Wondering what to gift the family that travels a lot? Families that travel are notoriously hard to buy for! We’ve rounded up some of the best family travel gifts under $100 that you’ll want to give (and maybe also get).
From gear they’ll use on trips, to fun family subscriptions, to travel reminders that will make them smile at home, these family travel gifts are perfect for the whole family.
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Family Travel Gear
Traveling as a family takes a lot of gear. Here are some of our family favorites, including some key items that help us keep our kids safe.
Road ID Bracelets
Road IDs are silicone bracelets that hold a metal plate engraved with important information. These are great for anyone with an active lifestyle- how many times have you gone for a bike ride without taking an ID?
These can be used for adults, kids, and even animals. Our kids wear them in case we get separated- so they always have our cell phone numbers. You can customize them as you like, including with any medical condition. Ours have our names, emergency contact numbers, allergy info, and blood types.
We use the stretch silicone bracelets but you can also get versions with buckles, or even that attach to your apple watch. The stretch bracelets come with three sizes in the box so you can find each person’s correct fit. We find them very comfortable, and love that they come in lots of fun color options.
AirTags are small GPS trackers that fit inside backpacks, pockets, or anywhere else you want to stash them. The battery in each one lasts about a year. We keep them inside all of our travel bags. If the kids wander off, we can track them via the backpack they are carrying. For younger kids, consider a bracelet or necklace so the AirTag is actually on their person. You can also clip it to their clothing.
We also love these bright silicone AirTag protectors that come with a keychain for easy attaching.
Keeping your family passports and other official documentation together is essential. We love this Zero Grid Travel Wallet / Family Passport Holder. It holds up to six passports, but we feel it’s perfect for a family of four.
The slim zippered closure is made of water-resistant nylon and RFID blocking to protect you from identity theft. With space for passports, credit cards, currency, and an internal zippered pocket, the wallet includes a pen for customs forms.
We use this to hold our passports, yellow fever cards, global entry cards, diving cards, extra passport photos, and more. With all of these things for a family of four, this holder is pretty full, but everything is still organized and easy to access.
Interested in family passport options? Check out other options in our post Best Travel Gifts: Stocking Stuffers Under $50.
This Portable Charger is a must for travelers. At roughly the size of your phone and weighing 12.56oz (356g), it provides 4.6 to 6.8 full phone charges (depending on the type) and 1.5 charges of an iPad. With two USB ports for dual charging, and a power level indicator, this charger can be fully recharged in 10 hours.
International Power Adapter
This Travel Power Adapter has 8 international adapters, 5 USB ports that support up to 40W charging, and 2 plugs with surge protection. Its compact size and only one pound weight make it easy to bring on your next adventure.
This UV Water Purifier will treat a liter of water in 90 seconds and kill 99.9% of bacteria that can make you sick. The LED display is easy to read and user-friendly. Perfect for camping or traveling where you may not have access to clean water, this comes with an easily packable pouch and is a great gift for any traveler.
For a slightly higher price point, check out the Ultra. The smaller, lighter-weight wand is an upgrade from the classic model, and now has a rechargeable battery and included USB cable.
Foldable Travel Bag
This Foldable Travel Bag is incredibly versatile and collapses down to the size of a purse when not in use. It can easily be packed for a day trip, or used as your carry-on. With lots of storage options including a built-in wet bag and trolly sleeve, this waterproof bag is fully air travel compliant and will fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you.
Tortuga Packable Daypack
This packable daypack folds down small and light- it’s the perfect “extra” backpack to stuff in your luggage! The reviews on this backpack are off the charts- it has padded shoulder straps, so it’s comfortable to wear all day.
This Travel Car Seat is easy to use and is truly packable. We have two of these for our kids of 4 and 7-years-old and they can carry their boosters in their backpacks. These car seats are safe for global use and approved in every country except Australia and Taiwan.
These Amazon Basics Packing Cubes are a great way to keep your clothes organized inside your suitcase or travel pack. In a variety of colors and sizes, these are great for the whole family.
Family Travel Gift Experiences
There’s nothing better to give a travel-loving family than the gift of experiences!
National Park Pass
America The Beautiful National Parks Pass gets you into all national parks as many times as you like for one year. Most National Parks cost $35 per vehicle, which means this pass pays for itself in three visits. Use this pass for places that charge per person to admit up to four adults (children under 16 are always free).
Eat2explore Cooking Subscription
This is a great idea for family dinners. With eat2xplore, you can subscribe to get the featured country each month or buy country packs individually. You can also choose a bundle of five recipes from one continent. They provide the menu, recipes, and all the spices and dry ingredients you will need. You can buy the fresh ingredients at your local store when you are ready to prepare the meal. This is a wonderful way to get kids excited about cooking, new tastes, and new places, all while making a healthy meal.
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Give a taste of the world with these fun snacks from around the globe. You can give Universal Yums as a single box, or as a recurring gift for three, six, or twelve months, with a new box arriving each month. This is a great gift for the whole family. Each month’s snacks come from a different country!
Tours and Classes
Families love to receive experiences for their next trip! You can pre-book for them via Viator, or enclose a gift card for Airbnb Experiences (good for lodging or tours). Not sure where they’re going next? You can also find cooking classes or other family-friendly experiences closer to home.
Travel Gifts for the Home
These gifts feature a travel or world theme, but you’ll leave them home when you hit the road.
Urban Map Rocks Glasses
These Rocks Glasses (think bourbon or whiskey) each feature an intricate city map. Choose your city- from Atlanta to Washington DC. Celebrate your home city or old haunt.
Little Talk Conversation Cards
These Little Talk cards are designed to get families sharing with conversation prompts for the whole family. These are great for taking on the road, or engaging kids and grandparents in meaningful conversation. Cards are color-coded into six categories to get help guide the conversation.
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World Traveler’s Cork Globe
This Cork Globe is a great family gift for everyone tired of the scratch-off maps. Use pins to mark your last trip, or plan your next one! There are no labels on this map, so you’ll need to know your geography. Available in a 5-inch mini, or 9.8-inch large version.
Graphic Travel Art
Since I have a graphic design background, I’m always drawn to fun graphic prints! At Society6 you can choose between different sizes of prints, or get a favorite image on a mug, mobile phone case, or even a side table. These make great family gifts for the art-loving traveler on your holiday list!
“Always Take the Scenic Route”- Scenic Route Art Print
“Not All Who Wander are Lost”- Retro Throw Pillow
“New York is Always a Good Idea”- Tote Bag
Abstract Italian Coast Houses- Framed Mini Print
Family Puzzles to Inspire Wanderlust
Does your family love to puzzle? Work on geography and inspire your next bucket list trip with these fun family jigsaw puzzles.
Hello from Around the World Puzzle
This 500 piece puzzle takes your family around the world via colorfully illustrated stamps representing various countries.
The individual squares make it easy for kids to sort the puzzle by stamp, so even younger kids can tackle parts of the puzzle.
We have this puzzle and the girls argue over who gets to put together the rainbow each time!
Vintage National Parks Puzzle
This 1,000 piece National Parks Puzzle features park posters and logos in a retro style. Comes in a muslin bag in a cute storage tube. Perfect for the whole family to do together.
Vintage Travel Poster Puzzle
Bon Voyage! This Travel Poster Puzzle takes you on a trip around the world from Chile to Japan with vintage-style posters. This 1,000 piece puzzle is sure to keep the family occupied.
Take a trip to Cuba! Michael Storrings illustrated this 1,000 piece puzzle, featuring a street scene in Cuba. This series also includes puzzles of Paris, London, and New York City.
Beautiful Travel Books
You can never have too many beautiful books to inspire more family travel!
Not sure which book to buy? How about a gift card to Bookshop.org?
Bookshop.org is an online bookstore that helps to financially support local, independent bookstores. You can choose a specific local bookstore to support, or your order will be distributed evenly among all the locally run stores that Bookshop.org supports.
With beautiful photography, Wanderlust USA charts 30 hikes across the USA- perfect for the avid hiker or outdoors person on your holiday list!
Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the World
Brilliant Maps is the perfect gift for the traveler who loves maps and data. This book full of map infographics is sure to be a hit!
The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small
The Bucket List is the perfect holiday gift for the armchair traveler or the avid planner. Full of ideas and images from around the world.
Making your own bucket list? Check out our post The Ultimate Family Travel Bucket List: 100+ Adventures Around the World
The National Parks
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is a heavy coffee table book designed to accompany the documentary by Ken Burns. Take your time with the beautiful images in this book.
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Rotating Earth Globe
This beautiful globe does not fall within the under $100 price range, but we think this is worth a splurge. The Earth with Clouds Globe by MOVA is 4.5″ in diameter and is how the earth looks from space. Utilizing solar cell technology it gently rotates with any ambient light (no batteries required).
There You Have It!
These are some of the best family travel gifts of the year! From gear they’ll use on trips, to gorgeous coffee table books to family jigsaw puzzles, there’s something special for every traveling family on your list.
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