Shopping for the traveler on your list

What's The Deal

December 14, 2008|By MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN | MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN,michelle.deal@baltsun.com

It's the time of year for giving and, in this economy, for saving. If you have any travelers on your list, thank them now, because finding an affordable gift for globe-trotters is not too hard to do. Here are a few quick ideas, all for items costing $25 or less:

* This year, baggage fees became a weighty issue for many fliers. A digital luggage scale from Balanzza is the perfect gift for those pack rats on your list. It's stylish, compact and easy to use. All you do is attach the strap to your luggage, lift the bag by the strap, wait for the beep, put the luggage down and read the weight. $24.95 at Target.com or Balanzza.com.

* Urban Mapping's Panamap offers three distinct views - street grid, subway routes and neighborhoods - in a single map depending on the angle at which you view it. The only problem with this map is that it's limited to two cities for now: New York and Chicago. $18.95-$19.95 at Panamap.com.

* The AeroPak from travel store Flight001 has everything to put passengers at ease. It includes travel socks, earplugs, a neck rest and an eye mask. $25 at Flight001.com.

* Choose anything at all from minimus.biz, an online store specializing in travel sizes. Amaze your frequent flier with tiny soaps, toys and more. Prices vary.

* Finally, because most travelers care about the places they visit, consider a donation to a charitable group such as the Nature Conservancy, which protects ecologically sensitive lands across the globe. (For $1, you can plant a tree.) Go to nature.org.

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