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What are the best gifts for little ones? How do you find the right gift for those hard-to-please tweens and teens? We asked our expert Traveling Moms to tell us what their well-traveled kids never travel without. What entertains, engages, and excites them? Here they are: the best travel gifts for kids this year!
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Best Travel Gifts for Kids
Finding the perfect gift for kids can be tough, especially when you want to do something more creative than another plush toy, LEGO kit or deluxe set of crayons. So we went to the experts: our Traveling Moms who regularly travel with their kids.
These holiday season gift ideas for kids are the things our kids use when they travel and things we have on our list to buy for our kids this year. They are things kids can use at home, on long road trips, during a flight or to keep themselves busy during those evenings in a hotel room or Airbnb. From toddlers to teens, we’ve got your kids covered! Here is our list of the 30+ best kids gifts for 2019.
Best Travel Gifts for Kids Under 5
Kids ages 5 and younger need more hands-on entertainment to keep busy minds and hands occupied.
Disney has produced some of the best movies and TV series. Now they’ll be available in one place. Stream or download Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Marvel movies and series. It’s a kid’s (and parent’s) best friend on a long road trip or flight. Or at home when you need a moment’s peace to make dinner!
OK. This might be more of a gift on our Mom wishlist. We like the way it keeps all the toys in one place and off the floor of the car. But our kiddos like it too. Really. They like having all of their toys easily accessible on road trips. It’s more for them than us. Honest. This backseat organizer has plenty of pockets for toys, electronics, and snacks!
Would you let your kids handle a camera? One Traveling Mom, would! In fact, her son loves his VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix so much, he takes it everywhere they go.
Trust us, every girl wants to be a mermaid! I can just imagine how jealous the other little girls will be on the plane when your daughter pulls on her mermaid blanket and settles in for a nap!
This sweet night light projects onto the ceiling. It’s calming for kids at home and can make little ones (and even slightly bigger ones) feel more secure in unfamiliar surroundings, like a hotel room. It’s battery-powered and small enough to pack easily.
These cute brushes come decorated in your favorite girl’s favorite princesses — Ariel, Cinderella, Snow White and Pocahontas. The super thin bristles comb out tangles easily in dry or wet hair.
Who knew making music could be so much fun! This Piano Mat gift is fun for kids ages 1 and up. It’s a great way to get kids moving after a long day in the car.
These 3D pens are rated for kids ages 4 and up, but, to be honest, we want one too! We plan to buy one for each kid. It will save fights in the back seat on the next road trip.
This electronic game is fun for the whole family but simple enough for little ones. Just start the music and pass the potato, but don’t get caught holding the spud when the music stops!
What little one doesn’t love dinosaurs? This interactive Dino Playset includes 9 dinos — Tyrannosaurus Rex, giganotosaurus, therizinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor, acrocanthosaurus, Brachiosaurus and Dimetrodon — and a soft play mat. It’s great for covering that is-it-really-clean?-hotel room carpet.
Calling all future campers! This pretend camp set lets little ones set up their own campsite. The 20 camping accessories include binoculars, oil lamp, gas stove, watch, water bottle, cooking pan with pretend foods, 4-in-1 emergency tool and pretend camping utensils. But the piece de resistance is the pop-up tent just big enough for two toddlers!
This is the gift for the girls who loves unicorns!
Take this Water Drawing Mat to Grandma’s house or the hotel. Kiddos can have all the fun of drawing without any of the mess. The set comes with a water coloring book, 3 “magic” pens, 1 “magic” brush and stamps. The mat is big enough for four toddler or one toddlers and two happy grandparents to draw together.
We love these wooden puzzles! This one is personalized with your child’s name. It can help kids learn to recognize the letters and spell their own name. The big wooden pieces are sturdy and easy for little hands to manage.
This sweet nightlight can be personalized with your child’s name. It will bring comfort at home or in a hotel room.
This personalized pillow case is easy to pack so you can bring the comforts of home along on the road.
If kids are old enough to walk without your help, they’ll old enough to pull their own bag through the airport, especially one that’s on wheels like this adorable monkey luggage.
Gifts for Kids Under 10
We know that kids ask a million questions. We love this awesome book because it has 1,111 answers! Pack it for that long road trip and let your older kids teach the family something new!
This is the gift for the too-young-for-a-cell-phone set. Every kid should have their own set of Walkie Talkies. They’re fun for playing in the neighborhood, but they’re also fun in a hotel!
No kid ever wants socks for Christmas, right? They’ll want these cute animal socks! They come in cat, bear and fox designs, 6 to a package. The over-the-knee style will keep your girl warm even on trips to cold climes.
The kids will love having this book of Awesome Facts that they can bring along on their next road trip or travel adventure. The book contains 5,000 facts!
We think it’s so important to empower girls to believe in themselves. This is a great coloring book with positive messages on every page that will keep girls occupied on long road trips. It’s aimed at younger girls, but we know plenty of tween and teen girls who could benefit from its message too!
Who doesn’t love R2D2? Or Bop It? Combine the two, you’ve got fun for the whole family the next time you’re lounging around the Airbnb and want the kids to do something besides watch TV.
This book includes 100 paper airplane models and teaches future engineers the basics of aerodynamics and aviation.
Help little ones get those wiggles out with this curvy balance board.
This is the gift for the well-traveled child. The Landmass Travel Tracker Map is an interesting way to involve kids in learning through travel. This innovative map comes with stickers to further customize the map for your family. Tweens and teens would probably love this gift too!
Gifts for Tweens and Teens
Chances are you’ll be rewarded with a spontaneous hug if you give your tween or teen one of these CITY CRUISER Hoverboards. Let him or her take it on your next road trip and ride it through the city and you could be named “coolest mom EVER.”
We are always looking for ways to engage the whole family on long road trips. This riddle book is practically guaranteed to get kids (and parents) to unplug and tune into the family. You’ll be laughing and working together to solve these 300+ brain teasers and riddles.
This t-shirt is the right gift for any age gaming-addicted kid (or adult). He or she can wear it proudly on the family vacation.
Turn your next Airbnb into a Karioke party with this microphone that pairs with a cell phone via bluetooth. Tweens and teens can use it to be the life of the party at home, or lead the family fun on vacation.
Smartphone photos are fun, but they aren’t nearly as much fun as a printed picture! This mini photo printer is light and easy to pack. Your tweens and teens can take all of the family vacation photos they want, then choose their favorite and print them via wifi.
This acrylic hat combines warmth and technology — the built-in bluetooth head phones let your tweens and teens listen to their music and keep their head warm at the same time. It comes in a bunch of different colors, the rechargeable batteries last for 6 hours and the hat is washable.
We want our kids to stay hydrated. This smart water bottle makes it easy! It’s got a built-in speaker and the bottle glows every hour to remind kids to take a drink.
Once kids have smartphones, they’re gonna take selfies. They might as well get the lighting right. It’s small and has a rechargeable battery, so it’s easy to pack and take wherever you go.
Get everyone their own personalized cup for travel and there won’t be any arguing over whose cup is the pink one.
Who wouldn’t love these MindKoo Unicat Kids Headphones? Cute and functional gifts are awesome!
We know our readers love our National Parks, and this incredibly popular National Parks board game is perfect for kids ages ten and up!
Device-crazy tweens and teens need to stay charged up. We love this Anker Powercore Elite. It’s slim enough to slip into a jeans pants pocket but powerful enough to quick-charge 3 devices at once!