11 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Travelers for $100 or Less

Procrastinators, take note.

By Erica Lamberg, ContributorDec. 18, 2017
By Erica Lamberg, ContributorDec. 18, 2017, at 11:12 a.m.
U.S. News & World Report

11 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Travelers for $100 or Less

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There's still time to pick up a thoughtful gift for the hard-to-shop-for jetsetter on your list, from spontaneous road-trippers to worldly travelers.(Getty Images).

Have a globetrotter on your list? If you've waited until the last minute to pick up the perfect present for the jetsetter in your life, look no further. We've rounded up standout gift ideas, essential travel tools and stylish gadgets that aim to make travel easier and more enjoyable. Without further ado, here are holiday gifts that are sure to win over your favorite wanderer.

A White Noise Machine

For the person in your life striving to get a better night's sleep on the road, a white noise machine can work wonders. Consider the LectroFan micro for $34.95, which features patented Adaptive Sound technology to block out disturbances. The unit provides 10 unique digital sounds, including five fan sounds, four white noises and one ocean sound to accommodate versatile environments. Plus, the USB rechargeable battery lasts up to 16 hours in its sleep sound mode or up to six hours when switched to Bluetooth mode. Even better, the machine can also be used as a wireless Bluetooth speaker synced with a smartphone.

A Ride-Sharing Gift Card

For a last-minute gift idea, consider an Uber gift card that be ordered and sent online. Whether you're shopping for a young wanderlust-inspired traveler or retirees who have a big trip coming up, the gift of easy, safe and convenient transportation goes a long way. Plus, you can customize the amount you gift.

A Wine Subscription

For the wine-loving traveler on your list, consider HelloFresh Wine, a monthly wine subscription from meal kit delivery service HelloFresh that features wines from all over the world. The subscription comes with recipe pairing suggestions, tasting notes and flavor profiles, and each box includes six full-size bottles with the option of red, white or mixed cases. The variety of wines is perfect for all occasions. Subscriptions are priced at $89.00 plus tax per month and shipping is included.

Travel-Friendly Compression Socks

Compression socks from Comrad provide enticing benefits, such as increasing circulation, reducing swelling and relieving aching feet during long travel days especially around the holidays – all while offering style and comfort. They have the support of an athletic sock and the benefit of a traditional compression socks with a stylish appearance. Available in a variety of colors, these stocking stuffers cost just $18 per pair.

A Cozy Cardigan

The Signature Merino Wool Cardigan from Orvis offers double travel duty, simultaneously keeping your loved one cozy on a long flight and adding an extra layer over a dress for a night on the town. Priced at $98, this classic gift comes in a variety of colors, including camel, maple, dark charcoal and black. And as an added bonus, it's easy to pack.

A Sweet San Francisco-Inspired Treat

For your friends who adore the City by the Bay, consider the Sincerely, San Francisco Happy Holidays Wooden gift box for $100. Packed with San Francisco goodies like Etta + Billie's bitter orange soap, Nana Joes Granola's warm and spicy spiced almonds and Claire's Squares buttery shortbread, these West Coast items are expertly packed in a signature wood box with a beautiful bow.

A Travel Jewelry Organizer

Perfect for the woman on-the-go, the Nomad Lane travel jewelry organizer was designed with practicality in mind. All jewelry pieces have a designated and secure space to avoid scratches and prevent necklaces from getting tangled or earrings getting lost. Plus, the leather case has geographic design features and a fashionable tassel zipper, and the organizer is available for $61.

Travel-Friendly Shoes Made for Walking

Every seasoned traveler knows comfortable walking shoes can make or break a vacation. For the traveler in your life planning a fuss-free leisure trip, consider a shoe from the brand OluKai, which draws inspiration from Hawaii and balances comfort and style. OluKai's Womens Pehuea Leather Slip-On (available for $100) has a rubber insole, moisture-wicking microfiber and drop-in heel. Plus, these slip-ons make going through airport security a breeze.

A Fitbit for the Wellness-Minded Traveler

The Fitbit Flex 2 (available for $59.99) is a slim, swim-proof fitness wristband, and it comes in a variety of colors with accessories. With smart exercise features, Flex 2 tracks the wearer's fitness and provides friendly motivation to help them stay active throughout the day. The technology has exercise tracking and recognizes select workouts (think: walks, runs, rides, elliptical, sports, aerobic workouts and swims) and can be programmed to set reminders to stay active.

An Easy-to-Pack Blanket

Perfect for use on an airplane or a chilly day tour, a printed blanket from Mark and Graham in bright seasonal colors offers the perfect travel essential. The Windowpane Throw Blanket With Fringe (available for $69) can even be monogrammed, adding a personal touch at a reasonable price.

A Durable Backpack

For the avid international traveler, a Field & Stream 28L canvas backpack can keep belongings safely and securely tucked away. A large main compartment with a drawstring cinch closure protects items, and a top zip accessory pocket ensures the wearer has easy access to valuable belongings such as keys or a cellphone. There's also a laptop sleeve to secure electronic devices while on the go. Best of all, the backpack is available for $49.99 and offers an ideal carry-on for frequent flyers.


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