Christmas gift ideas for kids who love to travel

Looking for travel inspired Christmas gifts for your little globe trotters?  Every year at around this time I start panic buying.  Worrying that I haven’t bought enough for my two boys, niece and nephews.  I end up with shopping bags bursting with plastic toys that they really don’t need and will only play with briefly.  This year I’m doing my best to avoid this by buying gifts that they can use whilst we are travelling and gifts that will create family memories.  Below I’ve put together a list of Christmas gift ideas for kids who love to travel – thoughtful gifts that will inspire your kids interest in the world and also experiences that you can give as a gift and enjoy together in the new year.  I hope you find it useful.

Christmas gifts for kids who love to travel

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Buy them a gift of a family experience 

This year my boys are getting tickets to their first rugby game and football match.  In the past I’ve wrapped up (in huge boxes!) tickets to attractions and festivals such as LegolandCBeebies Land at Alton Towers and Thomas Land at Drayton Manor. To save money at this very expensive time of year buy with your Nectar and Tesco club card points.  For world-wide attractions check out Get Your Guide.

Christmas gift ideas for kids who love to travel

Gifts for kids to use when travelling

A travel journal is a lovely way to document family holidays and encourage your kids to continue writing whilst on schools holidays.

Anything that encourages my boys to sleep whilst we are flying gets my approval!  We never fly long haul without taking their character neck pillows and travel blankets.

Passport holders.  Essential?  No.  Fun? Most definitely!  Novelty passport holders and luggage tags are a cute idea for any kids stocking.

Drinks bottle and packed lunch boxesMy boys are Paw Patrol and Pokemon crazy at the moment and so I know they are going to love these for taking on our travels…

Travel games come in very handy during long road trips and flights. My boys love playing cards.  Magic water books and sticker books can keep them entertained for hours!

Kids luggage – a great travel gift that can be used for years

Trunkies for Tots and Young Kids –  My boys love their Trunki’s.  They come in lots of different styles, including one you can design yourself which we reviewed here.  Christmas gift ideas


Cool bag for tweens and teens – I love this bag by Zinc Flyte.


Travel clothes for kids

I love spoiling my kids at Christmas with novelty swim wear which they can wear year round for swimming lessons and also whilst we are on holiday.  Simply Swim have some lovely girls swimwear including some festive ones –

and for boys I love these bright seaside themed shorts!

Gadgets & gizmos for kids who love to travel

Kindle – Perfect for kids who love reading (and adults who want to avoid lugging heavy books around).  Prior to a trip you can download their fav books onto a kindle for hours of peace on the plane!








Kid friendly camera – My eldest has a VTech KidiZoom Duo Camera in blue (also available in pink).  For a 5/6 year old it’s great, he enjoys playing games on it, adding filters to photos and creating short movies.  I however don’t think the photo quality is great.  Older kids may prefer a compact camera like the Nikon COOLPIX (available in various colours too). 

Games console – My eldest has put a Nintendo 2DS firmly at the top of his list to Santa this year.  This hand held gadget allows parents to easily restrict content by the game’s rating and also regulate the use of wifi. This will be his first games console but we are seriously tempted to give in and let him have one as apparently ALL of his friends have one!  







Flashlights and head torches – My boys love playing with torches even when at home but particularly when we’re camping.  These are a great idea for a little stocking filler –

Travel books, puzzles and magazine subscriptions

There are several magazines/activity packs that offer an annual subscription and make lovely Christmas gifts for travel loving kids.  Go Jetters is a popular kids TV programme which features famous landmarks from around the world.  National Geographic magazines feature incredible stories from around the globe to inspire kids and Little Passports explore different countries and traditions in their monthly activity packs.










A children’s picture atlas is a timeless gift that will inspire kids to learn about the world for many years.  My boys also love their Lonely Planet travel book and Big Earth book. 

Globe and world map jigsaw – A globe is a great visual tool to help kids learn about the world in a fun and engaging way.  This world map jigsaw by Orchard Toys was one of my eldest son’s (age 5 at the time) fave Christmas gifts last year. He still plays with it regularly now.


I hope my Christmas gift ideas for kids who love to travel have helped you with your last minute shopping dilemmas!  

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  1. Nigel William
    30th December 2017 / 12:25 am

    Hi, Lisa! This is an amazing list! We all know how deciding what to get for the kids around holidays can be hard, so your article is a real life savior. I was wondering, do you think there are enough travel-friendly thing for kids? Do you ever thought of something that could be really handy but not on the market yet? 🙂

    • 31st December 2017 / 8:33 am

      I think there are far too many kids travel gadgets and gizmos available which are just a waste of money to be honest Nigel. I have lots of ideas for travel products which would genuinely be helpful to parents and entertaining for kids though, although my lips are sealed as its something I would like to develop other the next few years;)

  2. 11th December 2017 / 8:45 am

    Great ideas here Lisa, I think I’d like to get him all of them! Although the camera is just brilliant isn’t it – I love the idea of him capturing his own moments…

  3. 10th December 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Some really lovely ideas here Lisa! Love the Vtech camera, and the idea of a magazine subscription for the little ones! And we are a lover of the Zinc flyte too 🙂

  4. 10th December 2017 / 8:45 pm

    We’re all about the gadgets here and rely on Kindle on long journeys! Lovely selection of gift ideas 😊

  5. 10th December 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I love that there are so many gift ideas for kids who enjoy exploring the world. We have a few of these already, but there’s some that will definitely find their way under the tree this year
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    • 10th December 2017 / 8:51 pm

      It makes a huge difference doesn’t it! We used them in the summer for Legoland and saved a fortune

  6. 8th December 2017 / 4:23 pm

    We have the Nikon Coolpix for our sons. They each got one on their 3rd birthday. Very robust!

  7. 8th December 2017 / 1:46 pm

    What a brilliant comprehensive list! We are doing tickets to a couple of things for our older children this year, they just don’t really need anything, so this solves a problem. I was stuck what to get for the toddler though, and you have just reminded me about trunkis! Thank you! 🙂 x

  8. 8th December 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Not exactly travel but an awful lot of these are ideal for hospital stays with kiddies. My son spends a lot of his time traveling to hospital and staying . You’ve given me some great ideas for our next visit x

  9. 8th December 2017 / 11:19 am

    Brilliant ideas – I just brought Sophie a Trunki & she is so in love with it! Love the idea of an attraction ticket x

  10. 8th December 2017 / 10:52 am

    I think family experiences would make perfect gifts. Nothing beats having an adventure with your family 🙂

  11. 8th December 2017 / 9:22 am

    Some great kids gifts. I’d have loved my own kids camera when I was a kid as it fascinated me x

  12. 7th December 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Some really great ideas – we’ve got or had quite a few of the things on your list, including the Vtech camera, and so I’ve been nodding along. Think my daughter would be pleased to open almost everything here on Christmas Day!

    • 7th December 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Aw good to hear I’ve thought of what girls like too Cathy!

  13. 7th December 2017 / 8:13 pm

    I would love to get Erin a camera at some point. She sees me with mine a lot and tries to use it too!

    • 7th December 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Aw they love copying don’t they! The VTech is very robust for young kids, ours has had plenty of knocks and falls and is still going strong!

  14. 7th December 2017 / 2:26 pm

    I love the idea of giving an atlas or a globe, what better way to encourage travelling than looking at the map in your bedroom – good idea!

    • 7th December 2017 / 2:34 pm

      Absolutely! My son has had a world map on his bedroom wall for a couple of years and when he learns about a country at school he loves to find it on the map!

  15. 7th December 2017 / 2:12 pm

    This is a great little gift guide! We bought the boys a globe to help us talk about our upcoming travels. My eldest has a Vtech camera and it’s amazing, we’ve now asked Father Christmas to bring one for my youngest. We have a Children’s atlas as well, they absolutely love looking through it and talking about all of the different countries.

    • 7th December 2017 / 2:34 pm

      I always find it incredible the questions kids ask about other countries. It’s great to encourage them to love to travel from an early age;)

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