If you are looking for gifts to keep your kids' wanderlust alive this holiday season, I have a great list of travel gifts for kids! Whether your kid loves to travel or is traveling from home this year, there are so many ways to inspire their love of travel.
Many of these gifts will inspire them to discover more of the world and support learning at home. This list of fun travel gifts can help with social studies, geography, science, math, and language learning as well. And, some will just bring the magic of a travel destination home to remind kids of a special place.
My favorite part of these unique travel gifts for kids is they are not just a toy they use once and put away. They can and will keep coming back to many of these over time, and sometimes year after year!
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The Most Awesome Travel Gifts For Kids
I love shopping for unique travel gifts for my favorite travelers. Usually, you end up getting them something they didn't even KNOW they needed! These wonderful travel gifts will inspire wanderlust and delight even your smallest globetrotter!
Travel Subscription Boxes
One of my favorite travel gifts for kids is a subscription to a travel subscription box. Not only do these monthly or bi-monthly boxes bring delight over time, but they are also very educational and teach kids about world cultures and destinations around the world.
There are many kinds of travel subscription boxes for a variety of ages and interests. My favorite for the younger kids is Little Passports World Edition.
The Little Passports World Edition subscription box is a huge hit. Not only will they enjoy all it comes with, but it is also a gift that extends far beyond the holiday as it comes to them monthly for as long as you subscribe. See my product review about this program. It's a great travel gift for kids.
For older kids and families, I recommend Up and Away Adventures. They make great gifts for teens.
Check out my list of Best Travel Subscription Boxes For Kids and Families.
Culinary Adventure Around The World
For kids who love to cook and bake, kids can taste their way around the world. Another of my favorite travel gifts for kids includes an at-home cooking class subscription that focuses on teaching kids about cultures around the world through food.
My favorite option for this gift is eat2explore, which reached kids about foods around the world through cooking.
And, you could pair one of these gifts with a book about cooking around the world for kids!
My family loves to play board games, and sometimes it feels like you have teleported into the world of that game. Board games focused on travel, destinations, or world cultures is a great way for kids to learn and travel the world from home!
While I love games like Fast Flags and the Around the World game, there are so many options depending on your kids' ages and interests. Travel games make great travel gifts for kids! Smaller games make great additions to camping trips.
Younger children ages 5 and up – especially fans of Wild Kratts and animals – can learn about cultures and countries with this Wild Kratts Race Around The World board game.
This award-winning game Continent Race was created by a kid for kids. A six-year-old geography fan named Byron created this clever game during a long hospital stay. Both educational and fun for the whole family, this is a great travel gift for kids ages 7 and older.
Another great educational game for kids is the Flipping Flags Game. My kids love this fast-paced game which has helped them learn the flags of many countries around the world. Recommended for ages 7 and up, it makes great travel gift for kids (or stocking stuffer!)
For kids who love to travel around the United States or who are learning about them in school, the Game of the States is a fun and engaging learning tool for kids ages 8 and up.
Check out my complete list of the best travel games for kids.
This adorable Melissa and Doug children of the world floor puzzle makes a great travel gift for kids ages 3 to 5 years old. My son loved this puzzle at this age, and it begins to introduce children to other cultures and flags.
Kids ages 5 and up will enjoy this Mapology World Map with Flags & Capitals. It's foam shapes teach kids the shapes of the countries and it comes with flags, making it a great learning tool.
This more challenging Ravensburger Children's World Globe 3-D puzzle would make a fantastic travel gift for kids aged 7-12 or older.
Another great travel gift for kids who love to travel is travel books. From the earliest ages, you can give kids travel books to inspire their wanderlust and begin to teach them about the world. Plus, books for kids make awesome gifts any time of year.
When my kids were little, we started with It's A Small World books. But as they have gotten older, books on flags, atlases, capitals, and even storybooks and teen novels that take place in countries around the world have made great travel gifts for my kids.
They have definitely inspired my kids' wanderlust even more and also make great road trip gifts for kids. Books are also great for the plane ride when traveling.
A great travel gift for kids ages 7-10 is the book Capitals which teaches kids about the sights, sounds, and history, and secrets of the world's capitals.
Kids ages 9-12 would enjoy the Lonely Planet Kids The Travel Book that teaches them about every country in the world.
Travel journals, sticker books, and activity books make great travel gifts for kids. Two great travel journals for your world travels are The Usborne Travel Journals and the Ultimate Travel Journal For Kids.
Travel Sticker Books
This Airport Sticker Book is perfect for kids ages 3-6 years old and the Flags Around The World sticker book is a fun and educational choice for kids ages 5-7 years old. Both are wonderful travel gifts for kids.
Travel Activity Books
Check out my complete list of the best travel books for kids of all ages.
Globes and Maps
Kids who love to travel and have a curiosity about the world love to look at maps and globes. My kids love to spin a globe around with their eyes closed, point to a country, and learn more about it so one would make an awesome gift for kids.
Teens and older kids will love having a scratch off map to show all the places they have been. And, if they love National Parks, some of the best National Park scratch off maps are a great way to showcase and keep track of all of the National Parks they have visited!
But, even the youngest of kids can start their geography and map skills early! This adorable Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Greetings Globe is a wonderful travel gift for kids ages 18 months to 3 years old.
Older kids will love this scratch-off map where they can use a coin to scratch off places they have visited. My older son really enjoys this map. Maps and globes make great adventure gifts.
Geography-loving kids or those with the travel bug would love their very own globe. This Waypoint Geographic World Globe for Kids is an award-winning choice and perfect for fostering kids' curiosity about the world.
Educational gifts make great presents for any occasion.
Travel Toys and Dolls From Around The World
Kids who have spent some time on the plane would love to play airplane with their toys. My kids loved both of these travel toys, as they really enjoyed reenacting their travels with them.
For the youngest globetrotters in your family, this Fisher-Price Little People Lil' Movers Airplane is a great travel gift for kids ages 18 months – 3 years old.
The Fat Brain Toys Airplane Terminal and Jet Plane toy set is hours of fun and even makes announcements in English or Spanish! It make a great travel gift for kids.
For kids who love to travel or have been to other countries, a doll designed or made in another country is a great way to connect them to kids around the world. Knowing that they are enjoying a toy that children across the globe also play with is a great connection to make. Some of my favorites are:
Curious little globetrotters and adventurers should have an atlas! My kids both enjoy searching through theirs. Their favorites are Maps for kids ages 5 to 18 and Countries of the World: An Atlas With An Attitude for kids ages 5 to 9.
Gifts For Your Next Trip
If you have an upcoming trip, items for that event make the ultimate gift for kids who love to travel! Whether you are headed to the beach and need a snorkel set, or your photography-loving kid needs a new camera, there are many great travel gifts for kids! And camping gifts for upcoming wilderness adventures make great presents too.
My favorites include:
- Snorkel set
- Waterproof camera
- Travel blanket and pillow
- iPad or Amazon Fire For Kids
- Wireless Headphones
- Hydro Flask Reuseable Waterbottle
- Travel Activity Kit
- Travel Journal
- Passport Cover or Passport Holder
Check out my best tips for road trips with kids.
Disney World Gifts For Kids
For the Disney fans out there, Disney gifts make great travel gifts for kids. Even Disney experience gifts make perfect gift ideas for kids. Whether you are preparing them (or surprising them!) for an upcoming trip, or just trying to bring some pixie dust to your home, Disney gifts will certainly be magical.
Or, if your older kids and teens love to be comfy in a pajama onesie, like mine do, check out these adorable Disney onesies! They would make a great gift for any Disney superfan.
You could also get your kids Disney t-shirts, jewelry, and other Disney gifts custom-made from Etsy.
My favorite Disney gifts on Etsy include:
- Belle Provencial Dress and a matching one for her doll!
- Princess Tshirts
- Disney Name Jewelry
- Disney Cars Suprise Bath Bomb (great stocking stuffer!)
And something from shop Disney like the Disney-themed Vera Bradley bags or one of their Dooney & Bourke or Kate Spade collection bags for your next park visit is always a huge hit (especially for teens!)
Disney and Christmas go hand in hand, and Disney always makes a great travel gift for kids.
Check out all of my posts on planning a Disney vacation!
Harry Potter World Gift Ideas
If you have a Harry Potter superfan who would love to apparate himself right into Harry Potter World or Harry Potter studios, they can do so right from home! These Harry Potter travel subscription boxes make perfect gifts for any wizarding world fanatic and muggle alike.
Kids' Travel Luggage or Kids' Carryon
A really nice kids' travel luggage or kids carry-on makes a nice practical travel gift for kids! You could even pair the gift with a surprise trip to Disney World!
Kids' suitcases are often the ideal size to work as a kids' carry-on. But, when it comes to kids' carry-ons, I much prefer a backpack along with my other favorite items for what to pack in a kids carry-on!
I have two favorites for this. I am a huge fan of Pottery Barn Kids Luggage. Not only is it the ideal size, it is also kid-themed with princesses, superheroes, and even Harry Potter! Or you can opt for a simpler design. It also comes with a matching kids' backpack, which is perfect for all of the items I recommend packing in a kids carry-on.
My favorite Pottery Barn Kids Luggage:
I also love the Away Travel brand, and just like their amazing adult products, they also make an Away Kid Suitcase with the same amazing features! Sleek, stylish, cute, and ideal size that come in cute kid-friendly colors, with their exceptional features, this one makes an amazing travel gift for kids.
So, if you're looking for a good gift idea for kids, suitcases are perfect.
Check out my Away Travel Luggage Product Review.
Final Thought On Travel Gifts For Kids
Whether you are preparing your kids for travel or wanting to give your kids the world this holiday season, travel stuff for kids is a wonderful option.
Travel-themed gifts are not only educational and help foster academic skills. But they also plant the seeds of wanderlust. Travel gifts for kids are a great option this gift-giving season!