Best Holiday Gifts for 2017 Under $50

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I don’t miss the old days of beating my way through the crowds at the mall, experiencing the shopper’s equivalent of road rage in the parking lot and in long check-out lines. And don’t get me started on insane lines at the post office! The ease and convenience of ordering gifts for the holidays online is still a thrill for me. But there is still the matter of finding the right gifts. For your shopping inspiration, here’s my list of best holiday gifts for 2017 under $50.

Vintage Travel Posters Calendar


Vintage Travel Posters Calendar

Yes, I keep my calendar on my computer. But I also love to hang a pretty one in my office. My choice for next year is this 2018 calendar with vintage posters. There are plenty of other fun retro options for less than $18.

Monkey bag from Skip Hop Zoo

Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Luggage

These suitcases for children are so adorable, I kinda wish I could use one. Select from a monkey, a giraffe or a butterfly. The zipper for the monkey is a bunch of bananas. Prices start at $29.99.

RAVPower FileHub Plus wireless router

RAVPower FileHub Plus Wireless Router

Paying for wifi in a hotel is one of my pet peeves. And it’s even worse when they charge per device. If I’m traveling with my husband, that would be six devices. Which, when I type this, sounds excessive, but I’m betting you’re right there with m. With this wireless router you can easily convert a wired network to a secure wireless one.  It’s portable enough to take along on all your trips; $39.99.

travel tin candles

Travel Tin Candles

This cute four-pack of vegan soy travel candles come in these cute tins with scents of vanilla, lemongrass, lavender and rose for $15.98. These make an excellent hostess present as well.

baggellini crossbody

Baggallini Cross Body Bag

I’ve long been a fan of Baggallini bags for travel, as they are lightweight and durable. Plus they come with plenty of pockets for my phone, water bottle and other smaller items. I love the vertical shape of this crossbody bag, which comes in 17 solid colors and two patterns for just $32.49.

leak proof travel bottles

Large Leak Proof Travel Bottles

These 3.3-ounce TSA-approved travel bottles are leak-proof and BPA-free. I like that they are each a different color so I can keep my shampoo and conditioner straight. Use the lanyard to hang your toiletries in the shower if you wish; $17.95.

travel humidier

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

I wake up red-eyed in hotel rooms due to the lack of humidity in them. I’ve read tips to help, including hanging a damp towel in the room. But who wants to do that? This cute grapefruit-designed portable humidifier is on my Christmas list this year. The color will brighten up my hotel room, and ensure I don’t leave it behind; $14.99.

universal travel adaptor


Universal Travel Adaptor

No worries which type of adaptor you need when you travel overseas. This compact one from Kikkerland has got you covered for just $7.99. Slip this in the stocking of anyone who may travel overseas in 2018.

World Scratch Off map

Wanderlust Scratch Off World Map

My daughter made my own version of this from Christmas one year and it hangs in my office. I love keeping track of where I’ve gone, and plotting our next adventure. This map from Wanderlust is a scratch-off version, fun for kids and adults for $27.95.

Trtl travel pillow


Trtl Travel Pillow

I haven’t tried this one yet, but love the look of it. This looks way cooler than the usual bulky u-shaped ones that are kind of a pain to carry around.  This pillow is washable, folds down flat and is made of soft fleece; $29.99.

Vim & Vigr socks

Vim & Vigr Socks

I’m a big believe in wearing compression socks on airplanes to keep your blood circulating. I’ve heard too many horror stories about blood clots after flights. Vim & Vigr has a large selection with cute patterns. Believe me, this is one pair of socks your friends and family will be happy to receive.

Dead Soxy socks


Dead Soxy

Speaking of socks, I run up and down my stairs in mine all day and sometimes worry about slipping. These socks from Dead Soxy guarantee you’ll never slip. The company has socks in tons of styles for men, women and kids. Surprise the guy in your live with these dress socks that also have light compression. This pair is $21.97.

Family Stories book


Family Stories 

Made your child the star of their own book with a personalized book just for them. You can add up to three characters, so add yourself in there as well. It’s a great gift for grandparents to give as well. $34.95.

Matador pocket blanket

Matador Pocket Blanket

I love Matador products, and this compact blanket is a great gift for anyone who ever ventures outdoors. This tiny pouch contains a 44” x 63” blanket that comes with built-in, rustproof metal stakes to keep it secure even on the beach. Come is red and green for $29.99.

Smail mail from Elum

Snail Mail Cards

These adorable cards from Elum Designs include 15 thick note cards in lilac, navy and pear with metallic envelopes for $19.95. Because sometimes what you have to say is worth more than an email.


mifold booster seat

miFold Grab-and-Go Booster


Great for travel any time, and especially for visiting family who don’t have little ones, this portable booster seat folds down up to ten times smaller than a traditional booster seat. It installs in seconds and can even be cleaned in the dishwasher; $39.99.

Secretly Smashed Cross Body Bag Always Fits

Secretly Smashed

The secret’s out when you carry this adorable handbag from the fun company Alwaysfits. Check out the site for other bags shaped like flamingos, coconuts, rainbow and even a champagne bottle. The Secretly Smashed bag is $50.

Drift wet bag

Drift Wet Bag

I love being on the water and near the water, but worry about my valuables getting wet. Take the Drift Wet Bag along and they will be safe, even from those unexpected waves or splashes. Made of laminated cotton, the interior has a waterproof lining. The bags come in four patterns for $40.

Cuddle + Kind doll

Cuddle + Kind Dolls

Not only are these plush hand-knit dolls adorable, for every one you purchase the company is able to feed 10 meals to children. Choose from a mermaid, unicorn, fox, a cat and more. They come in two sizes, starting at $48.

National Parks Monopoly game

National Parks Monopoly Game

After visiting Glacier National Park in Montana this past summer, I’ve developed an obsession with our country’s amazing national parks.  Until I can visit more, I can learn about them with this Monopoly game with over 60 national parks and monuments; $32.60.


Vanity Fair Diaries

After hearing a fascinating interview with Tina Brown, dishing dirt about her days as editor of Vanity Fair and encounters with celebrities, I added her new book to my Christmas list; $16.00.

vintage luggage tab

Vintage Luggage Tag

Why go with a boring old luggage tag, when you can have one that makes a statement? I love this vintage one called America by K. Rowland for $11.98.

travel wallet

Travel Wallet

This wallet works for men or women, is lightweight and has RFID blocking for credit cards plus a pocket for your passport. It comes in eight colors, starting at $14.99.

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