Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for Men
Well, it’s that time of year again. You know, Santa, sleigh, reindeer. And Christmas shopping. Oh the Christmas shopping. In an effort to ease the pain of shopping for travel gifts for men on your Christmas list (because everyone says that men are hard to shop for), I’ve compiled a holiday gift guide of 101 Stocking Stuffers for Men Who Love Travel. I tried to find unique, useful, fun, and inexpensive gift ideas wherever possible.
So why only stocking stuffers you say? Many holiday gift guides only concentrate on the big-ticket item gifts (the iPads, the Kindles, the pricey travel gear), and since many long-term travellers are also budget travellers, it makes more sense to do a list of compact, portable, and inexpensive, but still useful, Christmas gifts. Most gifts are under $50, with the bulk of stocking stuffers under $20, and even a fair amount under 5 bucks. And although this gift guide is geared toward men, many of the gift ideas on this list are suitable for women as well.
So here goes.
101 Stocking Stuffers for Men Who Love Travel
(Updated November 2016)
1. Anti-Kidnapping Band
Suitable for any man on the lam in a high risk area, the The Anti-Kidnapping Band is designed to allow you to carry escape tools in your watch band. It’s a wearable insurance policy for military personnel, foreign aid workers, and journalists in conflict zones, as well as for travellers in countries with a high risk of kidnapping for ransom.
The Tactical Anti-Kidnapping Band allows the wearer to escape from rope, duct tape, zip ties, and handcuffs. How cool is that? Check out their website to see how it’s done.
Where to Buy: Anti-Kidnapping Band
2. Wine Condoms
Yes, you read that correctly. Funded through a Kickstarter campaign, these are contraceptives designed for wine bottles. Works on beer bottles too. They form a snug leak-proof seal over almost any bottle to keep your drink for later. Note: not to be used for sexual activity. Although extended consumption of wine may well lead things in that direction.
Price: $10 for a box of 10
Where to Buy: Wine Condoms
3. Personalized Bottle Opener/Corkscrew
Hatch.co curates a number of hand-crafted artisanal items, all of which can be personalized and customized so the end result is always utterly unique. My fave was this personalized wooden bottle opener/corkscrew from designer Matt McCoy.
Where to Buy: Personalized Wooden Bottle Opener
4. Survival Kit
If you’re in the market for a fire starter, fishing line, fishing hooks, tin foil, a knife, carabiner, wire, and more wrapped in a cord capable of hauling 500 pounds, then look no further then this Survival Kit from The Friendly Swede. Definitely a welcome gift for any man who travels.
5. Travel Mirror
For less than 10 bucks, the fog-free Shave Well Travel Mirror makes an excellent cheap stocking stuffer for men. It’s thin, unbreakable and portable. Plus it easily stuffs into a carry-on or backpack, and takes up relatively little space.
Where to Buy: The Shave Well Company Fog-Free Travel Mirror
6. Camera Lens Thermos/Mug
Another stocking stuffer under 10 bucks, this is pretty much the coolest looking travel mug I’ve seen. It’s made of stainless steel with a rubber grip, and well, it keeps your coffee warm. Not a real camera lens though, but how cool would that be?
7. I Shoot People T-Shirt
A t-shirt any budding photographer will appreciate. Comes in multiple colours, and it’s pre-shrunk so no worries about shrinkage. Because you know men worry about such things.
8. Compression Socks
Although I’ve always thought of Deep Vein Thrombosis as something made up — along the lines of Narnia or Sasquatch — a friend of mine spent 5 days in hospital from a blood clot due to sitting too long on a road trip, so it’s caused me to rethink my position. Apparently compression socks can actually save your life. If you’re looking for men’s compression socks (or even women’s) that don’t look too Grandma-ish, check out the stylish lineup from a company called Vim & Vigr.
Where to Buy: VIM & VIGR Men’s Compression Socks
9. Bed Bug Spray
Perhaps not one of the sexiest stocking stuffers out there, but if you’ve ever encountered bed bugs on your travels then you know that this one can be useful. This travel-sized bed bug spray is non-toxic and safe around humans and pets.
10. Travel Toothbrush Sanitizer
If you’re buying for a germaphobe who’s anal about his teeth, then this might be what the doctored ordered. The UV light rids any toothbrush of germs in six minutes. It’s battery operated and portable for any germ-fearing man on the go.
11. Base Wash Travel Gel
Designed specifically for washing base layers and other quick-dry travel clothes, this gel in a tube is VERY concentrated, so you’ll only need a dab to hand wash a load in a sink. It’s TSA compliant too.
Where to Buy: Nikwax Base Wash Travel Gel Cleaner 60ml
12. Carry-On Tech Sleeve
I have one of these and love it to bits. I can fit my iPod, iPhone, Android phone and portable power charger in it, plus hide all the messy cords on the inside. It’s sleek and compact, and fits perfectly in the laptop compartment of my backpack (with still room in there for my laptop.) A perfect stocking filler for the techie traveller. Available in black as well.
Where to Buy: G.U.S. Carry-On Tech Sleeve (Zen Collection)
13. Decibullz Contour Earphones
Cancel out the noise while traveling with these contoured earphones. What makes them unique is that they can be easily custom fitted to prevent falling off — you heat up the earphones before use so they mold into the shape of your ear canal. The perfect fit reduces ear soreness common with other earphones. The Decibullz Contour earphones make a superb Christmas present for men with an ear for music. Definitely the best fitting earphones I’ve ever owned.
Where to Buy: Decibullz Contour Earphones
14. Magnetic Fridge Map
Nothing like a visit to the fridge to inspire some wanderlust. The Mapnetic Fridge Map comes with a dry erase marker so you can pinpoint where you’ve been, or chart the places you want to go.
Where to Buy: Luckies of London Mapnetic World Map
For the fifth year in a row, Boingo was named “Best Wi-Fi Service” in Global Traveler’s 11th Annual GT Tested Reader Survey Awards. I’ve had a Boingo account for a couple of years now, and love the fact that I get access to thousands of hotspots worldwide, and not just at airports either. Subscriptions start at only $4.98 for the first month and make a great (and original) stocking stuffer for guys on the go. There’s even a Boingo app for smartphones and tablets to make it easier to connect.
Price: starts at $4.98 for the first month
Where to Buy: Boingo
16. Clever Travel Companion
When I first heard of these underwear with built-in pockets, I was expecting something akin to grannie panties. I’m happy to report they are sleek and sexy and get this – even quite useful. Designed to thwart pickpockets, these underwear for men and women make a great Christmas stocking stuffer idea. Sizes tend to fit snugly, so order a size larger then you think you need.
Price: $29.90 (Note: some sizes and styles currently on sale for $14.95)
17. Wood Underwear
Okay so if pockets won’t go over well, but you’re still in the market for men’s travel underwear, I really like the lineup from Wood Underwear. They’re moisture wicking, microbial, and feel pretty amazing. The camo version hides any, ummm, dirt. Plus what man doesn’t like to get underwear for Christmas?
Where to Buy: Wood Underwear Wood Boxer Brief
18. Smartphone Projector
Ever have to sit through a slideshow of your grandparent’s vacation? Well this is throwback to that age with a definitely modern bent — a projector that magnifies smartphone images to 10x their size. It’s pretty low-tech, and also low cost. At just 27 bucks, it works with any iPhone, Android, or Windows device and makes this one of the more unique inexpensive stocking stuffers for men, or just about anyone who loves to show off their travel photos.
Where to Buy: Luckies of London Smartphone Projector
19. Xero Shoes
Okay they’re not really shoes, they’re sandals, and they probably won’t fit in any stocking, but they’re still a pretty sweet Christmas gift idea for men.
Billed as “The most comfortable, versatile sandals your feet will ever love,” Xero Shoes are lightweight (only 4.5 ounces) and take up almost no space. They slip on and off at airports, and they’re strong enough to handle a day on the beach, a workout in the gym, a hike in the woods, or even a 100-mile ultramarathon through the jungles of Costa Rica.
Price: Starting at $64.99
Where to Buy: Lightweight Xero Shoes Barefoot Sport Sandals