Ah, the Christmas stocking.
A tradition with no written origin, although legend has it that it all started with Saint Nicholas passing through town and tossing gold coins in the stockings of three daughters of a poor man in a small village. That was the first of many great stocking stuffer ideas.
Rumor spread and soon everyone was hanging up their socks eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nick.
It’s a custom beloved by many. And it’s not just for kids! Adults delight in the dumping of the stocking. I know I do. It is the perfect hiding spot for small, usually inexpensive, fun gifts.
And there is a traveler on everyone’s list. It might be you! Or your dad or your cousin or niece.
We’ve rounded up 25 genius stocking stuffer ideas that will impress the globetrotter in your family. Whether they are into backpacking, cruises, business travel or headed out on a gap year.
Let’s dig in!
Traveling means leaving the comfort of your home throne on top of using some questionable washrooms!
Poo-Pourri consists of a blend of essential oils and other natural compounds that create a protective film on the surface of the water that keeps odors contained. Your recipient and his/her travel mates will thank you for this one.
Forget mini travel games. All you really need to keep entertained on the road is a deck of playing cards. This premium custom designed deck is a beauty of a gift for someone who has been good all year from a very generous Santa.
Folding into compact sandwich sized bundle, this packable backpack unfolds to hold up to 20L of storage. Pretty impressive!
It is a clever way to bring an extra bag along on any adventure without the bulk. Definitely a stocking-worthy pick.
Trust me, anyone who loves the outdoors will be fighting over this headlamp. It automatically makes you the captain of the campsite.
People that try these headbands become obsessed with them. So even if your recipient has one already they can add it to their collection because you can never have too many. They are just that awesome!
Stuff one of these little buddies in a stocking! You really can’t go wrong. The camping style mug is the perfect size for sitting around the fire or sipping coffee on the dock.
This little guy is TSA compliant so you don’t have to worry about him being confiscated.
The PocketMonkey is a multi-purpose gadget that can be transformed into 12 handy tools! Bottle opener, flat screwdriver, door latch slip, among others that could really save you in a bind!
Safety is always a concern for a solo traveler. It never hurts to have an emergency whistle like this one on your keyring in the unlikely chance it’s needed. The Storm Safety Whistle boasts the loudest on the market and can even work underwater!
Travel tubs are extremely practical for anyone who lives out of their suitcase (or backpack). They come in 3 sizes and are made from food grade, BPA free silicone and equipped with locking reusable lids. Tiny but mighty!
For the sightseer on your list that is also an animal lover, this compact, reusable lint roller is an excellent stocking stuffer idea!
Give the gift that can transform a tasteless in-flight cocktail into gourmet creation with this tiny set of bitters.
Anyone with an upcoming cruise will appreciate seeing these tags in their stocking. Made from extra strong braided stainless steel loops, and zip top seal this is exactly what they need to keep their e-tags safe from the elements.
Wine makes a great host/hostess gift. Wine is also fun to bring back from a trip. These padded wine bottle protectors will give some peace-of-mind to the wine-lover with a bottle in transport.
There you have it! 25 stocking stuffer ideas that we’d sure like to see hanging from the fireplace on Christmas morning 🙂
What do you think of our line up? We’d love to hear some ideas from you! Comment below 😀