Here Come the Holidays!  Unplug Travel Time With Tech-Free Gift Ideas for Kids

It’s not long before we all pack up the pumpkin pies and pile into the family truckster for the proverbial trip to Grandma’s house. And, although the peace and quiet can be nice, few parents relish the idea of their kids throwing on the headphones, turning on a tablet and tuning out for the duration of any drive. Here are a few tech-free ideas for travel with kids ages 10 and under.

Wikki Sticks Traveler Playset

Promising Review: “If you are going on a road trip ….BUY THIS NOW. No – seriously…like….why are you still reading this?! It was a HUGE hit for my 3 and 7 year olds and they literally played with this for HOURS. In the car….in the hotel….at restaurants….It’s a life and sanity saver so….do not hesitate.” – RiverSong $13.98

Melissa & Doug Reusable Puffy Sticker Playset

We all know Melissa & Doug products to be durable, safe and fun for kids of all ages. Take them along for the ride!

Promising Review: “LOVE this puffy reuseable sticker book for my almost 3 year old who is obsessed with farms. Most of the stickers she could manipulate independently with only a few I needed to help with. Relatively sturdy pages, good variation of sticker sizes (large livestock to small butterflies); I would buy this again.” – $6.41 (Warning: choking hazard for children under 3)

Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Game

I Spy meets the License Plate Game! Each player takes five cards and must locate the roadside wonder on their card. Can we find a red car, a license plate with the letter ”Z,” or a stop sign?

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Promising Review: “We took a 4 hour trip last weekend and usually my son will be attached to the iPad or our phone so I decided to buy these cards and !!!!! It was perfect !!! My son loved it !” – Dolores Cortez $4.67

Snack & Play Travel Tray

Say goodbye to “can you pass me the…” or “can I have a…”? Arm your kids with their road trip supplies at their fingertips with this clever and comfortable travel tray.

Promising Review: “We bought this for our now 26 month old daughter for the shortest of 3 planned plane trips in the next year. At 5 hours of flight time, we were looking for ways to keep her entertained and this tray delivered! The sides were tall enough to contain crayons and trains as well as stray snacks. The tray itself is firm enough for coloring and driving trains and trucks.” – Shmoiyella $24.82

Critter Neck Pillow

Because, after all that fun technology-free play…they’ll need a little snooze. This pillow also comes in an adorable monkey version.
Promising Review: “This is really adorable–so much so, that the kid doesn’t want it to live in the car. She always has this tendency to wind up asleep with her head right against the door, which always made me nervous. This helps keep her head in a nice safe position, and eases the position of her neck. The quality is nice, the texture is soft.” –J.Concepcion $7.99