I associate Christmas with getting outdoors and being active. Christmas for me as a child, meant time spent with extended family. We would gather around to exchange gifts and after a festive feast, we would spend the afternoon playing outdoors. I have wonderful memories of those hot Christmas days – splashing in the pool, a game of backyard cricket (with the new cricket set), and playing hide and seek until the afternoon storms rolled in or night began to fall and it was time to make the long car trip home.
Being active is also something I encourage with my children. Our summers are usually spent at the beach or pool, going for walks as a family after dinner, riding our bikes, making the most of the sunshine and enjoying all that summer has to offer. So when it comes to Christmas gifts, I like to buy ones that encourage activity and getting outside.
Scooters and skateboards are great gifts to get the kids active. My kids love their scooters (we purchased ours from Big W), and I will often take them to a local park and let them scooter around the paths, or they will ride them around our neighbourhood when we go for an after-dinner walk. Because they are compact, we also take the scooters with us whenever we go on holidays and they provide a great way to burn off some of that excess energy.
Outdoor play equipment. One of our essentials for summer fun is a totem tennis set. When it’s not set up in our backyard, it comes camping with us. It’s a cheap and fun way to get the family together and provides my kids with hours of fun.
Cricket sets and balls are great gift ideas for kids. Getting the whole family involved in a game of backyard cricket, or kicking a ball around at the park or on the beach is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy summer.
And nothing says summer fun more than spending time in the pool or at the beach. My kids are water babies and would spend all day, every day in the water if time permitted. So any pool toy (dive toys, toypedos, balls) make excellent gifts to guarantee hours of fun.
Despite the heat, the long summer days make Christmas-time in Australia perfect to get outside, get active and enjoy such a special time of the year with friends and family.
What are some of your gift ideas for getting the family outdoors?