The top Christmas gifts for children who love travel
There’s a world of inspiration out there for anyone hoping to stoke the fire of their family’s wanderlust this festive season.
If you are still searching for the ideal present for your intrepid little travellers, we’ve done the hard work for you by compiling a list of the top Christmas gifts for children of all ages, and for all budgets.
Most of our recommendations will fit neatly under the bauble-heavy boughs of your Christmas tree and, perhaps most importantly, won't take up too much precious luggage space.
Some will inspire, some will make your next trip easier and others are just good fun!
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Travel gifts for pre-schoolers
Yondo Owl, Ollie, travel pillow - £12.99
Cute and practical, toddlers and pre-schoolers adore their snuggly travel pillows. Ideal for train travel, long-haul flights, and lengthy car journeys, these neck-hugging pillows do double duty and become a holiday buddy too. It’s hardly surprising, given the loveable designs on some of the best travel pillows.
We love Ollie the Yondi Owl from Trunki. Yondi pillows provide support for snoozing youngsters with a clever magnetic connector. They come in a range of vibrant designs for boys and girls, are recommended for ages two to five, and are priced at a reasonable £12.99.
Chad Valley Tots Town Aeroplane Set - £22
Toddlers and pre-schoolers thrive via imaginative play, so create inspiration through imagination with a toy that will be loved by children aged two to five.
A Chad Valley Tots Town Aeroplane Set is an ideal gift for younger members of your brood, especially those who have not yet had the chance to experience airports, planes, and the joy of arriving somewhere new by air. They can plot it all out through play as you start planning your next trip.
A classic Trunki - £34.99
Conjure images in your mind of travel-friendly products for a child and it’s likely that these colourful, ride-on, pull-along suitcases from Trunki feature pretty highly; they’ve become almost synonymous with plane rides and small children.
Terrance Trunk and Trixie Trunki are the brand’s classics, priced from £34.99. You can also buy suitcases themed around animals and vehicles or design custom-made airport wheels - sweet ride!
Primary school aged children
Suitcase shaped travel money box - £11.99
Learning the importance of saving at this tender age is key to creating finance-savvy adults. A travel-themed money box is the perfect gift for a young adventurer keen to turn their pennies into pounds. Encourage them to save for your brood’s next big trip and take them to exchange their savings for your destination’s currency – the educational opportunities are endless.
We love that this stylish suitcase-shaped money box allows children to watch their mountain of coins grow.
RSPB Puffin Jr Red Binoculars - £25
Getting up close and personal with things is what children do. Often too close, and sometimes with sticky fingers. Binoculars are the fun solution to this sticky problem.
With their own binoculars, children can gaze at far-off buildings, check out distant boats from the seashore, or get a close-up view of animals, whether you’re at the zoo, on a nature trail, or spotting local wildlife on an overseas trip.
Lightweight and sturdy, child-sized binoculars from RSPB are perfect for throwing into your mini adventurer’s day bag.
National Geographic Mini Classic Globe - £21.99
Most lovers of travel have more than a few maps, atlases and globes alongside their collection of souvenirs from around the world. There’s nothing more tantalising than tracing your fingers over the lines and letters of an undiscovered destination (undiscovered by you, anyway). Get the feet of your young travellers itching with a gorgeous globe that suits their age range.
You can buy interactive globes; light-up models; simplistic globes featuring animals for younger children; even globes displaying celestial charts. You can’t go wrong with a traditional globe of the world, like this mini model by National Geographic priced at £21.99.
A day out at a theme park
If your house is heaving with toys, why not give an experience as a gift? A guaranteed winner will be a day out at a theme park for all of the family. Or for a real treat, bundle in a night away at a family-friendly hotel too.
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Secondary school aged children
Retro travel journal - £15
It will soon be time for children in secondary school to spread their wings and start experiencing the world on their own terms. Encourage them to plan and document their adventures, both present and future, with a travel journal.
While they might not be as used to putting pen to paper as older generations, they will soon discover the rich rewards of writing with a beautiful travel journal at hand.
This stylish retro journal from Not On The High Street, priced at £15, can be personalised.
Hanging toiletry bag - £20.99
No one really wants smellies at Christmas – but a cool, practical and smart place to keep them while on the move? That could be a festive winner.
Not exactly glamorous, but hanging toiletry bags will become your pre-teen/teen’s best friend during family holidays and then later, at festivals and while backpacking. With a hanging hook (no putting the bag down on wet communal surfaces) and clear pockets to easily locate bathroom bits and bobs, these useful organisers will be a long-term hit. We promise.
This large organiser scores great reviews on Amazon and can cope with a heap of essentials.
Lego New York City - £44.99
Combine two of your child’s favourite things – Lego and travel – with a travel-themed set of the colourful bricks. We love the iconic New York City skyline set, which is recommended for children aged 12+. And we’re sure parents will want to help out too.
Other cities on offer include London, Paris and San Francisco.
A bit of a splurge, but if older children have expressed an interest in photography then a good camera makes a cracking Christmas gift. The choice can be baffling, but if you have a sporty youngster, look at something like a GoPro for amazing action shots; cameras with tough exteriors are great for adventures at lower speeds; while a digital SLR provides the finest imagery.
Market-leader Canon has a range of DSLRs suitable for beginners, including this Canon EOS 2000D for under £500.
For all of the family
A trip together
Create memories as a family with the gift of a trip together. If you have too much to think about pre-Christmas and can’t decide on a destination, use tripAbrood’s fun picture prompts to be inspired.
If you already have an idea around where you’d like to go, you can also chat to Skye, tripAbrood’s digital travel assistant, who can match you to hotels just for your family.
Whenever you are thinking of travelling, we can help. And, with our book with confidence promise, you’ll have flexibility should anything change.
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