Easy and Affordable Airplane-Friendly Holiday Gifts

Posted on 10/27/2009

In order to keep you and your family safe when traveling by air this holiday season, the Transportation Security Administration has some important rules about what you can and can’t bring on the plane. While it’s a great way to keep air travel safer, it creates some extra challenges when trying to find airplane-friendly holiday gifts to bring with you. Not to mention many airlines are charging more for checked bags this holiday season so keeping presents lightweight and portable is especially important. Here are some easy and affordable airplane-friendly holiday gifts - and be sure to click over to the Ben's Bargains Travel Deals page for some deals & coupons to save on your flight or car trip!

Lunch Bag - More than ever people are foregoing expensive lunches and packing their midday meals themselves. Encourage this earth-friendly and budget-friendly behavior this holiday with a handmade Pakupaku Lunch Bag from Yokomono Studio. It’s lightweight, packable and best of all it’s only $30.

Apron - For the chef on your Christmas list, consider the Doris Apron from Crate and Barrel. Its' retro look makes it a special item, and its' $26.95 price tag makes it an affordable gift.

Customizable Health Food - Your loved one will be able to customize their own gift with the You Starter Gift Box from YouBars.com. It’s a great gift idea for those people who like to stay healthy and eat right. The Starter Gift Box comes with a $15 gift certificate and two each of the company’s bars, shakes and trail mixes. It’s small, airplane-friendly and only $19.99.

Canvas Tote - This canvas tote from Lands End is a good size for carrying stuff and a good size for fitting into a suitcase. The tote, regularly $49.99, is clearance priced at just $14.99.

Wash Cloth Set - Little is better when you’re trying to fit gifts into your suitcase. But little can also be cute. Check out this embroidered wash cloth set from Domestications. It’s fun, festive, and won’t get damaged by aggressive baggage handlers. Plus with coupon code D9KCC20 you’ll save 20% on holiday décor purchases through 10/28/2009.

And remember; don’t wrap your gifts before traveling. Airport security will want to see what you’re transporting. If you really want to buy a bulky item as a Christmas gift considering having it shipped to your destination to avoid the hassle of fitting it into your suitcase.

By Alison Storm

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* Hot deals expire quickly. This deal may no longer be valid.

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