That's where we come in. The ACTIVEkids Holiday Gift Guide is your no-stress source for the very best gifts. We've done the work to save you time and energy, and earn you major cool-parent points, too. Our finds are entertaining, educational, empowering and all that good stuff–but they're also about making mom and dad look like rock stars. And we promise you will, because these gifts totally sleigh.
Cra-Z-Art SoundMoovz Music Bandz$59.69 1 of 32
Kids don't just dance around to the music with the Cra-Z-Art SoundMoovz Music Bands, they get to create the tunes themselves! These intuitive motion-activated bands play music and sound effects, which increase the more kids move while wearing them. With several different modes, including instrumental, robot and karate, they can even connect to speakers via Bluetooth for better sound.
Little Tikes Light 'n Go 3-in-1 Sports Zone$54.99 2 of 32
Talented young athletes face many important decisions–schools, endorsements, even investment portfolios. Thankfully, the Little Tikes Light 'n Go 3-in-1 Sports Zone is strictly no-pressure. Your future pro in the making can practice b-ball, soccer or bowling (no need to specialize just yet). All the while, lights, sounds and even a scoreboard act like a personal fan club, teaching numbers, colors and shapes while cheering them on. Plus, the adjustable hoop can handle your player's upcoming growth spurts. Next up? Contract negotiations.
Step2 Deluxe Workshop$149.99 3 of 32
Some of the coolest celebs these days are fixers, flippers and home improvers. If your family has caught the building bug–or even if you just like bingeing the shows–your active kid will love the Step2 Deluxe Workshop. It's stocked with durable foam "wood" and mini-versions of every tool they'll need to design a little dream home. Not to mention, built-in jars, drawers and a shop vacuum kinda make even the clean-up part fun.
PlanToys Mini Golf Set$30 4 of 32
Sometimes simple is best. PlanToys takes pride in using sustainable materials and organic pigments, and its Mini Golf Set requires no batteries or outlets. It's also affordable, packable, portable and perfect for pint-sized players. Consider this your go-to bring-along for next year's family vacations.
20-Foot Play Parachute$50.99 5 of 32
Grownups just can't fully grasp the sheer, unadulterated joy of a play parachute. Or, can we? Any parent who has ever heard the uncontrollable laughter generated by a pack of kids running in and out from under one of these giant deflated beach balls wishes they could feel that way for just three seconds out of the day. Give your kids this beauty, and let 'em show you the way.
Little Tikes Waffle Blocks Steam Train Set$59.99 6 of 32
Take a basic train set, kick it up a notch (or three) and open a whole new world for kids' imaginations. That's the bright idea behind the award-winning Little Tikes Waffle Blocks Steam Train Set. Young engineers will love designing endless stations with over 170 blocks and a dozen feet of track. Then, they get to bring their scene to life with real steam and sounds. Best part? Everything stores neatly in its included storage bag.
Melissa & Doug Fruit Cutting Set$19.99 7 of 32
Picky eaters, you've been served. The Melissa & Doug Fruit Cutting Set is cute, colorful and the pieces actually crunch when kids cut 'em. Consider it a clever way to introduce little ones to counting and fractions, plus the concept that healthy food can be fun, too!
World Wildlife Fund Adoption Kit$55 8 of 32
They'll close their eyes and imagine a distant land, with giant pines soaring over snow-covered hills. In the distance, a Siberian Tiger prowls, majestic and protected. With a WWF Species Adoption Kit, your kid can take pride in playing a part in preserving an animal's life and habitat. From big cats to pandas to dolphins, each species comes with an adoption certificate, photo and plush doll, ideal for any animal-loving adventurer.
Step2 Skyward Summit$469.99 9 of 32
Swings are great and jungle gyms are fun, but the award-winning Step2 Skyward Summit really raises the bar–or, boulder–on backyard play sets. Featuring 100 square feet of climbing area, it's pretty much a mini-mountain, encouraging adventurous activity while building balance and coordination. With nets, grips and textured surfaces that enhance the rock wall-style experience, this special gift might even spark a lifelong love of climbing.
Little Passports Science ExpeditionsFrom $125.70 10 of 32
Subscription boxes are sure-fire gift wins for grown-ups, and now kids can get in on the action–with a healthy dose of active learning thrown in. The award-winning Little Passports Science Expeditions delivers hands-on science experiments and STEM activities each month, complete with a storage case, lab notebook, achievement badges and more. It's a gift that keeps on giving, plus this one pays lifelong dividends in science, technology, engineering and math.
Learning Resources Let's Go Code! Activity Set$34.99 11 of 32
Imagine a hybrid game that combines hopscotch and STEM skills (bear with us), plus a dash of problem-solving and a little maze-running thrown in, too. Learning Resources' Let's Go Code! Activity Set is a unique way to introduce little kids to computer coding and programming theory through building and physically solving fun, interactive games. Not only is this not-too-pricey gift handy for the holidays, but it's a great go-to for grade-school birthday parties next year.
Klutz Paper Flying Dragons$16.99 12 of 32
It takes something very special to spark the imagination of a fantasy fanatic. If there's a certain someone in your home who lives for anything fire-breathing that hatches from an egg, Paper Flying Dragons from Klutz is the perfect grab-and-go gift. Inside, they'll find 12 fearsome fold-able flyers, hatchlings and more, all sure to send them soaring into the back yard.
Eric Carle Garden Tote & Accessories$12.99 13 of 32
Generations have grown up on Eric Carle's legendary picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In fact, it's likely nestled on a shelf near you. This colorful Garden Tote evokes the spirit of the classic tale, and comes complete with a little shovel, rake and spray bottle to delight any budding green thumb. Just be sure and check it for non-fictional caterpillars after any gardening adventure.
Bentgo Kids Lunch Box$27.99 14 of 32
Squished, smashed and splattered should not be words used to describe your kid's school lunch. You're spending precious minutes making them a delicious, well-balanced meal (at least, you're totally planning on doing that next year), and the Bentgo Kids Lunch Box will ensure it arrives in one piece. Its cute little compartments are just waiting to be filled with sammies, sliced veggies and all kinds of healthy things you're definitely (probably) going to be making soon. Plus, your purchase supports Feed the Children, so you can feel good times two!
SKIP*HOP Animal Lunch Bag$14.99 15 of 32
This isn't just any ol' lunch box. The adorable SKIP*HOP line of insulated lunch bags also doubles as your kid's lunch buddy. They come in a variety of clever animals to choose from, and they're equipped with a clip-on handle so you don't have to worry about it getting lost or left behind.
Hydroflask 12 oz. Water Bottle$29.95 16 of 32
The Hydroflask will be your young adventurer's number-one accessory. Its 12-ounce size and silicon flex boot make it ideal for kids on-the-move. That smart boot saves the stainless steel from dents and scratches, and its double-wall insulation keeps water cold for up to 24 hours. This essential comes in four awesome colors, too, so you'll definitely find one your child will love.
Yvolution Strolly Spin$99.99 17 of 32
Who doesn't love taking a spin in a convertible? If your little one isn't quite ready for a tricycle, but is on track to make the move next year, the Strolly Spin by Yvolution is a wise holiday investment. Use it now as a stroller, equipped with a safety pole, sun shade and rotating seat, so you're always within eyesight. Down the road (no pun intended), it converts into a pedal trike when your little one is ready to take the driver's seat.
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle$150 18 of 32
Game-loaded and Bluetooth-enabled, the award-winning Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle turns any wintry "stuck inside with screens" day into an active adventure. As kids pedal to their heart's content, this cool stationary trike presents them with an array of skill-building games. They'll just think they're having fun, though, what with all the flashing lights and colorful graphics. Plus, 15 levels of play mean this gift grows with your kids as they progress through its game-ified lessons. And that sure beats cartoons on the couch!
Radio Flyer Classic Dual Deck Tricycle$69.99 19 of 32
A true classic never goes out of style. In bright, shiny red or polished pink, the Radio Flyer Classic Dual Deck Tricycle could bring back memories for mom, dad and the grandparents as it becomes the kid's new favorite toy this season. Built for durability and adjustable to grow with the rider, it's also a solid bet for staying power in years to come. Choose this trike to start–or carry on–a family tradition.
Razor A5 Lux Scooter$64.99 20 of 32
Prepare to earn major cool-parent points when you gift the Razor A5 Lux. This popular kick scooter features aircraft-grade aluminum, a patented rear fender brake and adjustable height handlebars for growing kids on-the-go. Easy to fold up and tote after a brisk ride to the library (we hope), it also requires no assembly on mom and dad's part. And last but certainly not least, don't forget the helmet, coming up next.
Razor V-17 Child Multi-Sport Helmet$19.96 21 of 32
Safety first! The Razor V-17 Child Multi-Sport Helmet is the perfect companion to the Razor A5 Lux Scooter or any other ride-on gift. Ergonomically padded for security and comfort, its buckles are designed for quick fastening and easy adjustability. Plus, the 17 in the name refers to the number of side vents on this puppy–all there to help kids keep their cool. The kicker? It also comes in several fun colors.
Burton Chopper Snowboard$199.95 22 of 32
From the snowboarding experts at Burton, the Chopper Snowboard brings ease of cutting, carving and stopping to the lightest-weight riders. Designed for stability and control, its attachable Riglet accessory also allows parents to tow while young beginners learn the ropes on the slopes. Plus, it just looks really cool–yet another reason why this board's tops for kid shredders.
Wilson NFL "Duke" Replica Composite Football$39.99 23 of 32
No garage-turned-athletic closet is complete without a full-size football. This classic is perfect for intermediate players, and, while it might be a little large for the younger kids, it'll be hilarious watching them try to throw a ball as big as their head! Plus, playing with a standard-size ball means the adults can get in on the game, too.
Under Armour DC Comics Alter Ego TeeFrom $34.99 24 of 32
A great alter ego can boost confidence on game day, and what better choice than your kid's favorite super hero? Under Armour's Alter Ego Tee builds in moisture-wicking fabric, anti-odor technology and UPF 30+ sun protection, too, so it's way beyond the basic graphic shirt. Choose this gift for the young player who is ready to take on the forces of evil–and maybe earn the team a pizza party–in 2018.
FreeToes Socks$13.99 25 of 32
Can the holidays happen without the gift of socks? We think not, but they don't have to be dull. Try putting an active and kid-centric spin on what's usually the most boring thing under the tree with FreeToes. Invented by an eight-year-old, they're designed to free your toes for dance or yoga or for when you want to wear flip-flops but still keep your ankles warm. And that's so not boring.
Native Shoes Jefferson Slip-OnsFrom $35 26 of 32
What's light-as-air, hand-washable, shock absorbent and–best of all–odor-resistant? Well, it sure isn't those smelly ol' sneakers currently fumigating your kid's closet. Seriously, was that just a skunk skulking away in disgust? Behold, the Jefferson by Native Shoes, a superior slip-on crafted with flexible, foam-like EVA that's ready to take on anything your sweat-tastic kid can get into in a day. Plus, they're cute, and they come in dozens of colors and prints for both boys and girls. Tell your nose to send the thank you note to ACTIVEkids.com.
Nike Zoom Pegasus 34$90 27 of 32
Help your active kid kick it up a notch this year with the Nike Zoom Pegasus 34. These running shoes for big kids are perfect for young athletes who are always ready for a game of pick-up basketball or a quick round of kickball during lunch. They're comfortable, cushy and, most importantly, durable, so you don't have to worry about buying new shoes every season.
The North Face Pivoter Backpack$79 28 of 32
Is that canvas backpack you bought at the beginning of the school year already kaput? The answer is the North Face Pivoter backpack. Built for the outdoors, this bag will get your kids through school, after-school activities, soccer practice and weekend camping trips. It features a laptop sleeve, multiple compartments and super-comfortable straps that won't dig-in no matter how many schoolbooks (or pairs of shoes or balls or who-knows-what) are piled inside.
Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch$59.99 29 of 32
The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch is one of the best smart watch options for your little ones. This super-affordable Apple Watch lookalike offers digital and analog faces that kids can customize to fit their style. Plus, it's guaranteed to help them stay active. How? Well, for starters there's a pedometer, and for any film-buff in the making, there's also a small camera built in. How can any kid resist shooting their own action videos? Best of all, this cool watch's games are active, too, like an augmented reality game all about capturing monsters. Who doesn't love capturing monsters? Nobody, that's who.
Twister Moves Hip Hop Spots Dance Game$14.99 30 of 32
Twister took its original product to the next level with the Moves Hip Hop Spots Dance Game. Your kids will spend hours–seriously–following the beat to keep up with the flashing spots and unlock new levels and digital trophies. They can play it alone or with up to four friends, so buy this gift in preparation for next year's parties and sleepovers.
Play Monster Ultra Dash$24.99 31 of 32
This is the perfect game for little kids who love nothing more than running through the house at high speeds. All you have to do to prep for a game of Ultra Dash is set out the targets and design your course, then it's off to the races! With three game modes and infinite courses to create, your kid will never get bored–but they will get tired!