8 Awesome Christmas Gifts for Skateboarders
We’re all about taking things to the extreme, and skateboarding falls right into that category. But if you’ve never stepped foot on a board, it can be difficult to buy gifts for someone who has. If you’ve got a skater in your home (or in your life), here are eight failproof gifts you can’t go wrong buying.
A New Deck
This is a given, but for good reason. Hardcore skaters go through decks in a matter of weeks, so a fresh one is always appreciated. Make sure you know what size board they ride—just a quarter of an inch can make all the difference!
Grip tape is an easy item that doesn’t require too much special knowledge, so it’s a great option if you don’t share the same passion for skateboarding as the person you’re buying for. All grip tape comes in 9-inch by 33-inch sheets and any sales clerk should be able to help you select a quality brand.
Wheels are one of those things that most skaters are really selective about, so only go for this gift option if you’re sure what kind they’ll use. Luckily, wheels are also pretty visible, so it’s not difficult to sneak a peek at what set they’re using on a regular basis.
While bearings don’t vary in size, they do vary in quality. Look for a set that’s sealed, since these will keep out dirt and debris out for a smooth ride and last longer over time. Overall, bearings make a great stocking stuffer or budget-friendly present.
Skaters are one of the most loyal communities out there—once they find a brand that works, they’re pretty gung-ho about sticking to it. With this in mind, a t-shirt, beanie or hat that lets them rep their favorite brand is the perfect gift if you’d like to stay away from getting actual skateboard gear.
Skateboard wax is another great gift option if you’re not sure of their gear specifics. This handy tool lets your board glide more smoothly on rails, curbs and other surfaces. No amount of wax is too much, so you can be sure they’ll appreciate the thoughtfulness!
This item is a little more unique, so it’s perfect for surprising a loved one with a skate gift they’ll never expect. Although bearings are a vital part of smooth skating, it can be a huge hassle to change them out. This bearing puller allows you to replace old bearings easily without wasting time you could be using to skate.
This essential tool is something every skater should have. If someone in your life has recently taken up the new passion, this is the perfect piece of gear to show them you care and fuel their fire as they hone their new skills.
- Outdoors Staff