The 12 Days of Christmas: 12 Gift Ideas for Sports-Loving Kids

Looking for ways to keep your child moving and active during the Christmas season?  Try giving your kid a sporty gift for Christmas!  From toddler ball toys to tween-themed basketball hoop sets and punching bags, athletic gifts for kids are a great way to keep young minds and bodies active during the holidays.

As an added bonus, many of these gifts create opportunities for family bonding because they can be played with parents and siblings during Christmas break.

This gift guide gives parents and caregivers twelve sports-themed gift options:

1.  Bright Starts 5-in-1 Sports Zone

Kick-start your toddler’s love of sports with Bright Starts 5-in-1 Sports Zone.  Tots can play baseball, basketball, golf, soccer and hockey.  It’s a great way to help develop early motor skills.

Price: $50

2.  Melissa & Doug Children’s Sports Bag Fill & Spill

This sports bag filled with four different balls is perfect for small athletes.  The balls make all kinds of fun sounds designed to keep kids occupied for hours, and the simplistic nature of the toy leaves tykes free to come up with creative ways to play.

Price: $25

3.  Land of Nod Livingroom Lanes Bowling Set

You don’t have to leave the house to have fun with this bowling set.  Set up the pins and knock ‘em down outside or in the comfort of your living room. It’s entertaining for kids of all ages, and helps kids work on their hand-eye coordination and development.

Price: $59

4.  Nerf N-Sport Cyber Hoop Set

Lure your kids out from behind their TVs or computers with this hoop set. It’s perfect for restless tweens stuck at home over the holidays and comes with an app for recording points and tracking stats.

Price: $20

5.  Fisher-Price Super Sounds Soccer

Games that focus on foot coordination are sometimes hard to come by.  A fun option is the Fisher-Price Super Sounds Soccer play set.  Kids can kick the soccer ball at a target for points, and the target is adjustable for more advanced players.

Price: $32

6.  Mylec Mini Shini Knee Hockey Rink

Play hockey in a whole new way with this hockey mat.  Kids get down on their knees to play by shooting foam hockey balls and guarding against goals.  The padded mat makes the activity safe and fun for kids.

Price: $40

7.  ALEX Toys Active Play Monkey Balance Board

Is your kid interested in non-traditional sports? If so, you’ll love this balance board. It’s a great way to start developing the balance and gross motor skills needed for activities like skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing.

Price: $27.50

8.  Big Time Toys Sumo Bumper Boppers

These bumper boppers are a great way for kids to stay active and blow off steam during the winter holidays. These inflatable boppers go around the waist and allow kids to safely bop, sock, and bump each other without getting hurt.

Price: $18

9.  Tangle Sport Matrix Nightball Football (Large)

This football has special LED lights that illuminate when thrown—the faster the spiral, the brighter the lights! Also, the larger size makes it easy for small hands to catch and throw. It’s an activity the whole family can enjoy—day or night.

Price: $30

10.  Fisher-Price Triple Hit Baseball

This battery-powered baseball trainer pops balls straight up in the air for rookie athletes or pitches them from up to ten feet away for the pros. This is a great way to improve coordination and motor skills.

Price: $63

11.  Big Time Toys Socker Bopper Power Bag

Sometimes kids just need to release some energy. This power bag comes with a target so kids can work on their aim and coordination while burning off excess steam.

Price: $15

12.  Diggin Active Dodge Tag

This game merges two classic games: dodge ball and tag! Kids put on mesh vests with targets and try to tag each other with soft dodgeballs. This game is safe and fun and promotes coordination, timing and active play.

Price: $20

Motivate your kids to stay active this Christmas by putting a sports-themed present under the tree. The potential health benefits alone make sporty presents the gift that keeps on giving!

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