Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Best Stocking Stuffers for Travelers

11/2/17 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 accessories to apparel for the active traveler, we've compiled a list of our 5 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. 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.

2. 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!

3. 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.

4. Parker Pen

Sometimes a photo doesn’t tell the full story of an adventure. 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 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!).

5. 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!

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.