10 Christmas Gifts Under $20 for Travelers

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TRAVEL GIFT GUIDE


Travelers come in many stripes, from minimalist backpackers to 5-star jet setters. We've got holiday gifts for most anyone on your list afflicted with wanderlust, and not one of these ideas costs more than $20. Bonus tip: Add a travel-inspired touch by wrapping a gift in a map.

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MOLESKINE JOURNAL

You can't buy many first-class products on a coach budget, but Moleskine notebooks have a reputation for being among the best of their kind. Opt for a classic notebook (starting at $14) or a city notebook ($18) with maps of Paris, London, or Milan.
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PACKABLE WINE GLASSES

For loved ones constantly seeking out new terroir, L.L. Bean sells nesting wine glasses ($10 each). That means no scrounging for cups before a picnic overlooking a vineyard or a toast in a bare-bones hotel. Wine tasters can bring bottles back safely with WineSkins ($3 each at the Container Store).
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TRAVEL HAMMOCK

Where some people require blackout curtains and 800-thread-count sheets, others are fine with a reclined seatback. For the traveler who can sleep anywhere, the Grand Trunk Ultralight travel hammock (starting at $19 on Amazon) cradles up to 250 pounds. It comes complete with ropes, hooks, and stuff sack.
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LUGGAGE SCALE

Airline passengers who try to cram the entire contents of their closets into a suitcase risk steep fees for overweight baggage -- $75 and up on the major U.S. carriers. A luggage scale can alert these stuff-it-all-in packers that they're over the limit before it's too late. The Tarriss Jetsetter digital scale (starting at $17 on Amazon) holds up to 110 pounds and comes with a lifetime warranty.
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ENVIROSAX BAGS

Another problem with overpacking: It leaves little room for souvenirs. Compact Omnisax bags from Envirosax ($10.50) weigh just 1.4 ounces and unfold to hold up to 44 pounds of extra stuff for the trip home. With graphic prints, they also make cute totes for vacationers.
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ORIGINAL BUFF

Buff headwear ($20) will look familiar to anyone who's watched "Survivor." This deceptively simple sleeve of moisture-wicking fabric transforms into at least a dozen different accessories. For legions of devoted fans, it's a must-have item worth collecting in multiple prints.
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SCRATCH MAP

On a world map that resembles a giant scratch ticket, globetrotters can mark all the countries they've visited. A coin uncovers color and geographic detail beneath the gold foil. Scratch maps of the world are available in multiple sizes and color schemes. A travel-size version starts at $19 at Barnes & Noble.
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MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION

No trips on the 2017 calendar? A subscription to a travel magazine can bring vicarious pleasure. Popular titles including Backpacker, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, and Travel + Leisure all offer a year's subscription for $20 or less.
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BLANKET SCARF

This trendy, comfortable style is an ideal accessory for travel. Old Navy sells a brushed-flannel scarf for as little as $12. The patterns add effortless flair to an outfit, and travelers can wrap up in the soft fabric to keep warm on over-air-conditioned planes.
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SOLID SHAMPOO

Shampoo bars from Lush ($10 to $12) free up room in a quart-size bag for other carry-on liquids. They come in varieties such as Godiva, a jasmine-scented 2-in-1 bar for cleaning and conditioning hair. They also leave room in a $20 gift budget for travel-size shea hand cream from The Body Shop ($8 each or two for $10).