It’s that time of year again where the holidays are what fills many people’s minds. December is a month that has changed in meaning for me as I’ve gotten older and gone through different stages in my life. In my college years, it was about traveling home to visit with my parents, then later in my 20’s about balancing visiting of my family, spouse’s family, and my sibling’s similar scheduling issues. Throughout this time, the holidays was fun and I enjoyed picking out gifts for people, but I really didn’t get that excited about the gift opening. These times were relaxed, and laid back opportunities with a cup of tea and a tray of cookies, maybe after a big meal.
That all changed when my first child was about 2 years old. By that time, she knew what presents were, and excitement was in the air. I have to say it is infectious. Now at almost 6, she is excited about putting up a holiday tree and decorating it, making gingerbread cookies for Santa, adding holiday lights to the house, and making cards for her grandparents. But also she is excited about what she’ll get as a gift.
I think many of us can remember back to when we were kids and the excitement of getting something really special from Santa, Mom and Dad, Grandparents, or whoever our gift giver happens to be this time of year. And one of those traditional gifts that kids get at Christmas is a new bike. This tradition goes back at least to the 1940s I think, as I can picture in my mind a classic drawing of a christmas tree with a little bike under it.
Bikes are great gifts for kids because we know they will be used and appreciated. I loved the freedom and joy of riding a bike when I was a kid. Flying down a hill at what seemed like incredible speeds (and we didn’t wear helmets back then!), being able to visit my friends a couple streets over, and riding on Sundays with my parents and brother, who also liked to ride.
And unlike that latest video game, a bike actually encourages physical activity and getting outdoors. We all know how much better that makes us feel. So as you are considering presents for your children, consider that new bike!
All kids bikes by Marin are now on Sale at Cycle 9. In addition, we have our Trade-Up program, where you can recoup up to 50% of the bike’s value towards the next size up.
We have bikes starting with Balance bikes for kids age 2-5 up through all the sizes.