Every year Santa Claus takes the ultimate road trip, traveling all across the globe to cities big and small, spreading cheer in his magical sleigh. If you want to capture some of that magic for yourself by presenting the perfect small gift to a road tripper in your life, this list of twelve perfect Road Trip Stocking Stuffers and Secret Santa gifts is your guide to small things that will give a big smile to the travel lovers who receive them.
Stocking stuffers are gifts that are small enough to fit in a Christmas stocking, or your glove box. And Secret Santa gifts are small presents that usually come with a small budget. Both types of gifts are usually affordable trinkets that won’t break your bank. Each of these road trip gifts are small enough to be tucked away into a travel bag and affordable enough to gift on a budget.
Each of these road trip stocking stuffers is under a $50 budget, most well under. So whether you’re looking to lavish your road trip partner with a stocking full of love or show a small token of appreciation for the travel-loving coworker whose name you drew out of a hat, these fun road trip accessories are the perfect small road trip gifts for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, or just to say you care.
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- Road Trip Goodie Bags for Adults
12 Days of Road Trip Stocking Stuffers & Secret Santa Gifts for Travel Lovers
1. The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book
Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation. The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book features fun and engaging journal prompts. plus 100 activities and games to play in the car, at your hotel, or at stops along your route.
Bonus: This book not only serves as an activity book to keep everyone entertained in the car but with fun journal prompts and a trip log it will serve as a road trip memento for years to come!
2. Road Trip Money Coin Pouch
Not many people keep change on hand nowadays. But it’s always good to have a few coins on hand for a road trip. You never know when you’ll need some for a toll booth, an older parking meter, an old school soda machine, or a pressed penny mavhine! This road trip money coin pouch is the perfect place to keep your loose road trip change.
Bonus: this coin pouch makes the perfect vessel for delivering Christmas or birthday money for someone planning a big road trip!
3. Saucemoto Dip Clip
The perfect road trip stocking stuffer for anyone who likes to eat in the car…and that’s everyone! Clip this ketchup/condiment holder into your car’s vent and never eat sauceless drive-through fries again!
Bonus: You can buy these car condiment containers in a variety of colors, like red, gray, or black, to match the road trip car!
4. Petcube Cam
Traveling can be hard for pet parents when they have to leave their dogs or cats at home. Give them peace of mind and a glimpse into what their four-legged friends do when they are not there, with a Petcube Cam. The most basic of the Petcube models these are a solid choice for travelers wanting to check in with their furry friends from afar.
5. The Wander Club Travel Tokens
Commemorate everywhere you went on a road trip or all your road trips! The Wander Club travel tokens are a modern charm bracelet for travelers. Small tokens represent countries, states, national parks, and other milestones. Collect charms for every adventure.
Bonus: Get a starter set with a key chain or necklace and few tokens, then add to it with every trip to come.
6. Sephora #LIPSTORIES Lipstick
For makeup-loving passenger princesses, these affordable lipsticks are some of my favs. They’re perfect for a quick change of look to match your favorite roadside attraction and the tubes feature road-trip worthy themes like desert scenery, diners, and motels.
Bonus: these lipsticks are so affordable you can pack your road trip companion’s stocking with several different shades.
When I think stocking stuffers, no matter who the recipient or what the theme, I think snacks. And snacks are especially perfect for road trip stocking stuffers. Whether your travel-loving gift receiver loves salty chips, sweet gummy candies, luscious chocolate, fizzy soda, or healthy granola, a small bag or two of their favorite treat is a welcome addition to any Christmas stocking or goodie bag.
Bonus: If you want to go the extra mile, swap your stocking for a Road Trip Snacks tote bag!
8. Gift CARDS
Gift cards make great stocking stuffers for road trip lovers. Think things that you can use on a road trip, like gas stations, coffee shops, or fast food restaurants. What’s great about gift certificates if that you can tailor the type and amount to fit your budget and preferences!
Bonus: in lieu of a gift certificate, consider a virtual present they can use on the road, like an Audible Plus membership!
9. These Are My Road Trip Socks
Keep your feet warm in air conditioned cars or chilly motel rooms with a pair of fun road-trip themed socks. Socks get a bad rap as Christmas presents but they can be a welcome surprise in any stocking or goodie bag, especially if they have a fun message the recipient can appreciate.
Bonus: Keep their toes both warm and manicured but including a travel-sized pedicure set as well.
10. Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways
With route recommendations, off-the-road highlights, driving maps, colorful photography, and expert advice, Road Trip USA would be a fun gift for someone going on a road trip for the first time or the fiftieth!
Bonus: There are a variety of road trip books that would make fun stocking stuffers. Here are some more of our favorites:
11. Travel Bingo Set
Reusable bingo cards provide hours of entertainment for families or friends at home or on the road. This set of four reusable cards have shutter slides so you can click them closed whenever you see one of the road signs or other popular things to see on a road a trip!
Bonus: There are so many more small travel games you can gift as a stocking stuffer. Here are some more of our favorites:
12. Vintage Motel Keychain
An homage to vintage motel key chains you’d have on a retro road trip, modern versions with catchy phrases make fun road trip stocking stuffers or travel-themed Secret Santa Gifts.
Bonus: You can find many varieties that both capture the nostalgia of the road and fit your gift recipient’s personality. Find ones for their favorite TV show hotel, an inspirational affirmation, a fun saying, a zodiac sign, a favorite attraction, or a favorite road trip activity.