Whether the recipient travels to the office, across town or over the ocean, they’ll appreciate some help with the bags.


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Gift theBUILT Tablet Messenger Bag and their devices arrive safely. Attractive in grey tweed, sturdy and lightweight.  Cross-body design. Stretches to fit.

$20.00$40.00 (This one doesn’t have a deal end date, but note they sometimes have limited quantities





The Merrell Travel All Laptop Bag, with removable shoulder straps, might be the perfect gift for those who travel light. All their travel belongings AND their laptop all in the same bag. Padded area for laptop, storage pocket for straps and carry handles on top. In 2 colors.

$74 $149*


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This one is a splurge or group gift, but quite the Frugalista gift deal price. Your traveler might love the story behind Bric luggage—handcrafted in Italy since 1952. They will adore the quality, detail and style of Bric’s USA Pronto 21” Rolling Duffel. Waterproof fabric with a stylish leather-like trim. In 3 colors.

$210 $425.00 ships free

(Bric’s Milano 28” Duffel available for $230, originally $450)



Recipients will use the Timbuk2 Iris Duffel at home and on short road trips. It sports roomy compartments and internal organizer. 21”x 11.5”x9.5”

$87 $129 (ships free)

$129 at,, and  


For weekender and a lower price point, check out Zappo’s Hurley State Duffel Bag. Also spacious. 21x14x10. $56, originally $70, ships free.




Your traveler might love reminders of their journey. Or, perhaps inspiration for where they wish to go. Consider gifts like these:


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Would the
Thirstystone Italian Inspirations Travertine Trivet be the perfect gift for your recipient?Each presents a beautiful, inspiring scene to prevent rings. Made of travertine stone with cork backing.

$15  $22


Matching coaster in holder also available. $25 $35

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The Traditional Thai Condiment Set serves both purposes. Or, as simply a great gift for a lover of Thai food. Each of the four round, hand painted ceramic bowls showcase a traditional design unique to Thai artisans. Lids and spoons included.

$44 Traditional Thai Condiment Set


Gift Bundling Opportunity: Consider pairing with the four essential Thai condiments: white vinegar, sugar, ground chile pepper, and fish sauce. All available at, or many foodie sections or retailers. 



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A Thai Condiment Set Modern is available, but currently out of stock.




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A world traveler might appreciate the gift of a handmade World Map Inlay Wooden iPhoneCase. The map is crafted from precision-cut, hand-inlaid wood, without stains or paint. A real work of art, each with a unique grain pattern.  


$29.00 – 31.00 (depending on size of phone) uncommon


frugalista.blog_CityWalksParis_travelerGive the gift of experiencing the visited city like a native. A gift like City Walks: Washington, D.C.: 50 Adventures on Foot,which the first-time visitor or seasoned traveler might find invaluable. A deck of detailed cards, with related maps and local secrets, provides personalized adventures around every corner. Available for other U.S. cities here.


$12 ($12-13.50)



City Walks: Rome 50 Adventures on Foot, and similar, also details the same self-guided walking tour for the gift recipient who travels internationally. Available for other international cities here.




frugalista.blog_Moleskin City Journal_travelerThese more independent gift recipient might also appreciate the pocket-sized Moleskine® City Notebook Rome. In between a summary of the city layout, 16 actual maps (including one of the metro systems), alphabetical street index and 96-page tabbed archive, they write their own guidebook on blank pages.  Pages for notes, recollections, stories and memories. Available for many more cities here.)



The In the City Deluxe Journal offers 100 lined pages for journaling about the trip, with a pocket for keepsakes.




We like to find  deals and Frugalista gifts that will delight and not break the budget. All  so you don’t have to. We hope you find the perfect fit or at least get some perfect ideas.





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4 comments on “FRUGALISTA GIFT IDEAS: TRAVELING PT 1, Necessities

  1. Mel
    April 14, 2014

    Great list! I love the iPhone case. I’ve noticed since actually settling down after almost a decade of traveling I love any reminder of it. A map or any sort of Etsy-fied object of a city I’ve been to is always an awesome gift.

    If I were actively still on the move, I’d definitely be after some of those tote too!

    • frugalistagiftguide
      April 15, 2014

      Thanks, Mel. You’d probably like The City Walks books (US and international) and the Moleskin City Notebooks from

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