If you prefer boomer travel adventures, or spending time with loved ones, rather than holiday shopping, this article is for you. In the 2023 edition of 20 under $20 gifts for the boomer traveler, I’ve done all the leg work for you.
I’ve found inexpensive travel gifts that are essential for travelers. You’ll find something for her or him, road trippers, or smart gift ideas for any kind of traveler. Shop online using these unique budget gift ideas instead of trekking around crowded stores, then go have fun!
Each holiday season, I share My Itchy Travel Feet’s favorite inexpensive travel gifts list. The 2023 version is extra special, if I do say so myself, because I’ve come up with some wonderful small 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?
TSA Approved Clear Toiletry Bag
I’ve recently discovered clear TSA approved toiletry bags. No more worries about the plastic baggie I have been using breaking and dumping my toiletries on the floor. The quart-sized plastic toiletry bag has a zipper and holds more toiletries than the sandwich bag I have been using. I have successfully traveled through US airports with this TSA approved clear toiletry bag. If you are traveling internationally, check the airport website to confirm these bags are allowed.
Two bags are included in your purchase. I use the second one to hold prescription bottles. The Lewis N. Clark folding pill organizer is my go-to for supplements and vitamins.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Packs
Here’s a great stocking stuffer! Avoid the liquid rules at TSA by packing Neutrogena makeup remover packs. I pack these makeup remover cloths for every cruise, international trip, even road trips. You’ll receive two 25-count packages. The towelettes are made from plant-based fibers and are fragrance and alcohol free. Win-win!
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.
Clinique Skincare Travel Set
Is your lady traveler a Clinique user? If so, this skincare travel set is for her. The set comes with TSA approved sized tubes of 7-day scrub cream, moisturizer, makeup remover, and mascara.
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.
Cocktail Kits 2 Go
For the cocktail drinking man on the go, give him a Cocktail Kits 2 Go. Prepare 4 cocktails using the ingredients in the kit: sugar cubes, bitters, wooden spoon, and recipe, all packed in a convenient travel container. Oh, he’ll need to provide the alcohol.
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.
Benvo Mosquito Head Net
Is your guy an outdoorsman? He’ll appreciate your thoughtful gift of mosquito head nets. We used the Benvo mosquito head nets on our recent cruise to Greenland. It protected us from pesky, tiny gnats in one of the ports. The head nets come two to a pack and are packaged in small carrying bags.
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.
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!
Portable Collapsible Wine Glasses
These stackable, collapsible wine glasses are perfect for road trips. Your traveler will appreciate the reusable, shatterproof plastic glasses. The stems are detachable. The 2-pack glasses fold into a bowl with a convenient carrying strap.
Crafty World Travel Neck Pillow
When in it’s your roadtripper’s turn to sit in the passenger seat, he or she will appreciate the Crafty World travel neck pillow. With a washable cover and memory foam, taking a nap in the car never felt so good.
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!
Here’s every item we’ve ever recommended (that’s still for sale) in our budget gift guide series. Traveler gifts under $20.