The skateboarding market has a value of over $4.8 million annual revenue, according to a 2009 study. With over 11 million skateboarders enjoying the sport, it's no surprise that the culture has made a splash in places like fashion and music.
Whether shopping for Christmas or holiday gifts, skateboarding presents, birthday items, or simply updating your skating gear, the following list of skateboarding products will get you rolling. Most skaters can relate to this wish list, as it shares... perfect gifts any skater would want, like a completely new skateboard and practical equipment.
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This one's a no-brainer. The perfect gift for any skater would be a new skateboard.
Be careful, as some skaters fall in love with their skateboard setup, and don't want a new skateboard unless they pick it out. In this case, getting creative so that they can pick out their own skateboard could be a great option here, whether using a placeholder or going to the store together.
A new skateboard can run up to $120 or more for a complete one, but cheaper ones can be found out there. Staying in this range, however, is recommended, so that you stay within a bracket of high quality.
With skateboards, poor quality can mean injuries, if not just less fun. Check out the Skateboard Buying Guide for some assistance in picking out the right skateboard.
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If a full pro grade skateboard is unaffordable, Tech Deck fingerboards could be a fun gift idea.
These fingerboards are little toy skateboards that have real skate company brands and graphics on them. When people are really good at Tech Deck, they can do all kinds of finger tricks with their tiny skateboards.
You can take your board apart, swap parts, and even tighten or loosen the trucks with Tech Deck. For the toy side of it, you can get all kinds of Teck Deck related materials like figures to put on the boards, small plastic skate parks, and more.
If your skater is a kid, some of these toys will make the best gifts. Even if your skater in mind is 13 or 35 years old, a Tech Deck board from a brand that they enjoy is a great personalized, small, and simple skateboarding gift.
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Skaters have their own unique style, and most of them would love to get a new shirt, hoodie, jeans, or wristbands.
The trick in doing so is to make sure you buy the right skateboarding clothes, especially if the skater you are shopping for is a teenager. Take a look at the brands they like wearing and look at the stickers on the bottom of their skateboard for clues.
Another option is to ask them directly about what brands are trending or to do some research yourself. If you want to surprise them, take a look at some of the reviews of skate clothing. Lastly, this list of skateboarding brands will help with gift purchases.
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For most skaters, skate videos are always a great gift idea.
Despite the popularity of online tutorials, like YouTube, there are lists of the top 10 skate videos that skaters have used for years to practice their sport.
Skaters love videos that are either popular or hard to find, from 80's classics to celebrity famous. Sites like Pricegrabber provide a place to get good deals on skate videos.
Many skateboarders have favorite skaters. Finding out who their go-to skateboarding professionals are is a great approach to adding to their skateboarding video collection. A quick search will allow you to find the teams they ride for.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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A serious skateboarder needs professional skate shoes.
Take a look at the top 10 skateboarding shoes on the market for some shoe ideas. To see what shoes other skaters like, get around the surprise gift by inquiring about their favorite brands.
Skate shoes can end up costing quite a bit, but they are worth it. Skateboarding in inappropriate shoes will not only lower ability, but sometimes it can be flat out dangerous. If you know a skater who's using regular sneakers or tennis shoes, skate shoes could be a perfect gift.
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Skateboarding camps are a great way to learn new skills, make friends, and be exposed to a larger skateboarding world.
For a gift, giving your skater a stay at a skateboarding camp would be incredible; luckily, they're all over the place. Take a look at the list of skateboarding camps, and find one near you. This list is by no means exhaustive. Your local skateboarding shop will know more local camps or clinics near you, so don't hesitate to ask them for pointers.
You could also get a Smartbox gift card that can be used to get private skateboarding lessons, depending on location.
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Everyone learns skateboarding at their own pace, and there are several cool products out there to help skaters learn the skills of skating. Here are a couple of great ideas:
- Indo Boards: The original Indo Board is the perfect all around balance trainer, for any sport where balance would be key. The Indoboard can be used by beginners to pros as there's always room to improve.
- Practice Trucks: These are a great way to learn technical tricks like the ollie or kickflip, without having to worry about rolling. Practice trucks are also great for experienced skaters to get year-round practice and build muscle memory. There are many different kinds of these, like Wheelbone and Softrucks.
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Skateboarding Explained is a walkthrough DVD, for beginners or intermediate skateboarders, to learn the basics of skating and all the tricks they need to know to be a truly intermediate, competent skater.
There are several how-to-skateboard DVDs out there, but Skateboarding Explained is one of the best ones out there. This video takes the time to really teach the basics of skating, which anyone of any level could really use. Additionally, the style is such that any skater of any age, including adults, will feel comfortable with it.
The skate lessons that come from Smartbox gift cards, mentioned previously, also come with copies of the Skateboarding Explained DVD.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Gift Certificates are a great and simple idea for the picky skateboarder. Certificates also help if you want to make sure you don't buy the wrong gift.
The best place to get a gift certificate is at your local skateboarding shop. Aim for locally owned ones, as opposed to mega mall chains, as local stores often have better customer service.
If the gift certificate is for someone far away, many online skateboarding stores offer gift certificates. In this case, it is recommended to try a shop from a top online skateboard stores list.
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Wild Grinders are little skateboarder action figures based off of Rob Dyrdek, his dog, and a whole host of other characters.
These toys are popular and make a great gift. You can buy them online or you can get them locally at stores like Toys R Us and Walmart.
As far as variety goes, there's plenty of options. Individual action figures are available, which all have a cool, cartoon style to them. You can also get deluxe talking figures, figures that come with DVDs, and larger playsets. The figures come with actual rolling skateboards that work similarly to fingerboards.
For more gift ideas, get creative and get to know the skateboarder in mind.