Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers 2013

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Gift GuideIt’s that time of year again. Time to get in line, guess what your loved ones can’t live without, and figure out what will make the kids squeal with glee on Christmas morning.

Back by popular demand I’ve thrown together a list of gifts that are sure to knock the socks off even the toughest person on your list.


Gadgets and Gear

  • Kindle Fire HD  are the must-have gifts of the season for any traveler. Add on an Amazon Prime membership and your loved one can enjoy unlimited movie and TV streaming, borrow books and download tons of apps
  • eBags Packing Cubes are a miracle product for all avid travelers. Whether you bounce from spot to spot, or you like to stay put in one location for a bit, you will feel like you have your home dresser with you without all that extra weight.
  • Kidz Gear Wired Headphones for travel (multiple colors) are the perfect size for little ears. Better yet, the volume won’t go above a certain decibel so your child’s ears are protected.
  • Belkin Rockstar Multi Headphone Splitter is great if you have only one DVD player or tablet for two or more kids to share. Everyone in the family can plug in and watch together.


Toys for travel

  • Figurines from your child’s favorite shows like Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Sofia the First tucked away in a small travel pouch make it easy to bring toys on vacation without having to pack an extra suitcase.
  • Spot-it and Spot-It Junior will keep the whole family busy on your next road trip.
  • The Idea Box Kids: Adventure Travel helps bored kids figure out what to explore next. Sixty coins have ideas and spots for you to check out no matter where you live or travel.
  • Plane Play sets bring flying the friendly skies down to your child’s level. They can prepare for take off and landing while at home, or do a few loops as they really take off on their next vacation.
  • Tengu: The Pocket Pouch (8 magnetic blocks) encourage your budding architect or engineer to build skyhigh towers in a plane, train or car without you worrying about a bunch of pieces rolling around.
  • Curious George Magnetic Tin Play Set brings your child’s beloved storybook characters to live. The company makes sets with other characters and themes as well.


Maps and Memories



  • Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo by Matthew Amster-Burton. If you love to eat then you will love Amster-Burton’s latest book. Hop along with his 8-year-old daughter and wife as he discovers the diverse and satisfying cuisines that can be found in Tokyo, and even a few ideas on where to find it, told through delicious tales and funny antidotes.
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. This story carries you from modern-day Hollywood to half a century past on Italy’s northwest coast, through the trials and magic of communicating any way possible when language and reality stands in your way.
  • This is Paris by M. Sasek. Quite possibly the most beautiful series of children’s books you will find to get you excited about your next adventure. This is Paris shows off just why the City of Light is worth the trip. Don’t forget to grab other books from this same series. There are more than enough to choose from!
  • The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller. This silly tale of the states switching places to see what is cool about living elsewhere will have you and your kids giggling with glee and learning about our diverse nation in the most entertaining way.



  • Recipe 4 Cute has adorable prints and dolls for your little one to enjoy. I’m in love with her Pigs Over Paris print. The prices are affordable and the artist does custom work!
  • Adventures World Map Travel Poster (11×17) inspires young (and old) wanderlusters to seek out new adventures across the globe.


Handmade stocking stuffers

  • Bucket List Journal by BlueToad. Keep your travel dreams and memories all in one spot with this beautifully handmade journal featuring plenty of blank pages and maps.
  • Custom Long Distance Friendship Travel Mugs by 3BetweenSisters. Great for siblings, best friends and loved ones separated by miles across the country.
  • Travel Wallet/ Passport holder by TheRubyCottage. Keep your passport and other travel documents in one tidy spot with this beautiful blue and white clothe wallet featuring French stamps.


DIY Gifts

Need more ideas? Check out last year’s Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers 2012.

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  • Awesome List! I’ll take one of everything!

  • Great list! Thanks for including my suitcase craft!

    • Keryn @ Walking On Travels

      Kim I still may need to make that suitcase craft!

  • Paz

    Okay seriously!!!! This whole list is awesome! I am so excited about ordering some of these. Now I just have to decide which ones to start with!!! Thanks so much!!!

  • WHAT a great list – thank you!

  • Wow, what a fabulous list! I love the the escape box!

  • Holy moly that is a great list!!!! Appreciate your efforts!

  • A really useful list. Thank you

  • Very thorough list, Keryn! I love many things on here, but I just want to agree with you on the Spot games. My kids love that one, and even little ones can play it. 🙂

    • Keryn @ Walking On Travels

      Jenna we are just starting to get into it. I have friends who swear by it. Can’t wait for our next road trip!

  • Allison

    The retro travel posters are my favorite. I may have to add a few of these things to my wish list…

    • Keryn @ Walking On Travels

      Allison I want all of the Harry Potter posters in my office 🙂

  • Laurel- Capturing la Vita

    I am so in love with that little suitcase ornament! Great gift suggestions!

  • Colleen Lanin

    I love, love, love this list…and not JUST because my book is on it! 🙂 Thank you for including “The Travel Mamas’ Guide”! I’m going to have to buy a few of these for those on my holiday list.