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Giving Ideas for Those Who Can't Pack Big Gifts

by , SmarterTravel Staff
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Editor's Note: This story was originally published on November 18, 2008. To see the most recent SmarterTravel articles on related topics, please click on any of the following links: airfare, baggage, Christine Sarkis, holiday, packing, taxes and fees.

Do all the new baggage fees have you wondering how you're going to fly with gifts this holiday season? Then why not:

Shop Online

Buying online and shipping directly to the recipient frees up space in your bags, and can save you money as well. Not only can shipping items be cheaper than checking bags, but some websites offer free or discounted shipping.

Buy Gift Certificates

Yes, gift certificates are slightly impersonal, but with options from so many stores, you can still show how well you know someone with a well-chosen gift card. Plus, since budgets are tight for many people this holiday season, they may appreciate the chance to buy exactly what they want.

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Give an Experiential Gift

Forget the wrapping paper and give the gift of experience and companionship. Take the recipient out to dinner. Or go to the spa together. For kids, consider a trip to the zoo or a sleepover. If you can't give the gift in person, send a card with a gift certificate or cash and instructions.

Order a Gift to Be Picked Up

Some nationwide chain stores allow you to buy an item online, then choose where and when to pick it up. Select a store at your destination and you won't have to carry a thing.

Team Up

If you're traveling to visit a region where you have a concentration of family, consider teaming up with someone who lives there for your gift giving. You'll travel light and double your gift-spending power.

Do you have more easy-to-transport gift ideas? Share your suggestions by submitting a comment below!

 
 
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