$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

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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

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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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