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.
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.
This little gadget it handy! Pop it on a keychain and voila, you have a smartphone screen prop. Perfect for self-timed photos, watching videos and reading hands-free.
Developed especially for outdoor enthusiasts, the Vapur water bottle rolls into a tidy package when not being used making it ideal to throw in a backpack… …or a stocking!
Guys. We have such a good deal on these right now you’d be silly not to order one! RFID-blocking sleeves are a travel essential.
Keep fingers toasty while you’re using your phone or touch-screen tech outdoors with these highly rated gloves!
This travel-sized award-winning screen cleaner is a no-brainer for the traveler who doesn’t go anywhere without their tech.
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.
These inexpensive dry sacks that come in a 2, 4 and 8-liter capacity are very useful for the avid adventure seeker.
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!
The classic travel set! Mini bottles that mean you’re not lugging around the extra weight. Burt’s Bees is a great stocking stuffer pick for a guy or gal.
Got a serious beach bum on your hands? These cute towel clips are what they need! No more flying towels on windy days.
Make friends anywhere with this keyring headphone splitter! You both get full audio while sharing a device so watching funny cat videos or a movie on a travel day is much more enjoyable.
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!
On the topic of safety, a money belt is up there with what we consider a travel necessity. Our Journo branded belt is RFID-blocking as well so it does double duty.
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!
Long travel days can leave you feeling kinda grimy. Freshen up with these individually packaged face wipes infused with aloe, bamboo and green tea.
This one is for those who always departs or returns home with a full suitcase! At least with the scale, they can prepare for the extra baggage fees in advance.
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 😀