With less than one month to go, it’s time to seek out some Christmas gift idea inspiration for what to buy your boys. Okay, so they’ve asked you for Lego, computer games and something that either fights, flies or goes fast. Have you thought about buying a present for your little traveller that is fun and serves a purpose?
We’ve scoured the Internet for some of the best gift ideas for boys aged between 5 and 12 who travel and this is what we found for 2015.
LEGO Darth Vader Head Lamp
With the new Star Wars movie being released just before Christmas, we found one piece of merchandise that not only combines Star Wars and Lego but is also actually useful! When you’re travelling it’s a good idea for everyone to have a torch so why not make it super fun and give your boys a Darth Vader Head Lamp. We haven’t tried these out, but they look good and should be pretty good quality. I found them here for $17.70AUD plus postage. https://www.toysparadise.com.au/legor-darth-vadar-head-lamp
If your boys are anything like mine, they love grabbing my phone and taking photos and videos (generally of themselves!). They shoot some great images of things I would never think of and from different angles too. However, sometimes it does look like their finger got stuck on the shoot button there are so many.
We are in the market for a boys camera and I most like the idea of the new Nikon Coolpix S33 Digital Compact Camera as it is 1.5m shockproof, 10m waterproof and able to withstand temperatures as low as -10°C which comes in handy when being used by young school aged boys! What’s also great about this is it comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery which means you don’t need to carry around a heap of AA batteries when you’re travelling. They retail at around $139AUD.
There are a growing number of travel games out now that are small enough to take on holidays and packed full of fun. The bonus is they will keep the boys entertained, and there won’t be a screen in sight. Some real boy favourites are Monopoly grab and go ($15), Uno ($10), Melissa and Doug flip-to-win hangman travel game ($26) and flip-to-win memory travel game ($30). All prices in AUD.
With so many incredible books out there it is hard to choose but our favourite travel and adventure book would have to be the National Geographic Kids Almanac. This year’s edition has been well used by our boys, and we are looking forward to giving the boys the 2016 version when we travel overseas, as it’s a great time filler and easy carry around. However don’t stop there. Make sure you check out all of the other National Geographic Kids plus the Lonely Planet Kids range of books plus those of local authors. They really are amazing.
While noise-cancelling headphones for the kids may seem over the top, if you’re going on a long-haul flight, they can be worth every cent as they are known to reduce stimulation and help keep kids calm and settled. Cutting out most cabin noise can reduce stress and anxiety, and help children to focus on what they’re doing rather than what the other 300 people on the plane are doing. I would like to wear mine most days, but unfortunately, they don’t come with a force field, so not much use!
Check out reviews online to see which headphones suit your needs best. We like the look of the BOSE headphones but at $399 I can’t justify the cost when little boys aren’t gentle on gear. l have found the Audio Technica ANC29 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones at $129AUS which I like the look of. I think I had better get shopping!
We hope you found some inspiration here for the boy or boys in your life this Christmas.
Keep an eye out for our top gift ideas for teenage boys coming soon. And if you have a boy under 5, take a look out our gift ideas for them. https://travelwithboys.com/top-5-gifts-for-boys-under-5-who-travel/
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