Christmas Gifts For Active Aussie Kids

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If you’re racking your brain wondering what to give your deserving/undeserving (delete as appropriate) kids for Christmas, here are some of my ideas.

This is the first Christmas gift guide I’ve ever done and I’m adamantly promoting things that get kids out and about and moving. No plastic tat or general crap allowed.

You can call me boring but I loathe throwing discarded toys out and I hate wasting money… and I love seeing kids outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine!

How would your children like….


Torches and Head Torches

Whose child doesn’t love a good torch? And as they get older you’ll find kids go mad for a head torch. This means you can get the kids out of the house even on dark afternoons: try a torchlit walk or make a treasure hunt, or send them out to the trampoline if you have one.

Of course torches are also essential for camping!

Find head torches here, and hand torches here.

My tips: Don’t buy the most expensive ones. Do write your mobile number on the torch.

Buy Kids Head Torch v5 - Hot Pink online at KathmanduBuy Head Torch Phantom 130 Green Charcoal online at KathmanduBuy Kids' Crank Torch - Violet online at KathmanduBuy Hand Torch Sabre 80 Zoom Charcoal Orange online at Kathmandu



A Hardy Backpack

None of the plastic rubbishy ones, get the kids a cool and groovy packback that they can use for serious travels and for big days out.

Check out the Kathmandu backpack range here.

Buy Skippet 8L Kids' Backpack v2 - Mint Green online at KathmanduBuy Goblin Pack v2 - Magenta online at KathmanduBuy Skippet 8L Kids' Backpack v2 - Dark Red online at KathmanduBuy Goblin 20L Kids' Laptop Backpack v2 - Midnight online at Kathmandu



Packing Cubes

My daughter would love a set of packing cells. If your child enjoys packing their own bags for travel then this gift would be fab.

I have my eye on these coral coloured packing cells for my daughter – shhh don’t tell.  The whole range is here.

In fact, my husband would like a black set of packing cells too- would yours?


Olympus Tough Camera

Now this is a pricey item, so maybe something to share amongst all the family as a special gift. Essential if you are planning a beach or seaside holiday for summer.

The kids and I got the red Olympus Tough just before our wonderful trip to the Great Barrier Reef on a yacht. The kids used it a LOT and they adore it. The Tough really is tough but it’s also simple to use. You can easily send photos to phones and iPads using the inbuilt wifi connection.  It’s pretty cool.

Olympus TG-4 Red Digital Compact Camera w/Case costs $449 at Camera House, at Camera House.

My tip: use the floating wrist strap so it can’t sink out of reach.

Olympus TG-4 Red Digital Compact Camera w/Case

The kids took these photos with the camera.




And I took this one – love it!


A Tent – For All The Family

Yes, every family needs one (my husband totally disagrees with me on this so we leave him at home!)

I’m no expert so I can only point you in the direction of a variety of them. 

My tip: Don’t get a cheap one from a department store, they don’t last long. We learned to our cost that it’s best to chat to expert camper friends or get to a specialist shop and ask advice.

Buy Cabana 6 Person Tent - Aluminium/Dark Blue online at KathmanduRed GreyBuy Retreat 150 3 Person Module Tent - Dark Navy/Cloud online at Kathmandu Buy Retreat Compass Hub - Warm Grey/Sunset online at Kathmandu



A really good raincoat

I know it’s totally unseasonal but once your kids have an excellent raincoast, then a week of rain will no longer be a disaster. Just get them used to enjoying a rain walk, and splashing in puddles.

Check out the girls rainwear section of my fave outdoor shop Kathmandu here.   And the boys’ outdoor section is here.

Buy Cloudburst Kids' Waterproof Jacket v2 - Hot Pink online at KathmanduBuy Chiecco Kids' 2 Layer Waterproof 3 in 1 Jacket - Green online at Kathmandu

My tip: Always buy a much bigger size so the kids can wear them for years.






Swimming Gear and Pool Toys

For stocking fillers, a spare set of swimming goggles can never go wrong. Also gear to play with in the pool is always a hit. We used to take these sorts of things along to our local pool before we moved to this house.  Rebel has pool toys ideas here.   Swimming goggles here.

Speedo Junior Futura Biofuse Brights GogglesWahu Pool Party HoopsSwimways Fish Styx Diving StyxWahu Dive BallsWaboba Extreme Ball



Dress Ups For Imaginative Play

I’ve written a whole post here about great dress ups that promote active imaginative play here.



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Sydney Wild Swimming Book

This is such an inspiring book. Buy it for the whole family then set off to explore Sydney’s best wild swimming spots. Read more about the book on this post.  Buy the book from Booktopia here:

Wild Swimming Sydney Australia 250 best rock pools, beaches, rivers and waterholes by Sally Tertini and Steve Pollard



Or how about the gift of activities like these:

Pay for some riding lessons

Go indoor rocking climbing

Tickets for a high ropes course

Pay for some surfing lessons

An annual pass to Flip Out

Ice skating lessons

Annual pass to a water park – Jamberoo or Wet ‘n’ Wild


Here’s a Pinterest-friendly photo in case you’re pinning gift ideas.


Hope there are some ideas for you here.

Here’s to an active Christmas, with kids belting around and burning up heaps of energy and encouraging we adults to do the same!

Happy hunting!




The Brands Our Family Love

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links meaning the seller gives me a small percentage of the payment, at no cost to you.

I only have affiliate relationships with brands my family uses and loves.  I do love Kathmandu and have bought many products from them over the years: travel clothes, sleeping bags and my best cases. 

But Kathmandu is an expensive shop. so I always keep an eye out for the sales, both online and in the shop.  Love a bargain.






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Posted on: December 3, 2016


  • Reply December 3, 2015

    Gourmet Getaways

    What a perfect collection of ideas!!
    We are an very active family too so a lot of these ideas, I was nodding at whilst I read. These are thing we have bought for all our kids as they grow. Anais loves her camera, they all have loved their headlamp torches. Lucky now wants an “active” bedroom. Don’t tell him but we are building a rock climbing wall up to a high bed and adding a punching bag to the roof!

    Super post!
    Thanks for sharing
    Gourmet Getaways

  • Hi Seana,

    Wah! I already want an Olympus tough! I’m giving our kids camps or excursions this year apart from the 6 ft 5″ 17 year old who wants – wait for it – a new skateboard!! Boogey boards or water toys/inflatables are always fun too. Hope you all have a great holiday in Fiji – I’m sure you will!

    • Reply December 8, 2015

      Seana Smith

      We will! All I want to do is snorkel around waving at the little fishies. Surfing lessons coming up for my mob – pressie from Granny, shhhh don’t tell!

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