Stocking stuffers are small, inexpensive surprises that are fun to find and give. Or, they’re supposed to be. Often they become a challenge–or an outright headache, when trying to find the perfect gift for travelers.
TravelSmart Woman is here to help. I’ve done the “legwork” for you, so you have more time to do other important tasks to get ready for the holidays. Here are 10 stocking stuffers that any traveler will love. Win-win!
Stocking stuffers: All under $20–most under $10!
Sewing Kit: Yes, you can make your own sewing kit. Many of us do. But how nice to have all the essentials–including buttons and scissors–in one case!
Small but mighty, made by Embroidex for about $10, basic repairs will be easy with this zippered case. (I’d also use it to hide extra cash in my luggage, too.)
You may not find this thrilling, but your traveler will be very, very happy!
Refillable Containers: Responsible travelers don’t pack single-use plastics. They bring their favorite lotions, creams, cosmetics from home…they’re economical travelers, too. This set of three (30, 20, 10 ml) color-coded containers with secure lids will help them comply with the 3-1-1 rule, so carry-on is a breeze.
Other uses: Bring along OTC medications, sugar substitutes, even spices or flavorings for on-the-road food preparation. All for less than $10!
Luggage Tags: Stocking stuffers can be funny as well as practical. Get a laugh when you give these luggage tags. Brightly colored with clear no-nonsense messages, this set of tags will make suitcases easy to spot.
I have these, and people always smile and comment on them. I slide my business card in, and voila! Off I go! Get them all for about $10.
Cruise Tags: For the cruise fans on your list, these clear zip-lock plastic tags will hold their information so bags can be delivered safely to their cabins. With secure clips that attach to luggage, the pouches protect the paper print-at-home tags that today’s cruise lines send before departure.
This set of tags includes both sizes–wide and narrow–that most cruise lines use. No more taping! Get 12 for under $10!
USB Hub: Modern travelers need to connect and charge a variety of devices. This ultra-slim charger by Anker will handle four phones, tablets, laptops, and whatever else crops up between now and their next trip.
Depending on the destination, access to multiple outlets can be tricky, so having the ability to keep devices fully charged can be a challenge. This hub is so thin, it fits in a purse or a pocket. And…it’s a bargain at $10.
Want to really dazzle your traveler? Combine it with:
Reading Light: Adequate light for reading or work during travel isn’t always easy. A small reading light–rechargeable with the USB Hub–will solve the problem. This one clips to books or laptops, or stands alone. It has three types of brightness and gives 20 hours of service on one charge. Another bonus: it weighs only 2.1 ounces! About $15, but as the commercial says: priceless…
Credit Card Protector: Credit cards with chips are supposed to make it harder for “electronic pickpockets.” But we can be sure that with every new tech advance, criminals are not far behind. For about $10, you can save a traveler the headache and hassle of having to deal with credit card problems while on vacation. Lots of colors, too!
These are good for everyone, even if they don’t travel abroad. Public places, crowded events, anywhere…it’s peace-of-mind for anyone.
Memory and SIM Case: Keep these teeny things in one place with a colorful holder. No kidding, for $6, an international traveler will hug you for thinking of this. Sometimes the least expensive stocking stuffers turn out to be the most appreciated.
Eight pages and 22 slots will keep memory cards and SIM cards organized. The zippered case will keep them safe. With seven colors to choose from, you can’t go wrong.
TSA Luggage Locks: Most travelers have these, but you’d be surprised how they disappear. TSA agents are supposed to replace them if your luggage gets opened for inspection, but there’s no guarantee. Get a supply of four for under $20.
When forced to gate-check a bag, it’s good to have one to secure the luggage. They’re handy to use in hotel rooms, to make sure belongings aren’t tampered with. They’re useful for temporary locks at gyms or parks.
Luggage Scale: Your $10 gift can save a traveler hundreds of dollars in baggage fees. I find it’s not so hard to meet weight limits on the outward journey, but after a few weeks and some souvenir shopping, the return trip can cause concern about how much luggage weighs.
A digital luggage scale can help resolve the issue before getting to the airport. There are plenty of solutions for handling the extra weight, but they need to be addressed before arriving at the check-in desk.
Stocking stuffers should be welcomed: “What a great idea! Thanks!” And who doesn’t want to hear that?!? With these, you’ll make the Best Gift Giver List.
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