10 Gifts for $10 or Less
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It’s the most wonderful (and expensive!) time of the year. Fortunately, holiday gift shopping doesn’t have to blow your entire budget. If you’re searching for the perfect stocking stuffer for your travel-obsessed partner, friend, co-worker or family member, look no further. From facial sprays to luggage scales and even scratch-off maps, this selection of $10-and-under travel gifts is sure to have something for everyone on your list. Disclaimer: you may end up purchasing a few for yourself, too.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had dehydrated skin after a flight. This facial spray, which can be easily tucked into your carry-on, purse or pocket, can be used to refresh skin before, during and after travel — or really any time at all. It can also be used to give hair a boost, settling down fly-aways or frizz. Samantha Rosen, TPG’s social media editor, swears by the product, and describes the fragrance of aloe, herbs and rosewater as “light and fresh.” Buy: Ulta.com, $5
Ideal for the adventurer in your life, the JOTO Waterproof Cell Phone Pouch will ensure your phone stays dry on the beach, while boating, fishing or even playing in the snow or traveling during heavy rain. The case fits almost all phones under six inches (yes, even the new iPhone XS) with extra space for stowing credit cards and cash, and it has a neck strap. The phone will maintain screen functionality while stored inside the clear case, so the device can be used as normal, though the finger ID won’t work. Buy: Amazon.com
Ever wondered what your partner would do if he or she were lost in the jungle? Or how your dad might escape a sinking car? Mad Libs aren’t just for kids, and this worst-case travel scenario game book will make long car rides, boring flights and even waiting at the airport a hilarious experience for everyone involved. The 48-page lightweight book can easily be packed in your carry-on, and although the age range says 8 to 12 years, it’s actually more fun to play as an adult. Buy: Amazon.com
The Camry Luggage Scale is a practical gift that any serial overpacker will appreciate. The scale can easily be stowed in a carry-on to weigh luggage while on the road. With a strong strap to attach to luggage, the digital scale will tell you the weight of your bag in either kilos or pounds, up to 110 pounds. This may not be the most glamorous gift on the list, but saving your loved one hundreds of dollars in overweight baggage fees is worth its weight in gold (er, silver). Buy: Amazon.com
These days, it’s normal to travel with a myriad of electronics. It’s also not unusual to open your suitcase and find your hairbrush tangled in your phone charger cord and your computer charger snarled with your shoelaces. Give the gift of tangle-free travels with a cord taco: a small piece of leather with a snap to keep wires stored neatly. TPG reviews editor Nick Ellis says he simply “won’t travel without his tacos.” We love the colorful leather ones from C.R. Gibson, with clever gold-lettered phrases such as “Band Together” and “We’re Tight.” Buy: Amazon.com
This lighthearted gift is fun for any traveler focused on upping his or her country count, or even to get the teens and kids on your holiday shopping list excited about travel. Once they’ve visited a new destination, they’ll simply scratch off the gold coating to reveal the bright colors of the nation’s flag underneath. It’s a great way to remember all the amazing places you’ve been to, and which ones you still need to explore. The map comes with a guitar pick scratching tool and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Buy: Amazon.com
This all-in-one travel device that has dual USB ports, charges three devices at once and has four input plug possibilities is a travel lifesaver. This means you (or the lucky person on your holiday gift list) can charge devices in over 150 countries around the world, saving time and the hassle of buying different converters and adapters for each trip, or ending up in a destination without a way to charge any electronics. And right now, there’s a targeted Amazon offer (valid until Dec. 23) letting shoppers save 20% by putting at least one Amex Membership Reward point toward the purchase. Buy: Amazon.com
We may be biased, but we think the TPG brand is the coolest, and hopefully the person you’re giving this durable luggage tag to will agree. Plus, we’re saving the world one luggage tag at a time by using 100% recycled aluminum as the material. It’s a great gift for TPG fans and, you never know: This luggage tag could also be a great conversation starter that will help the lucky recipient guested into a lounge. After all, TPG is a tight knit community around the world. Buy: ThePointsGuy.com, $8
Vapur bottles are a dream for travelers who like to travel light. The portable, foldable and barely-there bottles can be conveniently stashed in luggage, opening up to full size (half a liter, or about 17 ounces) only when filled. The bottles are even freezable and BPA free. Remember, using a reusable bottle is a small but important step toward reducing plastic waste, so this gift is also ideal for the person in your life who is actively trying to reduce his or her carbon footprint. Buy: Vapur.com, $10
While there are a million eye masks to choose from on the market, Bucky 40 Blinks may just have the best price to quality ratio out there. For under $10, you can slide the soft, foam mask over your eyes, secure it with a velcro strap and get some much needed shut eye during your travels. The mask is comfortable and effective at blocking out the light — and it won’t smash your eyelashes down, either. If you’re still not convinced, read the full TPG review. Buy: Amazon.com
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