If you have a holiday gift exchange on your calendar in the next month, skip the gimmicky mall gift and instead buy one of these travel-related gifts that won’t break the bank.
The Best White Elephant Gifts to Shop for This Year
No matter what type of game you need to shop for, these 11 thoughtful gifts will win everyone over at your holiday gathering.
Coolrunner Four-Piece Suitcase Luggage Tags, $8
Luggage tags are a useful holiday gift exchange idea and are something you can never have enough of. This four-piece set is brightly colored so you can easily spot your luggage on the carousel.
Vinetto Wine Aerator, $11
The Vinetto Wine Aerator pourer and decanter spout is a welcome addition to any vacation rental. At only $11, this handy tool aerates your wine to ensure it tastes the way it is meant to.
Minicat Crossbody Cell Phone Purse/Wallet, $14
Cell phone purses are the perfect gift for female travelers, as they take up minimal luggage space and fit everything you need for travel days or city touring. The Minicat Crossbody comes in six colors, and its price should meet any white elephant gift budget requirements.
A Year Off by Alexandra and David Brown, $15
Wondering what it’s like to quit your job and travel the world? A Year Off, a travel guide/memoir hybrid, fuels wanderlust and gives advice on how to travel the world for a year without working. Inspiring and entertaining, this book will be a fun read for any travel lover.
Portable USB Diffuser, $16
Diffusers and essential oils are a trendy gift to give this year, and this portable diffuser is ideal for the office, car, or hotel room. It’s about the size of a standard water bottle and doubles as a humidifier.
Pocket Hand Warmer, $17
This might be the most useful white elephant gift ever. Ideal for commutes, travel days, and cold winter weather, the Aeiusny rechargeable handwarmer doubles as a power bank.
Carry-on Cocktail Kit, $17
Who can turn down a margarita mid-flight? This fun—and TSA-approved—white elephant gift will make anyone’s holiday travel flight easier. The cocktail kit includes margarita mix, rimming salt, a jigger, a bar spoon, and a coaster; just purchase tequila in flight and you’re ready to go.
Fisher Space Pen, $19
A space pen is the white elephant gift nobody knew they needed. Many travelers forget to pack a pen and then find themselves in a pinch when the time comes to fill out a customs form. This space pen can write in extreme altitudes and temperatures, and even has a lifetime guarantee.
Corkcicle Stemless Flute, $20
Everyone will love Corkcicle’s portable Champagne flute around the holidays. Made of stainless steel, it’s easy to travel with, and the fun styles add some extra sparkle to holiday parties or happy hours.
Matador Mini Pocket Blanket, $20
This super packable, water-repellent blanket is a useful white elephant gift for almost anyone. Whether your recipient is an active traveler or a beachgoer, the mini pocket blanket is easy to throw into your bag for day trips or vacations.
Atlas Kit World Map, $25
Scratch-off maps are so last year. Instead, gift this pocket world map, which you can color, write, sign, and draw on as a way to remember your travels. The Atlas Kit also comes with one random international coin and a small glass vial for keepsakes.
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Editor’s Note: Prices were accurate at the time of writing.