As a family who travels we are always on the lookout for unique travel gift ideas for our kids. We are currently backpacking around the world with our teenagers, my girl, aged 14 and our son who is 17. We are on a strict budget so it is essential for us to keep our gifts to under $20. I have compiled a list of 25 of my top choice, best travel gifs for kids.

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Remember not to underestimate younger children when buying gifts for them.

Kids from the ages of 12 years upwards like to receive presents that are more sophisticated than their little brother or sisters. All of the items that I have listed below are suitable for the tween audience (age 11 and over) and would also be extremely well received by both of my teenagers. With both hands actually.

My advice to you when buying gifts for kids that travel is to keep it simple. Inexpensive travel gifts are readily available meaning that you don’t have to spend a stash of money on something that the kids will hardly bother with.

Anyone who travels with kids will know that after a year on the road your kids would be happy with a balloon. Well, maybe not a balloon but certainly a balloon blower-upper. Remember,  it’s not necessary to spend a stack of money to get a unique travel gift for the kids in your life.

 

25 Travel Gifts For Kids. Tweens and Teens. All Under $20.

 

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I have put all of the gift ideas under separate headings according to what type of child you are buying for. 25 of the best travel gifts under $20 that every girl and boy, tween or teen will be over the moon to receive.

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Gifts For Kids That Love To Write in a Journal.

 

 

  • I LOVE this journal. In fact, I want to steal it. It is a three year Q&A diary, beautifully illustrated and asking short questions about life. The fun thing is, is that your traveller can look back at their answers over the past three years and compare how they have grown since travelling.

 

 

 

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  •  My Travel Journal (Lonely Planet). This is one of those things that kids can have all to themselves. My daughter is a big fan of journaling so this was one of the best perfect travel gifts for her. I like it because it’s not too babyish for a 14-year-old girl but could also be a nice gift for kids as young as 10.

 

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For The Girl Who Loves To Travel

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  • This Mermaid Travel Cosmetic Bag is a stylish toiletries bag for the girl who loves to travel with lots of sprays and lotions! I have a 14-year-old daughter and this would make the ideal gift for her as she loves to take everything into the bathroom with her!

 

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The Globetrotting Girl Who Loves Style

 

  • I love this saying! You can not go wrong by giving this beautiful bracelet to any girl who is about to go globe trotting. Stainless steel, it is the perfect inspirational gift for the teen or tween girl.

 

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  • These gorgeous flip flops are the peak of comfiness and style and perfect for any teenage girl who is going to be on her feet a lot. If you have ever worn Sanuk flip flops before you will know what I mean about the comfort. These have got a padded yoga mat footbed. They are divine. These sandals can be quite pricey but there are lots of really lovely girly designs that are always in the sale for under $20.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gifts For Kids That Love Photography Or Making YouTube Videos.

 

  • This amazon basics lightweight tripod is the perfect travel gift for any young budding you tuber or photographer. I love that it is lightweight and even more importantly, that it is under $20! My son has a super duper expensive one and he hates taking it anywhere because it is too heavy to carry. This is the perfect solution.

 

 

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Gifts For Kids That Like Minecraft.

 

  • What child doesn’t love Minecraft? My two lived and breathed this craze for many years so I’m an expert on what to buy. The Ultimate Minecraft Secrets book is available as a Kindle edition or a paperback and will keep the kids entertained for hours.

 

 

 

 

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  • I know we are looking at travel gifts for kids and lego might not fit that box, but for the size and the price, The Iron Golemset would make the ideal present for the Minecraft fan. At 208 pieces it would easily pack into a small travel bag.

 

 

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  • No matter what age child you are buying for they all love a soft toy and this Minecraft Baby Pig is perfect for kids who are Minecraft crazy. There is a cow, a sheep or the pig. They also make a nice little travel pillow for those long flights!

 

 

 

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Gifts For Kids That Love Card Games.

 

 

 

  • Some do and some don’t but most kids will love playing card games, especially if there isn’t any wifi or electronics to be had! Here are a couple of games that are perfect for all ages of kids that travel.

 

 

 

 

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  •  Uno Cards has been a lifesaver on our trip. Sometimes, the smallest things are the best!

 

 

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  • Bicycle Playing Cards are a must when travelling. My son has been into magic for a long time and so will not leave home without his bicycle cards and they are an amazing conversation starter when you meet other travelling families. These are apparently the best playing cards out there. Take it from a teenager who knows.

 

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  • This isn’t a card game but I have it on strict instruction from my teenage son that this is the best cube out there! He is 17 and is addicted to the Rubik cube, which keeps me happy as it leads me to believe it is educational! Seriously, this little cube has kept my girl and biy happy for hours while travelling. It is the perfect gift.

 

 

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For Kids That Like To Explore

 

  • This is the perfect gift for anyone that likes to be out and about in the dark. It is small enough for the backpack and really is one of those useful gifts that you will be thanked for! The Vitchelo headtorch is waterproof and has the bright white light or the red.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • For the older teenager who is travelling this is without a doubt a classic gift. Swiss Army knives need no introduction. They are the worlds best pocket knives and to be able to grab one for under $20 in the sale is a bargain.

 

 

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  • These high resolution, shockproof 8X22 Binocularsare an amazing price and are small enough to pack into the side pocket of the pack. You’d be amazed at what kids want to take a closer look at when they are travelling and these are the perfect unique gift for birdwatching or wildlife spotting.

 

 

 

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For Those Kids Who Love To And Make Music!

 

  • Use your discretion here and please make sure you ok with the parents if the child isn’t yours!! But, the Yamaha Soprano Recorder is perfect for those kids that like to make music whenever they travel. Fantastic price too.

 

 

 

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  • Both of my kids are musical. But unfortunately, they play the piano and flute, both of which are either too heavy or too delicate to carry in a backpack!  The Mugig harmonica comes in its own case and when played properly is the most relaxing sound to accompany any travel expedition.

 

 

 

 

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Travel Books For Kids Who Love To Read.

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  • The Kid’s travel guide series are fabulous for those slightly younger kids. They do books for lots of different countries and are a very easy and informative read.

 

 

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  • This one is fabulous for the older bookworm. For those that are planning to travel in America, this book adds to their knowledge and they can then share it with you!

 

 

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  • Another brilliant choice for the older children. If you have a child that loves scavenger hunts then check outthese series of books. They cover most major cities.

 

 

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I can NOT write a travel gift for kids and not include this classic book! Both of my kids have read this book about a zillion times and still cry with laughter. The Diary of a Wimpy Kidseries for those who have been on the moon for the past ten years is the ONE series of books that all ages will love. Just buy it.

 

 

 

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FOR KIDS WHO ARE CRAZY ABOUT TRAVEL STICKERS!

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  • This is such a cheap and easy gift for any girl or boy. My daughter is sticker mad and puts these travel-themed stickersanywhere that will stick. On her water bottle, on her bedroom window or on her computer screen.

 

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FOR KIDS WHO ARE TRAVELLING TO SOMEWHERE COLD!

 

 

 

  • Breathable, lightweight microfibre fabric, the American Flag Face Mask perfect for skiing, cycling or  climbing up mountains. Plus it looks cool. And that’s the main thing.

 

 

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Kids don’t like to be cold. Especially teenagers. If you are buying a gift for a child that is going to somewhere snowy then be sure to put these hands and toe warmers onto your list. They are safe to use and give you natural, long lasting heat. Always handy to pop into the travel bag!

 

 

 

 

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For Kids Who Like To Wear Cool Sunglasses!

 

My kids will not listen to me when I tell them that these glasses are fashionable when I was a kid. No. They don’t want to know that, but they all LOVE these aviator Polarized sunnies. They are designed to be small so perfect for those kids aged 12 upwards. My teenage son also wears these wherever he goes.

 

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Ideas For The Techy Globetrotting Kids

 

  • If your kids are the same as mine you will now that the best thing in their life is their phone. Annoying but true. I am not going to tell you to buy a new phone because that’s waaayy over $20 but I am going to give you the ideal gifts that will help kids to look after their phones. The first being the ingenious little popsocket.

 

  • This is a collapsible grip and stand for the phone or tablet that pops onto the back of the device allowing you to have one hand free (to do the dishes) and to stop the chances of the device being dropped. Fabulous price, brilliant gift for all kids who travel with a device.

 

 

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So there you have it, 25 of the best travel gifts for kids 2018. I hope it was helpful to you. I will continue to add to the list as we come across more ideas, until then, safe and happy travels and I would love to hear what you think in the comments below.

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