Active Gifts for Healthy Kids

Gifts that let those active kiddos get all that energy out are a gift for the child and the parent.

Give the gifts that help your kids get all that extra energy out! Here is a list of active gifts for healthy kids this Christmas.

Active Gifts for Healthy Kids

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Active Gifts for Healthy Kids


This has been our favorite family gift to date. Last year, my parents got us a Super Jumper Trampoline for the whole family and I don’t think there has been a day since we set it up that the kids haven’t been on it.

They picked this trampoline specifically because it’s rated to hold 330 pounds. Which means, the whole family can jump on it. The kids are on it every time they play in the backyard, but it’s a good workout for mom and dad too!

Active Gifts for Healthy Kids: Trampoline


It’s amazing how fun these simple, styrofoam airplanes are! Our son got one for his 5th birthday. Since then, we’ve played with it in the yard as a family so many times and had a lot of fun together.

A glider is a super simple gift. However, sometimes simple is better, and I can tell you from experience that this one is a big hit with our family.

Active Gifts for Healthy Kids: Glider


I never had much luck with kites when I was younger, but I still always tried and thought they were pretty fun. When we got this adorable ice cream cone kite, I thought it would be a flop like all the others I tried when I was little…

It was amazing!

The kids played with that kite for an entire weekend at the cabin! They ran with it, they got it high in the air, and they even got it spinning at one point. I couldn’t believe how long it kept us all entertained – even the parents and grandparents!

Active Gifts for Healthy Kids: Kite Flying

We also have this octopus kite that I can’t wait to try out! If it flies nearly as well as the ice cream cone, it will be amazing to see because of the unique size and shape. It’s made out of the same nylon, parachute-type material as the ice cream cone so I’m pretty optimistic.

The best thing about kites is that they are a pretty inexpensive gift and they come in so many styles.

Enroll them in a sport / activity

I love the idea of giving gifts the kids can do, rather than another toy to clutter their room. There are so many ideas for this one…

  • Swim Lessons
  • Karate Lessons
  • Dance Class
  • Sports
  • Bowling
  • Skating
  • Boy Scouts / Girl Scouts
  • Membership to a children’s museum

Active Gifts for Healthy Kids: Dance Class

Sporting Equipment

Sign them up for a sport or just give them all the gear they need. Sporting equipment is pretty classic for Christmas.

  • baseball glove, bat, or pitching machine
  • soccer ball
  • skates: ice skates, roller skates, roller blades…
  • tennis racket
  • dance shoes, ballet barre, tutu

Side Note: Our little ballerina has been asking for a rainbow tutu since before she started dance, and I finally found her a beautiful one! The plan is to also make some matching legwarmers out of adult rainbow knee socks – excited!

Active Gifts for Healthy Kids: Martial Arts


A bike is also a pretty classic Christmas gift. I still remember the Christmas my cousin and I opened identical bikes on Christmas Eve. It’s one of those gifts you always remember.

My parent’s got my little guy a balance bike a couple years ago. They are the best! The are small and lighter and there are no pedals. The kiddos just put their feet on the ground and push off.

Learning to balance and glide seemed to really help my little guy. When he got on his regular bike this year, without training wheels, he took right off!

Active Gifts for Healthy Kids: Bike

Bounce House

I think it’s so fun how these are actually becoming something you could have in your own backyard or in your home! When we were little, it wasn’t even common to rent one for parties so you just had to wait for fairs and big events.

Active Gifts for Healthy Kids: Bounce House

Now, they are much more accessible. I’ve seen people on Craigslist selling these smaller bounce houses that fit right in the house – great for getting energy out during the winter. I’ve also seen people who have the bigger bounce houses with slides in their backyard. If you like the idea of a trampoline as well, the BouncePro Superdome Trampoline and Bouncer has inflatable sides, a slide, AND trampoline in the middle!

How cool would that be!?


Oh, if we had the room for a bounce house in addition to our trampoline!

Most of these gifts are things we already have and love. I am thinking about swim lessons and some sporting equipment this year.

What are some of your favorite active gifts this year?

What is the gift you remember most as a child?

Also, be sure to check out our list of Christmas Must-Haves, and Magical Gifts for your Little Girl.


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24 thoughts on “Active Gifts for Healthy Kids

  1. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands

    Love this, such great ideas! The girls really don’t need anything and one year I suggested money for their gymnastics, soccer, ect or stuff for that and it didn’t go over well because 1 it wasn’t something that could be wrapped up or 2 they couldn’t play with it in the winter. 😕

  2. Tara @ A Daily Dose of Fit

    I had a “Get in Shape Girl” play set when I was little. It came with a balance beam, mat, 1lb. weights, posters with exercises on them, a jump rope…man, it was so cool. And so telling of my future, since I’m now a fitness pro. Wish I could get it for my daughter!

  3. Natalie

    I love all of these ideas! My husband and I have been debating about what to get our daughter for her “big” gift this Christmas, and we just settled on a trampoline this evening. 🙂 I am so excited to get her something that will allow her to get up and move instead of sitting in front of yet another screen!

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