Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Items on the Market for Active Kids
It’s that time of year. Flashy decorations, fantastic food, family traditions, hot drinks, and Christmas music abound. And oh yeah—gift buying. Getting the perfect gift for those you love can be a stressful endeavor, especially when it’s for a child. Fortunately, there are guides like this one that can help light the way to a gift that will bring cheer to its recipient.
If you are looking for a present for an athletic kid, you’ve come to the right place! Here are some great ideas that will keep the child in your life active:
For kids who love basketball, it’s hard to go wrong with a basketball hoop. Setting up a hoop in her driveway will allow the child in your life to practice whenever she wants, and if you install it yourself, you will know that she is playing safely at home. Also, basketball hoops have a way of attracting the neighborhood kids for some socializing and exercise! Check online reviews before you decide on a particular goal. Even if the child isn’t serious about basketball, adding a hoop is a great way to bring some outdoor fun to her home.
Portable soccer goals are a great way to encourage kid athletes to stay active and have fun. Plus, being able to take the goal with her wherever she goes means she’ll have more options for practicing. As she’s able to practice more, she’ll develop the confidence she needs to thrive at this popular sport.
This is a big one but if you’ve got a fair amount of property and a kiddo who dreams of her own space, there are plenty of ways to turn portions of your yard into a dedicated soccer field. Prices on this run the gamut depending on the size of your outdoor space and the types of materials or labor involved; however, if you’ve got an area that’s at least 15 yards by 20 yards you can make this dream a reality.
Baseball/Softball Training Net
If she has a passion for baseball or softball, you can’t go wrong with a training net. There are several different brands and models that will allow kids to practice hitting, pitching, and fielding. Like portable soccer goals, most of the training nets can be taken and set up anywhere.
For the volleyball player in your life, having a net at home is essential. Volleyball is a fun and relatively safe sport to play, so you know you are fostering physical fitness in the best way when you invest in equipment. Also, volleyball nets are fun for the whole family, so you will be pleasing everyone with this purchase!
Ripstik Caster Board
This is probably the most unique gift on the list. The goal of the Ripstik Caster Board is to simulate a cross between skateboarding and snowboarding, and it can be used in the driveway or any other paved surface. So if she has an interest in extreme sports, it’s the perfect gift. The Ripstik is also known for improving general balance and coordination.
With all the moving an athletic kid does, it helps if she can track her progress. Fitness trackers can motivate kids to set goals, see results, and enjoy the rewards. They are also useful for kids who don’t particularly like exercising because they make movement feel like a fun game.
This is one of the most practical gifts you can get for a young athlete. After all, she needs something to keep all her equipment, gear, and clothes that match her active lifestyle. It helps to do your research when choosing which duffel bag to get; pay attention to the size of the bag, what materials the bag is made of, how many pockets it has, and so on.
In an age where childhood obesity is rampant, video games are not the answer. It’s now more important than ever that our kids are making exercise a part of their routine. These gift ideas are fun ways to motivate your favorite young athlete to do just that.
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