Who says you have to choose between a tumbling mat and a balance beam? With the affordable holiday prices at We Sell Mats and the signature of Olympic gymnast, Nastia Liukin, you can get top-of-the-line gymnastics equipment in time for the holidays and it won't cost you a second mortgage to get a couple different pieces of equipment.
Tumbling mats, whether from our own line or Nastia's, are affordable, competition grade, and will be the gift the kiddos use daily from now until...well, they probably won't ever quit using them! They're fun colors, thick enough to absorb the shock of a misstep or fall, and can be folded and put away when they're not in use (which, fair warning, may be never). They're great for beginners and advanced gymnasts alike, so you really can't go wrong starting your gymnastics package with a tumbling mat.
Nastia was an all-around gymnast, so we would be remiss not to suggest her balance beams. With three very different kinds to choose from, you're sure to find the one that fits the skill level of your gymnast. The foam balance beam sits flat on the floor so there's not far to go if the tumbler slips. It's covered in soft material, so there's really nothing scary about it. Great choice for beginners. For those wanting a little more challenge, the 3' beam sits just above the ground to offer a little more competition-like feel without being too high off the ground. And the Junior balance beam is a whopping eight feet long, with a 4" surface - much truer to competition-feel for safe practice at home.
Of course, if you want to go full-Nastia, there's the pre-school training bar. This practice bar fits nicely over the tumbling mat, which is a must when using the bar. Kids love swinging and circling the bar and it's a great way to help them build the upper body strength necessary for bar competition.
So go ahead and pick a couple pieces of gymnastics equipment from our Nastia Liukin line. The receiver of your gift will think you're the most awesome person in the world, and you can rest assured your little tumbler or gymnast is able to practice safely at home.