Holiday Gift Guide for Travel Families

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Need some gift inspiration? Our holiday gift guide for travel families is sure to impress parents and kids. From practical to resplendent, we’ve got you covered.

Holiday Gift Guide for Travel Families

Rosetta Stone

This holiday season, share the gift of learning a new language together. My family is hoping to move to Mexico next summer for one year. But we don’t speak Spanish. Thank goodness for Rosetta Stone!

Rosetta Stone has been teaching people to speak languages for over 25 years. Now, it’s available via any smart device, from anywhere in the world. With Rosetta Stone, you learn intuitively through interactive games and their online learning community. Their immersion method of instruction introduces language in a way that stimulates your brain’s natural language learning ability. There are even live tutors available for extra help.

A Rosetta Stone subscription includes full access to the Rosetta Stone course, a phrasebook, and audio companion. Rosetta Stone offers instruction in over 20 languages. Give the Gift of Language: Rosetta Stone starting at $20/month!


Give the gift of language with Rosetta Stone this holiday season ~ Gift Guide for Travel Families

Chamilia Travel Charms

Chamilia by Swarovski creates charms and jewelry using only the finest, heirloom-quality metals (solid .925 sterling silver and 14K gold) and are accented with dazzling Swarovski Crystals and Zirconia. Their darling travel-themed charms will please any Travel Mama on your holiday list. Choose from destination-specific charms like a mini Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, or Canadian flag. Meanwhile ocean lovers will beads shaped like a cruise ship, seashell, palm tree oasis, or beach sandal. My favorite, though, is the Around the World Globe charm. In total, there are 60 travel-themed charms to choose from! Add one or more these to a Chamilia charm bracelet to create a piece of jewelry that will spark admiration and travel conversations.

Build a travel-themed charm bracelet from Chamilia (Photo credit: Chamilia by Swarovski)

Little Passports for Kids

After the thrill of eight nights of Hanukkah or Christmas morning present opening, a lot of children’s gifts are tossed into the toy box and soon forgotten. With Little Passports, though, children receive a new adventure in the mail every month. It’s educational, yes. But your kids will be having so much fun they’ll hardly notice. Besides, what kid doesn’t love getting REAL mail? Choose from Early Explorers for 3-5 year olds,World Edition for 6-10 year olds, Little Passports USA Edition, for ages 7-12, or Science Expeditions for ages 9+.

The best gift we can give our children is a gift of curiosity and wonder about the world. Little Passports helps to do just that. Subscriptions start three months or you can buy one-time gifts. Get 15% off a subscription when you use discount code JOLLY at checkout. Take a peek at Little Passports gift options now.

For additional gift ideas for travel kids, check out our picks of the best travel toys for kids from babies to teens as well as our recommended toys for traveling kids for use at home and on-the-go.

A Little Passports subscription spurs a love in children of travel and learning about the world ~ Gift Guide for Travel Families

Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller

A bulky stroller can make traveling with babies and toddlers difficult. Give a travel family with young children the gift of easier travels with the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller. This compact stroller is easy to collapse and maneuver. It will help parents navigate airports, city sidewalks, and other public spaces with ease. This travel stroller just may mean more visits to grandma and grandpa’s house! Order a Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller from Amazon now.

The Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller comes in five different colors

The Travel Mamas’ Guide

Of course, if you know someone with a baby, toddler or preschooler, I recommend gifting my book, The Travel Mamas’ Guide: How to Vacation with Babies and Children…and Stay Sane! Through stories and tips from family travel experts, this guide proves that travelers need not give up exploring the world just because they became parents. Learn more about The Travel Mamas’ Guide. Buy the guide for Kindle or in paperback.

The Travel Mamas' Guide ~ Gift Guide for Travel Families

Twist Travel Magazine Subscription

When travel enthusiasts aren’t traveling, they’re plotting their next trip. Give the gift of travel dreaming with a subscription to Twist Travel Magazine. This new quarterly magazine is the one I would have created if I’d had the chutzpa to do it. It’s full of dreamy photos, practical tips and drool-worthy destinations. I may not have launched it,  but I was lucky enough to contribute to their latest winter edition. Fabulous for any travel lover, buy one issue or a yearly subscription.

Twist Travel Magazine ~ Gift Guide for Travel Families

World Vision’s Handcrafted Goods

Yes, it’s fun to give and receive gifts. But it also feels good to do good. Give a gift that not only can be unwrapped and enjoyed, but also helps those in need. Every time you buy one of World Vision’s handcrafted goods, you support programs to help people from 100 countries around the world through job creation, education, clean water, disaster relief and more. Choose from items like jewelry, wind chimes, placemats, coffee and more. Take a look at their catalog of handcrafted gifts.

Give handcrafted gifts while making a positive impact on the world ~ Gift Guide for Travel Families

25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit Book

If you have someone on your list who would like to explore Canada, I’ve got a great gift idea. 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit is a travel guide overflowing with humorous anecdotes and colorful images as well as practical Canadian destination information. There’s even a section filled with family travel tips from experts. Read my 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit review AND enter to win a copy. Purchase this book now via Kindle or paperback.

25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit ~ Gift Guide for Travel Families

Surprise Disney Vacation

What could be more magical than the gift of a Disneyland vacation? Giving the gift of a Disney vacation is something your family will always remember. Get the best price on your Disneyland vacation or a Walt Disney World vacation from Get Away Today AND win the Santa of the year award!

To add to the fun, wrap up a few Disney gifts to put under the tree and tie an invitation to Disneyland around a Disney character plush toy. Just imagine the look of surprise when that present is opened!

For more gift ideas for Disney fans, read about our Disney decor and gift ideas. If you’ll be visiting during the holidays, check out our tips for saving money at Disneyland during the holiday season.

Give the gift of a Disney vacation ~ holiday gift guide for travel families

Tweed Wolf Custom Photo Book

When you return home from your family’s travels, the fun need not end. Celebrate and savor your family’s vacation memories with a Tweed Wolf custom photo book. I know what you’re thinking. You don’t have the time or energy to create a photo book. But Tweed Wolf does the work for you! That’s right, you send in the photos. Then Tweed Wolf edits them and creates a custom album just for you. Learn more about how the process works in my Tweed Wolf review. Give the gift of travel memories and get $50 off all Tweed Wolf gift certificates when you use code GIFT20 at checkout.

Save family memories with a Tweed Wolf built-for-you photo book ~ Gift Guide for Travel Families

For additional ideas, take a look at these gift ideas for travel lovers, featuring keepsakes and tastes from around the world.

Which of the suggestions on our holiday gift guide for travel families do you like most? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: To create this holiday gift guide for travel families, I received compensation and sample products from some of these brands. Some of these recommendations include affiliate links. Your clicks and purchases help to keep a free resource for readers like you. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    These are all fantastic ideas! I love the idea of gifting Rosetta Stone to a traveler who frequents a certain country. Wouldn’t it be cool to speak the language fluently?!

  2. Jeni Hawkins says

    Great ideas! I love the Rosetta Stone and the Little Passports. My niece has the Little Passports and seriously loves it!

  3. Absolutely love to travel a lot of these guess would be perfect for me. My kiddo would love that Little Passports. I would love to learn a new language while I’m flying. These are all fun ideas.

  4. Great list of ideas. Rosetta Stone is classic but timeless

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Looking forward to delving into Rosetta Stone’s Spanish language instruction after the holidays!

  5. I have always heard such great things about Rosetta Stone! I would love to check it out for myself one of these days.

  6. Great ideas. I love the idea of learning a new language together as a family and going to that country.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Yes! It’s fun to at least be able to speak a few key phrases. And it makes kids feel empowered, too.

  7. Dawn Lopez says

    Rosetta Stone works very well in my opinion. I think it would be a perfect gift for anyone travelling to other countries.

  8. Autumn Reo says

    The Rosetta Stone would be a great “family” present to give! I love that, especially for any family you know planning a vacation to a certain place. We also love Little Passports. The kids love to receive things in the mail.

  9. I think this is a great list. Those who love traveling would love any of these. I know I sure would!

  10. Claudia Krusch says

    Rosetta Stone is a great tool to help you learn a new language. I love these charms It would be great to find a Chamilia charm bracelet under the tree for me this year.

  11. I think the Canada book would be a wonderful gift. There are still so many places in Canada I haven’t seen!

  12. Amy Desrosiers says

    I would love pretty much all of those gifts! The bracelet and charms are extra nice though!

  13. These are some really great ideas for people who travel. I am going to have to look into these gift types.

  14. My son in law learned Spanish through Rosetta Stone. Now he is a certified medical interpreter.

  15. All wonderful gift ideas the surprise Disney vacation is a winner. I love the 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit Book I recently purchased it.

  16. You totally picked all the best things for traveling this holiday season. Portable strollers are a must!!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Thanks, Kristin! The Hungry Travel Daddy really loved the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller for travel!

  17. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    I love these gift ideas! Travelers will surely love these!! Adding some of these to my list! 😀

  18. These are the very nice gift suggestions for my best friend. She loves to travel.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Oh good! I bet your friend would love if you gifted her a Chamila travel charm bracelet. Just sayin’! 🙂

  19. These are really great gift suggestions for those that love to travel.

  20. I am loving all of these gift suggestions especially the Chamilia Travel Charms and World Vision’s Handcrafted Goods. I like that with World Vision I would be giving back.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Stacie – Yes, and it feels good for both the giver and the receiver to know that the gift from World Vision is making a positive impact!

  21. Alicia Gonzalez says

    These are all such great ideas! I really love the idea of the “gift of language,” for traveling families and all families! What an exciting idea, to move to Mexico. What part are you going to?

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