Buying Christmas gifts for kids can be a real task, can’t it? Trying to find the perfect gift that encourages them to get outdoors or focus on something productive can be so much easier said than done. As a team of mums ourselves, we feel your pain and want to help take the stress out of gift buying. So we’ve built a list of 30 amazing gifts that
(a) your kids will want
(b) ticks the box for becoming more active; rather than spending more time on a screen
(c) are high quality products so they’ll last.
GO APE tickets – Go Ape is a fun way for the kids to get outdoors and burn some energy whilst testing their balancing skills. Go Ape now offers gift vouchers so you can treat the kids to a super fun day out as a gift.
PGL VOUCHERS – PGL is the UK’s leading outdoor education provider, delivering inspirational learning through adventure. Why not treat the kids to an exciting weekend away with PGL? A fun adventure that the whole family can enjoy (because you get some time off too! #winning)
NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERSHIP – Think it’s all about old people and tea? WRONG! National Trust sites are incredible for kids, often putting on special events during school holidays. Why not treat yourselves and the kids to a family national trust membership? With so many properties dotted all around the country you can be sure that you won’t get bored.
SCIENCE MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP – The science museum is a wonderful place for kids to discover, explore and interact with everything science. And with so much to see and do, one visit just won’t be enough. A yearly membership means they can visit time and time again and research all of their homework projects whilst they are there.
AIRHOP VOUCHERS – Kids bouncing off the walls? Take it to the next level and let them burn off some steam with AirHop vouchers. AirHop brings your kids a sea of trampolines to get all of their energy out on. Anything that does that has to be a winner in our opinion.
DEN BUILDING EXPERIENCE – What better way to inspire the kids to get creative outdoors than with a den building master class? We would have loved this as kids! Think of the HOURS of arguments and questionable shelters that could have been avoided.
KIDZANIA TICKETS – Designed for children aged 4-14, KidZania blends learning and reality with entertainment. During the 4-hour experience, children can independently choose from a number of real-life activities and test their skills in a variety of professions.
ESCAPE LIVE– Why not gift the whole family to an escape room experience? Spend 60 minutes together finding clues to help you escape the locked room. This is great for team building a fun day out for all ages.
HUNT FUN – What better way to explore than with a treasure hunt? A treasure hunt will take you past many local attractions, opening your eyes to so many things you would ordinarily just walk straight past. Hunt Fun have over 200 treasure hunt locations in the UK and even some overseas. A fun filled day out for the whole family.
Wearables and clothing
NIKE CUSTOMISED TRAINERS – Giving the kids some super cool customised trainers is a great incentive to get them outdoors. We love these so much; we might even get some for ourselves too!
DISCOVERY ADVENTURES KIDS LED BEANIE – We love how funky this headlamp/beanie is and we know that the kids will love it too. Perfect for walking back from after school clubs or back from the park.
BIKEHUT INTELLIGENT MAGNET LIGHT– This super cool light clips onto anything, increasing visibility as the nights draw in. Perfect for kids walking or riding their bikes back from school.
CURISCOPE VIRTUAL T SHIRT – If your kids are interested in anatomy and physiology then this is the gift for them! The Virtuali-Tee uses beautifully designed augmented reality and amazing 3D learning experiences to explore the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems with fully immersive 360 videos.
MY GATOR WATCH – Last but not least in this section is the Gator Watch. As a team of mums we believe this is the best gift of all. Part of growing up is taking on independence, step by step, and My Gator Watch – the wearable mobile phone – makes that happen. Worn by your kids when they’re out and about, it uses GPS, two-way calling, works across multiple networks and has an SOS feature for peace of mind.
Activities and Kit
SIMOND SLACKLINE KIT– Our kids LOVE slacklining! It encourages them to keep trying at a skill that can often be hard to master. Slacklining also helps with balance and agility.
If you haven’t come across it before, slacklining is the act of walking or balancing along a suspended rope – a bit like tightrope walking!
MICRO SCOOTER – We love the micro scooter! What better way to get the kids outdoors and speeding along? There’s a huge range of scooters available for all ages. Yup, for us parents too.
DODGE TAG – Dodge Tag is the soft fun ball game that will keep the kids amused for hours. When would we ever say no to that?
THE DEN KIT – Remember making dens as kids? The Den Kit Co have just made den building a whole lot cooler. Can we join in?
TRADITIONAL GARDEN GAMES – Is there anything better than a good old round of croquet? Or why not teach your kids the art of Boules? Traditional garden games are great fun for the whole family and this company has all of them!
TECHWILL SAVE US KIT – Tech will save us makes educational STEM toys for kids. Perfect for encouraging them to make and invent at home.
THE CURIOSITY SUBSCRIPTION BOX – A subscription box is a great way to gift your kids a special treat every month. The curiosity subscription box helps bring the fun back to science and will keep them busy for hours.
THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK COMPANY SUBSCRIPTION – There is a time and a place for high-energy activities, but what about when the kids need some down time? The beautiful book company offers wonderful book subscriptions that will guarantee to make your kids want to turn the next page.
PLANT-N-GROW PLANTALICIOUS GROW YOUR OWN EDIBLE GARDEN KIT – We love grow your own kits. They are brilliant for helping kids learn about growing sources and they will enjoy taking ownership of something they have grown with their own hands.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SUBSCRIPTION – National Geographic kids magazine is a great way to keep the kids entertained for hours. It is an exciting monthly read that entertains, educates and inspires children about the world around them.
KIDS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB– If your kids are inspired by nature and taking pictures then a photography course can be a great way to help them build on those skills and keep them focussed on a wonderful hobby.
LEGO – We couldn’t leave Lego off the list. A hobby that never gets old. Lego inspires kids to be creative and keeps them busy on those rainy days. Just keep your eyes peeled for rogue pieces underfoot….
RUBIK’S CUBE – Another toy that never gets boring. We love having competitions on rainy afternoons to see who can beat the Rubik’s cube first. It is problem solving at its best!
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SLIME DIY SCIENCE LAB – The perfect gift for those budding scientists. Plus anything that involves slime is always a winner with our kids.
HARRY POTTER KANO CODING KIT – Build a wand and learn to code? A brilliant gift for Harry Potter fans who want to make their very own magic.
BUILD YOUR OWN SOLAR ROBOT – The perfect gift for tech loving kids. This kit allows them to build up to 14 types of robot and is sure to keep them busy for hours.
We hope you love these gift ideas as much as we do. What gifts will you be buying for the kids this Christmas? Join the conversation by commenting below, or post your ideas on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.