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Gifts for travelers: The best gift ideas under $40 for the travel lover in your life

Gifts for travelers: The best gift ideas under $40 for the travel lover in your life
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Laura Sayers |

Traveling might be at a minimum right now, but it won’t be forever. These gift ideas are perfect for the soul who loves travel, and some can help prepare for when things pick up again. The key to shopping for that frequent flier in your life is simple: Thinking small!

With the extra cost of checked bags on many airlines, every square inch of luggage space is precious. The good news is options aren’t limited. Some of the most useful items for travelers come in small packages. Here are 18 ideas to encourage that wanderlust!


Fun gift ideas for travel lovers

Photomaps

Photomaps lets you turn your travel photos into stickers that fit perfectly in to the shape of all 50 states! These maps start at $39 which different themes such as golf, brew tour and road trip. You can also choose other maps including Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and more!

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Personalized bauble world globe Christmas ornament

This is a thoughtful gift for those who love to see the world! Find them on Etsy for around $15.

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Urban Map Glass

At $18, this is a fun conversation starter. Find this item at Uncommon Goods.

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Homesick Candles

Pick a scent reminiscent of the recipient’s favorite places. These are $34 at Uncommon Goods.

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Scratch maps

Scratch off places you’ve been! Depending on the size, these start at $13 on Amazon.

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The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small

This is an all-inclusive list of must-sees around the world! Find it for around $21 on Amazon.

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Travel stickers

These fun travel stickers can go anywhere and are a budget-friendly, thoughtful gift. find stickers on Redbubble from just $1.30.

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Universal Yums: Snacks from a different country

These boxes come with delectable delights from all over the world and include a 12+ page booklet! Find boxes from $12 to $38 depending on the size.

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Boarding pass pillows

This is a unique and cozy gift! Find them on Redbubble for around $21.

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Zoppen multi-purpose RFID-blocking travel passport wallet

With a slim tri-fold design and RFID blocking technology, this wallet is the ideal carry-all for all of your most essential items and documents. Contains 1 passport pocket, 1 boarding pass compartment, 3 credit cards slots, 1 id slot, 1 sim card pouch, 1 coupon ticket slot, 1 cell phone pouch (max 5.8 inches), 1 money & coins zippered pocket (fit U.S. money), 1 key holder and 1 pen holder and 1 slim pocket. Comes in 31 different colors for around $15 on Amazon.

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Mario Badescu travel size facial spray with aloe, cucumber and green tea

Long flights and low humidity can really dry out the skin, but this facial spray boosts the face with refreshing hydration and antioxidants. The 2 oz travel size keeps it TSA-friendly. Find it for only $5 at Ulta.

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Eagle Creek black Pack-It folders

Luggage compression saves a surprising amount of space! Not only do these packing envelopes condense clothing, but also delivers it neatly folded and wrinkle-free. Available in 3 sizes from $13 at The Container Store.

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AmazonBasics 4-piece packing cube set

Organization is considered an art form by some. For others, it’s just a means of keeping sane while on the go. Either way, find a place for everything with this 4-piece packing cube set. The mesh top panel allows quick identification of contents, while the durable fabric design prevents clothing from wrinkling.

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Trtl travel pillow

Taking up less space than a traditional u-shape travel pillow, the Trtle travel pillow acts more like neck support than an actual pillow, providing ergonomic support for a comfortable sleep anytime, anywhere. Available in 4 colors from Amazon.

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 Collapsible water bottle

This silicone water bottle folds down small enough to fit into a pocket, but pops open big enough to contain 18 ounces! This BPA-free, dishwasher-safe and odor-free bottle is ideal for filling up on water after passing through security.

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Wandf foldable travel duffel bag

This foldable travel bag takes up such little space but provides you with plenty of extra space when you need it, whether for shopping, weekend travel, or distributing goods in the dreaded overweight suitcase situation. Models up to 20″ meet carry-on requirements. Available in 3 different sizes and up to 8 different colors for $18 from Amazon.

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Stow-N-Go Small travel luggage organizer

This travel luggage organizer has built-in hanging shelves for when you arrive at your destination! Available for about $30 at Amazon.

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Lily & Drew travel jewelry storage carrying case jewelry organizer with removable pouch

Keep jewelry organized and easily visible with this flat organizer case from Amazon.

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Sunany inflatable neck pillow

This unusual inflatable neck pillow truly allows you to rest comfortably on long flights and deflates for easy storage! Find it on Amazon for around $17.

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