The Best Gifts for your Gymnast: 2015 Edition

When putting together this years gymnastics gift guide, I wanted to keep in mind the results of the recent GymnasticsHQ survey. More than half of the respondents wanted to know more about practicing gymnastics at home. So this year there is a larger expanded section of gifts for practicing at home. There are also gymnastics stocking stuffer ideas, gymnastics clothing gifts, books, and room decor among the 70+  gymnast gift ideas in this years guide.

You can also check out previous years gift guides for more gymnast gift ideas: 2013 Gymnast Gift Guide and 2014 Gymnast Gift Guide.

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Gymnastics Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas

Here are some gymnast stocking stuffer gift ideas.

I Love Gymnastics Bottle Cap Necklaces: These I Love Gymnastics bottle cap necklaces are a cute addition to your gymnast’s wardrobe.

No Crease Lace & Solid Hair Ties: These no crease hair ties come in a pack with many colors, and most importantly, don’t pull at your gymnast’s hair!

Athletic Tape: This pack of colored athletic tape is such a fun gift idea. Gymnasts are going to go through tape, especially when they rip their hands–why not make it a little more fun with colored tape.

Roll of White Athletic Tape: If your gymnast isn’t into the colored athletic tape, then white athletic tape makes a great stocking stuffer.

Mini Headbands: I LOVE these Under Armour mini headbands, and I know many gymnasts that love them too. They will help keep your gymnast’s hair out of her face when she wears them during her workout with her ponytail.

Suddora Wristbands  or 4 Pack of Wristbands: Wristbands are a must for wearing with grips so that your gymnast’s wrists don’t get rubbed raw. Either of these wristbands are great options for a stocking stuffer.

Lip Balm: Bonne Bell Lip smackers lip balm makes a great stocking stuffer that your gymnast can throw in her gym bag to ease her chapped lips from the dry gym air.

Rainbow Pack of Pre-Wrap: Believe it or not, this rainbow pack of pre-wrap was the single most popular item on last year’s gift guide.

Fruit-Scented Nail Polish Remover Pads: These cool fruit-scented nail polish remover pads are a perfect stocking stuffer. Your gymnast can throw them in her gym bag for when she forgets to take off her nail polish before meets.

Rhinestone GYMNAST Stretch Headband: This cotton stretch headband is great for pulling back your beginner gymnast’s hair, or for your gymnast to wear when she isn’t in the gym. And it comes in lots of colors!

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Practice Gymnastics at Home

The results of the recent GymnasticsHQ reader survey are that 50% of you want to learn more about how to practice gymnastics at home. Because of this, I decided to expand this section in the gift guide this year. There are big pieces of home gymnastics equipment, as well as smaller accessories.

Beginning Gymnastics for Girls Video: This beginning gymnastics for girls video features Steve Nunno, a two-time Olympic coach. The video has a little bit of an old-school feel, but what he goes over is very relevant. He takes you through the skill and progressions on each of the events. This would be a great video to watch after you purchase home gymnastics equipment to help beginner gymnasts figure out what to practice.

Tumbl Trak Junior Kip Bar with Junior Practice Mat: I used to recommend a smaller less-sturdy bar for beginners, and only recommended the Kip Bar to higher-level gymnasts. However, I think this Junior Kip Bar is a perfect home gymnastics bar for all levels. It is only slightly more expensive than a less-sturdy bar, and it will grow with your gymnast better. There aren’t many skills a gymnast can do at home with less-sturdy versions, but this Kip Bar lets the gymnast practice many skills. Because the bar has two additional cross supports, your gymnast can perform skills like kips and back hip circles. You will need a mat to cover the supports to make it safe. But you would need a mat with any bar. Beginner gymnasts won’t need the bar to be stabilized any further than how it comes. For more advanced gymnasts to do more advanced skills, you can further stabilize the bar with a piece of plywood.

Pull Up Bar: Pull-up bars are great for helping gymnasts increase their upper-body strength at home. Your gymnasts can do pull-ups, leg-lifts and other conditioning exercises on this bar.

Parallettes: Parallettes are useful for more advanced gymnasts to be able to practice handstands at home on them. This leads up to a gymnast being able to learn giants. However, parallettes aren’t only for more advanced gymnasts. You can check out a drill for learning press handstands using parallettes.

Tumbl Trak Folding Panel MatIf you were going to buy only one gift for your gymnast to practice gymnastics at home, I would recommend buying a panel mat. It’s the most versatile piece of gymnastics equipment you can have at home. Your gymnast can do strength and conditioning exercises on it, practice beginner tumbling skills and use it to do drills for more advanced skills. Check out 25 videos for practicing gymnastics at home, and almost all of them use a panel mat.

Tumbl Trak Cartwheel MatA cartwheel mat is a great gift for preschool and beginner gymnasts. Once side has hand and feet prints to help your gymnast figure out where to put them for a cartwheel. And the other side has a line drawn like a beam, so your gymnast can practice walking, jumping and scales on the line.

Conditioning, Shaping and Flex with Sliders Video: This video is by Tammy Biggs (click on the link to see excerpts of her videos), who I have seen at gymnastics clinics and is an absolutely amazing coach. She has been a member of the women’s national team coaching staff since 1986. Many of the drills in this video your gymnast should be able to do at home.

Kettlebell: Kettlebells are great for strengthening the whole body, particularly the core. Many times the reason gymnasts can’t get a particular skill is because of a lack of strength. Here is a video by elite gymnastics coach Mary Lee Tracy using kettlebells to improve core strength for different body positions you need on beam.  And if you scroll down to video #22 “Kettle Bells” you will see exercises using kettlebells that will help your gymnasts learn a standing back tuck.

Jump Rope: Jumping rope is a great exercise for overall physical health. Jumping rope on beam is a conditioning exercise that helps your gymnast improve her balance. Mary Lee Tracy recommends jumping rope on beam as a way to improve the height of your gymnast’s jumps on beam. Here is a video of different exercises you can do jumping rope (video #25) on the beam.

Tumbl Trak Suede Floor Beam: This suede floor beam will give your gymnast a similar feel to a competition beam at home! The base of the beam is coated in rubber for safety and it’s easy to assemble. Your gymnast can practice basics at home on this beam, along with some beam drills for learning more advanced skills.

Exercise Band: Theraband exercise bands can be used for strength training and are also frequently used for drills for gymnastics skills. Check out the videos of exercise bands being used in drills for back extension rolls, press handstands, kips and back handsprings.

Hand Glove Weights: Want to help your gymnast improve her floor and beam routines? Tammy Biggs, who has previously coached Olympic gymnasts, recommends doing dance throughs with hand glove weights. See a video example here, scroll down to the video titled “Dance Through with Weights”.

Sliders: Sliders are another accessory recommended by Tammy Biggs. And they can be used in drills for a variety of skills: press handstands, aerials, casts and kips. And if you’re interested in other ways to use them, check out Tammy Biggs’ video Conditioning, Shaping & Flex with Sliders. If she uses them to train future members of the National team, then they are good enough for me!

Gold Medal Gymnastics Drills Video featuring Amanda Borden : This video, Gold Medal Gymnastics Drills Video: Beam, has Olympic gymnast Amanda Borden teaching beam drills. You can see a clip of the video here.

AAI Air Beam: Air beams and mats seem to be the most coveted gymnastics gifts these days! This 16″ wide by 9′ long inflatable has a 4″ raised center line that lets the gymnast feel the beam. It easily inflates and deflates so it can be stored away when not in use. Watch the video at the link to see how fun it looks!

Light Weights: One of the main things that makes a gymnast successful is how strong she is. Using light weights at home for strength exercises is one way to help your gymnast improve at home, without actually doing any gymnastics skills.

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Gymnast Gear

These gifts are basic gymnast gear and essentials.

Don’t Wish for It Work for It Grip Bag: Every gymnast needs a grip bag to hold her grips, tape, prewrap, grip brush and any other miscellaneous items. This bag lets her do that while showing off how hard she works!

Mermaid Leotard: This mermaid leotard comes in several different color combinations. Lots of sparkle and has a cute bow on the back!

Danskin Shorts: These stretchy, sparkly shorts are great for wearing over leotards!

Tumblewear Leotards: Tumblewear makes good quality leotards with some great designs. Here is the link to the leo in the picture.

Hard Work, Pays Off Xband: Xbands keep your grips securely on your wrists, and this Hard Work, Pays Off Set does that while letting your gymnast show her dedication and commitment to gymnastics!

Team USA Leotard: Show your patriotic pride with this red gymnast leotard!

Ript Hand Care Kit: This hand care kit has everything you need to take care of your gymnast hands. It has a quick fix balm for when you do rip along with a daily dose balm and a grindstone to help your prevent rips from happening.

Grips: If your gymnast is starting to tear her hands on the bars then she might be ready to start wearing grips. Grips protect gymnast’s hands when they start learning more advanced skills. Check out my guide to buying grips online.

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Gym Rat Wear

Here are some of my favorite gymnastics clothing gifts this season.

Eat. Sleep. Gymnastics. Repeat. Sweatshirt: This is such a cute gymnastics sweatshirt, given that team gymnasts probably always feel like they are in the gym.

This is My Handstand Shirt: Fitted “This is My Handstand Shirt” Tee that comes in many colors!

Defy Gravity Sweatpants: These comfy black gymnastic sweatpants are the perfect thing for your gymnast to wear over her leotard when she goes to the gym in the winter.

Born a Gymnast Sweatshirt: This sweatshirt has the words “Born a Gymnast” with a gymnast girl in bling-y diamantes. It also comes in black.

Warning Gymnast Could Flip At Any Moment Shirt: This “Warning Gymnast Could Flip at Any Moment” Tee comes in 14 different colors.

Black Rhinestone Shorts: These TumbleWear black rhinestone biker shorts are great for your gymnast to wear over her leotard during practice. I love the shooting star rhinestone design. The material is a soft velour.

The Sweat. The Time. The Commitment. IT PAYS OFF ShirtLet your gymnast show off how much time and effort she puts into gymnastics with this shirt! Comes in hot pink and aqua.

Strength Power Heart Tank: This Strength, Power, Heart tank displays what it means to be a gymnast! This super soft flowy tank is very flattering!

I am a Gymnast Shirt: This word has a bunch of different “I am” statements that describe a gymnast on the front. A great gift for your gymnast!

Heart of Gymnastics Tee: This t-shirt has the word “Gymnastics” written in the shape of a heart with sparkly letters. This is a great shirt for your gymnast to wear to school and show off her love of the sport. It comes in 3 different colors (black, pink and white) and runs a little small.

Under Armour Leggings: These leggings are great for your gymnast to wear to the gym and keep on during the warm-up–especially if you live somewhere that gets cold!

Eat. Sleep. Gymnastics Bag: This cinch sack that says “Eat. Sleep. Gymnastics.” is a perfect bag for your gymnast to take her gear to and from the gym. It comes in several different colors.

 

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Keep Calm and Be a Gymnast Cell Phone Case: I love the rainbow colors on this “Keep Calm and Be a Gymnast” cell phone case.

Gymnast Water Bottle: This BPA-free water bottle has “Gymnast” on the front in glitter paint. It comes in 8 different color combinations. A perfect gift your gymnast can use every time she goes to the gym.

Flipping Gymnast Necklace This silvertone necklace with clear stones is a simple way for your gymnast to accessorize!

Gymnastics Themed Scrapbook Kit: This gymnastics themed scrapbook kit is a perfect gift for your creative, artistic gymnast to save her gymnastics memories in a scrapbook. It has gymnastics themed paper and stickers.

Gymnastics Girl Personalized Holiday Ornament: This gymnastics girl ornament can be personalized with your gymnast’s name

Gymnastics Photo Album: If your gymnast is crafty then maybe this is the gift for her. This photo album will let your gymnast safely store her gymnastics photos.

Gymnastics Journal: Gymnastics journal for your gymnast. Great way to show gymnastics pride at school! This notebook has 50 lightly lined pages and 50 blank pages for your gymnast to fill.

Glitter Hair Spray: Some coaches let their gymnasts use glitter hair spray for meets. If so, it does make gymnastics hairstyles more fun!

Keep Calm and Do Gymnastics Personalized Cell Phone Case: This “Keep Calm and Do Gymnastics” phone case can be customized with your gymnast’s name or any other text. And it comes in 8 different colors!

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Gymnastics Books and Movies

Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith by Gabby Douglas: This autobiography by Gabby Douglas is a story about her faith, perseverance and determination to achieve her dreams. It’s been called “a must-read for teen athletes”, “Very Inspiring” and a “wholesome, positive book for young readers”.

Mind Gym : An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence by Gary Mack and David Casstevens: I’m in the middle of reading this book right now, and so far it’s very good. I’m reading it to write an article on gymnast mental blocks.  This book is motivational, while describing how mental toughness is essential if you want to be a successful athlete. Gary Mack is a successful sports psychologist that has helped the best players in a variety of sports, and he shares the techniques and exercises he uses to”help elite athletes build mental muscle”.

Stick It: Stick It is a gymnastics movie from the writer of Bring it On. It’s an inspiring movie for tweens and young adults.

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell: If I could recommend one book for young adults/adults to read it would be Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. In it Gladwell details what makes high-achievers different. He has easy-to-digest anecdotes throughout the book that basically back up his hypothesis that hard work and a little bit of luck are what has made the world’s most successful people. And he describes how you need 10,000 hours to become a master at something. It really is a must read for sports and life.

DK Readers: First Day at Gymnastics: This book is great for young gymnasts learning to read. DK Readers is a learning-to-read program that combines photographs with age-appropriate stories.

Gabby Douglas Story: This movie about Gabby Douglas, starring her, is about her moving away from her hometown and family in order to pursue the Olympics. It’s an inspirational and moving story. I’ve heard stories of younger gymnasts watching this movie over and over.

Letters to a Young Gymnast by Nadia Comaneci: Nadia Comaneci’s memoir details how she “found the inner strength to become a world-class athlete at such a young age”. Romanian-born Comaneci was the first person in Olympic history to earn a perfect score in gymnastics at just 14 years old. She describes some of the years she trained with legendary coach Bela Karolyi and his intensive training requirements. She also describes some of the conditions at the time in Communist Romania, giving the book an historical aspect.

Raising the Bar by Gabrielle Douglas: Raising the Bar is Gabby Douglas’ latest book which features a day-to-day look at her world. It includes tips on how to “raise the bar on your life and accomplish your dreams”. It’s been called a “great book for aspiring gymnasts”.

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Gymnast Room Decor

Here are some of my favorite gifts to help your gymnast decorate her room!

Gymnastics Zone Sign: This is a cute sign for your gymnast to hang on her bedroom door, or inside her room. A great way for her to personalize her space easily.

Reach for the Stars Gymnastics Quote Wall Decal: This inspirational quote decal says ” Jump off the beam, flip off the bars, follow your dreams, and Reach for the Stars.”.  It comes in 9 different colors.

Gymnast Medal Hanger: This gymnast medal hanger is another popular gymnast gift. Gymnasts usually accumulate medals from the meets they compete in throughout the year. This is a great way to display them. It comes in 6 different colors.

Custom Wall Decal: I love this gymnast wall decal that you can customize with your gymnast’s name.  It comes in 4 different sizes.

3 Gymnastics posters: This bright, vibrant set of gymnastics posters make a great gift! You can pick up some frames from Target or Ikea to really make them stand out.

Gymnast Lit BoxI think this is the perfect gift for gymnasts. It’s an 8*8*3 glass box filled with sparkle mesh and lights. It is customized on the front with your gymnast’s name. You can choose from 14 different colors for the ribbon and the name. It will look so pretty in your gymnast’s room!

I love Gymnastics Wall Decal: This I love Gymnastics wall decal is simple and cute for a girls bedroom.

Gymnastics Collage Wall Decal: Wall decals are always some of the most popular gymnastics gifts when I put together gift guides on GymnasticsHQ. The decals are removable. This gymnastics word collage wall decal is a great way for your gymnast to decorate her space. It has the words “Gymnastics”, “Back Handspring”, “Chalk”, ” All Around”, “Flip”, “Tumble”, “Meet”, Stick It” and “Dismount”.

Gymnastics Street Sign: This gymnastics street sign is another great inexpensive gift your gymnast can use to decorate her room.

Gabby Douglas Quote Wall Decal: This wall decal has this quote by Gabby Douglas, ” Hard days are best because that’s when CHAMPIONS are made.”. I love this as every day inspiration for your gymnast.

I know sometimes it can be hard to find gymnastics gifts, so hopefully this years gift guide helped!

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2 comments… add one
  • angie maclennan May 5, 2017, 2:03 pm

    id like to purchase a bar and mats for my ten yr old daughter bedroom can u please tell me how much I can purchase these for but not too big of a room

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  • jasmine June 19, 2017, 1:13 am

    love,love the stuff….TOATLLY NEED IT!!!

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