‘Tis the season for peppermint, cookies, trees, family festivities, and gift-giving. While the traditional teddy bears, board games, video games, and art sets are wonderful presents for the kids in your life, there is a whole world of alternative gifts available. At a time when kids are facing record-breaking obesity rates and are spending more time indoors with electronics, you can give a present that encourages exercise and will be sure to bring about hours of entertainment. Below you will find some gift ideas for the special children in your life.

For the Athlete

If your child is already an athlete, you can encourage them by getting them some new gear. For the soccer player in your life, get them a new ball or cleats. For the swimmer, you can get them a new suit, swim cap, and goggles. The basketball player could use some new shoes, basketball shorts, and a ball. Your hockey star or football champ can always use some protective gear.

Your local retailers are an excellent resource where you can see first hand and test out what you are getting. Not only are you supporting your local economy, but you can also save some money by finding and using promo codes, coupons, and cashback opportunities.

And although it may sound counterproductive to working out, you may want to consider purchasing a laptop for your kids so they can play games that can keep them moving. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on a new computer; there are many different options available that won’t disrupt your budget.

For the Toddlers

It’s never too early to start encouraging a healthy lifestyle while having some fun. You don’t have to break the bank to give a gift that will provide hours of entertainment. You can teach the little ones in your life to learn some balance with a two-wheeled or three-wheeled scooter. For toddlers who enjoy climbing and sliding, you can promote such activity with a safe and secure slide. Help the active child burn off some steam with an indoor or outdoor pogo stick. Don’t forget to keep those little noggins safe with a helmet!

For the Game Lover 

There are a wide range of gifts available for the child who loves to play games. One gift can range from anywhere from $5 to more than $100, so you are sure to find something in your price range. A simple jump rope and a few rhymes are sure to invoke some laughter. A boochie, badminton, or croquet set will satisfy the competitive spirit and get a kid moving. A giant Jenga set could be the perfect DIY project that will get hearts racing and have everyone cheering.

For the Adventurer

If the child in your life likes adventure, encourage their zest for life by getting them a gift that gets them outdoors and exploring. You can invest in some hiking shoes and trail maps, and plan to hit some trails throughout the year. If your little wanderer is interested in wildlife, get them a butterfly net that will have them chasing the beautiful winged creatures for hours. Get your child some walkie talkies that will allow kids to explore close to home but not always be visible. Older kids may enjoy a multi-speed bike that will get them around the neighborhood faster, build their coordination, and develop their cycling skills.

There’s a vast array of gifts in all price ranges you can choose from when encouraging kids to get their bodies moving and learn new skills—whether it’s for an athlete, toddler, game lover, adventurer, or any combination. If you search for ways to save before shopping, you will reduce your costs and still have a happy and healthy child. With a little planning and budgeting, your holiday season and shopping can be filled with cheer and fun!

 

Written by Charlene Roth @ http://safetykid.info