Buying presents for kids is fun. It gives you an excuse to see how much cooler toys have gotten since you were a kid. You also get to be the source of their unbridled joy when they open that present they've been hoping for all year.
But kids can also be discourteous little monsters. You never want your gift to be the one that gets looked at with confusion for half a second before getting tossed aside for the next, much cooler present from oh-so-cool Uncle Bobby (Damn you, Bobby! Every year!).
Well not this year. This is going to be your year because you've got a secret weapon: the ACTIVEkids Holiday Gift Guide. Full of gifts to get kids thinking, playing and active, our gift guide is sure to have the perfect present for that kid on your shopping list.
But more important than that child's happiness? You'll finally get to be cooler than Uncle Bobby. Because that's what the holidays are really about.
Garmin vivofit jr.$80 1 of 28
Garmin is taking kids' activity trackers to the next level with the vivofit jr. Not only does it track steps, sleep and the recommended 60 minutes of daily activity, but it's also swim-friendly and has a battery life of over a year—without recharging. Kids will love the games they can unlock in the free companion app, and parents will love the ability to send chore reminders directly to their kids' wrists.
Proto-X Nano Drone$30 2 of 28
Drones are all the rage with the youths these days, but before you buy your kids an expensive model to crash through the neighbor's window, give this more affordable alternative a shot. Available in six different colors, the Proto-X is the world's smallest quadcopter. It just requires two AAA batteries and is a great way for your kids to sharpen their piloting skills.
G-Form Protective Wear$55 and up 3 of 28
From football to soccer to volleyball, G-Form protective wear can keep your little athlete safe. The padding is soft, low profile and lightweight, so it'll protect your kids without hindering their performance. Plus, G-Form products are machine washable, so you won't have to figure out a special way to clean your kid's disgusting athletic gear (at least not this one).
Milkshake Stand Up Paddleboard$489 4 of 28
In case you haven't heard, stand up paddleboarding is the fastest growing sport for kids. Milkshake Boards' inflatable stand up paddleboard for kids comes with a pump, paddle and backpack to carry all your gear. If you live near a body of water, this one's sure to be a hit once the weather warms up.
Hero PerfectShaker$17 5 of 28
Getting your kids to drink those veggie-laced smoothies just got a whole lot easier. PerfectShakers' Hero Series of 28 oz. shaker cups feature logos of popular Marvel and DC Comic superheroes like Superman, Captain America and Batman. Now your kids can fuel up like their favorite heroes.
LUX Blox$30 and up 6 of 28
These aren't your grandpa's Legos. Thanks to LUX Blox's snap and lock hinge system, your kid can build objects that bend, twist and turn instead of simply stacking on top of each other. These blocks were designed to encourage creativity, so your little builder's only limitation is their imagination.
Power Play Kids 2-Piece Set$14 7 of 28
Whether your kid plans on skiing, sledding or just making snow angels this winter, a warm underlayer is essential. The Power Play Set will fight off the chill without stopping them from chucking a snowball as hard as they can.
20" Chaos BMX Bike$67 and up 8 of 28
"Dang! You got shocks, pegs... lucky!" Napoleon Dynamite would be jealous of this affordable BMX bike that's available in three neon color options. Just don't forget the helmet and pads.
Buddy Balls$20 9 of 28
As a parent, it's only natural to want to force your favorite sports onto your children. But if your kid isn't quite old enough to step onto the field, nudge them in the right direction with a Buddy Ball—a lovable teddy bear that rolls up into one of three sports ball options. Now you can guarantee your child's love of football, basketball or soccer even earlier.
Craft EZ Oven$60 10 of 28
Kids and kilns don't mix, but if your child is the creative type and you'd like to safely introduce them to heat-treated arts and crafts, then the EZ Oven is what you're looking for. With color-coded buttons for specific projects, parents and kids don't have to worry about setting the right temperature. And the EZ Oven won't open until it has cooled to a safe temperature—even when unplugged—so parents don't have to worry about burns.
Gregory Wander 38 Backpack$139 11 of 28
If your kid loves the great outdoors, then you can't go wrong with Gregory's Wander 38 youth backpack. The pack has more pockets than your kid will know what to do with, and its adjustable VersaFit torso design allows it to fit comfortably through every growth spurt. The top flap also features a handy packing order guide and an outdoors essentials checklist, so young explorers are prepared for anything.
Mobo Tot Cruiser$100 12 of 28
Mobo's Tot Cruiser tricycle only takes about 15 minutes to assemble, and the rear wheel steering system will help your kiddo develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The adjustable frame fits kids ages 2 to 5, so they won't outgrow it in a year.
Thames and Kosmos Geckobot$50 13 of 28
It's a robot lizard that climbs walls. Need we say more? OK, we will. Whether your kid is already into science or just needs a little nudge, this toy achieves the perfect mixture of learning and fun. The robot has a motorized air suction system that allows it to walk vertically up and down smooth surfaces, and kids can also build six other models using the kit to learn about air pressure and mechanical physics.
Mamma Cangura B-Bip Balance Bike$60 14 of 28
If your kid's not quite ready to make the jump to a real bike, this balance bike is a lightweight and affordable option for the transition. The B-Bip is available in three colors and has innovative safety features like a spoke-less wheel to avoid finger traps and hand guards to protect your child's fingers in the inevitable event of a fall.
MUK LUKS Animal Boots$17 15 of 28
You can't go exploring without the proper footwear, and any animal-loving kid will love these boots. With horse, bear and giraffe style options to choose from, these cozy boots were made for winter walking.
CogniToys Dino$100 16 of 28
What kid doesn't want a talking dinosaur pal? Powered by IBM Watson technology, this WiFi-enabled toy can interact with your child by telling jokes, answering questions and playing games. The Dino can also evolve (pun intended) with automatic content updates to learn and grow alongside your child.
Columbia Packed Out Omni-Heat Shoes$14 17 of 28
Featuring Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining and high-traction rubber soles, these shoes are basically slippers your kids can wear out into the snow. They also feature a removable, super soft footbed for maximum comfort and cushioning.
Star Wars Skate Decks$60 18 of 28
These are the skate decks your kid's looking for. With the resurgent popularity of the film franchise, your kid will be the envy of the skate park with these decks featuring a Storm Trooper, Chewbacca and everybody's favorite droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO.
Brackitz Driver Set$25 19 of 28
The Brackitz Driver Set utilizes rubber bands so kids can create machines with drivetrains that power everything from dragsters to drillers to windmills. It comes with 43 pieces and 10 design ideas to get your kid's imagination started. And once your little engineer has explored all the possibilities of the Driver Set, you can pick up an Expansion Set to keep their creativity growing.
Quicksilver Amplify 10K Youth Jacket$56 20 of 28
Now this is a winter coat. Designed to keep kids warm while flying down the slopes, this jacket is sure to pass the mom test for warmth in a stylish fashion. Water-resistant: Check. Hood: Check. Microfiber chin guard: Didn't know you needed that, but check.
SCOUT Water Bottle$17 21 of 28
One way to make sure your active kids stay hydrated is to give them their own water bottle that reflects their personality—like one of the fun designs on the SCOUT stainless steel water bottle collection. The bottles are lightweight, have a flip spout for no-tilt drinking and fit in most lunchboxes.
Redington Minnow Combo$110 22 of 28
To paraphrase the old saying, "Give a kid a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a kid to fish, and you just pulled off a modern miracle because most kids today don't have the required attention span for fishing." Fly fishing is a great way to connect kids with nature and get them unplugged from technology. Plus, Redington's Minnow combo comes with games to help kids work on their casting technique in case they get bored of waiting for a bite.
Crayola Ultra smART Case$30 23 of 28
Tired of finding crayons, markers and colored pencils all over the house? Help your little artist get organized with the Ultra smART Case. We're gonna be totally honest, you'll still find supplies all over the place, but at least now they'll have a very specific place to be returned to.
Ecolator Kids Half Zip$17 24 of 28
To keep kids active in cold weather, layering is essential, and this half zip top is versatile enough to function as an outer or inner layer to keep your kid warm. The Ecolator's functional thumbholes and fast-wicking and drying material make it ideal for outdoor fun.
Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano Gym$33 25 of 28
Newborns need to be active, too, and the Kick & Play Piano Gym is the perfect way to keep kids stimulated with a musical twist. Plus, it can be set up in various positions throughout the child's development--from laying down to tummy time to sitting up to walking around with a take-along piano that will really teach them how to carry a tune (Boom! #DadJoke).
Collapsible Snacker$10 26 of 28
Kids are always hungry at the most inopportune times, so parents always need to have snacks on hand. If you're tired of going through 37 plastic baggies a week, then get your kid one of EcoVessel's Collapsible Snackers to store their treats. The containers collapse down when they're empty to save space after snack time without wasting an excessive amount of plastic baggies.
Haibike SDURO HardFour 4.0$2,599 27 of 28
Haibike's SDURO HardFour 4.0 is the first ever e-bike designed specifically for children. The bike's Yamaha motor can reach speeds up to 12 miles per hour and the battery can be removed for charging or charged directly on the frame. This top-of-the-line bike also features hydraulic disc brakes, a Shimano 9-speed gear system and Schwalbe Table Top tires.