Budget travel gifts? Certainly! Budget travel is a thing. So is budget spending for holiday gifts. We want to surprise and delight others, but let’s face it, there is only so much money…and we’d like to emerge from the season debt-free. With enough money to plan our own trip in the new year!
Here are some gift ideas that will save the day–and your own cash. All are under $30! And all are available online. Save time, fuel, and frustration, too!
- Remote selfie shutter: Let’s “face” it, selfies are here to stay. Now you can take one from more than an arm’s length away. But what I really like about this little device is you can also use it for discreet street photography. If the traveler also carries a tripod, the remote shutter works from 30 feet away. $19.95 on amazon.com.
- One of the hassles of being a smart traveler is managing the challenge of the “3-1-1 rule.” Often this means leaving a favorite fragrance behind. Thanks to a refillable atomizer, everyone can bring their cologne with them. When you’re traveling with a minimal wardrobe, a dash of scent can make a big difference. There are many styles and colors of travel atomizers. This one makes a great stocking stuffer–it’s only $6. Find it at amazon.com or your local cosmetic store.
- Not everyone demands perfect coffee when traveling…but for those who simply can’t tolerate less than ideal caffeine, here’s the solution. Bodum makes most of the world’s coffee presses, including a portable French press for the discriminating palate. This will set you back about $27, but you will be the Holiday Hero. (They’re on their own if they also want to tote a tiny coffee mill!)
- Even the lightest packers find themselves wishing they had a way to bring back an unexpected treasure. I always pack an extra bag–lightweight, yet strong. If I need to, I’ll check my suitcase in order to carry on and protect my new find! You can get a fold-up duffle bag at lots of stores. The one pictured here is from Target, for $14.99.
- Travel means bringing home mementos. Budget travelers tend to return with items such as post cards, ticket stubs, programs, etc. Give them a way to display their memories with a cool board that can be changed with each trip. Consider something like this frame from Umbra–it’s only $20 and will give the traveler on your list pleasant reminders of trips. You’ll find this one on amazon.com.
This is the first in a short series of gift ideas for the travelers in your life. Next up: Gifts for Solo Travelers!
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