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Best Stocking Stuffers for Travelers (PHOTOS)

When it comes to travel, bigger isn't always better. The most ingenious gifts often come in the lightest packages, making it easier to meet TSA liquid restrictions and new carry-on-bag limits while also freeing travelers to be spontaneous.
12/05/2014 03:23pm ET | Updated February 4, 2015
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When it comes to travel, bigger isn't always better. The most ingenious gifts often come in the lightest packages, making it easier to meet TSA liquid restrictions and new carry-on-bag limits while also freeing travelers to be spontaneous.

In that spirit, we've put together a shopping list of stocking stuffers fit for road warriors, stylish jet-setters, armchair explorers, and everyone in between -- starting at $5.

Read on for our favorite products worth their weight in a carry-on.

W&P Carry-On Cocktail Kit
See More of the Best Stocking Stuffers for TravelersThe craft cocktail trend takes to the sky—no bartender required—with a DIY old-fashioned kit from Brooklyn design firm W&P. The tin is small enough to slide into your carry-on, and it’s TSA/FAA approved. It comes outfitted with everything you might need to make a stiff drink (or two) at 30,000 feet: bitters, cane sugar, a linen coaster, and a muddler. Simply order a mini-bottle of bourbon and pretend you’re Don Draper for the duration of your flight. Additional recipes are coming soon ($25).Photo: Joshua Williams
Cord Taco
See More of the Best Stocking Stuffers for TravelersDesigned to keep USB cables, earbud headphones, chargers, and other wires in check with a simple snap, these leather half-moon organizers are a must for tech-savvy travelers. The tacos come in a set of three; we won’t tell if you decide to gift two and toss one in your bag to keep tangles at bay ($28).Photo: Flight 001
Ursa Major Happy Camper Set
See More of the Best Stocking Stuffers for TravelersFounded in Vermont, Ursa Major features natural grooming products that cleanse and nourish skin without harsh chemicals and toxins. Test-drive the line with a TSA-friendly set of deluxe samples, including the brand’s cleanser, face balm, shaving cream, and single-use face wipes ($5).Photo: Ursa Major of Vermont
Photojojo Phone Lenses
See More of the Best Stocking Stuffers for TravelersPhotojojo’s snap-on lenses come in fisheye, telephoto, polarizer, wide angle, and macro. Available for both iPhone and Android devices, the lenses will up your Instagram game ($20–$30).Photo: Photojojo
Anywhere Travel Guide
See More of the Best Stocking Stuffers for TravelersFlip through this deck of cards for suggestions (“Ask the next person you meet where his/her favorite street is. Go there.”) to rediscover your city, one card at a time. Or pack them on your next trip as a way to get to know the locals ($13).Photo: ModCloth
FlipBelt
See More of the Best Stocking Stuffers for TravelersWhen you’re out for a jog or want to travel light, stash your valuables in a sleek, discreet FlipBelt. Designed to sit snug on the hips, these brightly colored waistbands can hold keys, phones, credit cards, and more with no bulk and no bounce ($29).Photo: Samantha Bruce
MarieBelle New York Chocolates
See More of the Best Stocking Stuffers for TravelersSatisfy a sweet tooth with this set of four single-origin chocolate ganaches, decorated with festive scenes like New York’s Rockefeller Center skating rink and beautifully packaged in a bejeweled shopping-bag-like box ($23).Photo courtesy of MarieBelle Chocolates