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The Active Holiday Gift Guide For Kids

December 6, 2010

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If you asked me what my favorite “active” toy was when I was a kid, the answer would be easy: Skip-It!


I loved my pink Skip-It, with the counter on the ball to keep me challenging myself to do more repetitions and beat all my friends. Not that I was competitive or anything…

Though I can’t for the life of me find Skip-It still in stores today, I still love the idea of giving all the kids on my holiday list something to keep them active. The trouble is always coming up with good ideas! We took to Twitter and immediately received a stellar reply from our friend Jill of Musings From Me:

Then we polled our friends on Facebook and Sandy Rodriguez had a “thriller” of an answer:

We came up with a few additional ideas to get things moving.

1. Give an active experience.

Whether it’s a day trip to the beach (if that’s still a possibility for you this time of year, we are envious!) or a day on the ski slopes, plan an entire trip around an activity that doesn’t feel like a workout. The entire family will have a great time – and make sure to bring the camera to document it!

2. Invent “The Walking Game.”

GeoPalz makes a pedometer in fun shapes and characters for kids. Get the entire family in a competition to walk the recommended 10,000 (or more) steps per day, with prizes and family bragging rights going to the winners each week. Trust us, meeting those step requirements is a lot harder than it looks!

3. Host a healthy recipe relay.

The challenge? Create the healthiest pizza or wrap recipe. Have your family break into teams and race around the grocery store collecting the ingredients. When you get home, set the timer for 30 minutes and get cooking! Choose an unbiased taste tester to select the winning recipe. You can award foodie-themed prizes, like a shirt or apron from A portion of the profits are donated to helping promote healthy school lunches. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!


We’d love to hear your fresh perspective:

  • What are your favorite “active” products or experiences to give as gifts?
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