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    30 Awesome Gifts That Are Easy To Pack In A Suitcase For Traveling

    Because a 50 pound suitcase weight limit isn't a whole lot to work with.

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    1. A fill-in-the-blank book for writing out personalized answers to adorable question prompts — and reflecting on all the good memories you and your loved one have made, and looking forward to the ones to come.

    Amazon

    I have bought two of these books now — one for my mom for Mother's Day, and one for my dad for Father's Day and they ADORED them. Seriously, I don't think I'll ever find a gift that can top it. In fact, I loved them so much, I wrote about them!

    Promising review: "For Christmas, I wanted some personal for my boyfriend. Sometimes I feel like there isn't enough time to show your appreciation for the one you love. After doing some researching, I decided on this fill in the blank book. Some of the questions were a bit goofy and a laugh for us both, but I loved being able to fill out and answer the questions. It was a gift that he definitely will remember and it made my day to see how much he appreciated hearing all the things I love about him!" —Jenna G

    Get it from Amazon for $8.46 (available in various styles).

    2. A hand cream gift set filled with 12 beautifully scented, moisturizing lotions in a super pretty box, a classy present that will be anything but boring or dry.

    Amazon

    Includes one of each: lemon verbena, gardenia pear, coconut milk, shea, sweet almond, rose acacia, orange blossom, lavender, passion fruit, lychee bilberry, and wild fig. These are cruelty-free, and don't contain BHT, parabens, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, DEA, or propylene glycol.

    Promising review: "This was a HUGE bargain. First time trying this brand of hand cream, and indeed it's thick like a hand cream should be. It's not oily and absorbs rather quickly into the skin. The scents are diverse and pleasant and last even after a few hand washings (though the scents are not overwhelming.) The thing that makes this a real steal though is the tin it comes in! Beautiful design, large enough to make it reusable for things like cookies or homemade candies. So glad I purchased!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $66.50.

    3. A crossbody bag that'll perfectly accessorize any outfit *and* features RFID-protected card slots so they can ensure their belongings, especially their cash and cards, stay safe.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I just received this bag!! It is a great little bag to just throw on and go!! It can hold my cell phone, my credit cards, plus the little extras like lipstick and keys. This bag is great for errands and running around to my kids' sporting events. I am looking forward to bringing it on my travels in the very near future as this would be great to be hands-free when carrying other things around. The feel of the bag is great and seems quite durable. I will be buying a couple of these bags for my teenage daughters!!" —zammama

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in various styles).

    4. A pizza box filled with... SOCKS?! Yup, four pairs of socks for those who know socks are actually such a valuable holiday present, especially as the weather gets colder.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I got these as a gift for my older step brother. We aren't THAT close so I honestly had no idea what to get him. He's pretty easy-going and fun, so I thought this would be entertaining, yet practical. The design of the box is great — they even had the little plastic pizza stand in the middle, (he appreciated it). They are cotton and the colors are vibrant. It was a hit and everybody loved the gift." —Alexa Viz

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99 (available in either men's or women's sizing).

    5. A coloring book that'll kinda make them feel like they're in The Good Place with its clean take on classic curse words. Now all they need is some frozen yogurt.

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    Features single-sided prints so you don't have to choose one side over the other!

    Promising review: "Everyone who saw this LOVED it! I got it for a white elephant gift for work — my roommate tried to steal it immediately after it arrived. Everyone at the work party loved it and it's work-appropriate. Can't get the actual swear word coloring books for work parties, probably frowned upon. Great quality paper and tears out easily to hang at your desk!" —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    6. A personalized name necklace with a birthstone pendant for a perfect piece of everyday jewelry. While you're at it, order one for yourself, too!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Just customize with your birthstone and name/word before checkout!

    Promising review: "I love this necklace. It is beautifully crafted and durable. I was worried that the name plate was going to be thin and get bent or broken easily, but it's evenly thick and doesn't easily bend." —Dlysh39

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95+ (available in two finishes, and five sizes).

    7. A fruit infusion water bottle that'll be a welcome gift for anyone who needs a little help increasing their water intake, because plain ole' water is boringgg.

    Amazon

    Features a convenient thumb releasing flip-top lid, dual non-slip grips, and a large infuser. Bottle is made from top-quality Tritan and is FDA-approved, BPA-free, and leak-proof. Plus, it comes with free recipes for some flavored water inspo!

    Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about this infusion bottle! First of all, the top is extremely easy for me to open. That was a big plus, as I have arthritis issues that make most bottles difficult to open. The size of the bottle is large enough for me to have plenty of water, but still comfortable to hold in my hand. The full-length infusion rod holds a large amount of fruit, and helps to ensure that all of my water is nicely flavored. The hook on the side also makes it great to take along on a walk! I will definitely be buying these as gifts for my friends!!" —DENISE EBERLINE

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90 (available in 12 colors).

    8. A Himalayan salt lamp for a gift so cool, you're gonna want one as well. So you should probably add at least two of these to your cart right now.

    Amazon

    Comes with a pre-installed light bulb, and a 5.6 foot cord with a patented dimmer switch to adjust brightness.

    Promising review: "I purchased this salt lamp with low expectations of any kind of benefits. The price point is low enough to be worth the risk, and it is a good-looking decoration. I can say that I have been blown away by the performance of this lamp. I turn it on a dim setting when I sleep, and have noticed that when I wake up, I have less 'eye boogers,' and can breathe better through my nose. I assume this is due to the dust, pollen, general particle-attracting characteristic of the salt lamp. I have used all sorts of diffusers and oils, nose filters, etc., and this lamp has given me better results than all of them. Considering I live in the land of pollen (Florida), this lamp is invaluable. I like it so much, I bought another after a week of using it!" —BJ L

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    9. A bath bomb gift set that'll give the gift recipient the perfect excuse to take a relaxing bath and unwind from a stressful day SIX TIMES — are you the best gift giver or what?!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This was better than expected upon opening. I like the rustic touch of the packaging on the inside. I tested out the milk-scented bath bomb and it was great! For the price, variety, and great presentation, this was a sweet little gift to myself and future gifts for others who would love these, too." —Jenn

    Get them from Amazon for $13.59+ (available in two varieties).

    10. A homesick candle so you can bring the scents of their home state, (or city! or country! or even ~memories~!) wherever it is you may be heading.

    Homesick

    Get them from Homesick: the New York candle — apple peel and nutmeg top notes, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin, hay, river mid notes, and tonka bean and musk base notes for $29.95, or the Dunkin' Peppermint Mocha candle — peppermint, dark chocolate, and whipped cream top notes, brewed espresso, mocha, vanilla extract, and espresso bean mid notes, and sugar cane and steamed milk base notes for $29.95, and be sure to shop the rest of the amazing candles here.

    11. A one-line-a-day five-year memory book that'll serve as a fun and sweet way for them to keep track of their thoughts, feelings, accomplishments, and obstacles so they can look back someday on their personal growth.

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    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review on this incredible journal!

    Promising review: "I've been writing in this little journal for three years now and already bought a second one just to make sure I can continue this wonderful habit into a new volume. The quality of this journal is excellent: The creators obviously put some thought into how much use it would be getting. I'm especially pleased with the paper. I tend to press really hard when I'm writing, but the ink doesn't show through on the other side at all. Highly recommended! Get a few, as you'll probably want to give some away." —EdTech-Librarian

    Get it from Amazon for $10.17.

    12. A pair of faux-fur mittens to keep your favorite person's hands warm when you can't be there to physically hold them.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Fabulous. I ordered one pair to test them out. They are darling, super soft, and excellent quality. I wouldn't wear them snow skiing, but I'll definitely wear them when walking or running errands. I'm ordering them for all the girls in my family for Christmas." —christy

    Get them from Amazon for $32 (available in six colors).

    13. A selfie lens kit that'll seriously upgrade any and everyone's selfie game, which is a very important thing in this modern world we're living in.

    Firebox

    Includes fish-eye, wide angle, macro, telescopic, and CPL lenses that are super easy to clip onto your phone. Plus, they come in a handy, protective travel pouch. Works for both front and rear-facing cameras.

    Promising review: "The lenses are brilliant. They are very high quality and do exactly what they say they will! Such a great little kit to have!" —Emma

    Get it from Firebox for $26.99.

    14. Glossier Balm Dotcom — a lip balm with a cult-following for making their lips feel nourished and smooth. Reviewers especially love this product for the fact that it stays on for hours, even when they're eating/drinking.

    Glossier

    This is hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, dermatologist-tested, and boasts long-lasting moisture!

    Promising review: "As a professional lip balm collector, I would like to go out on a limb and say that this is probably the best balm I have used. It stays forever, doesn't wipe off with food, or drinks, or life, and is super nourishing. It's also really good value for the money and lasts forever, (mine has been with me since July 2018, and I'm writing this review in September 2019)." —Aayushi S.

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight flavors).

    15. A ticket for a concert or show they're just dying to see! Perhaps your favorite singer is going on tour, or they have a trip to the Big Apple coming up and would love a ticket to one of Broadway's biggest hits.

    ABC

    Check out Ticketmaster or Live Nation for tickets to all their favorite acts, or StubHub or SeatGeek for re-sale tickets.

    16. A shower wine glass holder that'll truly make showering the best part of the day, regardless if they're a morning or nighttime shower kinda person... hehe.

    Amazon

    Ideal for use on glass, mirror, and glazed tile. Made of strong, recyclable, dishwasher-safe ABS plastic.

    Promising review: "I 100%, no one-million-% LOVE LOVE LOVE this product!!! It adhered to my shower wall and stayed put. And it's nice to relax in the shower and have my wine in there instead of on my towel stand!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in six colors).

    17. A game of Drunk, Stoned, or Stupid for amping up the fun and the laughs at any social gathering.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This game was a HUGE success. It was played at a party of drunk college students and by the time we finished everyone was asking me to bring it back to the next party. I recommend this game most to young people who all know each other pretty well. It's great for a party session where people can come in and out. I think at our lowest we had five people and at our greatest we had 15. People don't have to do anything to jump in." —Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    18. A journal to get your mom or daughter, or both your mom and daughter, to promote an open, honest, and healthy dialogue between the two of you.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My daughter is 10 years old and I've always told her she can tell me anything. Not only has it created a special bond between us, but she feels more open to write down questions or ideas to share with me that may otherwise be too embarrassing for her to share otherwise. She'll write in it and put it on my nightstand. I make it a point to give her the advice she needs or just tell her an equally embarrassing story so she doesn't feel alone and get it back to her nightstand as soon as possible so she feels like it's important enough and that I truly do care about what she's thinking and feeling. My 8-year-old son wanted this special bond also. He's my tough child. The one that fights back with everything. I cannot believe the change in him almost immediately after starting the journal. He was daddy's boy almost his entire eight years. Now we have such an amazing bond because he feels he can tell me anything. His first entry was about a girl who likes him at school. It was my chance to write down how special girls are and the right way to treat them." —agej

    Get it from Amazon for $12.69.

    19. A tea gift box that'll make evenings spent inside the house sipping a hot cup delightful, when the weather outside is frightful.

    Amazon

    Includes six tea bags of each variety: English breakfast, earl grey, decaffeinated breakfast, lemon and orange, purse assam, green tea with jasmine, organic peppermint, and organic chamomile.

    Promising review: "Wonderful set of fragrant and tasty teas! Extremely pleased with the many different samples and the numbers of each sample contained in the set. Really gives you an exciting introduction into the many different classic teas available through Taylors of Harrogate, and makes the teas you purchase off the shelves in supermarkets taste odd and indifferent. I'll be returning to Taylors for my chamomile! This was shipped in record time and without incident. It arrived in perfect shape, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone ordering in the future. A five-star seller!" —Nancy

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49.

    20. An Echo Dot to basically serve as their own personal assistant of sorts. Do they wanna play music? Read the news? Find out what the weather outside is like? All they have to do is ask this handy device those things, and SO much more.

    Amazon

    Allows them to stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music (coming soon), Spotify, Sirius XM, and more. They can also ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more! They can call and message almost anyone hands-free, and drop-in on other rooms to make announcements with compatible devices.

    Promising review: "I've waited for a smart home speaker for some time because I wasn't sure which one I should get, since there are a few to consider. I chose the Echo Dot for a few reasons. It has a ton of support for smart devices and they have many app skills to pick from. The sound quality is great! I was really surprised by how much sound comes from this little device. I am hard of hearing and wear hearing aids, and I am very pleased with the sound. I am having a great time connecting it to some of my devices like my Xbox One, Bluetooth headsets, and speaker system. I plan on ordering more smart plugs to control my lamps and fan for starters, and may look into an Alexa-controlled smart TV. All I can say is that Amazon has really made a great upgrade to the previous versions. It was part of the reasons why I picked this one. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a small smart speaker with the ability to control devices, and a great assistant." —Phantom Phreak

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in four colors).

    21. A Crayola gift set for little artists in the making. Or the big kid artists in the making. Or the adult artists still in the making.

    Amazon

    Includes 64 crayons, 20 short colored pencils, 40 washable markets, 15 large sheets of paper, and one art storage case.

    Promising review: "Seriously, I buy these art sets as gifts all the time. They are reasonably priced, and are great! No more big containers of broken crayons! No more markers without caps! These sets have little spots for each and every crayon and marker, so my kids actually PUT THEM AWAY. Everything stays organized, and nothing gets lost. We've had one of these cases for over a year, and my kids play with it regularly. I'm a big fan." —Gwaliagirl

    Get it from Amazon for $22.37.

    22. A dessert and baking salts set to give to your favorite chef friend or relative. And when you do, encourage them to make something for you using these, right then and there.

    UncommonGoods

    Includes one vanilla cardamom salt, one espresso salt, one rose peppercorn salt, one hibiscus salt, one vanilla lavender salta, and one orange ginger salt.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for a friend who loves to cook! She loved it! It came in a really fun box and it was perfect to add to cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts!" —Christine

    Get them from UncommonGoods for $19.

    23. A cocktail shaker that'll show them the recipe for a variety of their favorite shaken cocktails — all they gotta do is twist the outer layer.

    Nordstrom

    Shaker is made of stainless-steel and it's recommended to hand-wash!

    Promising review: "This shaker is the perfect Christmas gift. I bought it for my BFF, but then I had to order one more because I needed one for myself! I recommend this 100%. Love the color — it looks super expensive. It is not your typical shaker, and I can’t wait to try some of the recipes in it!" —Komsao

    Get it from Nordstrom for $39.

    24. A package of unicorn poo bath bombs for a funny (and colorful!!) twist on a classic present idea.

    Firebox

    Get them from Firebox for $10.99.

    25. An electric wine opener that'll have the vino connoisseur raving for years to come about how you gave them the best gift ever.

    Amazon

    Come with a re-charging base, and a thermal stainless-steel wine cooler with durable double-wall installation. Features a soft-grip handle to comfortably fit in the palm of your hand. The wine opener easily removes corks at the touch of a button and opens up 30 bottles on a single charge, and is compatible with all traditional wine bottles.

    Promising review: "I received this as a gift during the holidays and I am in love. It is extremely user-friendly! The phrase 'It's so easy, a monkey can do it,' comes to mind. Its design makes it easy to hide away and fit nicely in a cabinet or a drawer, but let's be honest, it's on the countertop for easy access. I haven't had to charge the battery since I received it. I open a few bottles of wine a month, so it holds a pretty good charge. The foil cutter works like a charm. For the price and quality, I would definitely recommend this to a friend." —Manda

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    26. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook – it'll basically be their ticket on the Hogwarts Express because it'll help them make all the meals they've read about in the most famous book series of our time.

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    Some notable recipes include treacle tart, Molly's meat pies, and Kreacher's French onion soup. Pictured right: pumpkin pasties.

    Promising review: "I LOVE IT, I'm no master chef, but this cookbook might change that. I might even become a master wizard chef! Anyways the recipes are phenomenal, especially the pies! It's pretty basic sometimes, it's more European-type cuisine, so if you don't like haggis, liver, lamb, or other English/Scottish dishes, etc., then these recipes aren't for you. The book references are cute, and I vaguely remember some of them. My younger siblings go crazy when I make anything from this book because they love Harry Potter." —Tigerlily

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    27. A mermaid makeup brush set that'll do a whimsical job of applying their cosmetics. When Ariel sang about wanting to be part of our world, she was OBVIOUSLY talking about the world where we humans use mermaid makeup brushes.

    Tarte

    Includes one large powder brush, one cheek brush, one highlighter stippling brush, one domed eyeshadow brush, and one pencil brush. All brushes are are vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I received this set as a gift for Christmas last year and I have been using them ever since! They are still in great condition and the bristles never fall out. The brush itself is super soft, and the handles are the cutest!" —kiana

    Get them from Tarte for $25.

    28. A mulled wine gift set that'll have the whole house staying warm with one of the best holiday drinks.

    UncommonGoods

    Includes a mesh spiced mulling bag, a zesting grater, spices, and brewing instructions.

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $36.

    29. Or a wine soap set to gift the person who deserves to unwind from a long day in the best way possible — with wine and luxury soaps all together in one.

    UncommonGoods

    Comes with one chardonnay, one cabernet, one pinot noir, and one pinot grigio.

    Promising review: "Truly beautiful product and a great price. They smell SO good, I can't wait to use them! I'd definitely recommend these as a unique gift for anyone, especially a wine lover." —LAlady

    Get them from UncommonGoods for $28.

    30. A pair of shearling earmuffs to prevent them from ever uttering or even thinking the words, "my ears are cold," this winter.

    Nordstrom Rack

    Promising review: "I love these earmuffs! I moved to Wisconsin this year from California, and am preparing fort my first real winter. We've already had snow and low 20 temperatures, but my ears are toasty warm AND adorable." —KAT46

    Get them from Nordstrom Rack for $39.97 (available in two colors).

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