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Courtesy of Artifact Uprising

With Instagram feeds and Facebook updates bringing the world to our smartphones, “Wish You Were Here” postcards are all but obsolete. Introducing their retro-futuristic equivalent: custom postcard books of your vacation photos, courtesy of Artifact Uprising.

We may not be able to give the gift of exotic trips to all of the special people in our lives this holiday season. But helping them savor travel memories and plan for a future trip is definitely in the budget. We’ve put together a list of globe-trotting goods for this holiday season, none priced at more than $110.

It includes innovations like waterproof Bluetooth speakers, ultralight bags that convert from backpacks to duffels, and Kitson’s 10-in-1 portable cocktail tool (it’s a Swiss Army Knife for tipplers).

You can keep the next generation of travelers entertained with on-the-go art projects and delight foodies with new cookbooks that serve up the best of Tokyo, Brazil, and L.A. Then there are gifts that keep giving, like fair-trade accessories and a solar-powered charger promotion—buy one, and one is donated to the Philippines typhoon relief effort.

As we reflect on what we’re thankful for, our trips top the list. And we’re not alone. According to the UN World Tourism Organization, international travel was up 5 percent in the first eight months of the year, with a record 747 million people venturing outside their borders. And a recent TripAdvisor survey found that 88 percent of people think it’s worth making sacrifices to make memories. We couldn’t agree more.

For more ideas, check out T+L's 2012 travel gift guide.

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