10 Christmas Gifts for Travelers Under $20

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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.


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), a dedicated travel journal ($20), or a city notebook ($18) with maps of New York, Paris, London, or Berlin.


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).


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 $15 on Amazon) cradles up to 250 pounds. It comes complete with ropes, hooks, and stuff sack.


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.


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.


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.


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. The travel edition (16.5 x 11.7 inches) sells for $20 on Amazon. The original is larger, and other scratch maps are dedicated to the U.S. and Europe.


No trips on the 2016 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.


This trendy, comfortable style is an ideal accessory for travel. Old Navy has dropped the price of a brushed-flannel scarf to as little as $10. The colorful plaids and bright solids add effortless flair to an outfit, and travelers can wrap up in the soft fabric to keep warm.


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 two-in-one 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).