Room Gifts That Will Fit in the Side Pocket of a Carry-on

With airlines slashing the size and weight of both carry-on and checked luggage, and charging for even a first checked bag, large, bulky room gifts are becoming more difficult to take home. Here are five items that pack a lot of desirability into a small package.

1. TisBest Charity Gift Cards let recipients donate to more than 250 charities, from the American Cancer Society to the YWCA. Fully customizable, made from recycled plastic, and tax benefits. $10-$5,000 (

2. Bose’s brand-new IE2 in-ear headphones use TriPort acoustic technology and have comfortable, secure StayHear tips. $99.95 (

3. Keep attendees on time with the Lacoste GOA collection. The watches feature brightly colored rubber straps and cases and are water resistant to 99 feet. $95 (

4. Maui Jim’s Atoll sunglasses combine incredible color fidelity and great glare-reduction in stylish packages, and customizable accessories are available. $189 (

5. Everyone wants an Apple iPad, and pre-loading conference materials, presentations, and a video welcome message keeps an event greener. $499-$829 (

Originally published Sept. 1, 2010