Have or know kids who crave new adventures and experiences (or simply want to instill a love of travel in them from a young age)? Gift them with one of these travel-inspired treats, which are just as fun at home as they are on the road. These are the best holiday gifts for little travelers in 2020.
1. Little Passports
Gift your mini-jetsetter with a monthly subscription to Little Passports, a gift box with travel-inspired treats and activities. You can choose your subscription box based on your child’s age group or a theme, such as Early Explorers, World Edition and USA Edition. Kids will get to go on a little adventure each time their box arrives!
2. Taf Toys Toe Time Infant Car Seat Toy
Perfect for babies on the go, the Taf Toys Toe Time Infant Car Seat Toy features a baby-safe mirror and three soft toys that crinkle or jingle. And because this car seat toy comes with adjustable straps, babies can reach out and touch the unique features while developing their fine motor skills at the same time.
3. JetKids by Stokke Bedbox
It’s a suitcase, a seat and a bed—in one! Kids can pull their JetKids by Stokke Bedbox through the airport or train station, ride it (while you pull) when they get tired, and sleep in it (on an actual mattress). The bed portion fits in most economy airline seats, allowing kids to lie flat and sleep. Designed for children ages 3 to 7, the Stokke JetKids Bedbox is available in three colors—Blue Sky, Green Aurora and Pink Lemonade—and comes with decorative stickers so your little one can customize their bag!
Let’s face it—ear buds can be uncomfortable and most of the time, over-the-ear headphones just don’t fit right. But there’s an easy solution when it comes to headphones for kids: Cozyphones. Ultra-thin, noise-limiting speakers—designed to protect little ears—are covered by a soft, washable headband that easily folds when not in use. The best part? The variety of styles! Choose Cozyphones that resemble a panda, lion, unicorn or other animal, or opt for the Paw Patrol or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cozyphones.
5. Kindle Kids Edition
New for 2019 is the Kindle Kids Edition, a tablet that’s designed for one task: reading. The Kindle Kids Edition doesn’t have games, videos or even ads; instead, it includes access to thousands of books. This 10th-generation Kindle comes with one year of FreeTime Unlimited, a kid-friendly cover (Blue, Pink, Rainbow Birds or Space Station), and a two-year, worry-free guarantee. Also included: hours of reading pleasure for everything from a snow day at home to a long family road trip.
6. L.O.L. Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper Fashion Camper
If your kids love the L.O.L. Surprise! dolls, they’ll love this travel-inspired accessory: a luxury camper for glamping! This camper includes 10-plus areas for the dolls to hang out, including a light-up pool with slide, patio with grill, and of course, a fashion runway. (Do they make these for adults?!). The front of the camper also detaches to become a car (with working headlights and horn) when the L.O.L Surprise! dolls would rather road trip sans camper. The 2-in-1 Glamper Fashion Camper includes 55 “surprises” (pieces) and a new, exclusive L.O.L. Surprise! doll. Of course, the dolls and their camper can join the kids on their own real-life vacations, too.
7. Polaroid Snap Digital Instant Camera
Out with the new, in with the old? The Polaroid has made a comeback! Kids can print 2X3 photos as soon as they capture them with the Polaroid Snap Digital Instant Camera. This instant camera has three different filters, plus the option to add a border to any print. The Polaroid Snap Digital Instant Camera is available in seven different colors. Get this for the kids to take on your next vacation, then make a photo album of your trip.
8. WikkiStix Traveler Playset
Take your WikkiStix on the road! A family favorite, the WikkiStix Traveler Playset includes 144 WikkiStix, a 12-page activity book with illustrated ideas, and two connect-the-dot activities. This mess-free travel activity conveniently packs up into a carrying case.
9. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack
If you have teens, chances are they’ve asked for a Fjallraven Kanken Backpack (or already own one). These trendy backpacks are versatile for school, extra-curricular activities, and travel, making them a worthy investment. They have adjustable straps, side, and front pockets, and come in a wide variety of muted colors.
10. Crayola Washable Window Crayons
Crayons are a classic gift—especially when they’re the kind of crayons kids can use to draw on windows! The Crayola Washable Window Crayons include five bold colors for using on any glass surface. The colors go on just as smoothly as they come off. You won’t hear the dreaded “are we there yet?” for at least 20 minutes on your next road trip!
11. Melissa & Doug U.S.A. License Plate Game
The Melissa & Doug U.S.A. License Plate Game is the perfect gift for any young traveler. Kids learn to identify states by their license plate design, and in doing so, they also learn the name and location of each state. Color-coded edges on the mini, wooden license plates allow two players to keep score in this geography lesson (we mean, game) that’s designed for ages 8 and up.
12. CHUCHIK Toys Magnetic Drawing Board
Nothing beats a magnetic doodle board for creativity and play, both on vacation and at home. The CHUCIK Toys Magnetic Drawing Board is especially perfect for little travelers, with both a large and miniature size (for travel) included! This doodle board comes with four stamps and a magnetic pen, and is available in three variations: Pink, Blue-Orange-Green, and Green Frog.
13. Caboodles Beauty Light Box
Perfect for the tween or teen trendsetter and jetsetter, the Caboodles Beauty Light Box isn’t your average travel makeup bag. This one includes a removable smartphone rest; a light-up mirror that clips on to thin surfaces, plus two levels of storage, including a removable tray.
14. The Scratch Map
The ultimate holiday gift for kids and their families, The Scratch Map allows travelers to commemorate their trips in a unique way. Travelers can simply scratch off every new destination they visit, and get inspired to plan their next trip.
What to Wear this Holiday Season
Whether you’re heading near or far this holiday season, don’t leave your cutest festive wear unpacked. From an adorable red cable cardigan for your snow angel to sleek canvas pants for your snowman, these essentials will have your family sleigh-in’ it at the holiday party.
Girl’s Holiday Party Outfit
Women’s/Mom’s Holiday Party Outfit
Men’s/Dad’s Holiday Party Outfit
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