Perfect Christmas gifts for traveling families: useful, beautiful presents for parents and kids who love to travel | updated 2020
Travel may not be on anyone’s immediate agenda right now but travel lovers haven’t stop loving travel and won’t get over their wanderlust anytime soon.
So even if travel may look more like a weekend near home than a trip to faraway land, you can still make someone happy with a travel gift!
In this list, you will find gifts for families who love travel: many are versatile purchases that parents and kids can start using straight away at home, but will make them feel their travel days a little closer!
Buying for kids? Then check out our list of travel gifts for kids instead.
Fun and useful, travel inspired gift ideas for families that travel
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Color-in map mug
I love this creative take on the travel scratch map! With this color-in mug, you can keep track of your travel and reminisce about them every time you take a sip of your tea.
A fun travel present for the home that is fun for kids and adults! You can get it on UncommonGoods here where you also find price and specs
Costumized travel photo coaster
Another fun way to inject a bit of the travel spirit to your daily ritual are these fun coasters that you can personalise with your favourite travel photos.
You can find it on UncommonGoods clicking here
One for airport lovers
I ca think of at leat one friend who would love these airport themed glasses, can you? Find them here
Kindle and Kindle Fire – perfect travel gift for book lovers
A wonderful gift for parents who travel is a kindle, the one object that allows to carry your personal library with you no matter where you go.
A kindle is invaluable on travel as it takes away the stress of having to lug around paper books and even travel guide books without having to give up your reading pleasure.
When buying a kindle, I love to accompany it with a kindle cover: it doesn’t cost much, it looks lovely and make the kindle look cuter!
Map our hearts wall art
Maybe because we are an international family by cannot get over this idea of wall art made with the maps of the places that matter most to you. You can find several color schemes and available cities/destinations here.
Handmade solid lotion bars
Lotion bars and excellent on travel as they take away the problem of carrying liquids with you, but they are perfect at home too.
You can carry them in your purse or you can even have them around the house, they are so pretty. Find price and specs here.
World map coloring table cloth
This is a super fun gift idea that kids and adults can enjoy together: a colouring tablecloth map of the world! You can find size and specs here
3D cork Globe
A cool way to keep track of travels and a fun, cool decor item for house is this cork globe. I love its look and that is it cool for kids and adults alike. You can find specs and price here
Family charades game
This is super fun family game your travel loving friends can do absolutely anywhere, including their home! Portable and suitable for kids and adults, it works at home, camping, in a hotel room and it is always fun. Find price and specs here
Whether they are on their balcony, backyard or stargazing in faraway places, your travel loving friends can stay warm with this pocket blanket.
Go pro camera – the perfect gift for traveling families who are into outdoor adventures
GoPro cameras grew in popularity a few years ago and they are now almosy a travel must have, especially if the traveling family you are buying for loves outdoors activities.
GoPros are small action cameras, super rugged (they even go underwater) and super portable: easy to use, they are a great gift for traveling families that they can also use on hikes near home
Portable speaker – a great travel gift for musical families
Travels are better with a soundtrack and a small and cute Bluetooth speaker is a great way to listen to music on the go.
I love the look and size of the Mizen audio speaker which have a wonderful vintage look.
Spotify gift certificate
A bluetooth speaker is more fun if you have a great playlist to go with it!
The Spotify gift cards are perfect for all ages and are a great complement to the portable speaker above: gift them together and make your own music kit for travel lovers.
This is a great gift for traveling familes with teenagers especially, who can bring their own music taste to the whole family.
Don’t think they will love that? The get them kids headphones too!
Travel lovers are sure to adore a travel book that will transport them to faraway places, even if from their couch!
Lonely Planet still wins for me, I love their guides and this world book looks amazing too
A travel cord organizer is perfect for your tech when traveling but I am sure I am not the only one with random cables scattered arond the house so it also gets my vote as a home item! I find it useful and cute: find specs and price here
Travel size bottles
A small gift but really cute and useful: travel size bottles!
They are the perfect stocking filler and they are super handy and a great eco-friendly travel gift too, heliping reducing the amount plastic bought and thrown out on the road.
They are also very useful in the house when you find a good offer on big bottles of products that are kind on the wallet but bulky to handle.
Trunki ride on suitcase – the travel gift that doubles up as toy storage at home!
You may have seen this around airports: Trunki rolling suitcase is one of the most popular kids’ suitcases no the market and with good reason.
As well as being super cute, this is kids’ rolling luggage with a difference: instead of just pulling it around, the kids can ride on it, meaning daddy’s shoulder can occasionally have a bit of a rest.
The wonderful thing about Trunki is tha it is not just useful on travel but at home too: this spacious bag makes and excellent toy storage box!
You can read my full review here to check why I love it so much and if it may suit your friends.
Kikki Deuter Backpack – perfect toddler backpack for travel and playschool
My kids are in love with the Kikki backpack and have used them almost every day since the day we bought them.
During the year, they are excellent school bags (they are suitable for pre-schoolers and young kids) and we have used them as backpacks for hikes and holidays too.
The are very cute and very comfortable and they have a super handy chest strap that allows them so sit properly on the kids’ backs without falling off. You can read my full review here
A Nat Geo Kids subscription (paper or digital)
A great educational and fun present for kids s a subscription to the excellent National Geographic kids magazines.
They are a great way to foster kids curiosity about the world even when theyt cannot leave the house
I hope you enjoyed this list of gifts for traveling families and it gave you ideas for the travel lovers in your life. Happy holidays!
This post was originally published in 2015 and has now been fully updated (2020)