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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 TravelingMoms 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!
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 TravelingMoms 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 2021.
Best Travel Gifts for Kids Under 5
Kids ages 5 and younger need more hands-on entertainment to keep busy minds and hands occupied.
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!
For those always on the go, this Fisher-Price gift set is both fun and adorable! It includes a to-go coffee rattle, donut toy and newspaper – perfect for ages 3 months and up.
You certainly don’t want Crayons melting in the backseat of a hot car during your summer road trip. That’s why we loved this Mess Free Touch Lights Tablet from Crayola. Kids can “finger paint” designs on the sealed gel surface over and over (and over) again, no Crayons required!
TravelingMom Mary Moore gave her kids Pillow Pets as a gift when they were younger and they’ve been using them as travel buddies ever since! Her kids love that they fold up into an animal for hugging but can also be used as a pillow during long trips. Choose your kids’ favorite animal or Disney character for a useful travel companion that will continue to deliver comfort, hugs and rest for years to come.
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A big part of learning during travel comes from trying new foods. This Mickey Mouse Cooking Play Set is a fun way to introduce kids to food preparation (and be sure to look for all the hidden Mickeys). They can even “cut” the onions and potatoes in half and squeeze the handle of the pot to make the pot “boil.”
This electronic game is a great way to pass the time on a rainy day during your beach vacation. It’s 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!
Candyland is a great first game for younger kids and this one is Disney parks themed! Play it at home or take it on the road and enjoy family time together in your hotel room. This is a gift you can enjoy time and time again.
Binoculars are a great gift for kids who are interested in learning more about the world around them. Take them along with you camping to look for birds or use them to see the small details of buildings or famous tourist attractions. Who knows what you’ll find!
We love these alphabet rainbow crayons! This one is personalized with your child’s name. It can help kids learn to recognize the letters and spell their own name.
This sweet nightlight can be personalized with your child’s name. It will bring comfort at home or in a hotel room.
Disney has produced some of the best movies and TV series. Now they’re all 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!
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!
Explore nature and document your findings with this eco-friendly, zero-waste Kids Outdoor Adventure Sensory Kit! This kit includes a field journal, tree branch pencil, magnifying glass, carrying bag and more.
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!
Looking for activities that will keep your kid busy for more than 10 minutes? With this interesting Time Capsule Kit, kids can record their current adventures and “bury” them to dig up and look back at later. Fill this capsule with mementos from your travels, stories or photos to remember.
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!
Walking around can get boring–keep it interesting with these light-up scooters! The best part is, they easily fold up and can be taken along on road trips too.
Your kids can learn more about the world around them with the Orboot Earth Interactive AR Globe. Simply scan the globe using the app and discover more about the local animals, sounds and stories of that area. Who knows, maybe it will help your family decide where to travel to next!
Chances are you’re seeing Pop It! Fidget toys on your kid’s Christmas list this year. These make great stocking stuffers and are perfect for keeping kids entertained on long car rides.
Can you dodge the flying burritos? If you’re looking for a multi-player game for active kids, this one is a great choice. TravelingMom Mary Moore’s family owns this game and they always bring it along on family vacations–it definitely gets the wiggles out!
Gifts for Tweens and Teens
What is beach sand made of? What is actually living in river water or hiding out of sight on a blade of grass? With this digital handheld microscope, your kids can explore the world around them while they travel. After taking this portable microscope on the road, they can upload 800X magnified photos of their findings from this device to their computers for their friends and family to see.
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.
Take “Baby Yoda” along for your travels with this magnetic shoulder mini! Who knows, maybe your teen will actually want to get in the photo so Yoda has a chance to be seen.
Your kids can enjoy their cookies and milk or hot cocoa in Disney style with this fun Stitch Sculpted Mug.
We’re big believers in kids carrying their own stuff! And this embroidered faux-leather mini backpack from Loungefly makes it more likely they’ll jump at the chance. The smaller size makes it perfect for travel or everyday carrying needs.
Turn your phone pics into stickers instantly with this HP Sprocket Portable Instant Photo Printer. It’s small enough to toss in your purse or mini backpack and take it on the road!
Does your teen keep calling you and everyone else bruh? Your teen needs this Funny Bruh Shirt.
Encourage your young travelers to follow their dreams with this beautiful Explorer Bracelet! It comes with a drawstring cord for easy sizing and a poem card that’s perfect for gifting!