Okay, it does kinda look like a upside-down flaccid penis and balls so let’s just get that out of the way right now shall we. I had a chance to test one out recently and I have to say the way it supports the neck and side of your head sure does beat one of those U-shaped travel pillows you see everywhere at the airport. Phallic or not, it was named best British Invention for 2013.
If the J-Pillow doesn’t tickle your fancy, check out my Guide to the Best Travel Pillows to see what other choices are out there.
Where to Buy: J-pillow Travel Pillow – Head, Chin and Neck Support
21. Travel Cribbage Board
Inspired by the crib boards carried by soldiers in World War II, this miniature pocket game is smaller than a deck of cards. Made of birch plywood, hand-dyed vegetable-tanned leather, brass hardware, and sporting a premium cork closure, it can be monogrammed for that personal touch.
Where to Buy: Travel Crib Board
22. World Map Compass Flask
What man doesn’t love some Christmas cheer in their stocking? Another handmade item, these flasks can be personalized with the monogram of the recipient. Add a mini-bottle of booze to this men’s stocking stuffer and he’ll get to test it out ASAP.
Where to Buy: World Map Compass Flask
23. World War II Playing Cards
Each of these 52 cards sports 3 images of both friendly and enemy aircraft. They make a great conversation starter and definitely help while away the hours waiting for that bus, train, or plane. And they easily fit into any Christmas stocking.
Where to Buy: Authentically Reproduced WW II Spotter Playing Cards
24. Zombie Survival Kit
Nothing says “I Love You” like the gift of Zombie Apocalypse preparation. Okay, so maybe it’s just soap, but the Zombie Survival Kit is definitely a one-of-a-kind stocking filler designed especially for men.
Where to Buy: Zombie Survival Kit
25. Earth Puzzleball
Ladies and gentleman, I give you the world. At least a world puzzle. This 540-piece puzzle comes with a plastic base stand and a metal rotation stand so the recipient can spin that sucker once it’s completed. No glue needed. But patience is. A great Christmas gift for any globetrotter on your list.
Where to Buy: Ravensburger 3D The Earth Puzzleball – 540 Piece
26. Monogrammed Leather Wallet
Each of these minimalist leather wallets is handmade, and rather manly looking if I do say so myself. Can be customized with keyring and personalized monogram as well. Be a doll and suggest he use his old one as a fake wallet while travelling.
Where to Buy: Monogrammed Leather Wallet
27. resqme Car Escape Tool
This is pretty nifty — a car escape tool that fits on a keychain. The tool is designed to shatter any car windshield with just one punch, and it has a concealed steel seatbelt cutter blade built right in. Handy for those car chases in foreign countries when you wind up in a lake.
Where to Buy: resqme: The Original Keychain Car Escape Tool
28. GO-SIM Global SIM Card
A global SIM card is great for whirlwind trips so there are no worries about signing up for local prepaid mobile phone service. GO-SIM works in 195 countries and on over 150 cruise ships. If you’ve been on a cruise ship you know how expensive mobile data can be. Comes with either a U.S. or U.K. phone number, saves you up to 80% on normal roaming rates, and works on any unlocked mobile phone.
Price: packages including SIM and airtime/data start at $19.95
Where to Buy: GO-SIM Global SIM Card
29. Vintage Flag Luggage Tags
These make a great cheap stocking stuffer for any man who travels. USA, Italy, France, Germany, Finland and many other country’s flags are also available. Ten percent of proceeds go to the SPCA.
Price: $9.99 for two luggage tags
Where to Buy: Vintage Tag Luggage Tags
30. Travel Tie Case
For the travelling businessman or dandy fretting over wrinkles, this tie case may be the perfect men’s Christmas stocking filler. Besides holding up to six ties, there’s also a zippered pouch built in to hold cuff links and tie clips.
Where to Buy: Travel Tie Case
31. Sugru Self Setting Rubber
Honestly, I can’t believe I never heard about this stuff earlier. Sugru is a mouldable glue that turns into rubber, and it has about 17 million uses (my estimate, not theirs.) You can use it to create a mount for a GoPro camera, reinforce Macbook charger cables, repair broken luggage, seal a leaky air mattress — just about anything you can imagine and Sugru can be used to fix, alter, or improve it. Check out the Sugru’s website to see exactly what this stuff is cable of doing. Of all the stocking stuffers for men on this list, this is the one I recommend will definitely get the most use.
Price: $12.95 for a 3-pack
Where to Buy: Sugru Moldable Glue
32. GoPro Hero Case & Accessories
This is a pretty sweet deal considering I paid 30 bucks just for a GoPro carrying case. Currently only $14.99, this one includes all the accessories too — chest harness mount, adjustable head strap, bike handlebar mount, and an extendable handheld monopod (AKA “selfie stick”) with a tripod adapter. Stockings, prepare to be stuffed.
33. Military Shoe & Boot Cleaning Kit
Great for anyone who needs spiffy shoes or boots, this kit includes boot and shoe polish, a few assorted brushes, and a pretty swell travel case to boot. (See what I did there?)
Where to Buy: Military Shoe & Boot Cleaning Care Kit
34. Travel Scarf with Hidden Pocket
My pal Beth from the travel blog Bears & Beans started making these nifty scarves to offer travellers a way to hide valuables that wasn’t an ugly money belt. Each scarf is custom made and the hidden zippered compartment is capable of holding a passport, smartphone, keys, and even wads of cash.
Where to Buy: Travel Scarf with Hidden Pocket
35. Custom Leather Journal
Handmade from honest-to-goodness cowhide, these journals make a very manly stocking stuffer indeed. Each journal has a refillable notebook and can be customized with up to 10 words and any one of over 3000 images. A stellar gift idea for any travelling wordsmith.
Where to Buy: Custom Leather Journal
36. Smartphone/Camera 360-Degree Timelapse Accessory
Great for any budding filmmaker, this mechanism allows anyone with an iPhone, Android, or any other smartphone to create 360 degree time-lapse films. Also works with any camera up to 750 grams. Add in the extra GoPro Hero mount for just $6.99 more and you’ve got yourself a pretty fun stocking stuffer for any traveller.
37. Antique Globe Cuff Links
Featuring an old world map, these stylin’ cuff links add a touch of class to any men’s Christmas stocking.
Where to Buy: Antique Globe Cuff Links
38. Belkin Travel Surge Protector
This travel surge protector sports three outlets and two additional USB ports making it great for techies staying at cheap hotels and hostels that have limited electrical sockets. I have one of these and even use it at home almost every day. The plug itself swivels around for those hard to reach outlets, making it easy to get the best fit. A welcome gift idea for any travelling man’s Christmas stocking.
39. SIGG Traveller Water Bottle
On my very first backpacking trip I was given a SIGG water bottle, and it lasted me up until a couple of years ago when I lost that sucker. It’s still the best water bottle I’ve ever owned. Classic. Stylish. And the water you get out of it tastes like the water you put into it — no tinny or plastic taste like some others I’ve tried.
Price: starts at $6.91
Where to Buy: SIGG Traveller Water Bottle
40. ICON iPad/MacBook Sleeve
Made with the magical-sounding TENSAERALITE technology (you know it’s special because of the CAPS), the ICON sleeve (there go those CAPS again) is a shock-absorbent case designed for Apple’s iPad or MacBook. It sports a fur-lined interior and a magnetic snap closure for added protection. The $39.99 starting price may sound hefty, but considering the protective shell case I bought for 40 bucks already broke I think it’s a worthwhile investment, especially for the clumsy man on your Christmas gift list.
Price: starts at $39.99
Where to Buy: Incase Icon Sleeve with Tensaerlite for MacBook