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10 Inexpensive Gift Ideas For Frequent Business Travelers — All Under $30

Updated on March 14, 2011

Inexpensive Gift Ideas for the Business Traveler

Anyone who travels a lot for work can tell you that it gets really old, really fast. You are routinely away from friends and family; it's a challenge to eat healthily and exercise regularly; you are pulled from the comfort of a typical routine; you don't have all your favorite stuff — those gadgets and cool knick-knacks that make life just a little bit better.

But it sure is easy to buy presents for a frequent traveler! There are tons of clever devices and inexpensive gifts under $30 that will make your frequent business traveler smile.

Starbucks Card

It's the fact of the road that anywhere you go, there you will find a Starbucks, and it will look, feel, taste, smell just like your Starbucks back home. Having a pre-paid card in your wallet makes it easier to drink when you are on the go, and easier to fuel up on caffeine for that important meeting after a long flight

Multi Device Charger

Nothing can weigh down a business traveler like 10 different electronic chargers for smart phone, iPod. Kindle, GPS device, Garmin watch or digital camera. A charger with components that fix a plethora of devices or else one with multiple USB ports is the welcome, space-saving answer!

Travel iPod Speakers

Being on the go or stuck in a hotel room far from home doesn't mean you have to listen to your music through earphones. Many travel iPod speakers offer big sound for their relatively small size, helping to transform a generic hotel room into somewhere you want to hang — or can at least tolerate. Many are also small enough and light enough that they are no trouble to slip into your carry-on.

Memory Foam Pillow

It's always nice to have your own pillow when you travel — especially since airlines are stingy about giving them out these days — and conforming memory foam offers incomparable support for your head and neck. Some of these travel pillows even compress into a small, tubular case that you can use on the plane for neck support or for lumbar lower back support. They will be doubly welcome once you reach your destination and have to contend with hard, synthetic or lumpy hotel pillows.

Digital Luggage Scale

Most business travelers keep it light, but if you dread the thought of extra fees and worry that your bag may be over the allowed check-in weight limit of 50 lbs. or 18 lbs. for carry-on, these nifty gadgets are invaluable.

TSA-Friendly Laptop Sleeve

Anyone who regularly deals with the hassles and humiliations of airline travel and the TSA will welcome a gift that cuts down the time they spend going through security. TSA-friendly laptop sleeves make it so you do not need to remove your computer from its case every time you go through airport security; the case itself is transparent enough that you "only" need to remove the laptop and its sleeve from your primary carry on.

DVDs of TV Shows and Movies

Full Seasons of Hit TV Shows

Long plane flights and lonely hotel stays are prime time to catch up on your favorite TV series. What's your pleasure? The Office? Lost? Mad Men? Boardwalk Empire? Or are you more of a Reality sort, eager to watch the antics on Project Runway or Top Chef? Past seasons of television shows, even old or new classics like Get Smart or The Wire, are ideal travel companions.

Compression Travel Socks

These socks are shown to increase blood circulation for men and women during a flight, and are particularly useful for long-haul flights. They limit swelling and swollen ankles that so often afflict people after a flight, and they help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Top of the Line Travel Mask Eye Pillow

A good travel mask or eye pillow can make all the difference on a red eye or long haul flight between arriving fresh and ready for your meeting or feeling like you have been hit by a train. Even on shorter or daytime flights, an eye mask can block light and help you get valuable rest during your flight.

Travel Slippers

Even clean hotel rooms have germs and could carry the plantar wart virus or athlete's foot, so protect your feet when you are away from home with a pair of trusty travel slippers.


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      Jim Miller 6 years ago

      How about a hotel door lock or cat keychain for self defense and safety?

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      Jason Menayan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Excellent ideas.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, these are great! I've got a super-frequent flier that I'm shopping for, and your Hub has given me a lot of ideas!