2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Active Kids
2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Active Kids
Not sure what to get the little ones in your life? Don’t worry; our 2016 holiday gift guide for active kids has got you covered! Discover gift options for all activities to fit every budget.
While there’s nothing wrong with getting your little one their favorite movie or a new toy, there is something special about choosing a gift that gets kids active and moving. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you how kids are saturated with technology, but I am here to offer you an alternative.
Whether you know a kid that loves to run around or you’re trying to find fun new ways to get the kiddos in your life up and moving, there is an entire untapped market of gifts that will do just that. So sit back and relax because the all the best gifts are right here at your fingertips. And many of them you can buy without ever leaving the house!
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Gifts for Cheer, Gymnastics & Tumbling
I feel like gymnastics is almost a right of passage for most kids. Whether they’re going to a structured class or just playing around at home, little ones love doing crazy things and throwing their bodies around. These are gifts kids will love even if they don’t consider themselves “gymnasts”.
Good for just about everything from jumping around to back tucks, a folding mat is a solid choice that will last them for years. When you think about how long typical gifts last (maybe ’til next Christmas?), the price starts to feel like an investment.
These mats come in lots of colors – including RAINBOW! I love rainbow. They are super shock absorbent and ridiculously easy to clean and put away when you’re done with them. This way you don’t have to give them your entire house as their gymnastics studio.
These mats are wonderful because you can roll them out for practice then easily put them away. They’re easy to travel with also, so you’ll never be without a mat!
The great thing about these mats is that they are shock absorbent and durable enough to last through an antire childhood of cheer and tumbling. It’s a one time purchase that they will use practically forever.
These foam balance beans are perfect for young kids who want to practice on something safe and cushy before getting up on the legit balance beam. Umm, that thing is scary, right?
Now, you can give your little one a safe, easy-to-clean-and-store place to get some practice at home. Plus, they will probably use it for a million other things too because kids are so creative.
$110.30 for a 14″ mat
This is another gift that’s fun whether they like gymnastics or not. I got one of these for my niece last Christmas and she absolutely loved it. We played around on it for hours until I was too exhausted!
These are intended for practicing front rolls, front handsprings, etc., but they make great slides and they are so fun for play time.
Okay, so I’ve been begging to have one of these to play with at the office for months and nobody will make it happen. I mean, just look at it! You know it’s going to be fun.
These accessory mats are designed to help kids 5-8 learn front/back walkovers and backbends, but you can roll on them, practice balance and so much more.
Gifts for Traditional Sports
These are your “mainstream” sports items. Although, there are some fun and unique ones thrown in for good measure!
Riding a bike is, like, a right of passage as a kid and, when you’re just learning, an extra wheel can make a big difference! Of course if your kid is older, you’ll likely want to go with a regular bike that they can ride for several years, but a tricycle is the perfect learning tool in the mean-time.
Is there anything cuter than little kids playing T-ball? This little starter set it the perfect, inexpensive way to get them going before they head off to the big leagues!
Okay, okay, so bowling may not really be a “traditional sport”, but I feel like it fits. And how fun would it be to go bowling in your home whenever you want?!
Your kiddo will be swinging strikes in no time with all that extra practice. Plus, it’s a fun activity that gets them out from in front of technology and teaches them some hand-eye coordination while they’re at it.
Because regular hoops are, like, really high. Too high for me and I’m 5’4″.
This adjustable hoop can grow with your child as they get taller and their dunking abilities improve.
A soccer ball is great, but for a kid who loves soccer, they really need the net too! You can easily set this one up in your backyard. Careful though, you will probably end up playing goalie!
Gifts for Active Play
Active doesn’t need to mean running a marathon! I think people forget how important the act of simply getting up and moving is. Getting off the couch, playing and having fun is, in my opinion, more important than hours spent exercising. This is the way kids learn to be active in their daily life and form good habits from the beginning.
This is one of those not-obviously-active gifts, but it’s a huge puzzle so it has the kiddos getting up and putting the puzzle pieces in, then playing around on the mat itself. Like I said, active doesn’t have to mean sports or running.
Kids and parents alike love this mat because it’s fun, educational and provides extra safety and cushion.
Pictured hoops $25-30, other prices vary
An obvious choice? Maybe. But that doesn’t stop kids from playing with these things nonstop.
Have you ever tried hula hooping as an adult? It is no joke! These things build ab muscles of steel. It’s like a way funner and more effective version of that thing that electrocutes your abs. Except, not really at all, other than abs.
I know people have a lot of opinions about trampolines, but you can’t deny that kids freakin’ love them. One of the main concerns is the kids falling off or falling into the springs and hurting themselves. Those are legit concerns!
I love this little bouncer because the springs are covered and the net around the outside keeps you safe and sound inside. This gives your little one the fun of a trampoline without the worry. Win, win.
$1.00/square foot, about $9 for a small square play area
Playing on the cold, hard tile is…well, not awesome. The little bit of added softness and warmth instantly creates a space your child wants to play. They gravitate toward the bright colors and cushy floor.
These tiles are dirty cheap, but they will last through years of playing. They give a little shock absorption and protect their tiny heads from the pain of a tough landing on a hard surface.
Okay, if you’re old enough to have kids, you must remember the Skip-It, right? When I think of how I identify myself it is: emotional, workout-obsessed child of the 90s. Skip-It was on my Christmas list basically every single year along with those weird Nickelodeon toys that ended up being not cool at all once you actually played with them.
The Skip-It, however, really is fun and it’s a killer cardio workout. Of course, you probably want to try it on your bad leg, too, to even things out. But this thing will keep your kids busy and active for hours. It’s almost as cool as the Bop-It. Almost.
$79.99 for medium size
So this is typically a floor mat but, as you can see, it can be so much more. You can build forts, a playhouse, you name it. Like the Eco-Soft+ Tiles, this mat is soft, warm and adds a little extra shock absorption.
This is also a great opportunity for young kids when you’re teaching them the ABCs and counting. They can use the mat to spell out messages (like that Alphabet cereal!) and you can play together so they don’t even realize they’re learning. Boom.
Gifts for Dancers
We all know those kids that live at their dance studio. When you’re a dancer kid, it’s usually not just a hobby, it’s a big part of your identity. Chances are, these kids eat, sleep and breathe dance.
Dancers are always looking for ways to practice at home and fun accessories to wear to jazz class (because those ballet classes can be so strict on the dress code!)
Every dancer needs a new pair of shoes. We wear them to the bone – holes, falling apart, the works. We fall in love with our shoes and we don’t give them up until absolutely necessary. But new pairs are really exciting too!Once you’ve worn
Once you’ve worn pedinis, regular jazz shoes just don’t cut it. Look how cute they are! And they offer lots of flexibility in your arch, making your feet look extra good when you point them. Most studios use these shoes for competitions and performances anyway, so it’s definitely something they’ll get tons of use out of.
Let me tell you about my childhood. It was spent finding every open tile space possible so I could practice my pirouettes. I danced in any open space I could find and, often, looked pretty darn silly.
At the time, I didn’t even know things like this existed but, if I had, I would have begged my parents to get me one. Having a dedicated practice space at home is such a gift to anyone who loves what they do. It’s why every musician needs their instrument at home, too.
Do these even require an explanation? Candy. Sparkle. Leg warmers.Dancers love their leg warmers and younger kids especially love jazzing things up with some color.
In addition to looking great, leg warmers really do keep your legs warm until you’re propperly warmed up. It’s easy to hurt yourself if you’re dancing with cold muscles – these babies help keep you safe and injury-free.
Like the regular dance floor, but for tap dancers! Hard tile will kill your poor taps and those taps wll kill your beautiful hardwood floor. This home tap dance floor is the perfect solution for you and twinkle toes!
Sequins. ‘Nuff said.
“Just go outside and play”.
I feel like that’s all I heard growing up, but the concept of outside play seems to be diminishing as we get further into the 21st century. Or is it just me? Either way, outside play is a childhood experience every kiddo should have.
These are a few fun ways to make the outside a bit more exciting.
It’s fun to play basketball outside in your driveway or backyard, but it’s even more fun if it looks like a court! Additionally, these tiles are slip-resistant, offering just a little bit of extra safety. We could all use that little bit of extra safety, that’s for sure. And, they are backed by an impressive 10 year warranty, so they last throughout those basketball playing years.
Okay, so this is a big ticket item, it’s true. But there is no denying how much kids love having a playground set in their back yard. I love how this one includes a fort. I always wanted a treehouse as a kid and I feel like this little fort gives you a similar feeling even if you don’t have the tree for it.
Of course, there are plenty of swingsets and playground sets to choose from so don’t worry too much if I just gave you sticker shock. There is something out there for everyone.
You can’t go the playground set without a good, safe flooring to go underneath. You may think grass is soft enough, but if you really want to protect your little one from falls, you want to go with a safety-rated playground flooring.
These tiles come in lots of different colors so you can create your own fun design. Or, you can go with the less expensive rubber mulch, which is also safety rated – just a little more maintenance.