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Holiday Gift Guide: 11 Best Stocking Stuffers for Travelers

11/6/17 by Matt Wastradowski

When you’re buying gifts for so many friends, family members, and loved ones, it’s easy to lose track of what’s under the tree. But if you’re at a loss for what to slide into their stocking, we’ve got you covered.

From photo accessories to apparel for the active traveler, we’ve compiled a list of our 11 favorite stocking stuffers this holiday season that come in at $50 or less. As you look for that one last perfect gift, keep these ideas in mind.

1. RayCue Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter

Back in 2015, iPhone users could perform all kinds of dazzling tasks with their devices. One such miracle? They could listen to music and charge their phones at the same time (because they used different ports). But the iPhone 7 did away with the auxiliary headphone jack, dealing a blow to multitasking travelers who are now forced to decide between dead batteries and boredom on long layovers.

Cue the RayCue Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter. The portable yet powerful dongle plugs into the iPhone’s lightning port and allows you to listen to music or watch videos via the attached headphone jack while *also *charging your phone and conserving battery life. The iPhone-toting traveler on your list won’t need it very often, but they’ll be glad to have this adapter when they do.

2. ExOfficio Sport Mesh Underwear

Underwear is a classic, yet unappreciated stocking stuffer. This holiday season, give the active traveler on your list something they’ll love to unwrap: ExOfficio Sport Mesh Underwear, available for both men and women.

The Sport Mesh line is available in several styles, each aimed at giving athletic travelers total control over the fit and feel. An ultralight mesh offers breathability and comfort in the midst of long hikes and bike rides, the line’s antimicrobial treatment reduces odors after grueling workouts, and a smooth waistband protects against chafing.

3. Rite in the Rain Spiral Notebook

The traveling writer on your list can take notes about last night’s decadent dinner, journal about their travels, and map out tomorrow’s plans with a Rite in the Rain All-Weather Side-Spiral Notebook.

It doesn’t matter whether your favorite traveler gets caught in a sudden downpour, spills wine at the table, or drops the notebook into a soggy puddle - no matter what the conditions might be, the 64-page notebook repels water, grease, mud, and more. It also features a waterproof notebook cover and Wire-O binding that stands up to heavy use on the road.

And what goes perfectly with a notebook? A Parker pen. With everything from a ballpoint Jotter to a fancy Urban Premium fountain pen, you’ll find a great option whether the recipient is an outdoor adventurer or aspiring novelist (or both!).

4. Beartwo Direct Solar Charger

There are few scarier travel experiences than watching your phone’s battery trickle down from 10% when you are hours from plugging in back at the hotel.

Don’t let the traveler on your list fall victim to this excruciating fate on their next trip. Simply outfit them with a 10,000-mAh solar charger from Beartwo for a steady stream of sun-fueled power.

The convenient charger clips onto a backpack, so travelers are charging whenever they’re outside. Other features include shockproof rubber that stands up to otherwise wince-inducing falls, an LED flashlight for additional functionality, and two USB ports so that two devices can charge simultaneously.

5. AmazonBasics Universal Travel Case

If the traveler in your life spends more of time scouring their bags for cards, cords, adapters, and accessories than actually traveling, make their life easier this holiday season with an AmazonBasics Universal Travel Case.

The case, slightly larger than a paperback book, sports a durable shell and plenty of space for electronics and essential accessories, including phones, portable battery chargers, and more.

6. Winner Outfitters Double Camping Hammock

Is the traveler on your list enchanted more by towering forests than bustling cities? Does a relaxing day in the woods sound more appealing than a night on the town?

If so, slip a Winter Outfitters Double Camping Hammock into their stocking this holiday season.

The sturdy hammock sets up in less than three minutes, comfortably holds two people, and supports up to 500 pounds. It can easily be attached to trees, poles, and other objects using the included straps, ropes, and carabiners. Whether relaxing at the beach, lounging on a hotel balcony, or hiking deep in the woods, they’ll love getting in touch with nature via their hammock.

7. ExOfficio BugsAway® Sol Cool™ Arm Sleeves

Have anyone on your list planning to head to the tropics for the holidays? The BugsAway® Sol Cool™ Gloves/Arm Sleeves will make sure that they can actually enjoy the rainforest, instead of worrying about all the critters that might be crawling around.

The fabric’s patented SILVADUR™ polymer eliminates odors, comes with UPF 50+ to block UV rays, and the fibers are infused with Xylitol, which cools your arms when you start sweating. Insect Shield® technology protects against common critters and silicone grips help keep the sleeves in place.

Add a BugsAway® Sol Cool™ bandana and your favorite traveler will be all set for their next trip!

8. Contigo Stainless Steel Water Bottle

When is a water bottle more than a water bottle? When it’s a Thermalock™ Matterhorn water bottle from Contigo. The bottle’s ability to preserve a liquid’s temperature and tough construction make it essential for an on-the-go traveler.

This 32 ounce, stainless steel bottle keeps drinks cold for a whopping 36 hours and hot for 14 hours, which means whether you’re backpacking in the winter or the summer, this bottle will do the trick.

It has a leak-proof lid, has a durable carrying loop, and even fits in most cup holders, so it will keep a drink at just the right temperature from home to the crag (or the slopes) and back!

9. Joby GorillaPod

Help your snap-happy friend get more from their camera with a Joby GorillaPod this holiday season.

Joby’s lineup of portable tripods feature flexible legs that work on solid ground or* *wrap around branches, poles, fences, and other objects. Joby makes several varieties of the GorillaPod, each geared toward various cameras, ranging from smartphones and point-and-shoots to professional-grade DSLR cameras. (If your friend is into smartphone photography, grab one of Joby’s Griptight ONE mounts for proper attachment.)

10. SimpLenz 5-in-1 Clip-on Cell Phone Lens Kit

Does your friend or loved one fancy themselves an ace smartphone photographer? Is their Instagram feed filled with images of historic monuments, panoramic views, exotic meals, and more?

If so, help take their photography to the next level with the SimpLenz 5-in-1 Clip-on Cell Phone Lens Kit.

The portable kit includes a lightweight carrying case for frequent travel, as well as five lenses that can easily clip onto most smartphones for wide angle, fisheye, telephoto, and other simple, yet eye-catching photography effects.

11. Connect Gloves from Marmot

Most people are never very far from their phones, whether they’re sitting around at home or hitting the slopes in Tahoe. It’s easy enough when you’re not doing much, but who wants to have to take off their gloves to answer a text or snap a picture of the mountain views?

Your friend will love the time you can save them by sticking a pair of Marmot’s Connect Gloves (for men and women) in their stocking this season. These bad boys are made of a stretch fleece with a grippy palm and a touch screen compatible index finger, so it’s easy to stay warm and use your phone at the same time.

No matter what kind of adventurer you have on your holiday list, one of these ideas are sure to put a smile on their face. And at $50 or less, you could even pick one up for yourself, too (we won’t tell!).

Originally written by RootsRated for ExOfficio.