No weird shapes or consistencies, or bulky sizes here…these gifts are perfect to pack in a suitcase if you’re heading out of town for the holidays. I’m actually done with my holiday shopping for my family and have had all of their presents packed up in a suitcase for a few weeks (#typeA) so that it will be easy to grab and go when I travel down to Florida (thank goodness that Southwest lets travelers check a bag for free!). I tried to be strategic when picking items for this list since sure, it’s technically possible to travel with a candle, but the last few times I’ve done this (yes, I buy candles as souvenirs a lot!), I’ve gotten stopped by security because they were baffled by the container during the x-ray! It’s important to think about both how you will transport your gifts but also how the recipient will bring them back home if they’re also traveling–don’t burden someone with an item that will force them to buy an extra suitcase, for example! Below are some things I love that are travel-friendly.
State coasters: I love these because they’re thoughtful and practical but also super portable and will take up next to no room in a suitcase.
Coffee table book: This is a bit bigger but not impossible to transport back and forth if you place it at the bottom of a suitcase.
Makeup: While it would be difficult to travel with certain beauty products without checking a bag, eye shadow is easy to travel with and is generally a crowd-pleaser.
Sweater: A cozy sweater is perfect for them to lounge in on Christmas morning–this one has gotten great reviews!
Hair ties: I swear by this type of hair tie because they’re heavy-duty and last forever.
Wine bottle stopper: Pick up a bottle of their favorite red when you land and wrap it with the stopper for a festive gift they can use right away. (If you’re checking a bag and can pop in a bottle of wine, I like the Mullan Road Cellars Red Blend (the company kindly sent me a bottle last week but opinions are purely my own!). It’s on the pricier side but would make a thoughtful gift for a wine lover who will appreciate it’s rich taste (this isn’t your average two buck chuck, trust me!). I’m not generally picky about wine but know a good blend when I taste one and this was a crowd-pleaser among my friends, too!
Ring dish: This blue and white dish is cute and useful with an inspiring message.
Pom pom beanie: Lightweight to carry but stylish to receive = a great gift in my book!