The Best (Budget) Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life

If you're anything like me you love to give gifts and find joy in finding the perfect item or experience that someone will enjoy and cherish. This year has definitely been hard on many of us: emotionally, mentally, financially and many curve balls have been thrown our way. If you are giving gifts this year, here are 10 suggestions for those who love to travel - and probably had the heartbreak of cancelling or postponing their trip(s) this year.

Airline Gift Cards
Delta, Hawaiian, American Airlines, Southwest, Norwegian, Alaska, Aer Lingus and British Airways all have options for gift cards. A gift card makes it easy for the travel lover in your life to book a flight to anywhere their heart desires. ($50+)

Travel Pillow
Make sure your favorite wanderluster stays comfy, no matter what class they’re flying in. Look for natural, hypoallergenic materials and natural fibers, bonus points if it has a removable/ washable case or if the whole pillow is machine washable! ($10-$70)

For the Foodie Traveler
With the many travel restrictions in place, many trips had to be cancelled or postponed. Give the gift of an immersive experience for the foodie traveler in your life with a SnackCrate. Gift options range from 1-6 months, so you’re gift can be the one that keeps on giving even after the holidays are over. Keep in mind it may not get there right on time for the holidays, but an adorable card explaining your gift will have them anxiously awaiting the post! ($14-$294)


Travel Essentials
With new regulations in place to keep travelers safe, set them up for success with Zabette’s Jet, Set...Go! Kit. This kit contains a face mask, eye mask, scrunchie and pen all in a cute wristlet. ($45)

personalized globe they can mark all of their past travels on and makes a great conversation starter for when they have guests over as well. Perhaps your wanderluster is getting married - this can be used as a fun guest book if they have a lot of guests coming from out of town! ($35)

Large Scarf
These are great gifts because they can be used at home or on the road. A large scarf can be used as a lightweight blanket on a plane, bunched up as a pillow, used to accessorize or use as a swimsuit wrap. Try and find a color they like to wear a lot or would go with most of the clothes in their current wardrobe. Earth tones or neutral patterns generally work well. Pro tip: Check Etsy for a handmade option and support a small business this season! ($10-$40)

Portable Charger
This gift can be a life saver, from at-home power outages to running down your battery using GPS or taking photos during travel. The Mophie powerstation plus with switch-tip connector is my personal pick, good for 4-5 full charges, can charge either type of device due to the switch tip, or you can plug a longer cord in too. ($40)

Reusable Insulated Bottle
An insulated bottle will keep beverages hot or cold, you can even set them up with various caps to suit either need. ($4-$64)

Travel Jewelry Box 
This travel-friendly jewelry box is perfect for those who love to stay styled on the road. The best part is that it's cruelty-free and has adjustable areas to keep your bling organized. ($65)

Perfect for the writers in your life, this two-pack of journals have plenty of space to write, sketch and keep memories of all of the exploring they do. Pro tip: Include a few pens, pencils, glue stick and cute pencil case to start them off on travel journaling. ($13)

I hope this guide helps you find the perfect gift to give the travel lover in your life. Cheers to a happy holiday season full of joy, great memories and fun meals with your family & friends.