Travel gifts for kids of all ages – toddlers through to teens.
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 boys. This year I’m trying my best to buy gifts they can use whilst we are travelling and gifts that will create family memories. (We have enough plastic tat in the house as it is!). 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 as a family throughout the new year. I hope you find these ideas useful.
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Travel gifts for kids of all ages – Attraction tickets
This year I’m going to be making full use of our new Merlin Entertainment annual passes. I’m wrapping (in huge boxes!) vouchers that I’ve printed off with countdown charts to when we are going to visit Alton Towers, Legoland, Blackpool Tower and Shreks Adventure over the year. Inside the boxes I’m also popping in envelopes containing a little pocket money so that my boys have some spends for souvenirs and ice creams whilst at the attractions.
(Merlin have an annual pass sale on at the moment, discounted to just £109pp which access to 32 attractions with an extra 3 months added so that you can visit for 15 months. This isn’t an advert, I just thought it was a really good discount worth sharing. It ends on the 3rd December though so you need to be quick!)
Other ways to save money at this very expensive time of year is to buy attraction tickets using Nectar or Tesco club card points. For world-wide discounted tickets to attractions check out Get Your Guide.
Travel gifts for kids – helpful for when on the go
A travel journal is a lovely way to document family holidays and encourage your kids to continue writing whilst holiday.
Travel pillows and blankets
Essential? Nope! Fun? Most definitely! Novelty passport holders and luggage tags are a cute idea for any kids stocking.
Drinks bottle and packed lunch boxes
My boys are Paw Patrol and Pokemon crazy at the moment and so I know they are going to love these kids drinks bottles and packed lunch boxes for taking on our travels…
Family travel games
Travel games are a lifesaver for long road/train trips and flights. My boys love playing card games like Uno and this year our Dobble cards have provided hours of entertainment whilst on various holidays. (Good for preschoolers who can’t yet read too as Dobble only uses images). Although my boys have grown out of these now, Magic water books and sticker books were always firm favourites when they were toddlers.
Trunkies for toddlers and young kids
Cool travel bags for tweens and teens
I love these bags by Zinc Flyte. The bonus is kids will be happy to wheel around their own luggage as they are super stylish.
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. If I bought them regular swim wear as a gift I don’t think they would be too impressed however my youngest would be really happy to receive something like this Paw Patrol swim outfit. And the superhero range by DC Comics is sure to be a hit with boys and girls too…
Gadgets & gizmos for kids who love to travel
Kindles are perfect for kids who love reading (and adults who want to avoid packing and carrying heavy books). Prior to a trip you can download your kids fave books onto a kindle for hours of peace whilst travelling!
Camera for young kids and tweens
My eldest has a VTech KidiZoom Duo Camera in blue (also available in pink) for a while. When he was 5/6 years old it was great, he enjoyed playing games on it, adding filters to photos and creating short movies. I don’t however think the photo quality is great. Now that he is older I’m considering buying something like the Nikon COOLPIX (available in various colours too).
My eldest got a Nintendo 2DS for Christmas last year and I have to say we have been quite impressed by it. (After being very apprehensive that he would want to spend too much time on it). The hand held gadget allows my hubby and I to easily restrict content by the game’s rating and also allows us to regulate the use of wifi.
Flashlights and head torches
Travel books, puzzles and magazine subscriptions
Magazines/activity pack subscriptions
There are several that offer an annual subscription and make lovely travel gifts for kids. My kids love Go Jetters, a popular kids TV programme which features famous landmarks from around the world. (They’ve learnt so much about the world by watching it and it’s actually a cartoon that I don’t mind watching with them too!) The National Geographic magazines feature inspiring stories from around the globe to inspire kids and Little Passports explore different countries and traditions in their monthly activity packs.
Globes and map jigsaws
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 has been a favourite game of my boys for a few years.
I hope my ideas for travel gifts for kids have helped you with your last minute Christmas shopping dilemmas!
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