Thinking of what to buy at Christmas can leave me scratching my head. Sometimes I’m so stuck for ideas I haven’t got a clue where to start!
The kids have more than enough already and very often their enthusiasm for a new toy is shortlived.
When we go away in the caravan we always have a selection of toys, games and accessories with us. These items stay in the caravan, so when they come out, they’re a treat to play with. We’ve also built up a collection of caravan themed toys and games, which always seem to bring a smile to the kids’ faces.
So, I’ve put together a list of toys and gift ideas. Some of these things we have with us in the caravan and some are ideas that I’m considering buying for Christmas. I’d be interested to know what other families take away in their caravan, or if you have any fun caravan themed gift ideas, let us know?
Children’s Christmas gifts
Top of the list and in my opinion the most well-used item we take away in the caravan, scooters! And for us it has to be micro scooters.
For the past few years, our little ones have had these micro scooters. For kids aged 3-5-ish, they love them. They’re fast and sturdy and even really little legs can use them. Our scooters have taken a lot of knocks but are still in brilliant condition.
Foldable micro scooters
This year Nana & Grandad are treating the grandkids to a bigger version of the micro scooters, as they have very nearly outgrown their current ones. We’re going for these foldable ones, which are much better for transporting in the caravan or boot.
Lego is definitely on the Christmas list, and I’ve got my eye on these caravan themed boxes of fun.
Lego caravan and pick-up
We’ve got a small collection of toy campers and caravans to play with. These live in the caravan and both children enjoy playing with the vans and all the accessories. We highly recommend both of these.
Sylvanian Families Caravan and Car
Our kids love painting and until we discovered Little Brian Paint Sticks, paints were officially banned in the caravan. These paint sticks are reasonably clean and brilliant full.
One practical thing we do is have these play mats for out in the awning. The kids play outside the van and it’s much more colourful and comfortable.
Games / Sports
You can’t beat a game of swingball. We have this one and push it into the ground, rather than carry a big heavy base.
I bought these last Christmas for our young nephews and they loved them. They’re really good fun for playing around the caravan and I think my children are old enough to have them this year.
I have mixed feeling about sharing this one. We do have two of these, and they do come away with us on our caravanning trips. Mainly though, we use these in the car to help with the travel boredom and ‘Are we nearly there yets?’ Loaded with films and games they can be an in-car lifesaver… And at the time of sharing this post, these are selling for a great pre-Christmas price.
Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet
I love these Gone Crabbing t-shirts. The signify holidays and they just make me smile. This year the girls are having hoodies. Order them here from Gone Crabbing.
Christmas Gifts for Adults
For my husbands big Birthday earlier this year I bought him a Cadac. It’s great, even better than I thought it would be. I opted for a paella pan and it’s worth it, the extra depth is great for cooking. We use it every caravan trip. And this Christmas I plan to buy him a few extra accessories.
There are also slightly smaller versions of the Cadac if you prefer.
Blow up sofa
Here’s another gift we bought for Dad. Actually, the kids love it. It’s their favourite seat in the awning.
Handpresso Portable Coffee Machine
We don’t have one of these, but if anyone is considering what to get me, this is on my list to Father Christmas.
We love our Gone Crabbing caravan mugs… we bought them when we were in Coverack, Cornwall. I broke the crab one recently and replaced it by ordering a new one direct…
This is my favourite. You can’t beat a family day out. And I know its a cliche (I really love a cliche), but gifts come and go, memories last a lifetime. We are fully paid up members and I try to seek out places to visit wherever we go.
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