Holiday Gifts that Keep You on the MOVE

December 19th, 2014 | By Marjie No Comments


I remember always wanting a trampoline as a kid, and one of the most significant trampoline memories I have from my earlier years actually deals with winter weather (I lived in Oklahoma at the time).  One year – I was probably around seven or eight years old – a blizzard came in while I was staying at a friend’s house.  We ended up being snowed in and I stayed there for a day or two longer than expected.  He had a trampoline, and when we went out into his yard to jump on it, it was completely covered in snow.  We had fun jumping around and bouncing the snow layers around.

Of course, trampolines are probably best for warmer weather, but I feel like any kid would appreciate getting one at any point.  And let’s face it, snow in Athens is not the norm, so we don’t have to worry too much about that here.  But jumping around would keep you and your family warm, too, even if there is no snow!

So … here’s a list of holiday gift ideas that are family-friendly, fun, and fitness-focused.  They’re also sure to keep you warm while playing outside on cold winter days.  Since I immediately thought of my childhood dream of having a trampoline, I put that as #1.  As we do during all fitness- and activity-related activities and equipment discussions, we at Athens MOVE recommend that you consider your family’s physical and dietary safety whenever you consider such purchases.

For Friends, Family, and Frivolity (not to mention exercise disguised as fun!)

  1. Trampoline
  2. Backyard swingset
  3. Pogo stick
  4. Badminton, croquet, cornhole, and other yard games
  5. Bicycles and tricycles – make sure there’s one for every family member!
  6. Camping equipment – backyard campouts are almost as fun as vacations!
  7. Scooters (non-motorized)
  8. Slackline – this is a safe, inexpensive, and easily-erected “tightrope” for the circus performers in all of us!
  9. Light-up and glow-in-the-dark football – for after-dark fun

For #10 and #11 on this list, we want to steer you to a different direction … toward preparing and enjoying healthy foods as a family!

10.  BBQ grill (and the tools to go with it)
11.  Cookbooks and recipes that let you create together can be found/purchased here:

  • Great Cookbooks for Kids –
  • Kids in the Holiday Kitchen: Making, Baking, Giving –


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