As the saying goes, the best things come in small packages, and this particularly resonates when buying gifts for travelers who value space. In additional to portability, these stocking stuffers are also functional and will help enhance any globetrotter’s trip. Whether it’s a packable vest, budget-friendly earbuds, or face masks for DIY spa nights, this list will provide plenty of inspiration. Plus, these presents are all under $50. Here, a guide to some of the best stocking stuffers to buy for travelers.
Soundcore Life Dot 2
For a pair of quality wireless earbuds that won’t break the bank, look to Soundcore’s Life Dot 2. Despite the low price tag, they deliver solid sound quality and eight hours on a single full charge, with up to a total of 100 hours of playtime thanks to its impressive, high-capacity charging case. They’re equipped with the brand’s zero-pressure AirWings made from soft silicone, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit. The earbuds also boast an IPX5 water-resistant rating, meaning they’ll stand up to light rain or sweat during workout sessions.
Uniqlo Warm Padded Quilted Vest
A purveyor of some of the best travel jackets in the market, Uniqlo’s outerwear is beloved for their lightweight and packable design without compromising on warmth. This padded vest features a diamond quilted pattern, a water-repellent coating, an anti-static lining, and both exterior and interior pockets for ample storage. The garment’s collar can also fold inward, secured by snap button closure, for hidden layering under V-neck coats.
Seed DS-01 Daily Synbiotic
Going far beyond just gut health, Seed’s two-in-one capsule contains both probiotics and prebiotics that have been clinically and scientifically proven to also benefit skin and heart health, making it not only the perfect travel companion to help regulate digestion, but also overall wellbeing. The capsule’s outer shell blocks out moisture, oxygen, and heat, so no refrigeration is needed, and the accompanying glass vial can hold a weeklong supply while you’re on the constant move. The company also keeps sustainability top of mind, using packaging that can be recycled or compostable and comes with a reusable jar for monthly refills.
Anker 511 Charger (Nano 3, 30W) With USB-C To Lightning Cable
Compact, yet powerful, Anker’s latest wall charger features folding prongs and a 30W output that quickly powers up phones, earbuds, tablets, and even laptops. This mighty, miniature accessory can be bundled with their new plant-based Lightning cable for iPhone users, but I’d highly suggest buying a USB-C to USB-C cord as well for other devices. And for those who appreciate a nice aesthetic, both the charger and cords come in five colors, including three beautiful pastel hues.
Peak Design Packing Cubes
Ask any frequent traveler and they’ll probably tell you packing cubes are one of the most useful accessories you can own. They can compress clothing, save space in luggage, prevent garments from wrinkling, and help with organization. Peak Design, which makes one of the best travel backpacks in the game, also has stellar packing cubes. While pricier than other options on the market, these have been brilliantly designed with expansion and compression zips; a quick-access, tear-away opening; and dual compartments to separate clean and dirty clothes. Like the company’s other gear, the cubes are sustainably made—in this instance, with recycled shell fabric—and come with a lifetime guarantee. They’re available in small and medium sizes, fitting up to 10 and 20 T-shirts, respectively, and three colorways. And if you’re looking for something specifically for shoes, they have a dedicated pouch for kicks, too.
Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Masks
Looking to treat your loved one with a DIY, in-room spa treatment? Or maybe you just want to help them combat dry skin from a long-haul flight or arid climate conditions. Whatever your reason may be, face masks are an underrated gift for travelers. These coconut water–infused gel masks by Farmacy provide intense hydration, have a brightening formula for a radiant glow, and contain plant-based collagen to increase firmness. But if you know that they already have a stash of face masks, the brand also makes several other affordable skincare products like an oil-free moisturizer and hyaluronic acid cleanser under $50.
Noshinku Refillable Natural Hand Sanitizers
Whether it’s COVID-19 protection or a general desire to keep hands germ-free, hand sanitizers have become a staple for travelers. Noshinku’s hand sanitizers contain 70 percent ethyl alcohol that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria alongside natural ingredients like jojoba, aloe, argan oil, and coconut to prevent hands from drying out. They have a slim design for easy carrying and are also refillable, thereby reducing plastic waste. The three- and six-pack discovery sets both fall under $50 and include different fragrances, but if you already know which scent your loved one will enjoy, I recommend gifting the refill duo that includes a sprayer and refill pouch.
Lifestraw Peak Series Collapsible Squeeze Bottle With Filter
It’s time to say goodbye to single-use plastic and Lifestraw’s collapsible bottle makes it easier than ever. Compact and made from a durable, leak-proof material, the bottle also comes with the brand’s signature membrane microfilter that removes 99.9 percent of bacteria, parasites, and microplastics to ensure access to clean drinking water. Whether your loved ones like to go hiking, camping, or explore urban destinations, it’s extremely versatile and is suitable for any type of traveler. Choose between the one-liter or 650-milliliter size and color options of either blue or black.
Peak Design Packable Tote
What is it that makes Peak Design’s packable tote so special? For starters, the bag can self-stuff into the interior zippered pocket to a size that’s a smidge larger than a deck of cards. Then there’s the water-resistant shell made from recycled ripstop 70D nylon that’s both durable and lightweight. We also can’t forget the padded strap for a comfortable carry or the zipper closure that prevents anything from entering or falling out of the tote. Given that all of these elements are accompanied by a lifetime guarantee, it’s really no surprise why travelers love this carryall.
Belkin BoostCharge Magnetic Wireless Car Charger 10W
These days our smartphones double as a GPS and when it comes to road trips, a good car mount is imperative. If your loved one has an iPhone or a device housed in a MagSafe case, Belkin’s BoostCharge mount is the perfect gift. The accessory has a rotatable base and clip that fits most air vents; a strong magnet to secure smartphones on even the bumpiest drives; and can double as a fast wireless charger with up to 10W of power. While the mount usually retails for $59.99, it’s currently $24 off at time of publishing thanks to the company’s Black Friday deal. But if you’ve missed the sale, are strict on your budget, and can go without the charging feature, check out the brand’s Car Vent Mount Pro with MagSafe.
Ostrichpillow Eye Mask
For the family member who needs absolute darkness in order to sleep, Ostrichpillow’s Eye Mask may be what they’re looking for. This mask is extremely soft, has an adjustable strap, effectively blocks out light, and comes with a travel pouch. The molded shape has space for the nose bridge and recessed, blink-friendly eye cups that also provide a little extra room for false lash extensions. Keep in mind, though, that the extra padding that supports a blackout experience also means that this mask is best suited for back sleepers.
Matador NanoDry Packable Shower Towel
Whether your loved ones like to be prepared for outdoor adventures or prefer to use their own shower towel, this one from Matador is a superb choice. Made from a nanofiber material, this towel is ultra-lightweight, highly absorbent, and dries quickly. It has a built-in loop that makes it easy to hang up and comes in a silicone case with a carabiner for external carry. Honestly, they may love it so much that they’ll use it back at home.
Filson 1970’s Logger Thermal Socks
Made from wool, these thick and cushy socks by heritage brand Filson benefit from the material’s natural benefits like high breathability, temperature regulation, and odor prevention. The thermal knit construction increases insulation, keeping feet nice and toasty in frigid conditions, while the stretch-ribbing prevents the top from rolling down. They’re incredibly soft and comfortable, turning even the hardest rubber boots into a cloud-like walking experience.