Holiday Gifts for Travelers When You Can’t Afford Airfare

It’s been almost three weeks since Thanksgiving and Christmas is just 10 days away. The weather’s a few degrees colder, evenings spent yule-side are becoming more frequent, and the mailbox is already full of holiday brag letters from distant relatives, acquaintances, and that lady you think you used to work with back in 2011 (or is she someone from college?). The holidays are upon us, but nothing says “Season’s Greetings!” like a little stress. After all, not many of us are as hasty to finish our shopping as we are to polish off leftover turkey and inaugurate this year’s tannenbaum.

LD is here to help. Often the hardest gifts to buy are those for friends with particular interests—even more so for those who have an incurable case of wanderlust. Wondering what you could possibly buy for your favorite traveler short of an airplane ticket across the globe? Look no further. Here’s a list of eight items to buy for all of the past, present, or future travelers in your life.

Around The World Leather Watch

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This beautiful and practical accessory is enough to inspire anyone to add another country to their must-visit bucket list. Use it as a stocking-stuffer or place it under the tree and your friend will be wearing it in no time at all (sorry).

Urban Outfitters ($34)

Travel Journal

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Rifle Paper Co ($15)

Weekend Bag

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For extended stays or quick weekend getaways, a medium-sized duffel works wonders. Bags this size are easy to store in overhead compartments of airplanes, on the luggage racks of trains, or in the trunk of one’s car. What’s more, a duffel printed with a reminder of why one should travel in the first place can make the trip all the more enjoyable—no matter how heavy the bag gets.

Forest Bound ($100)

Travel Scarf

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If I haven’t mentioned it already, successful and comfortable voyages are all about practicality. This neat scarf doubles as a fashion accessory and portable storage unit for passports, wallets, or maps. Choose any of these fun, bright patterns and allow your voyager to travel with ease knowing where their valuables are at all times.

Speakeasy Travel Supply ($55)

Water Bottle

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Whether you’re hiking in the Alps or cruising on the French Riviera, chances are you’ll get thirsty. This water bottle is not only travel-themed in itself, but it’s an eco-friendly way to keep hydrated no matter where you find yourself on the map.

Modcloth ($20)

Portable Charger

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There’s nothing worse than being stranded in an unfamiliar place with limited phone battery. Keep your friends from having a Rocky Horror experience and give them the gift of life—battery life that is—with a portable phone charger. These often have up to 12 extra hours of power and can be stored easily in backpacks or purses.

Nordstrom ($30)

And while we’re talking about technology…

Outlet Adapters

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It’s not the cutest travel accessory, but if your friend is planning on traveling out of the country, they’ll most certainly need an outlet adaptor. These devices both fit American plug-ins into foreign outlets as well as convert the amount of electricity coming from the outlet into whatever amount the original device is able to process.

Target ($18)

Travel Wallet and Organizer

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A great way to organize and protect boarding passes, passports, and credit cards, this wallet sorts all of one’s travel necessities into neat pockets with plenty of extra space.

Etsy ($27)

Cloth Headbands

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Anyone who’s ever traveled knows a thing or two about traveler’s grime—that feeling when you’ve been awake for nearly 24 hours, haven’t showered, and have eaten only carbs and airplane food. A bright headband is a great way to pull back unwashed hair while adding a pop of color and pattern to a comfy travel outfit.

Free People ($18)

Have any travel necessities you can’t live without? Comment below or Tweet us @LitDarling!

Julia

Social Media Intern at Literally, Darling
Julia has spent the majority of her life in beautiful Virginia, although her slight accent suggests she spent more than her first four years in New York. She's a student at a public University where she supplements the in-state break in tuition with far too many trips to downtown restaurants and bookstores. A recovering "Friends" addict, Julia prefers intimate nights with Ben and Jerry over mundane collegiate activities like studying or barhopping. She's got a sweet tooth for writing and when she's not scribbling on every scrap of paper available, you'll find her questioning her own wardrobe or building a tolerance for classical music. At the moment, she's writing her first autobiography and mustering up the courage to go skydiving. Seriously.
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