While the greatest gift you can give your child is the gift of travel together, we also know there are some gifts that can make traveling with kids easier. As the holiday season is upon us, we take a look at some unique gift ideas for your children before you take your next vacation. Plus, 9 of the 10 gift ideas are $60 or less!
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1. Drawing Board Suitcase
Standing in long lines at the airport or in customs can be torture for young children. The Look What I Made Govinci suitcase has a drawing board right on the outside so your child can color and stay occupied when stuck. The suitcase is wheeled and easy for kids to pull, weighing just 2.5 pounds. There is also a backpack. $60*
2. Riding Suitcase
Another great suitcase we love is the Trunki suitcase, which gives kids a ride while they travel. This durable, wheeled suitcase weighs nearly 4 pounds and can hold up to 110 pounds of riding weight, with long pull straps for parents to pull and two hand grips for kids to hold. Select from firetrucks, ladybugs, zebras and other kid-loving designs. $50*
3. Fun Neck Pillow
Help your kids stay comfy on the road with this adorable neck pillows that are also hoodies. Select from a bright turquoise unicorn or a cute sloth. The neck pillows are filled with microbeads and the hoods is a plush fabric. Either choice is just under $40*.
4. One-Handed Baby Bottles
Traveling with an infant on long-haul flights may mean traveling with bottles and formula to get you by. With the PopYum Baby Bottle, you can store formula in the cap of the bottle so when your little one starts to get hungry, just a push of a button drops the powder into the water for easy one-hand mixing and measuring. The set of 3 bottles, for just under $36*, holds 5 ounces and is made with BPA-free medical grade silicone and polypropylene. Additional nipples are available, as well.
5. Cozy Headphones
Between the tangling of cords and annoyance of ear buds falling out of little ears, we’re surprised more parents don’t travel with CozyPhones. The comfortable fabric headbands with built-in, removable headphones stay on and keep kids warm. Select from fun designs, like pandas, lions, pirates, bunnies and unicorns. If the headband gets dirty, just remove the headphones and pop it into the wash. $20*
6. Not Parent Approved Card Game
Road trips and train rides are ideal places for games the entire family can play together. But carrying board games can get tricky with multiple pieces. Try a card game instead, like the Not Parent Approved card game that older kids and teens will especially enjoy. The game pushes boundaries and includes gross humor and – gasp! – a burping contest, but is guaranteed to have you laughing together. The game, $25*, is brought to you by the same folks who make Cards Against Humanity.
7. Artist Car Valet
Not just for the car but perfect for kids to carry anywhere they go, the ALEX Toys Artist Studio Car Valet can strap onto a seat and a foldout work are folds down for easy access to the art supplies kept inside. Removable zippered pouches can store crayons or even snacks. $20*
8. Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bag
Give your tot a stuffed animal to sleep with, attached to their very own soft sleeping bad for overnight getaways. There are nine different options, from sports-themed baseballs and soccer balls to cuddly animals like monkeys and koalas. The BuddyBagzs serve as a pillow and bed, all in one, and can be used as a backpack for storing other items for easy carry-all. $60*
9. Travel High Chairs
Finding a high chair won’t be an issue with this portable cloth high chair. Small enough to carry in a purse, the Cozy Cover Easy Seat High Chair can fit all chairs and provides safety harnesses to keep your baby comfortable and safe. It’s also machine washable. $20*
10. Kids’ Kindle
The new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet helps when nothing else will. Use it at the airport, on the plane ride, in a restaurant or while taking a long drive! With a kid-proof case, 8-inch display and 32-gig tablet, this is the real deal and not a knock-off toy. Included is one year of FreeTime Unlimited with more than 20,000 apps, games, videos, books and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon and Disney, among others — there are also more than 1,000 items in Spanish. The Fire can also connect to Netflix, YouTube and Minecraft. $129*
*Price as seen on December 10th, 2018. Current price may vary from what’s stated on this website.
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We’re always on the lookout for great travel gear for our trips with our son, and would love to hear from you on what you found works well. We welcome you to share your favorites with us in the comments, below.