18 Gifts for Active Kids

Want to get your children moving more and eating better in the new year? Put these kid-approved presents under the tree

November 20, 2012
Reebok Custom Shoes
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Shoes for Her: Reebok Custom Shoes for Girls

Is there anything cooler than customizing your own shoe? With nearly 3 million designs created to date, your little fashionista has the option to decide everything from the model of her sneaks to the logo. Try the app at TKurl. (Get your kids into a healthier, more active lifestyle with these 13 Life Lessons to Teach Your Kids)

reebok.com; prices vary

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UA Cam Newton
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Shoes for Him: UA Cam Newton

The sturdy base combined with the super-light ankle support offer one remarkably stylish and versatile shoe.  The little guy in your life will love sporting the same style as his favorite football player.

Available mid-Dec., ua.com; $100

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For the Soda Lover: SodaStream

Moms just got a new weapon in the war on soda. With just one pump, kids can turn ordinary tap water into their favorite bubbly beverage. Just make sure tykes stick to the brand's unsweetened, all-natural MyWater flavor essences or a splash of fresh juice to give their drinks a hint of flavor without the sugar rush.

macys.com; $80-150

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For the Future Olympian: Wilson Roger Federer and Venus & Serena Tennis Racquets

These celeb-inspired tennis racquets let kiddos live out the magic of the Olympics day after day.

wilson.com, $25

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For the Little One: LeapFrog’s Tag Human Body pack

Watch your children become little scholars as they learn about nutrition, muscle function, and more by simply pointing the Tag reading pen to different parts of the body with this interactive chart. Parents may even be challenged when the Tag asks them to point out muscles that help the body jump. With more than 40 activities, it's sure to keep youngsters amused for hours. Tag Reader required

leapfrog.com; $20

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Aladdin Lunch Box
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For School: Aladdin Chill Lunch Box 16 oz

Kids will adore the bright color of this container and the easy-snap lid. It keeps food cold for more than three hours and is the perfect size for a sandwich, leftovers, or a few snacks. Moms will love how the ice pod locks into the bottom of the container so they'll never have to worry about little ones losing them. The box is also dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. Snag the matching food jar to make it a set.

; $15

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For the Adventurer: Barnett Lil’ Banshee Jr.

Kids can reenact their favorite scenes from Disney's Brave with this beginner's bow set. It even includes a multicolor bulls-eye for target practice.

sportsauthority.com; $46

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Keen Kid's Boots
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For the Winter Warrior: KEEN Kids Basin WP Boot

Your tot's little piggies will stay toasty during winter snowman-building sessions in these snuggly KEEN boots. They're waterproof, made with 200 grams of insulation, and feature a toggle closure so kids (or mom) can slip them on and off easily.

rei.com; $80

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Burton Chopper and Chicklet Snowboards
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For the Bunny Hill: Burton Chopper and Chicklet Snowboards

The flexibility of the boards makes it easy for beginners to maneuver the slopes. The smaller lengths even have gripped footpads so youngsters can learn how to shred without the bindings.

rei.com; $180

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Ivivva Sugar Plum Dance Tank
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For the Dancer: Ivivva Sugar Plum Dance Tank

This light, breathable tank will make sure every act is the most stylish for your little ballerina.

ivivva.com; $42

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Smartwool Wintersport Shark
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Cold Weather for Him: Kid’s Wintersport Shark

When your little one works up a sweat, his feet will stay cool and dry in these Merino wool socks. The flat-knit seams prevent any uncomfortable pressure around the toes while your little hero is in action.  The shark design will make these his favorite pair.

smartwool.com; $16

Mountain Biking for Moms

NBA Baller Beats game
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For Basketball Fans: NBA Baller Beats

Pint-size players can strengthen their court skills as they bounce a real basketball to the beat. Learn how to crossover, side pass, and more, all in the comfort of your home. Note to parents: Make sure all the valuables are safely tucked away before your kiddo unwraps this gift. Designed for use with Kinect for Xbox 360

toysrus.com; $60

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For the Biker: Electra Ratrod

Modeled after a street rod--complete with flames--junior will have the fanciest wheels on the block. Mom can also feel good knowing Electra's Flat Foot Technology will allow him to put both feet on the ground at all times.

electrabike.com; $250

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I Love My Bike Bell
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A Stocking Stuffer: I love my bike bell

The jingle will give your little rider another reason to hop on their trike.

electrabike.com; $9

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Chrome Delta
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For the Mover and Shaker: The Chrome Delta 16 to 24 L

Perfect for sprouts constantly on the go, this bag expands from 16 L to 24 L to transition easily from the classroom to soccer practice and everything inbetween. Weatherpoof and made from ballistic nylon, it's smooth yet sturdy to easily distribute the weight on junior's back. It also has separate compartments for electronics and industrial strength velcro so precious goods stay put no matter how rough the ride home. The bag's a little pricier than you may be used to spending, but the pack is practically bomb-proof and has a lifetime warranty.

chromebagsstore.com; $110

Smith goggles and helmet
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For the Downhill Daredevil: Smith Gage Jr. Helmet and Gambler Goggles

The Gage helmet has all the bells and whistles to keep your kids skiing in comfort and style on the slopes this winter. Smith incorporates an intuitive one-and-done fit system to keep the lid on tight, an adjustable airflow switch to regulate the helmet's 12 vents, and removable ear pads for when temperatures start to warm in the spring. Pair the Gage Jr. with the fog-proof Gambler goggle for killer eye protection and a seamless fit.

; $80/$30

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Giro helmet
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For the Speed Demon: Giro Rascal

Giro's kid-friendly Rascal helmet has all the safety features a parent wants like a no-pinch buckle setup, mesh screens over the vents to keep out critters, a built-in LED light for improved visibility, and a visor. More importantly, it comes in a variety of fun and cool colors and prints like blue sharks, pink unicorns, and red lady bugs to make your little cyclist the coolest rider on the block.

giro.com; $40

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Spyder coat and pants
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For Little Snow Bunnies: Spyder Bitsy Knockout Jacket and Tart Pant

Your little rippers will be pretty in pink with this bib snow pant and jacket combo from the ski gear gurus at Spyder. The top and bottom are both made of a waterproof, breathable stretch exterior to keep your grommets warm and dry on the slopes. Both pieces also feature Spyder's "Small to Tall" design so the little ones won't grow out of their ski stuff too fast. Extra touches range from a brushed microfiber inner collar on the jacket to an attached stretch fleece vest and adjustable shoulder straps on the pants.

spyder.com; $170/$110

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