Christmas is coming up, and you still don’t have a gift for your skateboarding friends? Did you spend most of your money already? Don’t worry. We got you covered. Here are ten gift ideas for skateboarders, all for less than 20$!
Skaters frequently need to check the nuts and bolts on their board and make adjustments. There is nothing worse than being out skating and realizing no one around has a tool. Some skaters run through decks frequently, and a tool is required every time they set up a new blank. Giving the number of times skaters need it, this device will be a well-received gift, even if they already have one. You can find some for as cheap as less than 10$. If you want to spoil your skater friend (or kid), you can always opt for some higher-end versions with a thread cutter, extra surface for grinding down grip tape, etc.
Bearings are the part of the skateboard that sits in between the wheel, and the truck. They require frequent maintenance, which skaters tend to ignore; this is the reason most skaters ride with some that they should’ve swapped out a long time ago. When landing a trick on an already damaged bearing, it can even give out and leave the skater with only three functional wheels. We advise skaters to keep some spare parts ready to change at any given moment. That makes it a perfect gift idea, allowing your friends to continue their smooth ride down the street. You can find good quality ones for about 15$-20$.
If you care about your skater-friends health, you should consider getting them some Footprint Insoles. As they are in almost any shoe, bad insoles can cause various problems in the ankles, knees, and back area; especially considering the stress, they have to withstand in skateboarding. Footprint Insoles are insoles designed with skateboarding in mind and reduce the impact the body will encounter through its feet. The basic models start at 20$, last a very long time, and help the skater continue to do what they love.
An excellent fitting sock will feel better in a shoe, which is the skaters’ connection to their board. A brand prevalent in skateboarding is “Stance.” Their socks compliment the foot in the best way possible and come with numerous graphics on them. It’s a great way to give the present a bit more personality by picking a design with a skater’s favorite band. You could also look into the socks provided by “Footprint.” They implement their insole technology into their sock, which is barely visually noticeable but protects the skater from painfully smashing their board on their shin or ankle. The mentioned socks start at around 15$.
A skateboard’s biggest enemy is water. Occasionally water starts to fall from the sky, like a miracle. In these unfortunate scenarios, a skater’s best friend can be a skateboard-bag that protects the beloved piece from the hostile waters of destruction. Most skaters don’t have such a bag, and that can be a bummer. The water damages the wood, the bearings, the grip tape, and the particular glue that holds the seven plies of wood together, so skaters want to protect their boards at any cost. I remember covering my board with my jacket. You can provide a skater a more elegant and safe solution by gifting them a bag in which they can throw their board in and protects it from rain. You can get them as cheap as 10$.
Shoe Repair Glue
The easiest way to distinguish someone who spends time on a skateboard and someone who doesn’t is to look at their shoes, a skater’s shoe gets damaged very quickly at the toe area, and they run through shoes rapidly. There is a way to increase a shoe’s lifespan, and it’s a certain kind of glue. Most prominent in this area is a product called “Shoe Goo.” Apply it to the damaged area and get a few more weeks or even months out of the kicks. The price of this product typically ranges from 10$-15$, and a tube lasts a very long time.
One of the best feelings a skater can encounter is that of a grind or slide. Often, the rails and ledges require some wax to reduce the friction and make it possible to execute the tricks. That’s why one of the essentials a skater needs to have is some wax. You can get them skateboarding specific wax, which tends to be a bit more oily and suited for the job. Skate-wax comes in all shapes and forms and should only cost you about 5$.
I’ve stated before; skaters run through shoes quickly. A part of the shoe is the lace. Depending on the shoe and the skater, the laces can rip rapidly, and no one ever seems to have a spare shoelace. That’s where our next gift idea comes in handy. Gift them shoelaces! They’re so cheap that you can buy more than one and provide the skater some backups.
A lot of skate spots are dusty and dirty. That dirt and dust will find its way to a skater’s grip tape. It cannot just reduce the grip, but it can be visually distracting and is not pretty. Skateboarding companies noticed that issue and created a product called “Grip Gum,” which can clean the grip tape without damaging it. You can pick this product up for around 10$.
Skaters are very attached to skateboarding-brands. Most brands also sell shirts that skaters love to wear and represent. It allows skaters to express themselves with the way they dress and support their favorite brands. If you also want to make a skater happy with clothing and don’t want to break your bank, we too have a shop where we sell our skateboarding designs. That way, you support our small brand and make someone happy with a Christmas gift.
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