10 Christmas Gifts for Travelers Under $20
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.
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.
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.
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).