Gadling’s budget-friendly gift guide: 30 travel products that won’t break the bank

budget friendly gift guide

If you are still struggling to shop for that special someone in your life, then have no fear – Gadling is here to help. We’ve collected 30 of the best “under $50″ pieces of travel gear on the market.

From speakers to packing cubes – if this budget friendy gift guide doesn’t help give you some inspiration, nothing will.

Don’t forget to visit our other 2010 gift guides covering carry-on bags, outdoor travel, business travel gear, luxury gear and iPod/iPhone gear.Technocel Battery Boost

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The Technocel Battery Boost is a battery pack small enough to fit on your key chain, with an internal battery, a MicroUSB charger cord and a MicroSD memory card reader.

Product page: Technocel Battery Boost
Price: $29.99

Joby Gorillatorch Flare

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Part Gorillapod bendy mount, and part ultra-bright LED flashlight, the Gorillatorch Flare could be a real lifesaver on the road.

Product page: Joby
Price: $34.95

Griffin Travel Stand

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This is a personal favorite of mine – one of the simplest gadgets around, the Griffin Travel Stand is part phone stand and part headphone case. Sheer brilliance.

Product page: Griffin Travel Stand
Price: $9.99

Otterbox defender and commuter series cases


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Keep your phone looking shiny and new, and protect it from the elements with an Otterbox case. Available for many popular phones.

Product page: Otterbox
Price: from $34.95


Eye-Fi Connect X2 Wi-Fi memory card

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Pop one of these in your digital camera or video camera, and next time you make a photo, it’ll automatically upload your shots to one of 25 different photo sites.

Product page: Eye-Fi
Price: $49.95

Keynamics laptop stand

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The Keynamics laptop stand is perfect for using your laptop on a plane. Its innovative design brings your laptop forward by a couple of inches, which should keep it out of reach of seat recliners.

Product page: Keynamics
Price: $19.95

In Your Face Viewbase

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Forget holding your phone for your entire flight – simply clamp the In Your Face Viewbase on the tray table, and place your phone in the holder.

Product page: In Your Face
Price: $29.99

iMainGo Speaker

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This compact, battery powered speaker protects your device, and makes it accessible – a great combination.

Product page: iMainGo 2
Price: $39.99

Sandisk Sansa clip+

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Forget that fruity brand – as far as we are concerned, one of the best portable music players on the market is the Sandisk Sansa Clip+. With prices online under $30, this is one heck of a player. MicroSD expansion slot, FM Radio, voice recorder and equalizer.

Product page: Sandisk Sansa Clip+
Price: From $30 (at Amazon.com)

Balanzza mini

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Avoid surprises at the airport with the Balanzza Mini luggage scales. Weighs bags up to 100lbs and hooks onto the handle of your luggage.

Product page: Balanzza Mini
Price: $24.95

Moshi travel alarm clock

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Say goodbye to the horrible hotel alarm clock, and take the Moshi travel alarm clock on the road. Moshi lets you program the time and wake time with your voice.

Product page: Moshi Travel Alarm Clock
Price: $24.99

iTunes gift card

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Shopping for the gift recipient that already has it all? If they have an iPhone, iPod or iPad, then an iTunes gift card means letting them pick their own music, movie or apps.

Product page: Apple gift cards
Price: from $15

Sewell PC to TV adapter

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For $34.99, the Sewell PC to TV converter box lets you plug the VGA signal from your laptop into a regular TV. Which means Netflix movies instead of local news next time you are stuck in a lousy hotel.

Product page: Sewell
Price: $34.99

WaterGeeks filtering bottle

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Stylish bottle? Check! Built in carbon filter? Check! The WaterGeeks stainless steel bottle can remove unwanted filth from water thanks to its integrated filter. The bottle is available in eight different colors.

Product page: WaterGeeks
Price: $24.99

IPEVO icon iPhone battery pack

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The ipevo icon is the only iPhone battery pack in the world that actually looks like a battery charger icon. You have to see this thing to understand how cool it is.

Product page: IPEVO
Price: $54

Callpod Chargepod bundle pack

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With the Chargepod, you can carry a single charger, and power up to six devices at the same time. With a huge variety of power tips, there is almost always a way to charge anything you want.

Product page: Chargepod
Price: $49.95

Tom Bihn packing cube backpack

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The Tom Bihn packing cube backpack is brilliant – this packing cube turns inside out, and converts into an emergency backpack. Perfect if you over-shop!

Product page: Packing cube backpack
Price: $40

Eagle creek Pack-It packing cubes

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Eagle Creek packing cubes and folders are a “must have” for anyone that switches from the “stuff it in” method to something with a bit of style and thought. Folders can pack and safeguard shirts, packing cubes can sort socks and other smaller items.

Product page: Eagle Creek packing cubes
Price: from $8.50

Mini Bluetooth keyboard

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Best friends with a heavy texter? Move them away from on-screen typing with this compact Bluetooth keyboard. It may not be suitable for typing a manuscript on a phone, but it’ll do a good job for long emails.

Product page: Mini Bluetooth keyboard
Price: $18.99

Mophie Juicepack reserve

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Yes – another iPhone/iPod battery pack. But this one fits in your pocket, and comes with a built in LED flashlight

Product page: Mophie JuicePack Reserve
Price: $39.95

Kensington Pocket Smartphone Battery

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Another brilliant product – the Kensington Smartphone battery pack has built in plugs for mini and micro USB, along with a regular USB jack for charging the pack itself.

Product page: Kensington
Price: $39.99

Moleskine city notebooks

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For the ultimate in moving your life back to paper – Moleskine City Notebooks are available for 50 major worldwide cities, and offer quick access to public transport maps, and plenty of room for writing personal notes.

Product page: Moleskine
Price $16.95

KiwiChoice U-Powered solar charger

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Yes – another battery charger – but this is the only one in the lineup with a built in solar panel. The kit comes with an assortment of plugs and power tips.

Product page: KiwiChoice
Price: $49.99

Monster Outlets to Go Laptop

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This compact product turns one outlet into three – along with two USB charger ports. It prongs fold, and the USB ports provide up to 1.5 amps of power – which means they’ll charge the iPad. To make it even better, the Outlet To Go Laptop works on any power system in the world.

Product page: Monster Power
Price: $29.95

Suite Arrival travel size products gift set

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Next time a loved one is on the road, consider sending a gift from Suite Arrival to their hotel. Suite Arrival features a huge assortment of mini travel products, from peanut butter to high end cosmetics.

Product page: Suite Arrival
Price: from $2

Griffin Technology PowerDuo reserve

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iPhone car charger, wall charger and battery pack – all in a single product, and all for under $50? That is the Griffin Technology PowerDuo Reserve.

Product page: PowerDuo Reserve
Price: $49.99

Beam n Read eBook reading light

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Want to read your Kindle in the dark? You’ll need a reading light, and reading lights don’t get more effective as the Beam N Read.

Product page: Beam N Read
Price: from $19.95

Griffin Technology Mini USB cable kit

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Why carry long and bulky cords when you can pop these cuties in your bag? The kit includes a MiniUSB, MicroUSB and iPhone cable.

Product page: Mini USB cable kit
Price: $24.99

The Art of shaving carry-on kit

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Give a special man in your life the gift of a perfect shave with the Art Of Shaving carry-on shaving kit. Three shaving products and a badget hair shaving brush, all TSA friendly.

Product page: The Art of Shaving
Price: $50