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Gear Girl: Gifts for the Active Child

Have a go-getter? A kid who can't sit still? Who always has energy for one more run, one more game, one more shot? Whether your kid likes the snow, the road, or the field, the right gear can keep your active kids protected, warm, and ready for fun.

Snow-Lovers : From skiing and snowboarding to sledding and snowballs fights, the snow can be a ton of fun if you have the right gear to keep you going.

Snow Gear for Active Kids

I love the versatility of 3-in-1 jackets for kids like these for boys or girls from Patagonia that allow kids to wear just the quilted, insulated liner, just the hooded, waterproof jacket, or the pair together for ultimate warmth and protection.

Lands' End Waterproof Squall Snow Pants for girls and boys are waterproof and windproof, have double-layered nylon on the knees and seat where kids give snow pants the most wear. Plus, Lands'End's Grow-a-Long™ legs extend an extra 2" giving you multiple seasons with these snow pants.

School may be on vacation, but you'd be wise to keep those noggins protected on the slopes with helmets like these from Giro. The Slingshot has a soft, padded interior, lightweight exterior in 9 different colors and comes with two In Form™ youth size options to help you get the perfect fit or use the helmet for different kids. One step up is the Giro Rove which also has Auto Loc Fit System, Stack Ventilation, and removable earpads for spring skiing. Buying tip: Consider opting for a colored helmet to make it easier to spot your little skiier on the slopes.

Once you're warm, you'll need some toys to have fun. So hit the sled run,bring Frosty to life, stock up on snowballs and get ready to carve some fun into the mountain.

Road Warrior: If your kid loves anything with wheels, they'll flip for this list of bikes, scooters, and ride-ons.

Wheeled Rides for Active Kids

Looking for a way to get your kid's wiggles out before dinner with the family? The Radio Flyer Ziggle lets kids ages 3-8 years old twist, turn, wiggle and giggle up and down the sidewalk, in 360s in the driveway, or if you're feeling generous, across the living room Christmas morning.

Prince Lionheart's new YoMOTO toddler-powered ride-on is lightweight yet stable, fun and just fast enough. Plus it assembles in one easy step, so you won't be burning the midnight oil on Christmas Eve.

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The included 6-volt battery on thisDisney Cars 2 Quad gives it just enough juice to entice kids 18 months and up without you worrying too much about them getting away from you. You'll want have enough outdoor room to use this battery-powered ride-on and plan ahead for charging time if you're hoping for it to impressed Christmas morning.

I have to mention one of my family's favorite wheeled wondera. Kickboard USA's Mini 3-in-1, Mini, and Maxi scooters are durable (ours are on year 4 and going strong), sturdy, stable, fast and fun. They are great for younger kids who haven't mastered the bike yet but who you'd - please for the love! - like to go a little faster on your walk around the block, and for older kids who want to jump off the curb and lean into that turn.

Bicycles like the Schwinn Aerostar for boys or Stardust for girls provide a pivotal next step for burgeoning bike riders - 20" wheels and hand brake (though it also has a coaster brake while kids transition). These true big-kid bikes have a durable steel frame, the quality you'd expect from Schwinn, and various extras like fenders, padded seats and handlebar pads.

If you're looking for something different than a bike or kid-powered scooter, consider the E100 electric scooter by Razor. With a top speed of 10mph, up to 40 minutes of continuous use, and quiet-ish motor to appease family and neighbors, this electric scooter takes cruising to a new, super-fun level.

Court & Field: Whether your kid practices day in and day out to get that goal, swish, touchdown or ace, these gifts promise to prepare your kids for the next big game.

Gifts for the Sports Fan

Lacrosse only seems popular in certain parts of the U.S., but it's a great active game for girls and guys alike. (Momtrends creator Nicole Feliciano and yours truly both played in our younger years) Consider introducing the game to your kids with this STX Girls' Nova Lacrosse Starter Package - and be sure to buy two. You'll want a partner to throw the ball back and forth with.

Soccer fans can take their game to the next level with this Rebounder by Franklin Sports. A regular goal is good and fine, but after every score, you have to go get the ball out of the net. With this 6'x4' rebounder, the ball will bounce back to you for another shot. And another. And another. Practice just got a lot more fun. Add in a FIFA 2014 World Cup soccer ball for a complete package for a budding soccer star.

Up the family tradition of tossing around the football with this Flag Football Deluxe set that comes with 10 adjustable nylon belts and 4 goal line cones. The post-present-opening activity just got a new layer of competition.

Tennis can be a great sport to introduce to kids at any age, but you can start as early as 5. I'm still learning myself, but I love that its a lifelong sport I can play with my boys. Get your kids started on the court with a kid-friendly racket like this Junior Tennis Racquet by Dunlop.

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