Stocking stuffer ideas for travel enthusiasts
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Backpack travelers are aficionados of the outdoors. Camping in the middle of the wilderness is home and adventure is always calling. These travelers don’t always have to have a backpack strapped to their back. They are the travelers that live and breathe for adventures in the outdoors.
1. Literature for their next destination
2. Waterproof phone pouch
3. Small camping gear
4. Foldable travel pillow
As a backpacker, space is highly-coveted real estate. So anything that collapsible or foldable is ideal. A travel pillow is also a necessity so one that’s also compact would be ideal. This foldable travel pillow is comfortable and durable.
5. Travel towel
These travelers find high end experiences the most enjoyable. Whether that’s dining at a five-star restaurant or staying at a world-renowned villa, luxury travelers venture in style.
1. Lipsense – or other makeup
Anything that’s travel-sized makes me go gaga and want to spend my money! I also love products that are fuss-free like Lipsense. Lipsense is a lip color that lasts up to 18 hours without smudging or fading.
2. Jewelry organizer
I love to keep my outfits simple while vacationing, so jewelry is essential to dress them up and make them look different. Keeping this jewelry safe and organized is key while traveling. There are a few DIY ways to organize your jewelry while traveling, but I prefer traditional jewelry cases. Perfect for the luxury traveler in your life.
This seems kinda silly, but it’s one of the most overlooked items when packing for a vacation. It’s always important to pack one because you’ll never know when you’ll need it. To make it fun get the umbrella in a fun print that they would enjoy.
4. In-flight essentials kit
Putting together an in-flight essentials kit for your loved one would be a great way to show that you care. Some simple and thoughtful items that immediately come to mind are an eye mask, some of their favorite chocolate or snacks, earplugs, a good pair noise-canceling headphones and some sleepytime tea.
5. iPhone tripod
Most travelers often want to document the beautiful places that they see. That’s been even more enhanced by us living in the digital age. A thoughtful gift for a luxury traveler would be a tripod for their mobile device so they can easily take selfies and great landscape shots of their travels.
Bonus: If they are only using a mobile device to document their travels, a fisheye lens or wide angle lens might be another unique gift for them.
A quirky traveler lives in the moment and doesn’t worry about the material things. They are a combination of a budget traveler and an adventure seeker. Travel stocking stuffers for this traveler should sentimental and unique.
1. A vacation experience
2. Journal to write in for their next vacation
Documenting our travels is so immensely important. In the digital age, it’s often documented on our Instagram or Facebook feeds, but having a tangible representation of our travels is also important.
If your loved one has a way with words or is even a chronic doodler gift them a journal to jot down their thoughts in while on the road. This is a gift they’ll look back on years later and be able to relive those special moments.
3. Traveling board games
There’s one thing that’s evident about quirky travelers, they love to have fun! For the sake of having fun, give them a few items that can help ease boredom at the airport or on a long road trip. I especially love this travel game, which is a road trip scavenger hunt. Miniature or digital versions of their favorite games would also be a thoughtful gift. As kids, my brother and I had mini game board sets that we always used on road trips.
4. Buy their favorite hobby travel-sized
5. Help them trace their roots
The world revolves around technology for these travelers. They love to be constantly connected and up-to-date on the newest gadgets on the market. Anything that has lots of bells and whistles and isn’t ordinary is a great gift for a techy traveler.
1. Automatic translator
This is a gift that I drool over and it’s so handy! If your loved one isn’t fluent in multiple languages, it might be a good idea to purchase them a voice translator. The translator analyzes what individuals are saying real-time and can help travelers and locals communicate with each other. This would make their travelers a little less stressful, especially if they struggle with learning new languages.
Other the other hand, if your special someone loves languages and learning them buy them a subscription or lessons to learn another dialect. There are some free apps they can download to learn languages, but personally, I find lessons and speaking with someone a better way to perfect my language skills. A popular brand is Rosetta Stone, which is a computer program. There are numerous languages that they can learn, which is an advantage it has over free apps that only offer a few select languages.
2. Travel adapters
This is the most logical gift, but it comes in so handy! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten to a country and realized that I brought the wrong charger and/or adapter. I especially love this travel adapter, which has all the different variety all in one. That way they don’t need to remember which specific charger they need, they just take the all-in-one cube. Also, this is great if they’re traveling to numerous countries, which might have different outlets.
3. A travel cord organizer
When it comes to organizing, I strive to be Monica Geller.
So believe me when I say this travel cord organizer is to die for. There’s nothing worse than fumbling around for a charging cable or adapter in your backpack and not being able to find it. But, you can find the other five cords that you’ll only use once or twice on the trip. This keeps all the cords compact and in their specific spots. This is something that’s definitely on my Christmas list!
4. Camera accessories
I previously mentioned for luxury travelers that phone camera accessories are a perfect gift. This is also true for techy travelers. Techy travelers are drawn to anything that’s complex by nature, so give them a new toy to mess around with.
One of my favorite camera accessories to give people is a camera remote. This will completely change their photography game and it’s a fun accessory to play with while on vacation.
5. Luggage scale
Again, this is a very logical and useful gift for travelers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to the airport and worried whether my bag was going to be overweight. I’d love a small scale that I can bring with me to reassure me I’m always under the limit and to avoid those pesky, overpriced baggage fees.
(Side note: If you’re struggling to get everything to fit into your bag, read my tips on how to pack more efficiently).
Great stocking stuffers for any kind of traveler
1. Travel mugs or travel-themed mugs
2. Travel-themed stockings
This is a handcrafted gift that anyone would appreciate. I scoured the internet looking for a website that sold travel Christmas stockings and came up empty-handed. So, this is the ideal opportunity for you to embrace your creativity and make them a one-of-a-kind Christmas stocking.
I also scoured Pinterest for design inspiration for this DIY project and also came up with zilch results. So here are a few ideas I conjured up: Santa on a beach or with an airplane flying overhead, a map of the globe with Christmas landmarks pinned onto it, airmail style, stitched passport stamps, or find some travel fabric and embroider their initials on the front.
3. Travel book
4. Wool socks
One of the souvenirs that I always purchase is a Christmas ornament. But I also equally enjoy DIY Christmas ornaments. If you collect sand, you can turn them into sand apothecary jar ornaments. Otherwise, you can always decoupage maps onto ornament orbs to decorate your tree. This is a great way to incorporate your travels into your holiday celebrations.
Hopefully, this stocking stuffers gift guide gave you some inspiration for the special someones in your life. If you have any additional gift suggestions leave them in the comments below.