21 Stocking Stuffers for Travelers That Won’t Break the Bank

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If it can fit in a stocking, it can fit in a carry on! That’s why stocking stuffers are the ideal gifts for travel lovers. Chances are, if your loved one is a travel lover like me, they don’t want big, bulky, or expensive items for Christmas. Personally I prefer to spend my time (and money) up in the air, seeing the world, and material possessions just drag me down. I think this is a pretty common quality among those of us with wanderlust! Check out these stocking stuffers for travelers as you’re shopping this year.

I’ve hand picked some of my favorite products, ranging from handmade Etsy items to easily purchased Amazon gadgets. Each one is useful and unique.

Related: 25 Best Amazon Travel Accessories You Didn’t Know You Needed!

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What makes a great stocking stuffer for a traveler?

First of all, what makes a good stocking stuffer in general? Here are the qualities I try to look for:

  • Small in size. Can fit in the palm of your hand, and more importantly be stuffed down a stocking!
  • Not super expensive.
  • Shows thought and creativity.
  • Useful. Not a trinket for the sake of being a trinket, but something that will actually come in handy.
  • BONUS: Complements a gift they are receiving under the tree. Think of it like a “clue” to get them guessing…

And if we’re adding travel in the mix, that will help you zone in on the thought and creativity category. If you’re reading this post, chances are you’re on the right track. You’re already thinking of what your giftee loves and enjoys (“giftee” can be a thing now, right?)

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The best stocking stuffers for travelers

When I was little, I would rush downstairs on Christmas morning and make a beeline for the stockings. Who am I kidding… I still do! Stockings have always been a favorite Christmas tradition. I find the little trinkets and gifts can be so unique and thoughtful, really capturing the Christmas spirit. Here are some of my top recommended stocking stuffers for travel lovers!

1. Power Gear power bank

I actually received this exact power bank as a stocking stuffer myself about three years ago (thanks Dad!). Ever since then I literally do not travel without it! I love this power bank because it’s small and can easily fit in a purse or backpack without weighing it down, and it holds a lot of power. It’s also very affordable compared to many power banks on the market.

Buy the power gear power bank here.


2. Anker Power Core portable charger

If you want to level up on your portable charger game – but still keep it stocking stuffer sized – then go with the Anker Power Core. This is the portable charger that Dan uses and raves about (as well as millions of other people). It’s a bit bulkier but holds so much power. I used this when I trekked to Everest Base Camp and did not need to recharge it once in 11 days! It’s the perfect pick for more serious travelers.

Buy the Anker Power Core portable charger here.

3. Sleepwell travel kit of essential oils

This little essential oils kit from Etsy is designed exactly for travelers, to help you sleep on that red eye flight or overnight bus. The kit comes with scent blends such as lavender, grapefruit, rosewood, peppermint, and lemon balm. There is even a mini pillow spray!

Buy the sleepwell travel kit of essential oils here.

Photo credit: Innerscents Scotland on Etsy

4. Zero waste travel kit

This zero waste travel kit is so fun – the perfect gift for someone looking to reduce their environmental impact during travel. The kit comes complete with bamboo toothbrushes, a shampoo bar, bamboo cutlery set, and a wooden comb. The set comes in 100% recyclable and plastic free packaging, to boot.

Buy the zero waste travel kit here.

Photo credit: BattleGreenBox on Etsy

5. Silk eye mask

I know eye masks have a reputation for being a bit… “extra” shall we say. But I am here in defense of eye masks! They are so, so, so useful, especially to travelers. Most people have trouble sleeping if there is a lot of light. Sleeping on planes is out then, as the lights are constantly turning on and off for dinner, snack, drink, or trash services. The same thing is true of trying to sleep on trains, buses, communal hostel rooms, etc. Planes do sometimes give out eye masks, but they are very poor quality and not that effective.

I bought this silk eye mask last year and never looked back. It is comfortable, eco friendly, and light blocking. I wish I’d bought one years ago. The perfect gift for the travel (and sleep) lover in your life.

Buy the silk eye mask here.



6. Recycled Bamboo Toothbrush Set

I have big love for Organic Basics, a sustainable clothing company. I’ve used this exact bamboo toothbrush myself and love it! It’s the perfect size for a stocking, and of course reduces our impact on the environment. Win win!

Buy the recycled bamboo toothbrush set here.

Photo credit: Organic Basics

7. Stow Away travel kit for men

This little travel kit is the perfect stocking stuffer for the man in your life who loves travel… and could do with a bit of self care. The kit, sold on Etsy, is hand luggage friendly. It comes in a minimalist tin, complete with face wash, hydrating cream, toothbrush, disposable face wipes, and Marvis toothpaste.

Buy the Stow Away travel kit here.

Photo credit: Atlantic Folk on Etsy

8. Instax polaroid film

This is another one that always ends up in my own stocking on Christmas Day… and for good reason! I love traveling with my instax camera, but of course I need to restock film now and then. Instax film is cheap to purchase on Amazon or elsewhere online, and easily fits in a stocking.

There are so many fun types of Instax film out there nowadays. Try one of these:

This could also be a great gift idea for someone if you plan on gifting them an actual Instax camera under the Christmas tree (think of the stocking as a wee hint). Here are some of my recommended Instax cameras:

Buy Instax polaroid film here.


9. International travel adaptor

The ultimate practical stocking stuffer for a traveler! If your person doesn’t already have an international adaptor… pop one in their stocking, pronto. This little thing can be adjusted to fit a variety of plug types, meaning they can travel to multiple countries all with one adaptor!

Buy the international universal travel adaptor here.

10. The Renew Scrunchie

Encircled is another one of my favorite clothing companies that designs ethically made, sustainable products… particularly with travelers in mind! For a stocking stuffer, their Renew Scrunchie is the perfect fit. It’s made from leftover fabrics to reduce waste. And with 11 colors and patterns to pick from, it’s super cute!

Buy the Encircled renew scrunchie here.

Photo credit: Encircled

11. Kindle gift card

I absolutely love traveling with my Kindle. Even if you’re a dedicated paperback book lover, the benefits of traveling with a Kindle are undeniable. I recommend popping a Kindle gift card in their stocking.

If they don’t actually own a Kindle yet… well, this is a perfect “hint” for what might lie under the tree! My recommended Kindle is the Kindle Paperwhite – I personally use this one and it is now waterproof and has twice the storage! I’ve also used the Kindle Oasis which is pretty amazing, and great if you have a higher budget.

Buy a Kindle gift card here.

12. Personalized jewelry box

This chic jewelry box from Etsy would definitely fit in a stocking, and would be ideal for keeping earrings, bracelets and more organized during a trip. What’s even better is that this jewelry box can be personalized with a monogram or name.

Buy the personalized jewelry box here.

Photo credit: Craftwalla on Etsy

13. Keychain compass

The basic rule is if it can fit on a keychain, it can fit in a stocking. But don’t just get them any random keychain – get a useful one!

Nothing is more useful than this keychain – it not only has a compass, but a carabiner and thermometer as well! This is the perfect stocking stuffer for travelers who like to hike. Even if they’re not into hiking, a compass is always an important thing for travelers to have, in my opinion.

Buy the keychain compass here.

14. Homesick mini candles

I absolutely adore the concept behind Homesick’s candle line… each candle’s scent is designed to remind you of a certain place. As travelers, we are always homesick for somewhere – whether it’s actually the place we were raised, or a country or city we have memories in.

Pop one of Homesick’s mini candles in your loved one’s stocking. They’re the perfect size, at 1.5 oz, and there are plenty of options: Florida, Northern California, New York City, United Kingdom, and more!

Buy a Homesick mini candle here.

15. Yeti Rambler Mug

Granted, this one is going to bulk up your stocking… but trust me, it’s worth it! Yeti makes the best travel mugs – they keep liquids hot or cold for 5-8 hours. Plus, the magnetic lid closure means no spills (my favorite part).

The 14oz Rambler mug is perfect for a cup or coffee or tea, and will fit in a stocking with a bit of encouragement.

Buy the Yeti Rambler mug here.

16. Personalized luggage tag

Looking for a classic stocking stuffer for a travel lover? LUGGAGE TAGS. Everyone could do with a classy luggage tag – not only stylish but useful. In the rare event they lose their bag, it will have identification on it. But even more useful is a bright color to help them spot it on the luggage belt, post-flight.

There are so many places you can purchase a luggage tag, but I love these handmade and personalized options on Etsy. You can order it with their initials to make it that much more special.

Buy the personalized luggage tag here.

Photo credit: Tami Trading on Etsy

17. Carry on cocktail kit

They might not need a carry on sized cocktail kit… but they definitely want a carry on sized cocktail kit!

These little kits are so adorable, and what’s more, they’re TSA approved! I love this one because it comes with a moscow mule and a margarita kit…it makes four drinks total and is perfect for return flights.

Buy the carry on cocktail kit here.



18. Deluxe dry shampoo

Let’s face it… most travelers are going to use dry shampoo sooner or later. I like to use deluxe, natural dry shampoos. Maybe it’s a mental thing, but I prefer to feel like I’m indulging in something nice rather than delaying the grunge for yet another day.

When I trekked Everest Base Camp, I used this Lush Cosmetics dry shampoo. It’s my longtime favorite… smells so lovely and one bottle can literally last years. If your loved one has a long trip coming up (particularly a backpacking or hiking trip), this could be an ideal stocking stuffer.

Buy the Lush Cosmetics dry shampoo here.

19. Earbuds cord cable manager

I’m always, always, always tangling up my earbud cords. It can’t just be me! This is particularly an issue during travel… the time I tend to use my earbuds the most (long flights and all). Who would’ve guessed, but stuffing your earbuds willy nilly into pockets, purses, suitcases etc. is a recipe for disaster!

This super cute earbud cord cable manager is ideal for keeping cables knot-free. It’s also the perfect stocking stuffer as it’s small, cute, and very thoughtful.

Buy the earbuds cord cable manager here.



20. Guppy Friend Washing Bag

This washing bag is fab for sustainable and eco-conscious travelers… as we should all strive to be! This reusable bag is designed to hold synthetic materials in the washing machine. It collects micro plastics and prevents them from entering our water system.

Buy the Guppy Friend washing bag here.

Photo credit: Organic Basics

21. Ornaments from your travels

And finally, one of the most thoughtful stocking stuffers out there… an ornament from your actual travels! It’s kind of a thing with travelers, but we love to decorate our Christmas trees (and refrigerators… and houses… and lives…) with mementos from our travels. So next time you go on a trip, with or without your loved one, buy a little Christmas present to surprise them in their stocking!

Related: 25 Best Amazon Travel Accessories You Didn’t Know You Needed!

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Happy stocking stuffing!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and don’t get too stressed by the shopping. After all, that’s not what the season is about. Keep it fun and keep it thoughtful and that’s all that matters!

I’m curious… who else loves stockings as much as me?

Sarah xx

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