Best Travel Stocking Stuffers

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by Anisa // 0 Comments

Do you hang up your stockings by the chimney with care?  Then you might be looking for a few stocking stuffer ideas for the traveler in your life.    

You need a tiny travel gift.  Maybe they would like a gadget that would come in handy on the road or a game to help pass the time.  Alternatively, you could surprise that special someone with a special travel gift that comes in a small package.

Let me share our travel stocking stuffer recommendations.  They are all available online, so you can easily purchase in a few clicks.

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What is a Stocking Stuffer?

A stocker stuffer, sometimes called a stocking filler, is a small present that can fit inside a Christmas stocking. 

Christmas stockings are traditionally hung on the fireplace mantel.  Each person in the family gets there own one.  When we were kids, we thought Santa was the one who was filling our stockings since those presents usually arrived while we slept on Christmas Eve.

Budget-Friendly Stocking Stuffers for Travelers

Stocking stuffers don’t have to be expensive as there are plenty of cheap small travel gifts.    They can still be meaningful, useful, and even special.  These affordable options range in price from less than $10 to around $25.

International Adapter


An international adapter is a must for any international traveler, and it conveniently fits into a stocking!  Look for one that is universal so that it covers any country.  This would pair really well with the travel hair dryer and make a great gift for someone going to Australia or somewhere else abroad.

See more universal adapters here.

Luggage Scale


This is the perfect stocking stuffer for people like me who are not so great at packing light.  It could save them from the dreaded overweight baggage fees!

See more bag scales here.

Carry on Cocktail


We all know that travel can be stressful especially when you have to deal with all the lines at airports.  Wouldn’t it be nice to relax a bit on the plane with a nice cocktail?

See all the different drink kits available here.          

Fun Luggage Tag


A pretty luggage tag is a great way to show off your personality and also makes your suitcase easier to spot at baggage claim especially if you are one of the millions who have a black suitcase.

See some of the cute bag tags available here.          

Travel Wallet


When you travel internationally, you have to carry your passport and additional currencies in addition to what you would normally have.  It is helpful to have a place to put it all and even better if it has some anti-theft protection.  Getting robbed is a nightmare no matter what, but it’s even worse when you are away from home.   

When looking for a travel wallet you are going to want something that protects you against electronic theft as well particularly if your credit card has contactless technology.  Some credit cards, passports, and driver’s licenses now come with embedded radio frequency identification chips which a thief may be able to use to get your information if your wallet is not RFID blocking.

Some may prefer a travel wallet belt like this one. 

Check out more travel wallet products here.          

Phone Holder for the Plane


When airlines offer free entertainment through an app on your phone, I have struggled to find a way to have the phone stay upright so I can enjoy the movies.  I usually end up holding the phone with my hands which gets tiring.  I love the idea of having a phone holder like this that works in any plane. 

Compression Socks

Socks are never the most exciting gift, but it’s surprising the difference compression socks can make when you travel. I wasn’t a believer until about two years ago, but now I wear them whenever I fly or travel long distances in the car. Russell wears his compression socks when he runs.

The socks use graduated compression to help move blood through veins towards the heart which increases circulation, energizes tired, achy legs, and helps to prevent and reduce swelling. You will feel better when you arrive at your destination.

The one complication with buying compression socks as a gift is that you will need to know the recipient’s size. Check out my buying guide for travel compression socks.

Mini Refillable Perfume Bottle


You always feel better when you wear perfume but you don’t want to have to take the whole bottle with you.   A refillable mini perfume bottle is an ideal solution.  You can easily fill it with a small amount of your favorite perfume and keep that in your purse.

This one is made of high quality aluminum and durable glass, so it won’t break or leak.  Plus, you can easily see the amount of perfume in it.

See more mini travel perfume bottles here.

Small Jewelry Organizer


It’s nice to be able to bring a few (not expensive) jewelry options with you when you travel.   You need a way to transport the jewelry without worrying about it getting damaged or the chains getting tangled.  This stylish travel jewelry bag can store necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets.

See more travel jewelry organizers here.

Personal Alarm


Those that travel solo need to do what they can to protect themselves and stay safe.  One easy gadget that might come in handy is a personal alarm.  It will make a loud sound to attract help if they need it.  This one attaches easily to a keychain or bag so it will be with them wherever they go.

See more personal alarm options here.

Mini Travel Hair Brush


If you have long hair like I do, you can’t travel without a brush.  While you could just pack the same brush you use every day, it might be more practical to use a travel one.  This travel brush folds to save space and has it’s own mirror.

See more travel brush options here.

Passport Cover


A passport cover can save your passport from the normal wear and tear that can happen when you travel.  It can also help you keep other important travel documents safe.  A personalized passport case like this one also shows some personalityand has RFID block technology to protect against identity theft.

See more passport cases here.

Mini Travel Game


Games make travel time fun and you don’t have to be a kid to appreciate that.  You just need something that doesn’t take up too much space.  You can choose from new games like this one or smaller versions of the classics like this one.

See more travel-sized games here.

If you are looking for more entertainment ideas, you can also check out our list of travel themed games.

Waterproof Cell Phone Pouch


People that like to go to the beach or do other water activities when they travel will love a waterproof phone pouch.  It keeps their phone protected while they enjoy themselves.  This one is certified waterproof up to 100 feet and large enough for most phones.

See more waterproof phone cases here.

Mini Travel Tripod


Certain shots require a tripod, but you don’t always want to carry a big one with you.   This one is small enough that it can easily fit in a pocket or small bag when it is folded up.  It also has flexible legs (so you can wrap the legs around a pole or use it on an uneven surface) and comes with a wireless remote.

See more travel tripod options here.

Splurge-Worthy Travel Stocking Stuffers

Everyone expects the gifts in stockings to be small and cheap.  You could surprise that special something with a small and extra special present.  Anyone of these ideas will put a big smile on their face.  Prices on these recommendations start just above $20 and go up from there. 

Mini Portable Speaker


Music lovers are going to want to play their music even when they are not at home.   There are small wireless speakers that are easy to transport.   This one is waterproof and has a powerful battery that provides up to 24 hours of continuous use.

See more portable speakers here (including some cheaper options).

Portable Battery Charger

This has probably saved my life at least a few times (ok, well maybe I am exaggerating a bit)!  I rarely leave my apartment without it though.  I just don’t want my phone to run out of battery when I need to make a phone call or try to connect with someone.

When you are traveling, it is even more important.  I don’t want to be without my Google Maps (how did we survive without GPS)? Plus, you can also use the battery charger to charge your camera.  I only need to charge my powerbank once or twice a week, and it can charge 3 devices at the same time.

See more powerbank options here.  

Apple Air Tag


In recent times, Apple air tags have become almost a necessity for people who check bags.  When the airlines say they have lost your luggage, you can locate it with the Apple air tag.  That peace of mind is priceless.

It works with the Find My app.  You can say “Hey Siri, find my bag” and have it play a sound on the built-in speaker.  With select iPhone models, Precision Finding can lead you right to your nearby AirTag. If it’s further away, hundreds of millions of Apple devices in the Find My network can help track it down. All the data is anonymous and encrypted for privacy.

You can save money by buying a package of four Apple air tags (only if you need all four) or check the price for a single air tag here.

Wireless Headphones

When traveling, you need earphones! You will want to listen to music, audiobooks, and podcasts, and watch movies.  Sometimes you want to eliminate the noises around you. 

Wireless headphones make it all much easier.  Just connect them to your device using Bluetooth.  No more being tied down by cords. 

You hear plenty about Apple’s airpods, but there are plenty of options on the market that offer similar quality at a lower price.  Check out the options here.

Compact Binoculars


Binoculars can come in handy when you are hiking or doing wildlife watching, so if you are shopping for someone that enjoys outdoor adventures this could be a good choice.  These small binoculars still provide 12x magnification and a 25mm objective lens with a wide field of view.

Find more mini binocular options here.

Go Pro


Anyone who enjoys active travel and wants to be able to capture some of those exciting moments will appreciate a GoPro.  It’s compact and waterproof so it’s easy to take along for the ride.  We have had one for years and love taking it with us on hikes and boat rides.

The latest model is the Hero 11 Black (released September 2022), which has some exciting new features including upfront performance improvements, enhanced tools, and a full color front-facing screen.  Alternatively, you could save a bit and get the HERO 8 Black which also gives you super smooth footage, whether you are holding your GoPro or it’s mounted. You won’t need a separate gimbal.  Image quality is excellent.

Pocket Size Massage Gun


Massages can work miracles.  Not only can they help you relax but they can also help with muscle pain.  Wouldn’t it be nice to carry a small massager with you when you travel? It could come in handy after a long day of sightseeing.

This pocket size massage gun features four advanced speeds and generates up to 3200rpm. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts about 6 hours and comes with a handy travel case.

See more travel massagers here.

Best Travel Stocking Stuffers

I think I have proved that you can actually get a pretty meaningful small travel gift that fits inside a stocking no matter your budget.

If you are looking for more gift ideas check out these posts:

Best Gifts for Beach Lovers

Best Road Trip Gifts

Best Gifts for Anglophiles

Best Gifts for Drone Lovers

New York Experience Gifts

Best Travel Gifts for Couples

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Last Updated on August 27, 2023

About the Author

Anisa is an experienced international traveler with extra pages in her passport and stamps from 41 different countries across 5 continents (and counting). She was born and raised in Texas. After a 13 year stint in NYC, she moved to England to live with her husband.