of Mad Libs is all about travel survival and its guaranteed to bring a laugh or two.

RFID Credit Card Sleeve

Safety is always a top concern for any traveler. I absolutely love using RFID card sleeves to provide an extra sense of security when I’m exploring a new country. They come in all different colors and patterns, but I personally like these.

Collapsible Water Bottle

Saving space is essential when it comes to traveling, but so is staying hydrated. Help your traveler do both with a collapsible water bottle.

What are your favorite under $10 travel-themed gifts?