The calendar has turned to December and Christmas is just around the corner. Everyone knows that there is one thing that a lot of people love: traveling. So there are simply no better gifts than travel items. Here are our recommendations for you to offer to the travelers in your life, to put on your own wishlist… or to get from you to you!
We’ll have a one-of-a-kind gift idea for you soon, and two last articles about holiday spending among the 12 in our What To Do Now To Travel More In 2020 series that will return after this gift break.
Since 2 great tips were to spend less and to double-up (or triple-up) your free rewards in one click with online shopping portals, we’ve listed 25 travel items under $25 to stay within your budget and to buy through Amazon to rack up rewards… while keeping more of your money for travel.
These items can be delivered before Christmas, so they are great gift ideas that are simpler and more affordable (and more tangible) than buying (or asking for) a plane ticket from our half-price deals on our cheap flights page.
My personal favorites are #2, #3, #6, #11 and all 5 bonus suggestions over $25 we added at the end, because we think they are worth the higher price.
A simple but original gift, a map where you scratch off the countries that you’ve had the chance to visit. All travelers will love receiving this map that lets them see the evolution of their journey through the world very visually… and helps them get motivated to explore the rest of it!
Convenient not only when traveling obviously… but so essential. Getting lost on unknown streets without a cell phone is no fun. Every traveler should have this emergency portable charger, I use it constantly myself.
Everyone needs a little bag to carry around every day during their travels! You should definitely have one. That’s what a “daypack” is and it’s very useful. If there is only one must-have item on this list, it’s this one. This daypack is foldable, water resistant … and comes in many different colors! It really does not take up much space (it fits in the small bag on the righthand side of the image when you don’t need it)! I have it myself (this brand exactly), and despite my many many trips it is still going strong, it is quite durable! I ad it with me on each of my 10 international trips this year and I used it every day!
Since this brand has served me well, I wanted to share this option that is a little bigger (35L instead of 20L). Honestly, if that size had exist last year when I bought mine, I might have bought this one, who knows. Another option to get organized while traveling!
A less glamorous gift… but still so useful. If you’re tired of looking for your chargers, headphones and all those little items… you’re not the only one. So it makes for a great gift for any traveler.
Always useful, these cubes allow you to better organize your suitcase or your backpack! I was skeptical myself, but since I started using them, they’ve made my life much simpler. It’s not necessarily just the space savings, but above all the convenience of having all your things separated and easy to find.
A useful kit with two great items to make air travel more comfortable. Hard to find a better travel essential! This is the best-selling model so it’s probably the best.
We’re cheating, as this one is $3 more than $25 we promised, but these neck pillows are pretty popular on Amazon (and have a 45-day money back guarantee). It’s actually a copy of the premium (and even more popular) TRTL pillow, which is $40 (the original). However, I have not tried it myself, because I travel too light to be weighed down for weeks by something that I’d use for a few hours.
Many people absolutely need this type of pillow to be able to sleep on the plane, so here is the most common model! A classic. Offer this gift so that your loved ones avoid paying twice this price if they wait to buy it at the airport because they didn’t plan ahead (preparation is the key to traveling for less as I showed in great detail).
A set with 8 pieces, including several pretty useful small containers. The kind of thing we don’t often buy for ourselves… but will definitely get used if received as a gift! There is also this toiletry bag that you can hang open which is really nice.
Once again, an essential for everyone who travels internationally! Great affordable stocking stuffer for travelers. I exceptionally put the link to all the results, because the one at $11.99 works well (I have it) but there are others at $15 and $25 with USB outlets and a better look for those who like paying more for aesthetics.
A convenient item for a lot of situations, it makes a perfect gift that is going to get used for sure. Small and takes up very little space. Perfect for the beach or anywhere outdoors.
Not necessary for those who only stay in hotels, but for backpackers and all others, it is a must. As it is made of microfiber, it dries quickly. In fact, for everyone who goes to the beach, it is very useful (and it does not take much space). It is a pack of two, with a small bag to carry them.
An essential. To take beautiful photos for Instagram, every traveler needs to know how to find beautiful backgrounds… but most importantly, how to use a selfie-stick!
If you want a tripod too (or you want to offer a more complete kit), here is an option that is just barely more expensive than the $25 promised in the title of our article.
Not on Amazon, but almost all Lonely Planet books are 40% off until tonight. Very convenient travel guides that are highly rated… and of course there are many other types of books on specific destinations that will please many travelers! We don’t often pay for books ourselves since all the information is available online for free, but it is a very pleasant gift to receive!
Losing your keys, passport case or cell phone while traveling is quite a hassle. This Bluetooth tracking tool will locate the item precisely. Perfect for those who love tech stuff!
Another gift more practical than fancy, but useful in any traveler’s kit, especially for travelers who sometimes stay in hostels to travel more!
A passport case doesn’t have to be ugly! This one is rather classy… and extremely convenient to stay organized on a trip! Several colors available! And if you prefer, this standard one is 50 % off at the moment!
These are theoretically made for produce, but many travel pros use them to protect whatever they bring on their trips. These bags are amongst the best-sellers in the travel category in fact.
Rain is inconvenient at home and it’s even worse when traveling. Especially when we are not prepared. So this very affordable little gift will be very useful for travelers. Another item that is more practical than fancy, but it could complement another gift very well!
It’s a super thin RFID security pouch with bonus RFID sleeves. It comes with two chips to put on your cell phone or other valuable items to trace them around the world. Another wallet that is $10 more comes with a US$250 theft protection if what’s in it get stolen (not sure how it works though). Still, that’s pretty awesome! Also available in 3 other colours.
For those who travel with a traditional suitcase and want to protect it, this covers it (and makes it easier to spot when it’s time to waste time at the baggage carousel). Comes in many sizes and colors.
Tags are a necessity for those traveling with luggage. But they do not need to be boring or cliché like a Canadian flag (although the flag is very convenient, no one wants to be mistaken for an American when traveling). There are plenty of options, from pizzas to owls… or more standard options too, if you want a gift that can fit the recipient’s personality.
Another perfect item to complete any gift, or as a stocking stuffer.
Before getting to the 5 items that are over $25, Flytrippers likes to give you more for your money so we have a tradition of always giving a bonus listing in all our “Top X” posts. Here it is, a small practical gadget to take better pictures with a cell phone because not everyone wants to explore the world with an expensive (and bulky) camera.
5 additional items that aren’t under $25
As mentioned, we are budget-travel enthusiasts and we always want to help you save money, because it’s saving money that allows you to travel more often (which is something most people say they want to do).
So we believe that these ideas above are perfect because they are very original gifts for travelers… and very inexpensive so you’ll still keep your hard-earned money to spend on more experiences instead of material possessions (that will make you happier, it’s scientifically proven).
But here are 5 more items that we think are still worth it despite not being under $25.
Okay, we cheated a little, just for the first item on this list. This does not cost anything. In fact, the card gives you $300+ net with the Welcome Bonus alone.
You obviously can’t offer it as a gift, but you can talk to your loved ones and help them discover the world of travel rewards, that would be the best and most lucrative gift for them. It will give them hundreds of dollars in free travel every year if they learn about it. Hard to beat that in terms of awesome gifts (our upcoming new section and beginners’ course will help learn all about this for free).
I selected this card because it is the one that literally all travelers should have, regardless of their income (as long as you have good credit). It will give you 17 free nights in specific hotels if you and your travel buddy get it, or 8 nights if you travel solo. Amazing deal.
And it gives you free insurance coverage so you won’t have to complain that the airline won’t pay for your hotel or meals during a weather delay (it’s normal that they don’t, they don’t owe you anything because they can’t control the weather… and it’s inevitable that a weather delay will happen to you if you travel somewhat often). This card will give you $500 for meals and a hotel.
If you prefer other types of points that are less restrictive (so a little less valuable), there are other cards that will give you free travel just by getting the card. You can see our ranking of the best credit cards in Canada for December and again, our upcoming course will help you understand this complex but lucrative world.
If you want to try backpacking, or you know someone who wants to, this bag is perfect. Or even for those who already have a backpack that may be a little worn out. Sure, there are $300 bags, and they may be great, but this one does the trick.
This is the Amazon brand. Sorry to tell you that most people do not care one bit if your bag has a well-known logo on it or not. This one has great reviews and is perfect because it is very affordable (it leaves you more money for actual travel). It is made of a material that repels water, has very good back support and lots of very useful compartments. There are three sizes available: 55L, 65L or 75L.
An option for a bigger gift, for someone you really like. Let me explain, I’m super frugal and almost never buy expensive stuff. I always want to save money to travel more… but if you know someone who travels a lot (like me, who’s been on over 75+ flights in 2018 and just slightly less this year), I guarantee you that they will love the silence that these headphones provide.
It’s really hard to describe. You wouldn’t even know that you’re on a plane when you wear these headphones, that’s why I could never go on a trip without them myself (I have the older model and I still love them, so these are probably even better). If you don’t believe me, read the reviews on Amazon!
Flytrippers’ other co-founder Kevin has one and finally convinced me. It’s pretty simple: the best way to get internet access and data when traveling is obviously to buy a cheap local SIM card, NOT use your Canadian provider’s travel packages, which are probable one of the worst scams out there.
For 2 day’s worth of roaming plans, in most countries, you can get a full month of data. Canada has some of the highest prices for plane tickets as you know, but the same can be said for telecom prices. To avoid shuffling from one SIM card to another constantly when traveling, this phone can hold two at the same time. Very useful.
Christmas gifts are great to spoil your loved ones. And nothing is better than an airport lounge to spoil a traveler. Airport lounges make all trips infinitely better. You can read the detailed article on how it is inside airport lounges but to summarize: it’s pretty awesome. There is an interesting discount on Priority Pass memberships, a network of more than 1,200 lounges all over the world (but you should NOT buy it).
It would make an original gift that would definitely be appreciated by those who travel often, but at the risk of repeating myself, it is better to get them to learn about travel rewards (travel hacking) because some credit cards give free lounge access (in addition to hundreds of dollars in free travel simply by ordering the card of course). Talk to the person you want to spoil and his gift will be that Travel Hacking will make their airport experience better for free (and you can buy them a different gift).
If you do want to pay for the membership and offer it as a gift instead of getting one of the many cards who offer it for free along with lounge passes (most require $60K income), you can take advantage of the current highest-ever 40% discount and buy the membership for US$59. But the member still needs to pay the discounted US$32 per visit, which is why the cards are so much more interesting.
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