6 Frugal Holiday Gifts for the Globe-Trotters in your Life


It’s that time of the year when the dilemma of choosing the right gifts for our loved ones resurfaces again.  If you’re on the hunt for gifts for your frequently-travelling family and friends, here’s a smorgasbord of thrifty gift ideas your nomadic loved ones will surely love.

  1. Travel Books

What can be better to breeze through long hours of travelling by bus, plane or train than reading a good book of travel adventures? “The Art of Travel” by Alain de Botton would be a great thought-provoking book your traveller friend will love. For someone you know with flight anxiety, Patrick Smith’s “Cockpit Confidential” would be a comforting read while on flight. And of course, Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” will always be an excellent and inspiring read, filled with wonderful life quotes to live by.

  1. Versatile Pair of Footwear

Alongside a  pair of runners and sandals, lightweight slip-on shoes—think of TOMS—are essential footwear for travellers. It’s lightweight, space-efficient and can be paired with almost anything. For a dressier option for your fashionable, travel-savvy friend, a pair of foldable flats would be a better alternative.

  1. Luggage Scale

Anyone who flies budget airlines knows that discounted tickets come with tight luggage restrictions. Save a friend from throwing away perfectly good clothes at the airport garbage because of overweight luggage by gifting him a reliable luggage scale. They come in different price range, so you’re sure to find one that fits your budget.

  1. Sleep Survival Kit

An eye mask and a pair of ear plugs can make a world of difference for having a restful sleep while away from the comfort of a bed. Your nomadic friend will appreciate this thoughtful gift as it makes long hours of plane and bus travel much more bearable.

  1. Travel Journal

Some people like to keep journal of their travel experiences, which makes this a nice holiday gift for travel enthusiasts. Get one that is small enough to easily take anywhere and comes with quality cover to ensure it stays in perfect condition for longer.

  1. Travel Case for Small Gadgets

There are two types of travellers: the organized one and, well, the not so much. A small travel case will help your traveller friend organize his luggage better and keep all small electronics and accessories like earphones, mp3 player, digital camera, etc., in one safe place. If you wish to have something for them to help organize bigger items, packing cubes would be an ideal gift to get them.

You see, shopping for travellers doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. There are plenty of frugal and useful gift ideas out there, and we hope this list will give you an idea what to look for when going gift shopping for the holidays.

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