This year has flown by and I can’t believe it’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts!
If you’re a travelling family or are buying for frequent flyers, here’s some of our top gift recommendations for those special jet-setters on your life, or just little people who’re interested in finding out more about our big wide world.
A note for New Zealand and Australian based shoppers – although these items are based out of Amazon US, it’s very easy to get them shipped to this side of the world using New Zealand Post YouShop or ShopMate if you’re in Australia. We’ve ordered in the past on Black Friday and it’s arrived well in time for Christmas Day.
(NOTE: THIS GIFT GUIDE CONTAINS COMPENSATED LINKS. PLEASE SEE THE DISCLAIMER BELOW.)
Gifts for kids
1. Scooter and Suitcase Luggage All In One
A suitcase that’s also a scooter?! This is so perfect for travelling families with 3 to 8 year olds. You could use it at the airport as well as getting around once you reach your destination. It’s amazing how it folds right down and best still fits in the overhead luggage compartment on aircraft. There’s several designs available.
Check out prices and buy Zinc Flyte Kids Luggage Scooter 18″ – Polly the Panda here.
2. Scratch-Off World Map Travel Tracker
This cool map allows you to track your world travels as you explore the world. Kids will love marking off where they’ve been – or where they aspire to travel to at some point in the future!
Check prices for the Scratch-Off World Map Travel Tracker
3. Trunki Ride-On Suitcases
We’re massive Trunki fans, and this ride-on suitcase is the perfect way to transport tired kids around the airport, or give them a seat wherever you are! It’s also great for stashing all their bits and pieces in on long-haul flights. We’ve used them on 24 hour long-haul flights to Europe and they’re perfect.
4. Lonely Planet Kids “The Travel Book – A Journey Through Every Country In The World”
We bought this book for our kids last Christmas and they love it. We read it several times a week and they really enjoy choosing which country they want to read about at bedtime.
Check out prices for The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet) here.
5. Kindle Fire Tablet
A tablet is a must-have for kids on the road and these cost-effective Kindle Fire Tablets are perfect – we’ve had ours for over two years through 25 different countries and they’re still going strong. They can be used hassle free throughout the world in terms of accessing apps and the internet. Tried, trusted and highly recommended by us!
6. V Tech Kidizoom Action Cam
This one is going to be up high on my kids’ wish list! This V Tech Kidizoom is an action camera specifically designed for kids. It’s waterproof to 6ft and you can also attach to bikes and skateboards, how awesome is that?!
7. Magnetic Board Games set
Travel games are a must have for long bus and train rides, waits at the airport, camping and times where you don’t have any internet access! This cool set has 12 different games including checkers, snakes and ladders, Ludo and Backgammon. And it’s all magnetic so you won’t lose any of the pieces.
8. Amazon Gift Cards
Buying for tweens and teens can be tricky, so why not give them a gift card so they can get what they really want? Amazon Gift Cards start at $10 and can go up to whatever value you like!
Buy Amazon.com Gift Card for Any Amount in a Mini Envelope (Black) here.
9. Kids Travel Journal
In our experience, kids love to document their travels and make a note of all the amazing places they’re visiting. This Travel Journal from Lonely Planet is perfect for them to record all their epic adventures.
10. Mini Doodle Kit
This art set is the same size as a passport – perfect for creating in-flight masterpieces.
11. Knock Knock Game Pad
Five different games like Hangman, Tic Tac Toe and Dots and Boxes will help while away the travel hours for the whole family.
12. Shopkins Travel Pillow
For the Shopkins fans in your life, this cosy travel pillow is perfect for long car trips and flights.
13. Spiderman Woosh Travel Pillow and Blanket Set
Spidey senses will tingle with this fab travel pillow and blanket combo.
14. Camelbak Water Bottles
Camelbak are the masters when it comes to carrying water on the go, and these cute dishwasher friendly, BPA and BPS free water bottles are great for any kid on the road. There’s 28 different designs to choose from! Our little shark obsessed guy just might be finding one of these in his Christmas stocking!
Check prices and buy the CamelBak Kids Eddy Water Bottle, 0.4 L, Sharks here.
15. Otter Wings UPF50+ Swim Shirt and Floaties
This is another great mash-up of a high sun-rated protection swim shirt, with floatie arm bands that attach to the shirt to keep kids both sun and water safe.
Check out prices and buy Otter Wings Kids Floaties (Water Wings) / UPF 50+ Swim Shirt Combo Kids Floatation Device here.
Gifts For Her
Here’s a list of top travel gifts for the globetrotting Mum, Sister, Aunty or BFF in your life.
1. Kate Middleton’s Travel Shoes
Stylie Kate has worn these comfy shoes while yachting in Auckland, on safari in India and rowing dragonboats in Canada. For under 100 bucks you can be like Kate and step out in a pair of Sebago Bala Slip-On Loafers. After all, if they’re good enough for a princess….
Check out prices for Sebago Women’s Bala Slip-On Loafer here.
2. Rifle Paper Co ‘Bon Voyage’ Desk Calendar
In these days of everything electronic, I still like to have a paper desk calendar. These gorgeous vintage designs from Rifle Paper Co will inspire the wanderlust in you every day.
Check out the prices and buy the Rifle Paper 2018 Bon Voyage Desk Calendar here.
3. Wine Wings Portable Wine Bottle transporters
I need these in my life! Designed by a commercial airline pilot, they’re perfect for transporting bottles of wine in your luggage without worrying about it breaking in transit.
Check out prices for Wine Wings Reusable Wine Bottle Protector Sleeve Travel Bag here.
4. Beach towel clips
These cute Hawaiian style beach towel clips would make great stocking stuffers. Use them at the beach, pool or on board a cruise to stop your beach towel from blowing away.
Check out prices and buy Beach Towel Tropical Hawaiian Clips here.
5. Burts Bees Fabulous Mini’s Travel Set
The wonderful Burts Bees range comes in a travel size containing a Cleanser, Day Lotion, Deep Cleansing Cream, Body Lotion, Foot Cream and a Hand Cream. Everything you need for adventures on the road without the fuss.
Check out prices and buy Burt’s Bees Fabulous Mini’s Travel Set here.
6. Kindle e-reader
I love reading paper books, but I would be truly lost without my Kindle on the road. Forget carting around heavy books, you can simply download everything onto the one device. I’ve found it super easy to download books even in places with seriously bad internet in South East Asia. I can safely say this is one of my travel essentials!
Check prices and buy the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader here.
7. Crumpled City Maps
These innovative fabric maps fold down into a pocket-sized drawstring pouch. More robust than a paper map, it weighs less than an ounce and is waterproof. Available for all the cool cities on your bucketlist – New York, Rome, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona etc …
Check out the Crumpled City Map-New York (Crumpled City Maps) and buy here.
8. Blunt Metro Umbrella
I’ve been coveting a Blunt umbrella since forever. Everyone I know who has one swears by them, and I reckon they’d be perfect for travel. So do someone you love a favour and get them one this Christmas!
Check out prices for the Blunt Metro Umbrella – Black and buy here.
9. Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 Of The World’s Most Amazing Places
Traveloholics like us would love a book like this. From National Geographic, it’s a beautifully illustrated guide to everywhere you need to go.
Check out prices for Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places and buy here.
10. ‘I’m Outta Here’ Passport Cover
Me. Everytime I travel. This cute passport cover not only protects your most precious travel document but also sums up current mood perfectly.
See prices and buy ban.do design The Getaway Passport Holder – I’m Outta Here here.
11. Karen Walker Sunglasses
Karen Walker is a New Zealand icon and makes seriously cool sunglasses. Buy any travel loving gal a pair of these and she’ll be over the moon.
See prices and buy Karen Walker Women’s Super Duper Strength Sunglasses here.
A decent sarong is an absolute must when travelling because they’re so versatile. Use it as a towel, beach cover-up, a headscarf or around the shoulders when visiting mosques and temples – I’ve even used one as a sheet in a less than ideal dirty hostel experience! These NOVICA sarongs are not only pretty but also fair-trade certified. Other colours and patterns available.
Check out prices and purchase the NOVICA Red and Blue Rayon Batik Sarong, ‘Red Sunrise’ here.
13. Reisenthel Foldable Shopping Bag
A bag like this is so handy while you’re travelling. You can use it for buying groceries in plastic bag free stores, holding your swimwear, putting in the kid’s snacks while out and about or taking your bits and pieces to the ablution block when camping. When you’re done it folds back down to a pocket size.
Check out the prices and buy reisenthel mini maxi loftbag, Foldable Shopping Bag, Dots here.
14. Adventure Bound Travel Dress
A good travel dress is a must-have for adventures on the road. Dresses are great for travel as you can bling them up, or wear them at the beach with your flip-flops. I love this Adventure Bound dress from Columbia – it’s comfortable as well as practical.
Check prices and buy the Columbia Women’s Adventure Bound Dress here.
15. PacSafe Anti-Theft Travel Handbag
I love this bag so much – it’s the exact one that we’ve travelled through 25 countries with and it’s as good as new. It’s full of travel technology to protect your stuff like RFID theft protection, hidden wire mesh to prevent slash and run and lots of locking functionality to stop pick-pockets.
Check prices and buy the Pacsafe Citysafe CS100 Anti-Theft Travel Handbag here.
Hate knocking your glass of vino over? ‘Glass on the Grass’ is an innovative lightweight wine base that you slip onto your glass to keep it steady and put it down almost anywhere. Designed and made in Australia they’re perfect for summer picnics, BBQ’s, events, the beach and pool. I love mine!
Check out prices and buy Glass on the Grass Wine Base here.
Gifts For Him
1. Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Shockproof and Waterproof
Sounds on the road are a must-have, and we carried a UE Boom round the world with us last year. These ones are even more awesome because they’re shockproof and waterproof, perfect for global adventures.
Check prices and buy UE BOOM 2 Meteor Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker (Waterproof and Shockproof) here.
2. Herschel Supply Co Chapter Travel Kit
These stylish yet durable toiletry bags come in a variety of designs and are made to last.
Check out prices and buy Herschel Supply Co. Chapter Travel Kit here.
3. Roll-Up Electronics Organiser
Cords, adaptors and chargers everywhere is one of our travel bugbears. These practical roll-up electronics organisers are the answer to keeping track of all your cords and avoiding spaghetti junction in your suitcase.
Check prices and buy the ProCase Roll-up Electronics Organizer here.
4. Thorlo Hiking Socks
There’s nothing worse than blisters when you’re out in the wildnerness or just urban exploring. These Thorlo socks are the best out there. We love them because they’re clinically proven to reduce blisters and reduce moisture AKA sweat. And less stinky socks while on the road is good for everyone, trust us!
Check prices and buy Thorlos Men’s Moderate Padded Light Hiking Crew Sock, 3 Pack here.
5. Victorinox Swiss Army Knife
We’ve been travelling for 20 years and take a Swiss Army Knife on every trip we go on. OK mostly for opening bottles of wine and cutting up camembert on French impromptu picnics, but the scissors come in handy and the tweezers have been used to remove sea urchin spikes from a foot in Croatia. True story. Victorinox are the best, and with a 5 star rating and 1,500+ reviews you can’t go wrong.
Check out prices and buy Victorinox Swiss Army Tinker Pocket Knife here.
6. “Secret Marvels of the World” Book
Featuring communist bunkers, burning gas craters and at least one sponge-rock fluorescent grotto built by Polish monks, this book reveals weird and wonderful sights the crowds don’t reach. Perfect for that off-the-beaten-track explorer.
Check out prices and buy Secret Marvels of the World: 360 extraordinary places you never knew existed and where to find them (Lonely Planet) here.
7. Birkenstock Sandals
We’re a Birk-loving travel family that’s for sure. Check out any of our photos in hot places and you’ll generally see us with them on. Tough, practical and comfortable, and they don’t get stinky like some of the travel sandals out there. These are the exact model that Mike loves.
View prices and buy Birkenstock Men’s Arizona Slide Sandals here.
8. Rayban Aviator Sunglasses
A good pair of sunnies are a must when travelling, especially when heading to a tropical paradise. These Rayban Aviators never go out of style.
View prices for Ray-Ban 3025 Aviator Sunglasses and buy here.
9. Football Themed Luggage Tags
For the soccer/football mad traveller, check out these club luggage tags. What better way to show the world your true allegiances? Choose from a number of different English and European teams.
Check out prices and buy here – Set of 2 Soccer Team Football Club Luggage Tag Suitcase ID Tag with Adjustable Strap
I think this is #1 on our wish list for next time we go travelling. To truly capture epic adventures at home and abroad, you need a GoPro in your life. Repeat – not want, need!!
Check out prices and buy GoPro HERO6 Black here.
11. Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa
For the gadget geek in your life, the Garmin Speak can do everything (almost). Put it in your car and ask it to stream music, navigate, create to do lists, play games, check your calendar/the weather/the traffic, control smart devices at home.
Check prices for Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa and buy here.
12. Deuter Speed Lite 20 Backpack
A good backpack is a must-have when on the road. We love the Deuter brand of backpacks and this one is perfect. It’s lightweight, comfortable with a padded back and breathable mesh to stop sweaty backs in hot climates.
Check prices and buy the Deuter Speed Lite 20 Backpack here.
13. Audible e-books Membership
An Audible subscription is perfect for the every day commute, long road-trips or chilling out by the pool. Audible is the world’s largest library of e-books with topics suitable for every passion.
Check prices and buy an Audible Membership here.
14. Hydroflask Sports Water Bottle
Hydroflask bottles are fabulous for the guy on the go. They keep water cold for up to 24 hours and hot liquids up to 6 hours. They fit most bicycle and automotive cup holders as well and are completely leakproof.
Check prices and buy the Hydro Flask Sports Water Bottle here.
15. Portable Mini Drone
Drones are the hottest item in the travel world at the moment, and we’ve got major envy from some of the amazing photography and video we’ve seen out there taken by drone from other travel families.
The DJI Spark Portable Mini Drone has fabulous reviews and won’t weigh you down.
Check out prices and buy the DJI Spark, Portable Mini Drone, Alpine White here.
Hopefully you’ve found some gifts here for the travel people in your life – or even a sneaky present to pop under the Christmas tree for yourself!
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