$30 or Less: 10 Best Gifts for the Stylish Traveler

Posted by Rachel Klein on December 16, 2009 at 11:26:32 AM EST | Post a Comment

Have a style-conscious traveler on your list but don't want to break the bank buying a gift? There's no need to spend a ton of cash on an expensive passport cover or travel bag with so many inexpensive—and well-designed—items readily available to please the pickiest person. Here's a round-up of some of our favorites, all available from online retailers.

1. Designer LED Booklight


Opt out of reading beneath harsh, overhead spots when the cabin lights are dimmed, with this sleek gadget that clips onto the spine of a soft- or hard-cover book. The added bonus? No nasty looks from a seatmate trying to sleep. ($20; www.momastore.org)

2. Jersey Cotton Travel Set

This black-and-white-striped sleep mask and neck pillow from J.Crew folds up into an adorable, pack-it-in-a-snap sack. ($29.50; www.jcrew.com)

3. "Grid-It" Organizer

Can't stand having a bazillion wires and plugs floating around your suitcase? Strap them down onto this cleverly-designed, woven elastic grid. Stash extras in a zippered pocket on the back. Comes in a cool slate gray. ($17-$22; www.flight001.com)

4. TSA-Compliant Toiletry Bag

Don't be caught standing on the security line jamming toiletries into a clear plastic bag. This kit made by Flybags has three reusable bottles, an eye mask, and ear plugs, all set inside a vinyl zippered pouch. It comes in pink, blue, or gray. ($16; www.flybags.com)

5. Travel Candle


This travel candle made by Tocca comes in ten luscious scents and will do the trick for making a hotel room feel homey for travelers on the go. ($16; www.tocca.com)

6. Multi-striped Neck Pillow

For a comfortable night's sleep, try this colorful neck pillow from Little Honey filled with tiny beads that allow it to conform to your preferred position. ($20; www.flight001.com)

7. Shea Butter Travel Set

Great for fighting in-flight dryness or to use instead of ho-hum hotel room products, this kit includes five assorted bottles filled with L'Occitane's shea butter hand cream, body lotion, and more. ($24; www.sephora.com)

8. Velvet Jewelry Roll

This soft, silk-lined roll-up bag comes in red, green, purple, or black, and has three pockets to secure jewelry. Its size and shape make it especially easy to pack. ($14.99; www.containerstore.com)

9. Designer Compact Speakers

Flip open these lightweight, streamlined speakers from MoMa for watching a DVD or listening to music. Available in bright orange or jet black, they're powered by your computer or MP3 player so batteries aren't needed. ($25; www.momastore.org)

10. Passport Cover & Luggage Tags

Pull your passport out of your bag in a flash or spot your luggage on the carousel with these two essential accessories available in five bright colors. ($19.90-$21.90; www.neimanmarcus.com)

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