Before my children started school I remember feeling overwhelmed by the plastic avalanche of toys in our lounge. No matter how diligent I was by the end of the day (well actually 8am) the toys had seemingly multiplied taking up all the floor space. Not only was it a minefield to walk across but the reality was the kids didn't play with them properly, they flitted from one to another. The plastic situation was further amplified every birthday and Christmas. Presents given with love but maybe not appreciated by the kids as much as they should have been. So in a bid to steer away from just plastic we started suggesting non toy items; experiences, subscriptions or gifts that encouraged children to be active. (Can you see where I'm going with this?!).

Now the countdown to Christmas is well underway we thought we would help you with some gift inspiration for active kids. First up we have selected a few of our best Christmas gift ideas for children under the age 5:

Strider 12" Sport Balance Bike


Strider Balance Bike Kids Red

Balance bikes are a fantastic way of encouraging children to be active whilst learning the basics of riding a bike. We think Strider balance bikes are the best on the market and many happy kids agree. Featuring a padded seat and two seat posts, the Strider grows with your child making it suitable from the age of 1 up to 5 years old. The Strider Sport is available in 7 brilliant colours.


US Kids Golf First Putter


Us Kids Golf My First Putter

Presented in a gift box there is no better present for a golf enthusiast to buy for a young child than this First Putter. Made out of steel, the putter is1 8 inches long making it a perfect club to introduce children aged 3 and younger to the game of golf.


My First Football Boot


My First Football Boots Kids

For many children the love of football starts young. Running around and kicking a football is what they want to do all day long whatever the weather. If you know a child like this then their perfect Christmas present may well be a pair of M1B football boots which are available in tiny sizes. Not only do they look the part they will help with the child's football development.


Super Tramp Spring Time Trampoline


Super Tramp Trampoline for Kids

A trampoline isn't just for summer. They are a brilliant addition to the garden all year round. Super Tramp trampolines are renowned for their quality and bounce. For younger children the Spring Time is an ideal present as not only will it guarantee hours of active fun it has additional safety features that protect small hands and feet.


Hopefully that has given you some inspiration but if not then check out the gift section of our website which can be navigated by age for more gift ideas for kids. If you have an older child watch this space. Next week we will be featuring Christmas present ideas that encourage kids aged between 5 and 8 to be active
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Happy shopping!