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. bout $20–and it comes with a mini-tripcd.
Tiny fragrance atomizer: 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 lots of styles and colors, so bring a couple. This one makes a great stocking stuffer–it’s only $6. You can find them at cosmetic and beauty supply stores, too.
Bodum Travel Coffee Press: 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!)
Fold-up, Super-Secret Bag: 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!
They come in lots of colors and sizes, usually folding into their own pocket. You shouldn’t have to pay more than $12-15 for one. I show a duffel bag here, but you may prefer a nylon packable rucksack for about $20.
Fun Photo Display: 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. If you prefer a more tropical or beach theme, check out this one with a fishnet background.
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