The 9 Best Kids' Recreation Gifts to Buy in 2018

Check out the greatest gifts to buy your kids this year

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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

    Best Gift for On-the-Go Toddlers: Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter

    Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter
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    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 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

    Best Mini Car: BMW i8 Concept 6-volt Electric Ride-On Car

    BMW i8 Concept 6-volt Electric Ride-On Car
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    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

    Best Action Camera: VTech Kidizoom Action Cam

    VTech Kidizoom Action Cam, Yellow/Black
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    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 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

    Best for Small Children: Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set

    Designed for kiddos ages 18 months to 5 years, the Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set is wonderful for encouraging healthy activity and independence from a young age, as well as helping children with their hand-eye coordination. This beloved basketball set can be used both indoors and outdoors, and the height can be easily adjusted (with six different settings) between two and four feet, in order to best accommodate your child’s size. Plus, the Little Tikes basketball set comes with three junior-size basketballs, and you can add as much sand as you want to the base, for increased stability. This product currently boasts over 1,000 positive reviews online.

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  • 05 of 09

    Best for Motor Skills: Totsports Easy Hit Golf Set

    The Little Tikes Totsports Easy Hit Golf Set is a great way to teach your child about the benefits of golf and help them improve their coordination, concentration, and motor skills. This top-rated golf set comes equipped with a rolling cart, two small-sized golf clubs (a driver and a putter), three oversize golf balls, and an all-surface putting hole so your child can practice his or her golf game anywhere. Though some easy assembly is required, all components of the Little Tikes Totsports Golf Set are high-quality, durable, and made to last for years. Reviewers praise this set for being easy to use and high-quality.

  • 06 of 09

    Best Gift for Teens: Segway MINIpro

    Segway miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter with Mobile App Control
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    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 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

    Best for Hockey Fans: Franklin Sports NHL 2-in-1 Goal Set

    Franklin NHL Indoor Sport 2in1 Set
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    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

    Best Gift for Young Naturalists: Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars

    Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars
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    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 to worry about them getting scuffed up when your kid explores the great outdoors.

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  • 09 of 09

    Best Gift for Kids Who Can't Sit Still: Gaiam Kids Balance Ball Chair

    Gaiam Kids Balance Ball Chair
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    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. 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.