This is a sponsored post on behalf of Academy Sports.
All opinions are my own and were not influenced by any parties.
When I first started looking at my kids’ wish lists this year, I noticed a trend. They all had some type of electronic gadget listed. Not only are they pricey, but I personally don’t want that to be all they get.
Sure, it is fun to get a new tablet or headphones, but the gifts I find that they love even more are the ones that get them up off the sofa. Even better if they get them outside.
I talked this over with my husband and he agreed. We’d try to get them one of those gadgets on their list, but we also wanted to find something else that we could do together as a family.
hWe both began to brainstorm and couldn’t come up with new ideas for things we didn’t already have. After all, there is a trampoline in the backyard and bikes in the garage. We also have several board games that they don’t like to play anymore.
That’s when we decided to have a date night. A date night that landed us at Academy Sports+Outdoors.
Both of us knew that if anyone could help inspire us with fun ideas, it would be Academy Sports + Outdoors. After all, they are all about the outdoors!! Not only that, but they’ve got some great every day low prices (which makes their sale prices even better).
When we walked in the door, we caught notice of some deals jumping up at us. The trampoline was a great value (but if course, having purchased ours from this same store a few years back, it wasn’t something we needed).
We grabbed a cart and started walking through the store. First, we walked towards the bikes. They had such a huge selection. But again, the kids did not need them. We thought about scooters, but figured that they would probably end up lying in the garage.
After a few minutes, we started finding some fun things! Some of the items we looked at included a drone, ping pong table as well as a few other items.
But then, we found it. The perfect family gift.
Not just any Nerf®, but the new Nerf® Rival Blasters. You know – the ones with the new soft yellow balls?!
We knew we hit paydirt. We picked up not one, not even two, but FIVE guns! We decided that one way to have fun would be to get outside and have a backyard Nerf® war!
What better gift than one that not only gets my kids to put down the tablets, but allows us to have some fun as a family!!!!
This gift was even better as it was on sale! Gifts are great, but gifts on sale are even better!! In fact, we noticed this on many items as we walked the store aisles. There were great low prices at every turn – and some amazing sales. It was tempting to throw a few more items into our shopping cart! 😉
I honestly don’t know who is going to be more excited when they open them on Christmas morning – the kids or us! And, my fingers are crossed that it isn’t snowing so we can spend some time outside together, putting these new toys to good use.
Academy Sports + Outdoors gets the importance of family time. They encourage people to get off the couch and get outside!!
Christmas gifts are great, but the ones that I find my kids remember most are those that are an experience. My hope is that 20 years from now, all three of them will smile back and talk about the year that we all got Nerf guns and had a Nerf® war in the backyard.
Who knows, maybe we’ll even be able to start a new tradition one day with our grandkids too.