It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. But, doesn’t it feel like Christmas was just yesterday!? Well, it does to me! 🙂

As we enter the 2018 holiday season, it’s time again to start planning . . . planning what to eat, planning who to visit,  planning where to shop, and planning what gifts to buy our loved ones.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not always the best at gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving. I just don’t always know what the perfect gifts are. So, while I’m contemplating, the holiday sneaks up on me. And, I end up running all over town the week before Christmas to find the perfect gifts for everyone on my list. Talk about stress! 😉

And, being an avid traveler myself, I know I’m not always the easiest person to shop for either. For me to get the most use out of anything, it has to be portable, durable, and functional . . . super easy to use anywhere adventure takes me. So, kitchen gadgets, knick-knacks, and new linens are not gifts I would get much use out of, at least not right now.

There are, however, a number of travel-related options ranging from budget-friendly to uber professional that will be the perfect gifts for me (hint, hint Santa!), or any other avid traveler. ➡ Please note: this post contains affiliate links…again, items I wholeheartedly recommend at absolutely no cost to you!


For the cost conscious, these budget-friendly gifts with prices below $20 USD (or less!) are sure to wow your travel-lover!

Water Quality TDS Tester

Clean water is critical to everyone, especially a healthy traveler. Based on my personal experience, this tester is lightweight, easy to use, and takes up very little of your precious luggage space.  And, at less than $17 USD, what better gift for your loved one, than the gift of health and hydration!

RFID Blocking Travel Wallet & Passport Holder

Location tracking is real. Seemingly innocent items such as your passport, credit cards, and even cell phone are all capable of tracking your every move. Avoid this by using a RFID wallet lined with radio frequency shielding material to shield yourself and your personal data against unwanted scans. For less than $18 USD, you can give the gifts of safety and peace of mind.

Gadget and Tech Accessories Zippered Pouch

Let’s admit it, almost every product we buy to make life simpler has a battery. Rather than fishing through the tangled mess of charging cords, less than $18 USD can give the gifts of less stress and better organization to even the most cluttered techie.

Collapsible Silicone Water Bottle – 14oz

A water bottle is a necessity with all the rules surrounding liquids for air travel. When you consider it’s collapsible, leakproof, below $20 USD, and has a convenient clip, this bottle’s the ideal addition to anyone’s travel essentials.

Slim Packing Cubes for Travel – 3pc Set

Priced under $20 USD, this set of three (3) packing cubes is the perfect gift for the organized traveler. It makes it super easy to pack small items such as undergarments, socks, and toiletries to keep them from disappearing inside your bag.

Universal International Travel Power Adapter/Converter

A good power adapter/converter is essential for international travels. This one boasts multiple USB plugs in a convenient all-in-one design all for under $20 USD.


Are you looking for something a little more robust this holiday? Sure to please your globe-trotting loved one, check out these gifts ranging from $20 to $75 USD.

Selfie Stick & Tripod Combo

With a bluetooth remote and lightweight frame, this selfie stick and tripod combo is the perfect price under $22 USD.

Wireless Travel Router, FileHub, 10400mAh External Battery, USB Port, Travel Charger

Priced under $43 USD, this little device is a true jack of all trades! Housing a wired to wireless converter, external battery, and travel charger, it’s a great way to get everything you may need for your electronics without packing all the extras.

Solar Power Charger

While the solar power bank is a bit more pricey at just under $53 USD and takes longer to charge by sunlight alone, it’s a great gift for the true outdoor adventurer (or just a great backup plan for anyone!).

DSLR/SLR Laptop Backpack

I purchased this backpack last year, and I love it! Priced under $60 USD, it’s a steal and will drastically reduce the weight you carry from a standard sized backpack. My DSLR camera and accessories fit perfectly in the bottom compartment while my 13.3″ laptop easily slips into the inside pocket. And, better yet, I still have plenty of room for a book, passport, sunglasses, and other small travel essentials in the main compartment!


Are you ready to spoil your beloved traveler? Splurge on these gifts over $75 USD designed to make their travel life just that much more special (and so much easier!).

22″ Rolling Garment Bag

While most trips don’t require it, there are occasions when I need dressier clothes, so I take my rolling garment bag. Below $150, it’s the perfect carry-on for all of my hanging clothes and has plenty of accessory space as well.

Noise-Cancelling, Wireless Headphones

Travel by planes, trains, and automobiles is noisy. My boyfriend loves to use his Bose headphones on long-haul flights to Europe and Asia. At a lofty $349, your travel-loving friend will definitely appreciate the gift of quiet this holiday season. 

Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera Bundle

Less than $500 to fulfill all your photo and video needs is truly a bargain. I’m a tried and true Canon-lover with a T5 currently. But, I will definitely upgrade to a Wi-fi enabled Canon DSLR very, very soon.

While I firmly believe the holiday season, well every day, in fact, should be about #presencenotpresents and #experiencesnotstuff, my no-nonsense guide to the best gifts to give the avid traveler is the perfect topic as we head into the holidays. Enjoy!

So, what are you waiting for? Click one (or more!) of the links above and finish your holiday shopping today! Your loved one with be so grateful you did. And, you’ll love the extra time and less stress. I guarantee it! 🙂

What gifts are you looking forward to, or buying for a travel lover, this holiday season?

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my recent post of things not to do this holiday season if you want excellent customer service!

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