An active child will appreciate gifts that allow him to continue being active. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to use gift giving as a way to encourage exercise in children.
The natural option is to give an active child sports or outdoor equipment. This gear gives him new ways to stay busy. If you have a large gift budget, a bike, trike or scooter is an option. Make sure the child doesn’t already own one before buying. A related gift idea is a helmet or knee and elbow pads.
Smaller sports equipment is also an option. Sports balls are always a good choice. Kids tend to lose balls, so even if he already has the ball you choose, he can use it as a backup. You can also gift the child other gear needed for the sport. Examples include baseball mitts or a soccer goal.
Is the recipient well stocked when it comes to sports equipment? Another idea is to buy the child sports clothing and sports gear to prep him for play. Active wear might include shorts, t-shirts, socks and shoes that are ideal for active play. Some sports use specific protective wear that you might also consider as a gift. For example, a hockey player needs pads to protect him during the game.
If the child already has all the sports gear he needs, consider paying for some lessons. Most communities offer a variety of options. You’ll find non-profit pee wee sports leagues that offer team participation in a variety of sports. You also have the option of community based lessons for activities like dance and martial arts.
Still not sure what to get? Head to the nearest sporting goods store and grab a gift certificate for the recipient. He can browse all of the latest sports gear and decide what he wants for himself. This takes the guesswork out of the gift giving for you.