From the Fodorites on our forums to our editorial offices, the Fodor’s community has many great travel gift ideas for the holiday season. In the interest of simplicity and carry-on luggage (bonus: avoiding baggage fees), we’ve limited this list to smaller items under $20. Some are practical and perfect for packing; others are sure to inspire your next trip.
Moleskine Journals, $11
Fodorite spcfa shared many great stocking stuffer ideas, including the classic portable travel notebook.
Trendy Travels Luggage Tag, $8
In the Fodor’s office, Amy_D loves these cute labels to help find her bags among the sea of black rollers.
Luggage Scale, $12
Editor Arabella_B always limits her traveling wardrobe to a carry-on. To keep her bag light, she "loves the retro vibe and the built in measuring tape on this handy scale.”
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Nalgene Bottle Kit, $10
Forums member LSky might shop for "A good set of nalgene containers for a newbie traveler. There’s no sense in buying travel-sized items when there are so very few things that cannot be refilled."
Marc Jacobs Plane Keyring, $8
Another office favorite, this chic accessory is a perfect way to inspire the traveler-who-has-everything.
Clean Bottle, $10
For thirsty travelers and outdoor types, Fodor’s Editor Linda_C recommends “this water bottle that unscrews at top and bottom (they promise no leaks) so that travelers and outdoor types avoid the issue of mysterious gunk in hard-to-clean bottles . . . plus they give 10% of their proceeds to eco and biking friendly causes that purchasers vote for."
Dr. Scholl’s for Her Fast Flats, $13
Several of our editors suggest black slip-on shoes like these ones "for planes rides—and also for fashionistas with tired feet."
These bottle-shaped sleeves are perfect for oenophiles who like wine as travel souvenirs. "They pack light, are bubble-wrapped for extra padding, and seal off, so should a bottle break after all, it won’t leak all over your bag." They’ve allowed our editors to bring back wines from all over the world, including the Czech Republic, Oregon, and Italy.
Knitter’s Travel Toolkit, $20
Facebook user Amanda would like something crafty to travel with: "Then I have everything I need to knit on the plane and the scissors are small enough to make it through security. There are a few variations, but I like this one because it comes with a tape measure, too."
City in a Bag, $14
Editor Cate_W loves "decorating small spaces with Muji’s sleek wooden art for desktop or mantle. Pick your favorite from New York City, London, Paris, or Tokyo."
And we can’t agree more with Fodorite thursdaysd: "How about guidebooks? Travel books?" Check out our great selection of books (starting at $11) and downloadable pdf chapters (starting at $2) in Fodor’s Bookstore.
Photo Credits: Globe Keyholder Courtesy Marc Jacobs; Wineskin Courtesy Wineskin; Trendy Travels Luggage Tag Courtesy ModCloth.com