Its that time of year again! Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is panicking about what to buy for their loved ones.
If you are wondering what to buy for families who love to travel, then here we give you our pick of this year’s hottest gifts for travelling families.
Leap & Hop Travel Books
The Leap & Hop travel activity books are aimed at ‘kids on a grown-up trip’ and have been designed to help children to discover and understand different destinations and cultures through puzzles, games, drawing activities, scavenger hunts and more.
We recently tried out the Leap & Hop Myanmar book during our 10-day trip to Myanmar, and my kids absolutely loved it. You can read our full review of the Leap & Hop books here, and buy direct from their website below. Make sure you use our discount MUMONTHEMOVE to receive a 10% discount on all books.
We have used our Trunki BoostApacks a lot this year, especially during our trip to Indonesia and our trip to Myanmar, where we were doing a lot of transfers between airports and hotels and full day sightseeing trips in cars. The Trunki BoostApak is a portable child’s booster seat for the car that doubles as a backpack. Our kids use their BoostApacks as their carry-on luggage for the plane, and then have a booster seat with them for when we jump in a taxi at the airport. A great gift for a family who loves to travel.
We introduced our kids to snorkeling this year, in both Borneo and the Gili Islands near Lombok. As they are only aged 3 and 5 though, it is difficult to find masks that fit them on snorkeling trips, and particularly my 3-year old struggled with his mask and snorkel. So before we head off on our travels this holiday season, I will be investing in a Tribord EasyBreath Mask for each of them. These innovative snorkel masks cover the entire face, with the snorkel built in, meaning the wearer can breathe normally while snorkeling, in addition to enjoying 180 degree field of vision. Available in various sizes for the whole family.See more information and prices for the Tribord EasyBreath Mask here
LeapFrog LeapReader Interactive World Map
I recently came across the LeapFrog LeapReader Interactive World Map, which I think my kids would love. This jumbo 2-sided interactive map looks like a fun way to explore the world. You can learn about countries and continents, explore landmarks, review map symbols, find fun facts and play games. A great gift idea for kids who love to travel! Note that you need the LeapFrog Tag Reading System or the LeapFrog Reading and Writing System for this to work, which are sold separately.See more information and prices for the LeapFrog LeapReader Interactive World Map here
The Little Passports subscription service allows you to sign up to monthly packages arriving at your home. Every month children learn about a new country via a package delivered to their doorstep. The packages include souvenirs, stickers, activities and more, with the initial package including a little suitcase to keep everything in.
There is also a digital ‘boarding pass’ which unlocks more learning and games on the Little Passports website. There are four different subscriptions to choose from, including the Early Explorers for ages 3-5, World Edition for ages 6-10, a USA edition for ages 7-12 and a Science Expedition subscription for ages 9+. A fun and educational gift for kids who love travelling and learning about their world.
Multi USB Charging Hub
I don’t know about you, but these days when we travel we seem to have half a suitcase full of electronics. There’s mine and my husbands’ laptops, our phones, the kids iPads, our camera, our GoPro, our Fitbits…. And all of these things need charging! This not only means that our suitcase fills up with power cables, but also means we are all fighting for sockets in the hotel room – especially if you are in a foreign country and only have one travel adapter with you. This is where the multi USB charging hub comes in – you can use a single power point to charge multiple phones/tablets/cameras. No more fighting!See more information and prices for Multi USB charging hubs here
My daughter was recently given UNO as a gift, and she became addicted to playing it while we were exploring Myanmar. It took me back to my backpacking days! A pack of cards is always a good thing to have in your bag when you are travelling with kids. But there are plenty of other fun travel games for kids out there. As well as UNO we also have Travel Connect 4 and I remember playing Travel Battleships on the plane as a kid. Other fun looking travel games include Travel Yahtzee and Scrabble Twist.Find more Travel Games and see prices here
Lifeproof Waterproof iPhone cover
This is one I’m adding to my own Christmas wish list. The Lifeproof is the world’s number one selling waterproof case for the iPhone. It has built-in scratch protection, is drop-proof (useful if your kids like to use your phone as a camera), dirt-proof, snow-proof and even waterproof up to 2 metres for an hour. So yes, you can take it swimming and snorkeling. Ideal gift for travel lovers! The Lifeproof iPhone covers are available for all different iPhone models and other phone brands too.See more information and prices for Lifeproof phone covers here
1st Class Kid Travel Pillow
Earlier this year we reviewed the 1st Class Kid Travel Pillow. This ingenious travel product for kids is an inflatable pillow that fills the legroom gap on the airplane, effectively turning your child’s economy seat into a flatbed. When deflated, the pillow is small enough to squeeze into your hand luggage bag, and when inflated it fills the footwell in front of the seat, allowing your kids to stretch out.
We discovered it is also the ideal solution to stop your kids from kicking the seat in front. Buy this as a gift for a family who loves to travel and they will be forever thankful!
GoPro Hero Camera
It feels like GoPro cameras have taken over the travel world. Initially the camera of choice for adventure travellers the world over, the GoPro can be strapped to a kayak, car or bike to film yourself in action, or take time-lapse footage and stills. Nowadays it seems that every traveler and tourist you see is using their selfie sticked GoPro to take photos of themselves at landmarks around the world. We have the GoPro Hero 4 and love it – although I feel I still have a bit of a learning curve to climb.See more information and prices for GoPro Hero cameras here
Looking for more holiday gifts for families who love to travel? Check out our Gift Ideas for Families who Travel guide from last year for more great gift ideas!
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