20 Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Travellers: Travel-themed gift ideas for everyone on your Christmas list. Stocking Stuffers & Secret Santa Gift Ideas.
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Happy Holidays! The build-up to Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I love the nostalgia of it, the memories of childhood excitement, the decorations, the smell of fireplaces and smoke escaping through chimneys, and the freshly baked goodies. I love making plans with friends, sharing stories and exchanging gifts.
But I hate the shopping for gifts part of Christmas. I find it quite challenging, especially trying to find ideas for stocking stuffers, as you don’t want to break the bank, and you don’t want to fill stockings with useless items either. Travellers can also be tricky to shop for because they need practical items that are light, small, and easy to pack. At the time of writing, every item on this list was under $30.00US and things we have either use ourselves, or wish we had while travelling. Use this guide for the traveller in your life, stocking stuffers or ‘Secret Santa’s.’
Without further adieu, here is our curated list of 20 totally awesome stocking stuffers for travellers…
- Petzl Tikkina Headlamp
Unisex Wanderlust compression socks are a frequent flier companion! If you know someone gearing up for a long flight this holiday season, throw a pair of these in their stocking, they will absolutely appreciate it. Feet and calves get a bit swollen on long flights, it’s uncomfortable at best and painful at worst, so having something hug your lower legs for the whole flight feels pretty darn nice!
I (Geoff) am a light sleeper, and really annoyed at unwanted sound. Ohropax Wax Ear Plugs are simply the best ear plugs I have found. I love them because they completely seal my ears but are still comfortable and stay in the whole night. If you know someone who is a light sleeper, or someone who can’t stand noise from the street or coming in from thin walls, make sure they get a packet of these!
Cloud tears, sky juice, rain, whatever you call it, wet weather is going to happen whether we like it or not. Including a compact umbrella isn’t top of mind when we’re packing for a trip, and it never fails, we seem to always get caught in the rain. We have even had a restaurant cut holes in garbage bags so we could attempt to stay dry while we ran back to our hotel. This small travel umbrella closes with a push of a button and has a flashlight!
My mother gave me a package of Lewis N. Clark No-Jet-Lag tablets right before my first long-haul flight from Calgary to Kaohsiung, Taiwan years ago. It’s hard to say how much is legitimate, and how much is psychological, but they are refreshing when sitting on a stale steel tube in the sky breathing recycled air for many hours, I can say that! They are all-natural, chewable and tasteless with no side effects other than feeling fresher and more alert!
A Foldable utensil set, now this might seem a bit quirky but we can’t tell you how many times we’ve been caught without utensils. We bring back left-overs to our hotels room all the time and then have no way of eating it. We’ve been in hostels where there weren’t enough forks and knives for everyone, and we’ve even been in Airbnb’s without proper utensils as well. This will come in handy.
We’re suckers for anything map related, and it’s usually a good bet for a gift for travellers. This is a cool map/atlas ceramic travel coffee mug from Society6. The wrap around art has all the countries of the world in the design of a world map, a suction lid help prevent spills and every purchase helps out the artist! They have many different travel related designs to choose from.
Cord Tacos from This is Ground, the name alone is brilliant but the idea itself is great for travellers. We pack a lot of gear around with us and it all has to be charged, so everything comes with a cord. Sometimes we can’t tell one from the other so these are a perfect little addition!
We always travel with a notebook. We love jotting thoughts down or mapping out our plans for world domination with good old fashioned pen and paper. It somehow feels more meaningful than tapping into our phones. Help the traveller in your life keep track of all the memories. Cavallini Notebooks make a great looking world map travel journal that will make a wonderful stocking stuffer.
No joke – we’ve been travelling with this game for years! Pass the Pigs is simple, easy to learn, easy to play, quirky and fun for everyone. The best part is there is really is no limit to how many can play at once, 2 or more! And it’s small and easy to keep with us.
This is a staple for any traveller. While travel is exciting, there are always those times where you just want to grab a bottle of wine and be lazy with your parter or friends. Everyone knows at least one card game so a simple deck of cards can be a welcome addition to the luggage. This is one of those items where if you know a traveller, they should have a deck of cards, if they already have a deck of cards, they probably need to be replaced by now.
For those who appreciate a more vulgar type of card game, Cards Against Humanity is sure to bring tears of laughter. Never will we forget the New Years Eve when this game was tabled! We definitely don’t recommend playing this game with close family members if there is any chance of awkwardness.
WARNING: When we say vulgar, we mean vulgar. If there is any chance the person you’re considering buying this for would be even slightly offended at foul language, best to consider #13 or #14. However, if like us, you appreciate the spicier side of humor, then all bets are off!
We have created a series of travel themed adult colouring books. There make great and unique gift for anyone who loves to travel, nervous fliers, or anyone who wants to unwind and let their imagination go. The pages in our books are created from photos we have taken around the world which are hand traced to make them nearly identical. Travel Between the Lines will take the colourist from the streets of Buenos Aires to Tallinn, Estonia, and under monuments like the Eiffel Tower, past Golden Buddha statues in Taiwan and cliffs overlooking Kotor Bay in Montenegro. Travel Between the Lines Coloring Mexico will have the colourist exploring the lively streets of Valladolid, and some of the country’s ‘Magic Towns’ like Izamal and Tapijulapa.
We are also excited to announce the release of our third adult coloring book, Travel Between the Lines Coloring Rome created in collaboration with Context Travel and inspired by locations seen and experienced on their unique and informative walking tours of the city. This is a great gift for anyone who has or will be travelling to Rome.
*Suggestion! Give the book and a tour to the traveller as a package gift!