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The holidays are right around the corner and the pressure to find the perfect gifts is on, but don’t worry, we’ve got your gymnastics needs covered!
New leotards are always a hit, and, considering how much time your kid spends in the gym, they’re also a practical gift. Several brands offer holiday or winter themed leotards, but any new style or pattern will likely bring a smile to your gymnast’s face.
Boy’s Practice Wear
There’s no reason why girls should get all of the new fashion fun—the holidays are the perfect time to replace those same pair of t-shirts and shorts your son grabs for every practice, and, with cold weather coming, he could probably use another pair of stirrup pants or two.
Gymnastics subscription boxes make a fantastic gift, with a variety of subscription types and price points to choose from, you’ll probably find your gymnast racing to the mailbox to get their box each month! Gym Fox in a Box and Buckeye Boutique Box are two popular choices, each coming with a name brand leo and variety of cool gymnastics goodies.
At-home Massage Therapy
Muscle soreness is a regular occurrence for gymnasts and massage therapy can help—but with everything else you have going on, who has time to head out for yet another appointment? Luckily, there are several choices for effective at-home massage therapy to ease your gymnasts’ aching muscles. For the low-tech, the Muscle Roller Stick for Athletes has independent spinning gears to dig into muscles and hit trigger points, while the six-piece Massage Ball Set offers a variety of tools for myofascial trigger point release and deep tissue massage. At a higher price point, the Theragun Pro G5 Percussion Massager comes with six different attachments and a customizable speed range really hit those trigger points to help relieve muscle soreness.
Gymnastics Mats and Air Mats
While many coaches prefer that their gymnasts stick to practicing their big skills in the gym, few would object to having quality mats at home for practicing basics, perfecting technique, and stretching. Folding mats, incline mats, and air mats for tumbling all make great gifts for gymnasts and can be put away once your child is done using them, so the equipment won’t take over your house. The mats come in a variety of colors and price points.
Sure, we all wish our kids would spend a little less time on their phones, but until that miraculous day occurs, they may as well have a fun phone case that celebrates their love for gymnastics! With so many great options to choose from, you may even want one yourself!
Tickets to NCAA Meets
When the only thing better than doing gymnastics is watching gymnastics, tickets to an upcoming NCAA meet will give your gymnast something exciting to look forward to! Tickets generally range from $10 to $25 and can be purchased through the college gymnastics website or at the door. If you’d like plan a bigger trip, the NCAA Women’s Collegiate Championships will be held in Fort Worth, TX from April 13-15, 2023, while the NCAA Men’s Collegiate Championships takes place at Penn State from April 14-15.
Your gymnast’s awards deserve to be on display, and a gymnastics medal rack, or two, allows them to show off their hard-earned hardware. Medal racks come in a wide variety of colors and styles, and you can have the rack personalized with your gymnast’s name or an inspirational saying as an extra touch.
Even outside of the gym, your athlete can show off their love for the sport with gymnastics themed jewelry. Whatever your gymnast’s style, you’ll find a huge selection of gymnastics earrings, keychains, necklaces, and even watches and pendants that can be personalized with your gymnast’s name.
Grips are a key piece of gear for most gymnasts, so why not let them show off their sense of style with a colorful grip bag? There are so many patterns to choose from you’re sure to find something your gymnast will love.
Happy holidays, and enjoy your shopping!
Jen Kula is a Massachusetts based writer, and mom to two gymnasts. She has published one novel, has worked for several magazines and websites including; MetroSports Boston magazine, Appalachian Mountain Club Outdoors Magazine, and Babyzone.com, and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.