Any frequent traveler has a few expensive items in their arsenal that are always going to accompany them on big trips — namely things like luggage, noise-canceling headphones, and a comfy pair of slip-on shoes. All of these items typically cost a decent amount of money, but you don’t have to go for broke when buying gifts for the jetsetter in your life. To prove it, we’ve rounded up 15 excellent travel gifts that all land at $50 or under, allowing you to fill their stocking with almost everything they need to get away.
Mystery Ranch Spiff Kit
Mystery Ranch’s Spiff Kit is the perfect toiletry bag for your travels. It features a rugged Robik nylon exterior, a fully water-resistant lining, divided zipper pockets with layered internal divisions, and there’s even a deployable swivel hook so you can easily hang it up in your hotel bathroom.
Matador FlatPak Travel Toiletry Bottle
Up your carry-on game with this flexible, leak-proof bottle from Matador. It’s TSA-approved to carry your liquids and will stay compact even when full.
Le Labo Lip Balm
Dry lips are a given on any flight, but you can keep them at bay with this balm from Le Labo. It’s unscented, non-sticky, and non-glossy, and it’s made from a cruelty-free, plant-based formula.
Bellroy Micro Pen
You’ll never regret carrying a pen, and this tiny pen fits in your wallet (specifically your Bellroy wallet with a pen slot, should you have one) and was designed for filling out customs forms.
Noshinku Moisturizing Pocket Hand Sanitizer: Discovery 3-Pack
You certainly don’t want to be caught without hand sanitizer while traveling in a post-pandemic world, and this attractive three-pack of moisturizing sanitizers will keep your hands both soft and protected.
Buck Mason M2 All-Day Antimicrobial Face Mask: 5-Pack
Face masks are going to remain a part of traveling for the foreseeable future, so you might as well outfit yourself with some quality masks. This five-pack of adjustable, antimicrobial, triple-layer Pima cotton masks from Buck Mason will do the trick.
mophie powerstation Mini
A powerbank is an absolute must when traveling these days, and mophie is one of the top brands in the space. This example is capable of charging multiple devices at once through USB-A and USB-C connections.
Aesop Ginger Flight Therapy
If you’re a bad flyer — or even if you’re not but find yourself on an especially stressful flight — then roll on some of Aesop’s therapeutic tincture that relieves stress, weariness, and nausea with a combination of Ginger Root, Lavender, and Geranium oils
Proof 72-Hour Merino Crew Sock: Two-Pack
Can you really wear the same pair of socks three days in a row? Thanks to the odor-fighting, moisture-wicking merino wool construction of this pair from Proof, yes, you can.
Ministry of Supply Men’s Responsive Tee
Ministry of Supply solves clothing problems with science, and their Responsive Tee utilizes coffee-infused recycled polyester that neutralizes odor, pulls excess heat and moisture away from the body through capillary action, and dries twice as fast as cotton.
Herschel Supply Co. Travel Organizers
Packing cubes are the unsung hero of luggage, and this affordable set from Herschel includes three different sizes for all your packable gear and clothes.
Infinity Travel Pillow
Travel pillows can be a bit cumbersome to travel with, which kind of defeats the purpose. But not the versatile Infinity Travel Pillow, as it can easily be reshaped to fit your needs.
Twelve South AirFly Duo
This Bluetooth adapter solves the problem of using wireless headphones on a plane as it creates a connection between your headphones and the airplane’s entertainment system via the headphone jack.
Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet
Amazon’s killer 8-inch media consumption tablet retails for $90, but it’s been hovering around $50 throughout the holiday season. It’s the perfect viewing companion for long flights.
JBL Vibe 200TWS True Wireless Earbuds
Naturally, you’re not going to get headphones with all the bells and whistles for under $50. But JBL’s brand-new budget true wireless earbuds certainly give you a lot for the price.
Leatherology Standard Passport Cover
Keep your passport secure and stylish in this classy — and clearly labeled — full-grain leather passport cover. There’s even an extra pocket for boarding passes or vaccine cards.
The Wishlist: 20 Best Gifts for the Jetsetter
Still need a few more gifts for your wanderlusty friends and family, perhaps at a higher price point? Then check out our guide to the 20 best travel gifts for the jetsetter.