This site has hilarious gifts for TCKs. T-shirts that say, “Where am I from again?” or “Invisible Immigrant” or “Yes, I speak African. If by ‘African’ you mean one of the 1,500-2,000 languages spoken on the African continent.”
Uncommon Goods has beautiful, fun things, especially search ‘travel’. (I make no commission, just love the site!) I especially love these coloring coffee mugs.
This sticker, from Etsy. “Where am I from? It’s complicated.” Only $3.00
A world map and push pins. The push pins are for them to mark places they’ve traveled or where people they love live. Or, this map has a scratch off-able cover, so they can scratch off the places they’ve been.
10 Days in Africa game. My kids love this game and of course we made our own pieces to include the countries (ahem, Djibouti) that aren’t included. It has helped our relatives, in particular, to learn geography and gives the kids a chance to talk about the places they’ve been.
Another game, geography of Africa and the Middle East.
Ticket to Ride has an Africa map version but the cover is deeply problematic. Check out these other games instead.
Magnetic poetry, this links to a French version. This is a great way for kids to engage with their new language or to remember and use their old one, if they are no longer in their host country (ala university students)
Food. Always, food. Passport country food, host country food, food you make for them, food you ask them to make in order to celebrate and honor their upbringing…food.
Finding Home, by yours truly.
Between Worlds, by Marilyn Gardner
The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition, by Tina Quick
Misunderstood, by Tanya Crossman
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Check out my TCK inspired cookbook based on Swedish chokladbollar!