I'm smitten with my share for today. It's part 2 of my Gifts Under $50 from Uncommon Goods and today's gift idea is for my kids. If you missed it, see my pick for hubby/dad here. I had my son in mind with this fun find but it will be entertaining for the whole family I'm sure. It's a Portable Table Tennis Set (a.k.a travel ping-pong; $39.95 here).
This will make an excellent Christmas present for him. He's a picky 11 year old boy and this is a good activity for him because we need things to get him away from video games. Plus he just started tennis lessons.
I love things that come in their own container or travel case. Especially with kids, it makes cleaning up and storing so much easier. This set is really slick and well-built. When your playing, everything is sturdy and normal sized. But when it comes time to clean up, it winds up and folds down to store into its bag. The two weighted ends not only hold the net in place while playing (very securely), they also store the net and the tennis balls while in storage. Plus the paddles fold down.
I was pleasantly surprised on how durable it was as well as how easy it was to make compact for travel/storage. It fits perfectly on my dining room table which is much larger than the one pictured above....