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The Best Sports Gifts for Kids

Gifts that will help little athletes punch, swing, shoot, and, most of all, get more out of their sport of choice.

Summer is here, and if you’re searching for the perfect sports gifts for the active kid, you’re the envy of many parents. While others have to place constraints on screen time or beg children to go outside, your biggest worry is tending skinned knees and coaxing them into a bath. The best sports gifts for boys and girls this season fuel the obsession, funneling desire into action and possibly a deep playoff run while exposing them to fresh air and brilliant sun. From punching bags and pitching machines to soccer goals and hockey-puck flingers, this list contains sports gifts for kids of all disciplines — and families who just want to bond over some healthy competition. Whether you’ve got a Black Mamba Jr., a Megan-Rapinoe-in-training, or a young angler who just needs a hook to set, we’ve got what they need to develop a Beast Mode against the competition.

Planning a trip to the ballpark? Pick one of these up in advance. Your child can snag a foul or home run, or maybe beg a ball during BP. Pocket a sharpie, and your young baseball fan will cement a memory that he or she can literally look back on for years to come.

This youth angling combo includes everything he or she will need to hook the big one. Besides the fact that its reel is pre-spooled with eight-pound-test line, saving you the hassle, the kit also features a 53-piece tackle selection. Whether you're bait fishing or jerking artificial lures, it's got it enough options to spare a few losses in the nearest tree.

We love this sit-on-top-style kayak for youths just starting out. In case of tipping over (and we can guarantee it will happen during the learning process), it's easy to right and easier to escape so terror is minimized. It also includes a paddle to get you both moving down the river.

Whether you have a lax-bro in the making or are just looking for a gift for the lax-obsessed child in your life, mini sticks like these are a ton of fun when children aren't on the field. At a fraction of the size of the full sticks, there's less of a chance they'll knock over a lamp in the house, and they're also great for older kids for developing precision skills with the reduced mitt. This two-pack with give him or her and a friend hours of enjoyment.

Train the next Great One to go top shelf and five-hole with this target by Bauer. Stretch it over your child's hockey net and he or she can develop the technique with ball or puck to score at will. It's made from 18,000-denier reinforced polyester and a PVC backing to withstand those near-misses.

While not nearly regulation, this portable hoop is perfect for those practice-after-practices in the driveway or cul-de-sac. Its smaller 52-inch acrylic backboard is much easier to store away, and it's shatterproof in case your kid pulls the whole thing over (however unlikely, thanks to the water-filled base). For younger children or particularly ambitious dunk contests, its height can be adjusted from 10 feet down to 7.5.

Most children's sports require a certain amount of hand-eye coordination, and this handy tool is a perfect way to improve the skill over the long winter months. Its round pods ensure that each impact sends it in a new direction, improving reaction times. It's also soft, making it a safe means of foundational development in a home environment.

This kick scooter is lean, yet stable and, as a special bonus, has a LED motion-activated light-up wheels. It can hold up to 110 pounds worth of kid, and has an adjustable T-bar that can accomodate a growing child.

Sometimes you can't throw all the balls. This pitching machine, officially licensed by MLB, tosses a baseball every seven seconds. It's height-adjustable and is an excellent way for young hitters to improve their game.

An ideal gift for any soccer obsessed This six by four-foot option from SKLZ is the right size for average backyards. The goals are easy to set up and break down with steel stakes that keep it in place no matter how powerful your kid's kick becomes.

Have a little slugger that's just getting used to swinging a bat? This pop-and-pitch set includes the pop-a-pitch machine with tee attachment, a collapsible 22 inch plastic bat, and three aero-strike baseballs. The height is adjustable from 21 to 25 inches.

For parents worried about letting their kids play football, kicker is the position with the lowest probability of getting hurt. It can't hurt to steer them in that direction early. These 6’4

When your young climber is ready to take pulling plastic to the next level, it's time for a starter kit like this one by Black Diamond. Including a harness, chalk and bag, carabiner, and belay device, it's everything he or she will need save shoes to get ready for the outdoor season in 2021. Also, it's a hell of a lot cheaper than renting every time your child goes to the rock gym.