Every year the same conundrum comes up for millions of parents all across the land – what to get the kids for Christmas? Sure, the usual suspects are always at the top of the list – toys, clothes, electronics – and, while there is a huge choice out there, it often makes for more indecision. But what if your children have a passion for travel – that has been lovingly nurtured over the years since they were tiny tots? Perhaps you’re going away soon or looking for Christmas gifts for kids 2019 which will not only be useful but fun? Or even an experience that can be enjoyed throughout the new year?
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR KIDS 2019
Although there are plenty of practical travel gifts for kids, we’ve tried to include a few experiences here that will not only benefit the whole family but will also provide plenty of shared fun. Here are our recommendations for amazing travel gifts for kids – which, quite honestly, would be perfect all year round!
Go Ape Experience Vouchers
The first time we ever went to Go Ape, we were so proud of Monkey. At first, looking up to the series of different walkways amongst the canopy of the trees, he was blinded by fear. But being the brave soul he is, we made it around slowly the first time. After a few more rounds, he was off – and loving the zip wire finale.
You can now purchase Go Ape gift vouchers that can be used in 33 different locations around the UK. And what better present than being able to give someone an amazing adventure of zipping through the treetops, whizzing along the forest floor, or bouncing on super springy bounce nets? The Go Ape experience can be enjoyed from kids right up to grandparents – and the sense of achievement makes for a memorable and fun day out for the whole family.
Go Ape Experience Vouchers from £10
Zinc Flyte Kids Scooter
Now that Monkey is older and more independent when we travel, he has already asked if he can have his own portable luggage. While I have been hesitant in the past as he usually drags a bag or uses a rucksack, and then gives up after two minutes, the Zinc Flyte Kids Scooter really does solve that problem. Not only is a roomy cabin-sized bag in a plethora of funky bright designs but it’s a scooter! So kids can pack their gear and scoot along when they get bored of pulling the case along.
Zinc Flyte Kids Scooter from £59.65
Usborne Travel Quiz Cards
When long journeys are inevitable from road trips to long-haul flights, there’s no denying that an iPad is a saviour and can keep kids occupied for extended stretches. However, there are great alternatives which will give kids a screen break. The range of Usborne Quiz cards – from 50 Things To Do on a Plane and 100 Things For Little Children To Do on a Journey – not only provide great activities such as drawing, mazes and anagrams, as well as group activities including battleships and hangman, but the cards are also durable and wipe clean, so you can do them over and over again.
Usborne Travel Quiz Cards from £4.99
V-Tech Kids Zoom Duo
Both my sons love taking photos and Monkey is getting quite the photographer – capturing some wonderful images of us while we’ve been away. However, I can be a little reluctant handing over my expensive phone or camera – so the V-Tech Kids Zoom Duo means he can have his very own. It’s chunky and hard-wearing, waterproof and has lots of fun features such as whacky camera effects, video recording and games, too.
V-Tech Kids Zoom Duo Priced £39.99
Doodle Colouring World Map
For small adventurers who have been lucky enough to travel the globe the Doodle Colouring World Map is not only a great visual guide and fun activity but also an interactive educational tool to learn more about geography. I think my kids would enjoy being able to colour off each country they visit over the years and then mark the ones they would most like to go to in the future. Great for planning new travel adventures and for reminiscing about the past.
Doodle Colouring World Map Priced £9.99
For mini travellers who are aware of the environment and who want to do their bit to offset their carbon emissions, the Fruitcase not only represents a fun, bright and handy way to travel, but for every case purchased, a tree is planted in one of Better Globe’s plantations in Africa. Granted it’s not going to save the world, but at least the company’s ethos is trying to help to provide a positive contribution to the sustainable development of local African communities. The cases themselves are durable, light and really roomy inside (I have two!) and their snazzy designs mean you won’t ever not find your case on the luggage carousel.
The Fruitcase Priced £135.00
Family Membership at The National Trust
Okay, this one is technically for the whole family. We’ve been National Trust Members for many years after my parents brought us a membership for Christmas some time ago. And since then we have renewed it annually. It is quite possibly one of the best presents we’ve ever received. Why? Because we have free access to over 500 different and unique destinations all across the UK. There are so many special places we have visited both locally and further afield with historic significance and awe-inspiring landscapes. Plus a lot of them a hugely child-friendly, with activities for kids, play areas, special events, and delicious cream teas and ice creams! And when you join, your contribution is also helping protect them for future generations. Win-win.
The National Trust Family memberships from £120 per year