Its that time of year again! Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is panicking about what to buy for their loved ones.
When considering gifts for people who travel, you need to remember that they don’t have a lot of space for carrying around large or heavy gifts. So your travel gifts ideally need to be either useful or portable. But that’s not to say they can’t be fun and unique travel gifts too.
If you are looking for travel gift ideas for families, then here we give you our pick of this year’s best gifts for travelers.
Portable Car Booster Seat
We often travel to and from airports in taxis or hotel cars, and whether at home or abroad, we often take a taxi across town at some point. So having a portable booster seat with us is essential for the kids’ safety in the car, and would make a great gift for someone traveling with kids. We recommend three options if you are looking for travel presents for families.
- The mifold portable car booster seat is one tenth of the size of a regular booster seat, and folds up small enough to be able to fit into your handbag! You can read our full review of the mifold car booster seat here.
- The Trunki BoostApak is a portable child’s booster seat for the car that doubles as a backpack, making it ideal for travel.
- The Bubblebum is an inflatable booster seat that you can inflate when you need, and easily deflate and store in your handbag or kids backpack when you reach your destination.
1st Class Kid Travel Pillow
Last 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. We never board a long haul flight without ours now. Buy this as a gift for someone going travelling with kids and they will be forever thankful!
Read our full review of the 1st Class Kid Travel Pillow here or buy on Amazon below.
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.Find more Travel Games and see prices here
Leap & Hop Travel Books
The Leap & Hop travel activity books are aimed at ‘kids on a grown-up trip’ and make wonderful gifts for world travelers with kids. The books 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.
The Little Passports subscription service is a great idea for travel related gifts that kids can enjoy at 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 an orange suitcase to keep everything in.
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. You can read our full Little Passports review here.
Our kids have learned to love snorkeling during our recent trips to the Philippines, Borneo and Lombok. As they are only aged 4 and 6 though, it is difficult to find masks that fit them on snorkeling trips, and particularly my 4-year old struggled with fitting his snorkel in his mouth.
This year, 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.
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. Give this as a present to someone going travelling with the family and tell them you can guarantee no more fighting!See more information and prices for Multi USB charging hubs 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 snorkelling. Ideal travel gifts for parents! 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
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.See more information and prices for GoPro Hero cameras here
Portable iPhone Photo Printer
Polaroid cameras are all the rage again, but I already have enough cameras with my iPhone, my GoPro and my DSLR. So I recently bought a portable iPhone photo printer as a compromise, which allows me to print instant photos from my iPhone, using Polaroid printer paper.
The advantage of this is that I can choose which photo I like from my iPhone and edit it before printing. It is small enough to carry in your handbag and the photos are great for sharing with friends we meet along the way when we are travelling, and for sticking in travel journals.
We all have a bit of geek in us and the drone is the ultimate way to let out that inner geek. If you are looking for travel gift ideas for someone going travelling that will win you maximum brownie points on Christmas Day, then look no further than a drone.
There are so many drones on the market to choose from, but we particularly like the look of the DJI Spark, a portable mini drone featuring a camera with incredible image quality and intelligent flight control options.
Looking for more travel gifts for families? Check out our Gift Ideas for Families who Travel guide from last year for more of the best gifts for travel lovers.
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