If you’re looking for sports gifts for a kid who’s obsessed with sports or want activities the whole family can play together on Family Game Night, you’ve come to the right place. (There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, after all). And as it turns out, shopping for a sports fanatic kiddo can be pretty tough, but luckily, we have experience in that arena (get it?). Let’s start from square one: Which sport do they like most? They probably already have, like, 11 footballs and a nice worn-in glove. But do they have cool toys like a pitching machine and sports-themed home decor like a soccer bean bag chair?! If the answer is no (or rather, not yet), stay tuned.
It’s 2021, Mama, and shopping for soccer balls and baseball gloves is so old school. It’s time to get creative and help get the kids up and moving. Because what kid has played with an American Ninja Warrior-inspired obstacle course or has a kid’s punching bag? We definitely didn’t when we were kids! And for those days when the weather just won’t cooperate, you have to find a way to bring the activities inside. And that’s where a 10-in-1 arcade game table comes into play. Now kids won’t get bored of playing the same game over and over again when they can choose between foosball, ping pong, and air hockey all at once!
We’re here to make your shopping a little easier, Mama. These are the 18 best gifts for the kids that live and breathe sports.
Best Sports Gifts For Boys & Girls
Any kid who loves sports would enjoy this combo gift—is it a soccer or a hockey goal? It’s both! And with the soccer ball, street hockey ball, and mini hockey ball that comes with it, this one is sure to entertain the most energetic athlete for a while on Christmas day.
For those late Saturday nights or long winter days when they’re stuck inside, an air hockey table like this 40″ one would be a fun Christmas surprise. It’s a great way to encourage family time and healthy sibling competition. (Good luck wrapping it though!)
Kids play hard, and we love them for it. However, it might be easier on their parents’ anxiety levels (and medical bills) if they wore some protective gear—like these fun, bright green knee and elbow pads with matching helmet
Help your sports-loving kids channel their inner writer with this awesome journal about competition, defeat, and getting back up and trying again. As they doodle and jot, they’ll learn that persistence isn’t just important on the field or court; it’s a skill for life.
This American Ninja Warrior Deluxe NinjaLine kit contains a line for hanging bars, rings, and monkey fists (rope balls) — in essence, a huge upgrade from traditional monkey bars. There’s also a slack line for practicing balance and tightrope stunts. This basically means endless backyard (or basement) entertainment for your kids as they train to become the next American Ninja Warrior.
Introduce your sports fan to basketball legends and potentially a new hobby with this set of collection cards that include Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and Magic Johnson. It’s a healthy screen-free way to learn more about sports, even if the weather has them stuck indoors.
This one’s a gift for coaches and players! With these no-tie laces, coaches and refs won’t have to stop the game anymore for little Michael to tie his shoes during a basketball game. Throw these into your sports-loving kids’ stockings to make everyone’s life easier.
Sports Decor Gifts
A giant soccer ball bean bag chair sounds comfortable to us! And your kiddo who lives and breathes the sport will love it too. Note that this only comes with the cover, so be sure to grab a bag of bean bag filling too!
Sports-loving kids like to have it all around them, so room decor like this antique-style basketball, soccer, football, and baseball wall art would be a fun addition to their sporty bedroom. Each 8×10 print is boldly colored on card stock, so you can frame them or hang them as-is.
Tuck your little sports nut in at night on their very own personalized pillow case, made of soft microfiber they’ll want to snuggle into. Maybe this gift will make bedtime easier? (It’s not a magic pillow, but one can hope.)
Does your kid love ALL kinds of sports? Well, whether they’re a baseball, basketball, or football fan, this multi-piece twin or full-size comforter set lets them rep all their favorite game balls. It includes one comforter, one pillow sham, one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and a pillow case. (Note: The full-size comes with two pillow shams and two pillow cases.)
Games & Activities Sport Gifts
If you’ve got room in your basement or playroom, this two-player arcade basketball game with a digital scoreboard is a guaranteed hit and will undoubtedly keep your kids out of your hair for a while (our at least until they get hungry). It’s an Amazon bestseller and the perfect antidote for cabin fever when the outside hoop is covered in snow.
This game is a classic we probably all remember playing with when WE were kids. These waterproof velcro paddles are perfect for younger kids who are new to the game of catch. They help build hand-eye-coordination skills until they’re ready to graduate to a real baseball mitt.
This ESPN Cornhole set might take up a lot of room under the tree, but any sports-loving kid (and grownup!) would be thrilled to unwrap it. Your kids can bring this fun toy out next time their favorite team is playing and have a game of their own.
Family Game Night is about to get even more heated. This 10-in-1 arcade game table comes with foosball, shuffleboard, ping pong, and air hockey table layouts, just to name a few. With so much versatility, it’s easy to pack tons of fun into a small space, especially if you have teens or tweens. Now, bring on the snacks, score board, and (friendly) family rivalry!
Sporty kids might be more enticed to read a book about the the coolest and most rarely seen parts of the sports than Moby Dick, so wrap this up for Christmas morning, and and give that child the gift of knowledge—in sports terminology.
Baseball and softball players will love you for this gift. This Louisville Slugger pitching machine requires no batteries or electricity (yes, you read that right!), can be used inside or out, and pitches balls between 45-60 mph.
Kids who love sports tend to want to get better and stronger from an early age. So maybe Santa can bring them their first set of weights and help your child feel like their little muscles are enormous!