If you prefer boomer travel adventures, or spending time with loved ones, rather than holiday shopping, this article is for you. In the 2022 edition of 20 under $20 gifts for the boomer traveler, I’ve done all the leg work for you.
I’ve found inexpensive gifts that are essential for travel, something for her or him, road trippers, or reliving travel memories once you’re home. Shop online using these unique gift ideas instead of trekking around crowded stores, then go have fun!
Each holiday season, I share My Itchy Travel Feet’s favorite budget travel gifts. The 2022 version is extra special, if I do say so myself, because I’ve come up with some wonderful inexpensive gift ideas for your favorite traveler. You’re going to love these affordable travel gift selections.
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Best travel essentials under $20
There are some items that are must haves for travel. And isn’t it nice when we can find essential travel gear at budget prices to give as gifts?
Apple Airtag Holder
Apple air tags (which you’ll find in our Luxury Gifts for Travelers) are all the rage with international travelers. Your bag may not arrive on time from an international flight, but at least you’ll know where the bag is! The Supfine Waterproof Airtag Holder adds versatility to airtags when they aren’t tucked away inside luggage. Hang it on a camera strap or backpack while exploring a destination. No more lost bags!
Lewis N. Clark Folding Pill Organizer
The best way to stay healthy on a road trip, or a world cruise…take your vitamins and supplements! The Lewis N. Clark pill organizer is color coded so you never forget a dose. I like the compact size.
Etekcity Luggage Scale
A digital luggage scale is a must, especially for those over-packers on your budget gift list who want to avoid overweight fees at the airport. The Etekcity digital handheld scale includes a battery and tops out at 110 lbs. Surely your traveler won’t pack that much!
LiquiSnugs – Leak Proof Travel Bottles
Nothing can ruin a great trip faster than realizing that your clothes are covered in shampoo slime. LiquiSnugs will protect you from that problem. Made of silicon, LiquiSnugs are virtually leakproof and are incredibly durable.
See-through and less than 3.5 ounces, LiquiSnugs qualify as TSA approved. You’ll sail through security as long as you include them in the bag of liquids that you send through the screening process.
Travel gifts for her that are under $20
Finding inexpensive gifts for the woman traveler can be a challenge. Most items are so expensive. But I’ve scoured the Internet to find the cutest, most fashionable, and practical budget gifts for the boomer woman on your holiday gift list. Take a look!
Bagsmart Travel Jewelry Organizer
Your traveling lady will appreciate this elegant Bagsmart jewelry organizer. Sturdy, with plenty of pockets and separate sections for rings and pierced earrings, this foldable organizer is just the right size to slip into her carryon for that chic weekend getaway.
Neoprene Curling Iron Holder
This heat resistant neoprene curling iron holder comes with a second holder for flat irons. Lay the holder flat to protect counters from curling iron heat. Place the device inside the neoprene holder for travel or storage. Perfect for the lady on the go!
Cashmere Pashmina Scarf
This stylish Cashmere Scarf and Wrap is a great item to have on the road. It’ll keep you warm as you explore cold weather destinations or just snug as a bug on the flight over to Europe. And it comes in twenty colors! Maybe you should buy one for the woman traveler on your list plus another for yourself.
ZOMAKE Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack
What about a small backpack for day trips, carrying on the plane or shore excursions? Boomers will appreciate that this water resistant backpack is lightweight. An excellent choice for her (or for him), with plenty of color choices.
Snoozies Skinnies Slippers
She’ll love slipping on a cute pair of Snoozies Skinnies at the end of a long travel day. Keep her feet warm and cozy, plus safe from hotel room germs, with a pair of slippers from Snoozies. Available in many cute prints with matching travel pouch. What a cute budget travel gift for her!
Cool gifts under $20 for men
How do you find a unique travel gift for under $20 for the man in your life? Start here. These travel products are perfect if you want to impress him with your gift giving creativity.
Taking photos to remember the trip is an essential part of travel. These days, those who want to avoid lugging around a bulky camera, use their smartphone, instead. Your man will take smartphone photography to new heights with UBeesize portable and adjustable camera stand holder with wireless remote and universal clip. It’s compatible with iPhone, Android Phone, Sports Camera GoPro.
50 States 5000 Ideas
Does your man love a good road trip? Inspire his travels with 50 States 5000 Ideas from National Geographic. This richly illustrated paperback book covers outdoor and city travel. From history to wildlife tours, your fella won’t lack for U.S. travel ideas. Bonus: there’s a section on Canada, too.
Camping Enamel Outdoor Mug
Is your traveling man a camper? This Gentleman’s Hardware enamel mug is great for backpacking, fishing, camping or remembering his favorite outdoor activity while sitting on the patio. Good looking, too!
Gifts for road trippers that are under $20
Road trips are more fun when your favorite roadtripper is organized and well-equipped. But that doesn’t mean packing their entire home. These gifts for road trippers will add comfort and efficiency to a boomer travel adventure. And they’re under $20!
Reechall Steering Wheel Tray Table
When your roadtripper needs to eat in the car, they’ll appreciate the Reechall steering wheel table. The multipurpose traveling tray can be used for eating, reading or working from a laptop. And this steering wheel tray desk table works on SUV’s, trucks and cars.
Stemless Collapsible Wine Glass
Who wants to drink wine out of a paper cup at the end of a long day on the road? With a stackable portable wine glass, your boomer travel friend will be sipping in style. Comes with a sippable lid, fits in cup holders, and will float in the pool!
Travel-size Laundry Bag
A travel-sized laundry bag that’s just the right size for short road trips or weekend getaways. It’s also a perfect gift for the grandkids overnight visits. Buy one for all the grands!
Camping Journal and Travel RV Logbook
Here’s the perfect budget gift for the RV fan or roadtripper. This vintage-looking journal includes 160 pages to record their trip experience. It also includes detailed forms for tracking campsite information. This Amazon bestseller will be a big hit!
Insulated Travel Mug
Your traveler will appreciate an insulated mug that keeps the coffee hot and fits in most car cup holders. And the Contigo SnapSeal Travel Mug won’t leak (when the lid is closed). Great looking, too!
Decorate your home with budget friendly travel gifts
Just because your boomer travelers are stuck at home doesn’t mean they must forget about their favorite trips. Here are three must-have budget-friendly gift suggestions to keep them virtually on the go!
Scratch off Map of the U.S.
This Landmass scratch off map is perfect for the roadtripper on your gift list. Keep track of U.S. destinations visited including U.S. National Parks, state capitals, major cities and notable landmarks. And little travelers will find this to be a fun gift that’s also educational.
Dreamy Santorini Jigsaw Puzzle
The next best thing to traveling to Santorini is this 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle by Buffalo Games. There are many other beautiful choices in this Signature Collection. These are pretty enough to frame once you’ve completed the puzzle.
Stoneware Drink Coasters with Holder
Thirstystone Old World Map sandstone coasters with cork backing will remind your gift recipient of travel each time they use it. I like the handy holder. Shh, don’t tell Alan that I’m buying these!
Here’s every item we’ve ever recommended (that’s still for sale) in our budget gift guide series. Traveler gifts under $20.