I love out-of-the-box gift ideas, so I often look at gift lists online to see what I might be able to find to discover gift ideas for active girls that live in my house.
However, what I find in the “girl” lists is that, often, toys are geared toward that mythical quiet girl who plays nicely with glass tea sets and never smears toothpaste all over the bathroom. None of these gift lists seem geared toward active girls!
My two daughters are quite active- which means I definitely have to think farther outside the box when it comes to gifts for these two little munchkins. Here is a list of gift ideas for active girls that will satisfy even the wiggliest of girls (I know because I have them). As a bonus, all of these gifts come from Amazon, which means you can wait to order them until the very last minute!
31 Gift Ideas for Active Girls
My girls love Nerf guns (yes, even 2 year-old Bo). You don’t have to purchase the pink line either. My girls are just as happy playing with Nerf guns of any color (plus the non-pink guns have a lot bigger selection)!
Bow and Arrows
Any outdoor-loving girl will love the chance to fire a real-live bow and arrow. Prices vary depending on the quality of the bow. I like this starter bow for girls just getting into archery.
When I use exercise videos, my girls love copying the moves, but they are often too advanced for kids. My girls would love the pose suggestions offered on the Yoga Pretzels cards.
Monkey and Bo like their bikes, but for some reason, it’s the scooters that they absolutely love. Monkey has a scooter that she rides nearly every nice day, and even Bo tries to steal it from her even though she is much too small for it. Bo may be getting her own scooter for Christmas or her birthday in January like this one with three wheels for easier balancing.
Indoor or Outdoor Trampoline
Monkey begs us every year for a trampoline. We don’t have a yard so we can’t get an outdoor one, but I like the looks of the new styles of indoor trampolines! When girls are literally bouncing around, go send them to jump on this!
These fun stilts are even better than tin cans. They won’t give you tetanus and the string won’t break on sharp corners! My girls would go mad for a gift like this.
You can’t beat these tunnels for providing active fun for girls of all ages. Crawl tunnels are particularly fun for preschoolers and toddlers like Bo.
Monkey loves balancing (usually on her head). She would have a blast honing her balance skills on this board.
Basketball is for girls, too! Indoor nets are always fun for small tots, and the bigger outdoor nets are fun for outside active play.
Monkey recently declared that soccer was “a great sport for girls,” so I’m sure she would love receiving a soccer net under the Christmas tree. Even Bo would love kicking a ball into this net.
We often think of sports for active kids, but gardening is actually quite active as well! Monkey loves gardening and caring for plants that she planted. This year, she planted am impatient plant that survived the heat of August- which is an impressive feat. I love how this gardening kit has everything you need in a colorful tote.
Bug Watch Kit
Monkey and Bo are still quite interested in watching bugs. They would love chasing down bugs and investigating them for further study or watching the bug’s antics in a bug playground. Monkey also has been begging me for a butterfly growing kit for several months now.
There is a surprising amount of movement involved in train play (or at least there is when my kids play). My girls will move around playing with trains for almost an hour at a time. This set is bright and colorful and fun for all ages.
If you think Legos are a toy for quiet children only, then you have never seen my kids play with them. :-) After constructing the set, Monkey will fly around the house with her creations and create all sorts of active adventures for the little toys. She prefers Legos that are built like planes.
I love that something like a bumper wheel exists. My children would love playing with it. My favorite part about this particular model is that it can collapse for smaller storage.
I love velcro baseball because the balls are much softer than traditional baseballs. I have a fear of being struck in the head by a baseball and having to go to the hospital for a concussion, which makes me unwilling to play traditional catch with my kids. But I’ll play Velcro baseball with them all day.
You stand on it and bounce. A Pogo stick is the perfect gift for active girls.
Monkey is learning about directions now and she would have a blast using a compass to find the direction. A compass is also the perfect gift for a kid who enjoys geocaching.
I have fond memories of playing tennis as a child with my dad, and I hope to pass on similar positive memories to my girls! Monkey loves playing tennis with us on nice days. This Hello Kitty racquet would make my husband roll his eyes, but the girls would love it.
Indoor Soccer Ball
This soccer “ball” is a fun way to bring sports indoors. Playing with this is likely to lead to shrieks of laughter and furious bumps.
With a kite, children have to run and run and run. This makes a kite the perfect gift for an active kid.
Growing up, my husband had a zip line in his back yard and I was so envious. Zip lines can provide house of active, imaginative play for girls.
Huge Bubble Makers
What is better than bubbles? Even bigger bubbles! Both of my girls are huge bubble lovers (haha), and would be delighted to have these giant bubble makers.
When Monkey was in preschool, the Hoppity Hop (some people call them Hippity Hops) was one of her favorite toys. She bounced around indoors and out for surprisingly long periods.
Dancing Video Games
Monkey has always been interested in dancing, and dancing games are a fun way to keep the interest in dancing alive. Even Bo would love trying to dance along to these catchy tunes! This version even has the ever-popular song “Let It Go.”
Wii Sports Club
When we first got our Wii, we played this game more than anything else. These sports games are such fun! This version is updated for the Wii U, but you can also still find the original Wii version if you have happened to have lost your copy like we have.
Monkey would roll around on our gym ball all day if I let her. Bo also loves playing with a ball that is larger than she is. I’ve also read that sitting on a gym ball for school or homework can also be beneficial for active kids.
If your child isn’t already enrolled in a sport, consider giving them the gift of an active sports lesson! Monkey would be delighted if we enrolled her in gymnastics, soccer, or some other sport as a Christmas gift. If you don’t quite want to spend that much, try a sports-related DVD, like this one that teaches ballet.
Some of my best memories of being a child as well as some of my most terrifying occurred on a tire swing. Every kid should get the chance to swing on one. They even sell tire swing kits!
This toy option is mainly for preschoolers. Bo absolutely loves these classic cars! My in-laws have one of the originals (this one is apparently the 30th anniversary edition) and Bo will sit and scoot around in that one for as long as we let her.
Paper Airplane Kit
Paper airplanes are fun because they allow girls to use their hands to build something, then chase after them. Help your girls make better planes with a paper airplane instruction book. Have a paper airplane throwing contest to see who is the best: Mom, Dad, or kids!
And make sure to check out these other amazing gift guides for active girls (and other kids, too) created by other IHomeschool Network moms!
Do you have active girls (or boys)? What are your favorite gift ideas for active girls?