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9 Affordable Travel Gift Ideas for Under $25

Shopping for any travelers this holiday season? Lucky you—there are plenty of on-trend and affordable travel gifts that look cool but won’t break the bank.

Affordable Travel Gift Ideas

Here are some of the best options for travel gifts that cost a lot less than you might think.

Smartphone Camera Lenses

Upgrading your smartphone photography is simple thanks to clip-on lenses. An easy-to-use and affordable travel gift that any Instagrammer will appreciate, DOFLY’s Universal HD Camera Lens Kit includes three photo-transforming lenses: fisheye, wide-angle, and macro. They’re perfect for getting up-close or fitting more into your shot, and they work with both Apple and Samsung devices, including tablets. Plus, they come with a clip-on travel case.

Price and Where to Buy: DOFLY Lens Kit from $20 on Amazon

A Massive Scarf

Something I never travel without, a cozy scarf, also happens to make a great and affordable travel gift for just about anyone. Women’s options from Urban CoCo are reversible, come in an array of plaid-patterned colors, and can double as a blanket or a stylish shawl. For men, Marino’s Cashmere Feel Scarf comes in an array of colors and with a gift box that seem to contradict its price.

Price and Where to Buy: Urban CoCo Tartan Plaid Blanket Scarf from $15 on Amazon; Marino’s Cashmere Feel Scarf from $20.

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Tiny Speakers

Sound-booming speakers small enough to stash in your carry-on for the hotel room or vacation rental make for an affordable and clever travel gift. Marsboy’s Mini Bluetooth Speaker weighs less than four ounces, measures two by two inches, and can play wirelessly for up to 12 hours.

Price and Where to Buy: From $15 on Amazon

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A Collapsible Water Bottle

Reusable water bottles have long been a must-have airport accessory, and can also be a great travel gift. Nomader’s Collapsible Water Bottle rolls up when empty to fit in any travel bag, and has a leak-proof twisting cap. Forget the clunky stainless steel canteen water bottles of last year and gift someone a practical travel water bottle that has pack-friendly bragging rights.

Price and Where to Buy: Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle from $25 on Amazon

Treats Snack Box Subscription

Trying new and foreign foods is one of the best parts of travel, and it can make for a unique travel gift. Start someone on a snack box subscription like Treats to gift them tasty snack flavors from around the world. Treats sends snacks from a different country each month, and shipping is free for U.S. addresses.

Price and Where to Buy: Treats subscription boxes start from $14 per month for five snacks. Be sure to pause your account after the first month if you don’t want to continue a subscription.

Wool Outerwear Accessories


Wool winter accessories like wool knit ear warmers and hats are packable and thoughtful affordable travel gifts. Pusheng’s Wool Knit Crochet Twist Ear Warmers are a chic option for women, or try a unisex Merino wool hat like Minus33 Ridge Cuff Beanie for something that’s softer and more breathable than standard wool.

Price and Where to Buy: Pusheng Ear Warmers from $14 on Amazon, Minus33 Beanie from $20 on Amazon

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A Packable Air Humidifier

We all know someone who needs this travel gift. Diffusers and humidifiers are a great way to combat dryness caused by cold weather travels and arid airplane cabins, plus it’s an aromatherapy sleep solution if you mix in some essential oils. If you didn’t think a packable version existed, this Actpe Portable Essential Oil Diffuser is just seven ounces.

Price and Where to Buy: Actpe Portable Essential Oil Diffuser from $24 on Amazon

High-End Travel Samples

Perfect as stocking stuffers, travel-sized sample packs are an affordable travel gift for someone who appreciates a little bit of luxury. Living Proof’s Restore Repairing Travel Kit offers a chance to try a high-end shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask. First Aid Beauty’s products are perfect for sensitive skin, and come in a travel kit of face cleanser, repair cream, and radiance pads.

Price and Where to Buy: Living Proof Restore Repairing hair kit from $23 on Amazon, First Aid Beauty Fab Faves to Go Kit from $30 on Amazon

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An Ultralight Carry-on Bag

Everyone could use an extra carry-on that folds away into itself—you never know when you’ll want a spacious personal item to keep close to your plane seat. Arxus’s Lightweight Foldable Tote Bag packs down into a pouch, but can fit up to 40 liters inside when it’s open. The waterproof fabric and rear sleeve that fits over a telescoping suitcase handle make it a foolproof gift for the frequent traveler.

Price and Where to Buy: From $13 on Amazon

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Associate Editor Shannon McMahon writes about all things travel. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

By Shannon McMahon

Editor Shannon McMahon is always planning her next trip and often writing in her travel journal. Follow her on Twitter @shanmcmahon_ and on Instagram @shanmcmahon.

Shannon joined SmarterTravel in 2015. A former news reporter, she's lived in the south of Spain, spotted elephants in Sri Lanka, gone spelunking in the Caribbean, hiked Jordan's Petra Basin, interviewed Sao Paulo's Michelin-Star chefs, and explored China via bullet train. Travel trends, news oddities, and her visits to up-and-coming destinations are some of her favorite things to write about.

Her stories have also appeared online on USA Today, The Sun, Huffington Post, Business Insider,,, and more. Her educational background is in journalism, art history, gender studies, Spanish, and film. She's been quoted as an expert travel source by CNBC,, MarketWatch, The Washington Post, USA Today, and more.

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Ultimate Bucket List Experience: "Climbing (yes, climbing, it's steep!) the Great Wall of China before it's gone."

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