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Get Off the Couch! Holiday Game Gift Ideas that are Fun for the Whole Family

Give gifts that will encourage exercise and family fun this holiday season!

Yes, your kids will probably want video games for holiday gifts. But why not give the whole family a gift that will get you all up moving and making fun memories?

Here are my suggestions for active games that make great gifts (yes, you’ll find a video game here, but it’s one that provides lots of exercise in addition to fun!). My next post will focus on great gift ideas for activities and outings.

Note: some of these gifts can be found at lower prices by searching on the Internet.

  • FitDeck Exercise Playing Cards: “FitDeck is a custom deck of playing cards... By shuffling the cards, you constantly create new and exciting workouts ... With 40 different titles to choose from, you are sure to find one or more FitDecks that fit into your lifestyle... Pregnant moms stay fit with FitDeck Prenatal, kids stay active with FitDeck Junior, Mom stays toned with FitDeck Pilates, Dad keeps his golf game tuned-up with FitDeck Golf, and Grandma keeps truckin' along with FitDeck Senior.” List price $9.95-$16.95 (http://fitdeck.com/)
  • The Fitness Challenge: “The Fitness Challenge combines the fun of playing a board game with the benefits of an exercise and fitness program. Designed for two players of any age or ability to compete, The Fitness Challenge uses rewards in the form of star points along with zany coupons as prizes to motivate players to exercise consistently and lose weight for eight weeks.” List price $19.95 (http://thefitnesschallenge.com/game/)
  • Reverse Charades: “a hilarious twist on a classic stand-by (where one person acts out words for the team to guess-boring)! With Reverse Charades, the entire team has 60 seconds to act out as many words as one person can guess. It’s a fast-paced, fiercely fun team ...” List price $23.99 (http://reversecharades.com/)
  • Morphology (and Morphology Jr.): “a creative, challenging and fun board game where players use their imagination and know-how to create words out of pieces like wooden sticks, glass beads, colored cubes, wooden people and string, for their teammates to guess.” List price $24.99 (http://morphologygames.com/)
  • Twister Dance: “This awesome dance game combines today's best dance music with the iconic TWISTER spots, providing a new way to learn hot new dances.” List price $34.99 (http://www.hasbro.com/twister/en_US/shop/details.cfm?R=77B54C66-5056-900B-10D4-ABBE42702FFE:en_US)
  • Just Dance 4 video game: “The world’s #1 dance game brand is back with Just Dance 4! The latest edition of the record-breaking franchise takes the party to a whole new level of fun, with over 40 all-new hits, the coolest dances and brand new features.” List price $39.99 (http://www.nintendo.com/games/gameGuide?term=Just%20Dance%204&source=search)
  • Outdoor Explorer Kit: “Get out, explore and observe! From the tiny world of the ant, to the power of the weather and the miracle of the caterpillar! Includes: A4 Sketchpad, Colored Pencils, LED Headlamp with Batteries, Drawstring Backpack, Magnifying Glass, Bug Checklist and Tips on keeping a nature journal.” List price $44.99  (https://www.kidoproducts.com/shop/outdoor-explorer-kit-0)
  • A League of Its Own Air Hockey Table (tabletop or self-standing): “One air hockey table. Two people. Only one will walk away. The other will be doing a victory dance around the coffee table.” $89.99 (http://www.landofnod.com/a-league-of-its-own-air-hockey-table/f8741)
  • Fat Cat Portable Table Tennis Conversion Top: “Play ping pong anywhere! The Portable Table Tennis Top allows you the freedom to play your favorite game where ever you go, anytime. It's super easy to assemble, so you can start playing in seconds. This set includes everything you need: the net, paddles, and tennis table balls. The flip side of this board is printed with a large checkers board and backgammon board - game pieces included! Plus, it comes with a convenient carrying case with a side pocket for the accessories.” List price $169.99 (http://www.hayneedle.com/sale/portabletabletennisconversiontop.cfm?source=pla&adtype=pla&kw=&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=GG140&gclid=CJGRjun29LMCFctcMgodJE0AeQ)

Happy holidays to all!

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