How much fun is Christmas shopping? Ok so don’t answer that. Some of us love it, some of us don’t, but we all do it.
I’m not one of these ladies that can shop all day – I have a shopping tolerance of about 3-4 hours maximum, so it takes me a couple of goes at it to get it all done.
But the most fun part of all my Christmas shopping has always been finding great stocking fillers and fun gifts the kids will love to play with over Christmas.
As health has always been a priority for me, I always tried – and still do try – to buy Christmas gifts that I know will get my family outdoors, being active, spending time together and creating great family memories.
Today’s kids are spending a lot more time in front of screens, phones, tablets, computers, TVs etc, meaning the holidays are a bit different than what they used to be.
Most mums today tell me that “My kids don’t watch much TV”, or “My kids don’t spend much time on their laptops/mobile/iPad”, but the truth is most kids do spend a lot of time being sedentary.
So my challenge for you this year is to buy some gifts for your kids (and other family members) that involve activity!
The best part is that active toys or games don’t have to be expensive – and some make the best stocking fillers.
Active Christmas gifts for the family
Here are some of the best gift ideas I recommend for guaranteeing your kids will get outside and away from the screens this Christmas:
- If you are going to the beach: Frisbees, kites, boogie boards, skim boards or the old favourite – a bucket and spade. Also, a family game of cricket, volleyball or football on the beach is great fun!
- If you’re not near the beach: A good old fashioned water fight with water pistols and water bombs is lots of fun and a good way to cool down over summer. You could also try table tennis, a totem tennis pole, skipping ropes, hula hoopes, coites, bocce or even Twister. And of course, backyard cricket and soccer are always fun and dad usually loves to be play too!
- If you have a pool: Water volleyball, goggles, pool noodles, flippers and toys to get the kids diving and swimming under water to collect.
Some of my kids’ favourite things that kept them active and happy over the years include: a trampoline (years of fun in that one), stilts, basketball and hoop, small football (soccer) goal posts, scooters, water bombs, pool toys, roller blades, balls of all materials and sizes, tennis racquets and bikes.
There are lots of things you can buy to help your family be active this Christmas, and some that will last even longer through the year.
A great tip is don’t just look in the toy department, always try the sporting and pool areas of shops, as these have lots of fun things to play with as well.
Each year when I see my children and we talk about the Christmases they remember most, they always mention the gifts where they got to spend hours outside playing together.
“Remember the year we got roller skates!”
“Remember the year we had that massive water fight?”
“Remember those scooters we had?”
“Remember when we all played beach cricket together?”
What gifts are you going to buy this year to help get your kids outside and active over the Christmas holidays?