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16 Great Gifts Under $50 for the Traveler

Funding their vacation is out of the question, but these affordable gifts will help them make the most of their trips.


Editor’s Note: The stockings are hung by the chimney with care — now what the hell are you gonna put in there? Ah, stocking stuffers. The little things: extras, last minute goodies, the old standbys. There’s an endless supply of stocking-size gifts under $50, and picking up the right ones can be a little daunting. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered the best affordable gifts around to please anyone on your list. Need more ideas? Check out all of our Stocking Stuffer Guides.


Nest Security Cam
Because being away from home doesn’t mean you can’t check up on it. (And that luxury is worth the extra cash.) $199

Matador Pocket Blanket
Because chairs aren’t everywhere. $25

Grayl Quest Water Filtration Cup Tap Filter
Because the bathroom isn’t what you came to see. $45

Zipper Waxed Canvas Pouch
Because your stuff deserves more than a Ziplock bag. $35

L.L.Bean Wrinkle-Free Classic Oxford Cloth Shirt
Because you don’t know how to say “iron” in Urdu. $45

ExOfficio Give-N-Go-Boxer
Because they dry incredibly fast and fight the growth of odorous bacteria. $16+

SmartWool PhD Outdoor Light Crew Socks
Because they’ll keep your feet comfortable through almost anything. $20

‘Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life’
Because you’ve always dreamed of doing it yourself. $19

CaseCrown Omini iPad Air 2 Case with Viewing Stand
Because The Wirecutter says it’s the best budget iPad case on the market. $12

Humangear GoToob Travel Bottles
Because squeezing works so much better than shaking. $23

Quip Electric Toothbrushes
Because it’s smaller than almost every electric toothbrush on the market and comes with a travel cover. $35+

‘Plotted: A Literary Atlas’
Because some of the best places aren’t on a real map. $20

Victorinox Luggage Strap
Because you aren’t the first person to prefer black luggage. $15

The Gear Patrol Magazine
Because Issue #1 features seven chapters’ worth of world traveling. $20

GP Store: Range Rover Classic County
Because if you’re going to hit the road, hit it in classic — and utilitarian — style. $33,000

GP Store: Sydney Opera House Print
Because you can practically hear the arias. $30
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