travel gift guide - under $20

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Since the holidays are fast approaching, I thought it might be fun to do a series of little gift guides at different price points. Here are a few items that I'd love to see in my stocking. Perhaps this will help you cross an item or two off the list for the traveler in your life.


1// Moleskine - I've rarely left the house without my Moleskine for the last 5+ years. I've been holding onto it as my primary way of planning and have yet to move into the digital age. I like the idea of using these notebooks to make a travel comic like the author of French Milk, Lucy Kinsley, did.

2// Penguin Classics Luggage Tag - A few travel themed titles on luggage tags, based on the well designed book covers.

3// Tazo Tea - A hotel I stayed at in Europe was charging 3 euros for a tea bag, and tea was difficult to find in Spain. I like loose-leaf tea at home, but while abroad, I now make sure to throw a few packets into my purse.

4// Luna Bars - These bars are so great when you're stuck in an airport and all you can find are overpriced vending machines. They're 70% organic and don't use artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. I try my best to eat healthy on travel days so that I can feel as fresh as I possibly can after getting off of a stuffy airplane.

5// Muji Linen Ballet Slippers - I have the worst circulation and my feet are always freezing. A lot of B&Bs in Mexico, Central & South America have tiled floors, so they'd be cold even in the summer. These wouldn't take up too much space in your luggage and would keep your toes warm.

6//Bossypants by Tina Fey  - I listened to the audiobook instead of reading the actual book. It made metro rides and grocery shopping go by so quickly, and Tina Fey reads it, so you get to hear all of her impressions. I can't imagine that reading it would have been better than listening to her tell the stories herself. I plan on loading up my iPod with a ton of audio books for my upcoming 8 hour flight - recommendations are always welcome!

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21 comments

  1. props to you for not making a gift guide with items $200 and up!


    and #1 = amen.

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  2. such an awesome gift guide! i love moleskins - they are a must!

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  3. great gift guide, I am in with the Moleskin and the Tea. :) oh and me feet are always cold as well :)

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  4. I love this gift guide!!!

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  5. I have those slippers and loooove them (and yes, they come with me every time I travel). I have poor circulation, as well, and my feet are always like ice blocks!

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  6. Love the luggage tag! Such a great idea for a gift!

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  7. I really like the luggage tag too! Very cute.

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  8. Thank you SO much for the Bossy pants audio book recommendation. I LOVE tina fey and hearing her read would be ah-maz-ing.

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  9. Such a great idea! Love all of these items.

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  10. Such cute ideas! I love the moleskine. Can't wait to see your other great gift ideas!

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  11. It's so cute how you presented these gifts! I didn't know that tea was so hard to come by, I think I'll pack away a few bags from now on too.
    If you're a Harry Potter fan I'd recommend listening to the audio books read by Stephen Fry (I just wrote about them on my own blog). They're brilliant!

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  12. Patricia GW - Thank you! I've never read any of the Harry Potter books or seen any of the movies. True story.

    But I do know who Stephen Fry is independently of the series and think he's great! I'll check if he's done any other recordings.

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  13. Thanks for sharing this...I've been meaning to try audiable!!

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  14. Great ideas :) The Moleskin is a sure winner! I gave my sister one for her two months backpacking trip this summer, so she could write down her stories and experience on the go and not wait until she came across an internet café. She absolutely love it!

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  15. I love the very THOUGHT of #2.

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  16. Nice blog!!!!

    check out mine if you want, I've just opened it!;)

    http://the-travelbook.blogspot.com/

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  17. Bossy Pants was SUCH a good read. Excellent choice :)

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  18. Luna bars are my favorite! I always pack them when i travel. Great post!!

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  19. putting tea bags in your purses sounds so cute

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  20. Holly - haha. i know, i'm such an old lady.

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