I don’t have to tell you that the holidays are coming up. Have you started shopping yet? Are there any kids with travel plans on your list? Do you need gift ideas?
Maybe it’s your niece or your grandson or your college roommate’s tween daughter. Maybe it’s your kid.
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My shopping list includes three kids who are regular travelers: my daughter, Little A; and her big cousins, E and M. The cousins are actually young adults so cash is usually the best gift for them. But younger travelers would certainly welcome a gift to make the flight more bearable or to help him or her prep for a new adventure.
Even better, choosing something for travel will keep that anticipation building, especially if the trip is months down the road.
Whoever your young adventurers are, they’ll love getting a holiday gift that related to their upcoming travel.
Gift Ideas for Toddlers & Little Kids
- Becky Buckle or other buckle toy: Little A loves this toy so much that I wrote a whole post about it.
- Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Table with FreeTime Unlimited subscription and kid-safe headphones
- Picture book about destination such as
- Activity and sticker books: As I mentioned in my post about traveling with a toddler, Amazon has a great selection, but so does good ol’ Ollie’s. If you have an Ollie’s near you, hit it up for some high quality activity books at bargain prices.
- Stuffed animal to travel with so beloved stuffed animal can stay home! A Kikkerland Zip and Flip Travel Pillow is great for cuddling and comfort.
Check out this related post from the Mostly Minimalist series: Essential Gear for Traveling with a Toddler.
Gift Ideas for Kids & Tweens
- Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet with FreeTime Unlimited subscription and kid-safe headphones
- Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa (this is the tablet for tweens who are NOT interesting in being seen using a tablet in a kid-proof case!)
- Kids’ travel guide: The following list is just a sampling of really great guides that will engage and excite kids about travel.
- Mission London: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure,
- Mission Rome: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure,
- Mission Florence: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure,
- Mission Barcelona: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure,
- Mission Amsterdam: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure,
- City Trails: Paris,
- City Trails: London,
- Munich PopOut Map,
- London PopOut Map,
- Vienna PopOut Map,
- City Scratch-off Map: Paris,
- City Scratch-off Map: London,
- Chapter book about destination
- The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd,
- Lost in… series by Cindy Callaghan including London, Rome, and Europe Collection,
- Around the World in 80 Mysteries series by Carole Marsh. So far, she has written 19! Here are the first four:
- Travel journal or sketch book with pen and/or colored pencils: My Travel Journal (Lonely Planet Kids) and Kids’ Travel Journal (Peter Pauper Press) are solid choices, but so is a blank book or even a sturdy notebook.
- Small messenger or cross-body bag: Older kids and tweens will want to carry their own stuff. A smallish messenger bag is a good way for them to keep up with a few essentials for touring but not be overloaded. Wildkin offers a 13″x10″ bag in a variety of colors and prints.
- Google Play or iTunes gift cards to download travel and language apps
- Foreign currency: Who doesn’t love cash? What kid wouldn’t love having his or her own Pounds Sterling or Euros to examine and stash away for an awesome souvenir? Check your bank to see what it offers. One of the perks of belonging to my credit union is getting foreign currency without a fee. I can request a certain amount and have the equivalent in US Dollars deducted from my checking account. Do you have coins left over from your own foreign travel and a child on your list heading to a country you’ve visited? Then round up the coins that he or she can use and print out the current exchange rate, so that young traveler can practice using the coins and get an idea of what they’ll buy.
Do you have any young travelers on your holiday list? What gift ideas do you have for them?