10 gift ideas for traveling kids

10 Gift Ideas for Traveling Kids

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It’s that time of the year again. Holidays are the synonym for presents, and it’s especially so for young children. But what do you get for a kid who has so many toys already? Being a mom of three young boys, I know how difficult it can be to find a present that will make a child truly happy. A present that will be used time and again is not easy to find, but they do exist. Usually, it has nothing to do with following the latest trends or buying the most expensive toys.

Today I made a list of 10 affordable gift ideas for kids and while these are all related to traveling one way or the other they can make a perfect gift for any child. Some of these presents are more for toddlers or preschoolers, while most others – for boys and girls from 6 to 12 years old. You will find something for a teenager on the list as well.

Check also our ultimate travel inspired gift guide for any occasion!

Original gift ideas for traveling kids of any age

1. Binoculars

I might have mentioned this before, but this is one present you cannot go wrong with. Choose binoculars appropriate to the age of the child and they will just love them. I would go for the better quality sturdy binoculars with decent magnification rather than a toy.

2. Backpack

Young children love having their own bag to carry. For older kids a backpack is just indispensable on a trip. Choose a comfortable backpack with wide straps.

3. Trunki BoostApak

This is a perfect present for any traveller from 4 to 7-8 years old. It’s a backpack and a booster car seat in one. Our boys love their Trunkis. We take them on every road trip abroad and we use them at home as well.

4. Globe or a wall map

Young travellers can use a globe or a map to explore the wide world and they will love dotting the places they have been to.

5. Crocs

Perfect gift for any traveller. Crocs can be used indoors, outdoors, at the pool, at the beach, even when building river dams in the mountains. Go for the brand product, the quality is worth it.

6. Toys for Outdoors

Frisbee is a perfect toy to keep children busy on any trip, and a foldable frisbee is so light to pack that you can always take it with you.

If there is one thing that our kids missed during our road trips, it’s beach toys. They are just too big to pack when traveling oversees, and so we never took any. Recently I stumbled across this collapsable beach pail and shovel set, and it seems like a great idea for any young traveller.

7. Story Cubes

Pocket-sized creative story generator provides hours of imaginative play for all ages. Story Cubes are the perfect way to keep your kids busy and entertained not only during the trip, but also at home.

8. Single Player Travel Games for Kids

There are so many single player games that you will have no trouble finding one for a child of any age. Our kids have some games from ThinkFun and SmartGames and it keeps them busy for hours. Many of these games are very compact and easy to take with you.

9. Twistable Crayons

At home you can use any pencils, drawing markers, paint, or regular crayons… But on the road they are all pretty much useless. Twistable crayons provide frustration free drawing experience for any young traveller: no broken crayons anymore, no paper to peel, no sharpener required, and the little artist’s hands stay clean.

10. Hand Puppets

Hand puppets are light to pack and can be very entertaining, especially for younger kids.

Our kids have all of these items and most of them are used all the time – not just during our trips, but at home too. Their favourites are binoculars and the globe, and my favourite (and the best investment ever) is Trunki BoostApak.

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  1. I love the idea of giving the kids (and adults) experiences as gifts! Creating special memories is the best kind of gift. We usually do a house decluttering and donations before the holidays to prepare. I’m definitelly using some of your ideas for inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Author

      House decluttering is something all of us should do more, Beth. Great idea to donate some of the unused stuff, we do it all the time too. We also try to get our kids more practical presents rather than toys, especially now that they are older.
      We find that books make great presents as well.

  2. Great tips, I was thinking to buy a binocular for my kids because they love adventure and discovering new things in nature. 🙂

  3. What great ideas for gifts for kids, especially traveling ones. I like some of them even for adults too. I am definitely a big fan of the globe and have been looking for ages to get one

    1. Author

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, indeed, many of these would make adults happy as well – a good pair of binoculars or a really nice globe…

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