The 9 Best Kids' Recreation Gifts to Buy in 2018

Check out the greatest gifts to buy your kids this year

Do you have an active toddler, kid, tween or teen on your shopping list? Make sure you find them a gift that will help them channel all that energy into hours of fun with these hot gifts for 2017. From scooters, to yoga mats, to segways and miniaturized electric BMWs, these nine best gifts are sure to have your kids jumping up and down after unwrapping them.

  • 01 of 09

    Let your child hit the pavement with the Swiss-designed Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter. Your child will learn to surf the sidewalk by using their body weight to steer; leaning right and left to turn also helps develop balance and coordination. The Micro Mini has the smoothest ride in the park, thanks to high quality polyurethane wheels and a flexible fiberglass reinforced deck that work together to absorb bumps. The Mini’s deck is low, making it easy for little ones to easily and confidently...MORE hop on and off, and it’s large enough for both feet, so kids can easily alternate between pushing and cruising. Best of all, this scooter is actually safety certified by the CPSC, and its reviews are off the charts — it rocks a 4.8-star average on Amazon with almost 1,800 reviews filed.

  • 02 of 09

    Let junior tool around in this miniaturized BMW i8 Concept 6-volt Electric Ride-On Car. It’s officially branded BMW with the innovative features your child will love, including two opening butterfly doors, working headlights, horn and engine sounds and a working MP3 connector with speakers (a must for your child's playlist). The 6-volt battery powers this BMW up to 2.5 mph forward and reverse, and rubber traction tires ensure safe driving.

  • 03 of 09

    For a fraction of the price of the GoPro you can start your kid off with this sweet VTech Kidizoom Action Cam. First and foremost, it’s durable to handle drops, crashes and tumbles, and it includes a waterproof case so they can take videos and pictures up to six feet underwater. It rocks a 1.4-inch color LCD screen and can take videos and photos in addition to stop-motion videos and time-lapse photos. Your kid can also explore their creativity with fun effects, frames and photo filters. Download...MORE photos and videos to a computer using the included micro USB cable and share them with family and friends. Two included mounts allow for easy attachment to helmets, bikes, skateboards, scooters, surfboards and snowboards, and the built-in rechargeable battery can record for up to 2.5 hours. There’s no onboard memory, so you'll have to pick up a microSD card (sold separately); with a 32GB microSD card the camera records 240 minutes of 640 x 480 video or 278,400 photos.

  • 04 of 09

    Get your children started with the selfie craze early with the VTech Kidizoom Camera. It's a 1.3-megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and video recording built to withstand drops and even water. The binocular viewfinder makes it easy for new photographers to frame their shot, and there’s a 1.8-inch screen for reviewing photos or adding fun filters and effects just like Snapchat. With 128MB internal storage, this camera saves almost 800 photos (and there’s even a microSD card slot, although...MORE a memory card is not included). You can also connect to a PC or Mac via USB (cable included) to easily save and send creations. Connect to VTech's Learning Lodge™ for extra downloadable content and games, including KidiZoom Photo Editor Software.

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  • 05 of 09

    Namaste. You’ve found that yoga and mindfulness have improved both your physical and mental health. Why wouldn’t you want your kid to realize the same benefits? Get them them practicing living a healthy life early with the Gaiam Kids Yoga Mat and Yoga Socks (Buy on Amazon). The kid-sized yoga mat comes in seven colors and patterns, each of which provides three millimeters of cushioning and a no-slip surface. It’s also latex-free so this yoga mat safe for your kid and the planet. The Gaiam Kids...MORE Yoga Socks come in six color combos and have a sticky non-slip patterned grip and full toe-coverage for balance in any position, on or off the mat.

  • 06 of 09

    Made by the same innovators that designed the original Segway, the company incorporates decades of experience to design smart software, tough hardware and state-of-the-art safety features in the MINIpro. Let’s start with safety: Segway’s UL 2272-certified battery and electrical system has a range of 14 miles per charge and a max speed of 10 mph. The MINIpro's innovative knee control bar allows the rider to maneuver more precisely than anything else out there, and its large, air-filled tires...MORE resist and absorb shocks better than the smaller, solid tires commonly found on cheap hoverboards. Best of all, the MINIpro connects to a smartphone app via Bluetooth allowing for remote control steering, performance- and system-tracking dashboard, custom lighting and a tamper-proof security alarm.

  • 07 of 09

    If your child wants to brush on up their hockey skills this winter, then the Franklin Sports NHL 2-in-1 Goal Set will do just the trick. It has everything you need to enjoy hockey in your basement, recreation room or sport court: two goals, two mini sticks, two adjustable hockey sticks, two mini knee hockey balls and one street hockey ball. 

  • 08 of 09

    Pick these great binoculars up for your animal lover whether your little one loves watching for wildlife while hiking, or just wants to see all the animals at the zoo. Enlarged focus-free eyepieces are more than three times the size of ordinary binoculars, and the perfect-fit goggles with placement guide enable toddlers and big kids to see up close — up to 2x magnification. Constructed from plastic and rubber, these Kidnoculars also get rave reviews for their durability — so you won't have...MORE to worry about them getting scuffed up when your kid explores the great outdoors.

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  • 09 of 09

    Sitting can be one of the most difficult tasks of a child's day, but if you set your kid up on the Gaiam Kids Balance Ball Chair they can stay active while reading, writing, playing video games, working on the computer and even watching TV. According to the brand, studies show that as children constantly move their body to maintain their balance on this moving seat, they are able to focus more easily. It also engages the core and back muscles to encourage kids to sit with healthy posture....MORE The chair includes a 35-centimeter balance ball, air pump, adjustable back support bar, secure metal ball holder and easy-glide caster wheels (2 lockable). It's recommended for kids ages 5 to 7 or 42 to 51 inches tall; the weight limit is 175 pounds.

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