The holiday season has begun. Are you ready? If not, no worries! We’ve spent months on a global search for cool and unique gifts for the traveling friends and family in your life. From magazines with a twist to insta-cameras, toys and tech, flying machines & gifts that give back, we hope you’ll find something special in our very own crave-worthy Gift Guide for Travelers.
Gifts for Traveling Kids
Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy. For the traveling teething baby on your lap or car seat. This rattle and teether toy is a colorful maze of soft tubes that’s safe and BPA-free. Suitable for ages 1-24 months.
Jinja’s House Sago Mini. Jinja’s House is the most adorable, portable playhouse on the market. This mini-playhouse means hours of imaginative fun-on-the-go. Its portability makes it an easy take-along for long trips and hotel stays with the wee ones.
Seedling Design Out Loud! Cardboard Speakers. Tune into your inner designer and turn up the fun! This easy to make DIY kit comes with foldable kraft speakers, markers, paint, and more to create your own working mini boombox. Design and create, then plug your device into the microphone jack and cue up your favorite playlist.
LEGO Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter. I can’t tell you how many hours my husband and boys have spent making LEGO Star Wars sets on Christmas Day. This new small and affordable X-Wing Fighter model is perfect for ages 6-12. Better still, it won’t take all day to put together.
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera. The classic is back! And it’s pink. This minimalist, compact Polaroid Snap Camera easily slips into a your kid’s pocket. The Integrated ZINK® Instant Printer produces full-color 2×3” prints in under one minute, perfect for sharing selfies and group shots between friends. Digital copies can be saved for posting to social media. Because sharing is caring.
Lonely Planet Books. There are so many great titles to inspire your budding traveler, but here are two of our own family favorites. The Travel Book takes kids on a fantastics journey to every country in the world. Kids ages 6 and up will enjoy reading all about food, wildlife, and cool trivia in Lonely Planet’s hardcover bestseller. Secret Marvels of the World uncovers 360 extraordinary places that you never knew existed, and where to find them. Pair with a free download of Lonely Planet’s City Guide eBook, (with tips from yours truly), for your own reading pleasure.
Selfie Stick. For teens, the MPow Selfie Stick is an affordable stocking stuffer. We purchased one for our teenage son last holiday season. It produced lots of great #famfie shots, in addition to the obligatory selfies. The stick packs up small and is super easy to use.
Kids Suitcase. The Eagle Creek Load Warrior is cool enough for the teen traveller. This carry-on bag has wheels and a handle for easy rolling or carrying duffle-bag style.
Gifts for Traveling Adults
Twist Travel Magazine Subscription. Give the gift of travel inspiration! The new Twist Travel Magazine offers destination and travel tips, lifestyle advice, and delicious recipes from around the world to help you design a travel-inspired life. An annual magazine subscription ensures you’re kept up-to-date on the latest travel trends, and inspired to enjoy new adventures with your family and friends. Subscribe today!
Wireless Earbuds. Time to gear up for the wireless wave. I love my rose gold and white Sudio Sweden’s Vasa Blå wireless earphones. They feature up to 8 hours of unlimited play-time. Order your own pair and get 15% discount when you punch in thetravellingmom at the checkout!
Smart Luggage Tracker. Never lose your luggage again. This little device embeds RFID/NFC/Bluetooth technology that allows you to make your luggage identifiable to all airlines with its unique partnerships with Lost & Found services. It is linked directly to your baggage receipt and connected with a smartphone app.
Prospector Co Compressed Towel Tablets. Another ‘how did I live without this?!’ item to add to the stocking. These compressed towel tablets are perfect for travelling. These cotton fibre compressed ‘pills’ expand with water into a dish towel size rag for convenient personal care when you need it most.
Rogers Smart Drive Device. Available in Canada to Rogers customers, the Smart Drive high tech device offers safety, connectivity and peace of mind to parents and travellers. Through its smartphone app, the device relies real time driving data, speed information, location, and a WiFi hotspot for up to 5 devices.
Pangea Contour Map. These gorgeous customized contour maps of the world’s water bodies are exquisite. A Pangea Map is perfect for the sailor or nature lover in your life. See the sea like no one else.
Custom Travel T-Shirts and Tote Bags. The lovely and talented travel writer Jodi Ettenberg has leveraged her love of food and travel into pieces of Art Inspired by Food. Jodi has worked with talented artists to create custom Food Map t-shirts and travel tote bags that you cannot find anywhere else. This is the gift for your travelling friend and foodie.
Tumi Suitcase. This is on my own list, if you’re listening Santa Baby. The Tumi V3 Carry-on bag is tough enough for frequent flyers. Stylish enough to be your go-to travel suitcase. It’s expandable, and distinctive enough that should you need to check this beauty, you’ll find it in a snap.
DJI Mavic Pro Drone. The gift you didn’t know you needed. We’ve entered the drone world here at thetravellingmom, and it’s whole new and amazing world of travel photography. The DJI Mavic Pro Combo has everything you need (think extra batteries, carry-bag and extra propellers) to get started flying and shooting amazing video footage and photos of your next holiday.
Pretty + Practical Gifts
Echo with Alexa. We enjoyed Alexa’s presence during our stay at Fern Grotto’s Ohana House on Kauai, and wow, I was blown away by how cool and practical it is. This all-new Echo 2.0 has a new speaker, new design, and is available in a range of styles including fabrics and wood veneers. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more—instantly. The weather, podcasts and your choice of music is just a voice command away.
Pashmina Shawl. I don’t travel anywhere without my colorful pashmina shawl. It looks fabulous, and doubles as a blanket on cold flights. (And why is the plane always so chilly anyway?) I also love Vancouver-based Kit and Ace’s super soft technical cashmere scarves, especially the two-tone Gastown Scarf.
Curated Gift Boxes. Customized gifts are all the rage, and why not? The gorgeous curated gift boxes from Pumeli are a step above, as these gift boxes give back. Many of the gift boxes help provide meals to those who struggle with hunger in the United States. Certain collections and items also help provide a sustainable income for fair-trade disabled artisans in India and other locations around the world. Wonderful to give and receive.
Sleep Mask + Ear Plugs. Dark, quiet rooms are a necessity for a good night’s sleep. I can’t sleep without mine, even at home!
Carry-on Cocktail Kit. I can attest to the delicious beauty of mixing your own G&T at 39,000 feet, how about you? Make your next long-haul flight so much better with a Carryon-on Cocktail.
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