In all of my years of blogging I’m not sure I’ve ever done a gift guide. I mean, perhaps I’ve made a list of things for baby and such, but nothing like this, a list made from pure excitement because I just can’t wait to surprise and delight my daughter with some of these things.
My daughter joined an all star cheer quad this year and officially became a competitive cheerleader. We went from “Hey, I want to try that!” to practices four nights a week, countless private lessons and lots and lots of fees. She loves it though, so it makes all the time and money worth it.
I’ve been compiling a list of best gifts for competitive cheerleaders for a few months now. I searched for such list a while back but could only find cutesy team gift ideas for cheerleaders versus individual gift ideas for cheerleaders that you may want for Cheerleading Christmas gifts, birthdays or whatnot. I decided I would organize my own list that will help someone else who is on the same hunt.
I’m breaking this down into cheerleader gift categories such as clothing, stunting, workout/stretching and tumbling. I’ll also throw in some stocking stuffer ideas. Feel free to let me know if you have gifts your cheerleader loves that I should add!
AirTrack air mat: An inflatable tumbling track you can use indoor or outdoors. Get multiple ones or an extra long size for longer tumbling passes.
Ankle straps: To help with technique and keeping legs together while tumbling.
Tumbling mat: Another tumbling mat option to help with cheer training at home.
Jumps and Conditioning
Ankle weights: Practice jumps with these to help get them higher once you take them off.
Stretch rope: It attaches to a door and allows your cheerleader to pull and hold their stretches on their own. Helps improve flexibility.
Kinetic bands: We use these to help with jumps. Practice your jumps with the bands attached to add resistance. Once you take them off, you’ll soar.
Stunting/ Balance training
If you’re tired of using a paint can or that old brick, these are a few flyer balance training gift ideas. Each of these will give cheerleaders a chance to practice balancing on one leg a safe distance from the ground.
Fly Right: A stunting balancing technique with coils at the top to simulate what it feels like to be up in the air. Adjustable to different heights.
Cheer Balance Trainer: A more solid stand for cheer flyers to practice balancing.
StuntStand: A popular flyer balancing tool for cheerleaders, giving them the sensation of being held.
Nike Pro Shorts: A popular athletic shorts brand perfect for cheer practice.
Compression shorts: I love looking for different styles and designs of compression shorts. It seems like she can’t have enough activewear these days.
Cheer tanks/shirts: Simple t-shirts and tanks are totally fine to cheer in, but some with a little cheer flair can add a nice touch. Crop tops are hot right now. But my daughter is younger and sticks to the tees and tanks.
Sports bra: Like the shirts, comfortable sports bras can go a long way. But a cheer-specific one is a fun gift idea.
Cheer bows: This is just one of those things I’m not sure a cheerleader can ever have enough of. My daughter is required to wear a cheer bow to every practice so I bought a dozen assorted bows to have on hand for emergencies, or to match different outfits. She also gets a new bow now and then to celebrate milestones. For instance I got her a personalized Beast Mode bow when she did her first back handspring by herself.
Makeup: Eyeshadow, blush, lipstick or even just nail polish… Makeup is a hit with cheerleaders of any age, and it makes a great stocking stuffer.
Candy: Ok, so it’s not cheer specific, but who doesn’t love getting surprised with their favorite candy and the boost of energy that comes with it?
Other fun gifts for cheerleaders
BowBox: Keep your competition cheer bows from getting crushed with this stylish hard-case bow box.
So there you have it. My list of best gifts for competitive cheerleaders. I have plans to get my new little cheerleader many of the gifts on this list this Christmas. Which will your cheerleader like best? Am I forgetting anything?