12 Holiday Gifts for Kids Who Love to Travel

All the best gear, activities, and books that globetrotting kids will love to receive this holiday season.
Holiday gifts for globetrotting kids (Photo: Shutterstock)
Photo: Shutterstock

Choosing holiday gifts for kids can be hard. They want something fun and exciting, and you want something useful that isn’t going to end up in the back of the closet a week after they unwrap it. And if you and your kids all share a common love for travel, you’re in luck—here are a dozen gift picks for travel-obsessed kids that you’ll enjoy giving as much as they’ll enjoy receiving!

1. Birnbaum’s 2022 Walt Disney World for Kids: The Official Guide

A visit to Disney World isn’t very magical if your kids aren’t having a good time. Let them help plan your next vacation with Birnbaum’s 2022 Walt Disney World for Kids guidebook. It’s packed with reviews and tips for kids, by kids, along with maps, photos, and blank pages in the back of the book for character autographs.

2. Ten Little Recycled Backpack

Ten Little started out making sustainable shoes for kids (that are totally adorable, by the way), but the company recently introduced a full collection of kids’ items including socks, sunglasses, hats, and more.

This colorful kid-size backpack is made with 100 percent recycled materials and fits all your child’s essentials for a road trip or flight. Kids can personalize the backpack with these oversized weatherproof stickers from Ten Little, too.

3. ‘Here I Go!’ Travel Journal for Kids

If your kids are racking up frequent flyer miles faster than most business travelers, it might be time for them to start tracking their travels. The ‘Here I Go!’ kids travel journal has activities to keep them busy while you’re journeying to your next destination and guided prompts to help them record memories from each trip. 

4. Tiny Travelers Treasure Quest Board Books

Before embarking on your next international vacation, these Tiny Travelers Treasure Quest Board Books will help familiarize your child with the country you’re visiting. Each book highlights the landmarks, history, and culture of countries like Colombia, China, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

5. Chuckle and Roar Scribble Glow LCD Sketch Pad

We know the journey is just as important as the destination, but we also know that kids can get bored long before the journey is over. This Chuckle and Roar Scribble Glow LCD Sketch Pad comes with an attached pen and erases with the touch of a button so they can draw to their little heart’s content without wasting paper or losing four dozen markers.

6. Chuckle and Roar Mega Maze – Portable Travel Mazes

If your child is ready for a bigger challenge than doodling, this set of portable travel mazes from Chuckle and Roar may be a little more stimulating. The small case comes with 50 individual mazes of varying levels of difficulty and a dry erase marker with a built-in eraser.

7. Camelbak Eddy Kids Stainless Steel Water Bottle

We’ve tested a lot (like, a lot) of kids’ water bottles over the years and once we find one that works, we stick with it. These stainless steel Camelbak Eddy bottles are leak-proof, sweat-proof, and insulated to keep water colder, longer. They also come in dozens of adorable designs that kids will love.

8. JetKids BedBox Ride-On Suitcase and In-Flight Bed

Traveling with kids requires quite a bit of gear and we love that this JetKids BedBox Ride-On Suitcase and In-Flight Bed holds essentials for a comfortable trip and keeps them comfortable with a fold-up bed and leg rest. You can use it to store snacks, games, books, and a change of clothes, ensuring they’ll be content no matter how long the flight.

9. National Geographic Kids Beginner’s World Atlas

The National Geographic Kids Beginner’s World Atlas teaches kids everything they need to know to prepare for a visit to any of Earth’s seven continents. In addition to a lesson in cartography, this atlas teaches kids about the land and water features, climate, plantlife, wildlife, and people who inhabit those continents.

10. VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam

Let your kid channel their favorite YouTube creators on your next vacation with the VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam. It takes photos and video and has a ton of special effects, animated backgrounds, and editing tools that let kids get creative. And because kids will be kids, we recommend adding on this storage case to protect your investment.

11. Puro Sound Labs Kids’ Bluetooth Headphones

The Puro Sound Labs Kids’ Bluetooth Headphones are designed to drown out background noise and let kids enjoy their favorite music and movies at a volume that’s safe for their ears. They come with a sleek carrying case, and because they’re Bluetooth-enabled there’s no need to worry about impossible-to-untangle cords.

12. Crayola Pip Squeaks Washable Markers Set

This Crayola Pip Squeaks Washable Markers Set comes with 40 sheets of paper and a rainbow of washable mini markers that all tuck neatly into a durable travel case. That’s plenty of art supplies to keep them busy while you travel, write letters to friends and family back home, or draw pictures of sights they see along the way.

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Tarah Chieffi is a theme park and family travel journalist who discovered her words were best used to help travelers plan fun-filled family vacations. When she isn't eating theme park food and riding roller coasters, she can be found cycling wherever her bike will take her, tucked under the covers with a good book, or planning her next adventure with her husband and three young sons.

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