Not checking a bag home for the holidays? 7 gifts that will fit in your carry-on

Anna Hecht
Updated 4th December 2017

Traveling for the holidays can be tricky. Not only is it one of the most expensive times of year to book flights, but airports typically become frustratingly crowded and hectic.

With so much going on, sometimes it's best to forgo checking a bag. That way, you can skip long baggage lines and head straight to security and your gate.

Easy peasy.

One caveat of traveling with just carry-on luggage, however, is space. You may find you can't tote oodles of giant gifts for your family — but that doesn't mean you can't bring something small (and equally cool) for those on your list.

We rounded up our favorite compact gifts for those who are tech savvy, love photography, kill it at card games or enjoy music. Keep scrolling for grab-and-go items that will make holiday shopping a breeze.

Note: Prices below reflect the retailer's listed price at time of publication.

1. LimeLens Universal Smartphone Camera Lens Set ($39.99; stacksocial.com)

Two mini lenses and all three versions of the Limeclip attachment will give your smartphone or tablet camera a boost.

2. HashTagIt! Card Game ($20; urbanoutfitters.com)

A fun gift for your social-media obsessed friends and family.

3. MVMT Watches (Women's Watch (pictured left), $125; mvmtwatches.com) (Men's Watch (right), $140; mvmtwatches.com)

Over the past year, these watches have become Insta-famous. And, it's easy to see why.

4. FRESHeBUDS Air Bluetooth 4.1 Earbuds ($24.95; stacksocial.com)

Wireless headphones can make listening to music a whole lot easier. And, this pair is on sale! Buy them for the whole fam.

5. Men's Vbiger Tech Gloves (starting at $9.99; amazon.com)

These sleek gloves will allow your gift recipient to stay up on their tech while keeping warm. In choosing these, we made sure to track down a best-selling pair that was affordable and functional.

6. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera ($59; walmart.com)

For your friend or family member who loves having fun with photography, the Fujifilm Insta Mini 9 is just the thing.

7. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Squares Gift Bag ($15.96, originally $19.95; ghiradelli.com)

A beautiful bag of rich chocolate for that person with a sweet tooth.