With the holiday season right around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite gifts for world-curious tiny travelers:
1. Playforever Mimmo Airplane: The best looking toy airplane we’ve ever seen, these weighty, well-made beauties inspired by old vintage biplanes are created by London based designer Julian Meagher. His line of heirloom toys also includes the Enzo Motorbike and Bruno Racing Car — so pick your favorite form of transport (or gift all three.)
2. Little Passports subscription: A global adventure for the under 12 set, this genius subscription service launched in 2009 has kiddos all over running to the mailbox to see where characters Sam and Sophia are headed next. A new country is featured each month so your little one can learn all about different cultures, foods and wonders of the world. Designed for ages 5-12.
3. Ingela Arrenhius Posters: We’ve been fans of Swedish designer Ingela Arrenhius’ retro illustrations for years. Her quirky new prints featuring vintage photographs with her illustrations over them are some of our all-time favorites — we love Bears in Paris (did you spot the waiter?) and Birds in Stockholm. She also has a city prints series featuring Tokyo, Moscow, Berlin and others. Perfect for adorning the bedroom walls of any well traveled tot.
4. Skoot Case: You’ve heard of Trunki? Well say hello to the Skoot Case, Trunki’s stylish big sister. This sleek Vespa-shaped luggage for hipster bambinos comes in pink, blue and red. Zoom through the airport with one of these babies – rubber wheels and a handle bar for steering make for a sturdy and smooth ride. Best of all, they fit in the overhead cabin when it’s time to board.
5. “This is” Books: These classic storybooks written and illustrated by celebrated artist Miroslav Sasek have been seeing a revival in recent years. First published in the 1950s and 60s, they’re sure to inspire wanderlust, capturing the spirit of the great cities of the world brilliantly. Collect the whole set which includes New York, London, Paris, Rome, Munich, Hong Kong, Venice, Greece, San Francisco and a few others.
6. Ipad Mini: A must for any plane ride/train ride/transportation situation — packed with apps, music and movies. This gift is well worth the investment. Some of our favorite apps for toddlers include the adorable Piikea Street Interactive Alphabet and the strangely addictive Real Animals by Prope.
7. Nat Geo Kids/Little Kids: These bi-monthly magazine subscriptions are packed with photos, games and travel stories for inquisitive little minds. We adore the animal trading cards that come with each issue. Little Kids is geared towards ages 3-6; Kids is for ages 6-14.
8. A Trip! Our favorite gift ideas are always of the experiential variety – what better way to beat the winter blues than to pack your bags and go somewhere new. Take your littles to the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, the Fete de la Neiges in Montreal. There are ice skating rinks in European city centers, Christmas markets around the world, Carribean beaches a plenty for swimming and snorkeling. And if you don’t feel like venturing too far, Mickey’s door is always open.