by Tina on February 5, 2016

in Travel

We are gearing up for another year of traveling with our kids and teen!  I realized recently that our daughter, Hailey, is turning 15 in a few weeks and felt so nostalgic over all the years we have spent traveling and living abroad with her.  We were just laughing with her about the plane ride we took across the Atlantic when she was still a baby.  She was cranky and could only be settled by the pacifier, which she had spat out and lost under the seat in a fit of anger.  That was in the first hour of a nine hour plane ride.  As you might imagine, we went immediately and bought 10 more of her favorite pacifier for the ride home!

With as much as we have traveled, it’s rare that we see a travel related gift that feels special and unique, so imagine my surprise when I came across Uncommon Goods, an online boutique packed with many gifts that are fun, unique, and definitely uncommon.  I have rounded up a list of some of my favorite Travel gifts for kids and teens, because amazingly, I found tons of cool stuff that either had a fun, new twist or was just something I had never seen and absolutely need for our upcoming travels!  BEST TRAVEL GIFTS FOR YOUNG KIDS


  1. Color The Earth Kit:: Kids of all ages will love having a globe of their own to color.  You could even guide them to color code their globe, differentiating places they have lived, places they have visited, where loved ones live, etc!
  2. All Aboard Travel Book Sets :: Take kids on a journey through American and European cities on a chugging choo choo train.  Designed by a mom of an adorable toddler, the sweet illustrations are sure to inspire many adventures!
  3. Children’s World Map :: Sure to ignite little imaginations, this laminated map features the seven wonders of the world, the solar system, types of clouds, and biomes (ecosystems), plus loads of animals and major landmarks.
  4. Dear Dad Arts & Crafts Book:: Let Dad lead the way with creative and imaginative ideas that pack well and make travel fun!
  5. My Comic Book Kit:: What could be more entertaining on a long car ride or a plane ride with the fasten seat belt sign on than a comic book that kids get to create themselves?  After you get home, kids can send in their work and receive a bound copy in the mail, complete with an “about the author” page!
  6. The First Adventures of Incredible You :: What kid wouldn’t love to hear an adventure story where they score the starring role?
  7. Foreign Language Blocks :: As a family who has learned several foreign languages over the years, anything that can make it enjoyable goes a long way.  These blocks are fun to build with and create teaching moments.  Double score!
  8. My Grand Adventures DIY Journal :: Filled with playful prompts and 32 interactive, offline activities like a “what if you were President” section where kids choose their own Cabinet, kids will have plenty to keep them busy on long journeys, though you might find them enjoying this one at home as well!
  9. NYC Floor Puzzle :: Playful, bright, and inspiring, this floor puzzle is certain to create a hunger in kids for the Big Apple!
  10. Storymatic Kids Game :: With fun little story prompts, this game has all the makings of fun, entertainment and loads of imagination!



  1. Diana Instant Camera :: Capture fun and unique shots with this special camera that are so in with teens right now.
  2. Fox Sleep Mask ::  Make sure to catch all the zzz’s possible on long journeys while looking super cute, too!  (The are handmade in Estonia!)
  3. Tribal Blanket Cosmetic Bag :: Not only does this bag give beautiful tribal blankets a new lease on life, it’s practical for travel, as well!
  4. Scratch Map :: This super cool map allows you to scratch off the places you have visited.  How fun is that?
  5. Personalized Coloring Book :: Adult coloring books are all the rage for a reason.  They are awesome and so is this one that is ready for your teen’s name to be added!
  6. Shadow Weave Tote :: As a mom of an animal obsessed girl who loves to travel, this bag ticks all the boxes.  It’s cute, it’s practical, and the purchase of this bag helps to support WWF’s vision “to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature” with a portion of net proceeds donated to WWF.
  7. Heart Marks The Spot Pillow :: Home is where the heart is, but the heart on this pillow can mark an upcoming trip or even a dream destination!
  8. Organization Bag Set :: Travel can be a messy business.  These bags keep suitcases neat, clean, and pretty!
  9. Arrow Envelope Wallet :: Designed in New York, made in Cambodia, this wallet is practical, but extra special because it helps women in need.  Each item is made by survivors and women at risk of human trafficking in Cambodia, and proceeds help to fiscally empower these women.
  10. Scratch Travel Journal :: If you have a teen who loves to document and organize, this travel journal will be love at first write.  (Bad Pun intended.)
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Rose February 9, 2016 at 2:54 pm

What a great list, I want the teen things for myself 🙂


Tina February 10, 2016 at 11:05 pm

Me too!


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