Are you wondering what could be the perfect gift for a sporty kid or adult in your family this Christmas? Over the years we have all had our fair share of not so great gifts under the Christmas tree, from ugly sweaters to outdated toys and boring gifts like school supplies. This year, show your friends and family that you really know them and appreciate their unique personalities by getting them a gift they will actually love. For skateboarders and anyone who has a ton of energy that they need an outlet for, skateboards make awesome gifts. Skating is one of the best sports for kids of all ages, one that teaches them strength, resilience and patience. Skateboards get broken all the time due to hard use, and it is always nice to have an extra deck on hand even if you already have a skateboard you use every day. Any skater will appreciate a new board for Christmas, not matter what his or her skill level is.
In this list we will go over some of the best skateboards you can get as a gift this year. There are excellent boards for beginners as well as advanced riders, so you can rest assured your perfect gift is in the list below. If you want to see more thoughtfully curated gift guides for all of the special people on your Christmas list, click here.
1. PlayWheels Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 21″ Wood Cruiser Skateboard
This longboard from PlayWheels is perfect for a kid who is just learning how to skate. Longboards are made for cruising, not for doing tricks or riding on ramps. They are easier to balance on and can even be ridden in sandals. This is a 21 inch boars with a thick nine-ply maple deck. The single kicktail design makes it easy to control and brake. The wheels are PVC-injected and measure 50mm x 27mm with nylon bearings for a smooth ride. The trucks are composite and the askle is steel, so this board can hold up to 100 lbs. It is recommended for kids ages five to ten.
2. Razor RipStik Ripster
This Ripstik Ripster board from Razor may not look like a regular skate board, but it is just as fun and exciting. The Ripstik is a self propelled board with a joint in the middle that allows riders to swerve back and forth and have a ton of fun doing tricks. Ripstiks can be seen at skate parks everywhere as kids learn this exciting new way to skate. This version is shorter than the original Ripstik and has a slip resistant concave design, high grade urethane wheels, and a rubber padded steel torsion bar. Even though this is not a “normal” skateboard, skaters will have a lot of fun on it as they learn to balance in a whole new way!
3. Merkapa 22″ Complete Skateboard with Colorful LED Light Up Wheels
Here is the top choice for kids skateboards in 2017. This 22″ skateboard is the perfect size for young riders who are still getting their bearings. It is also fun for older skaters who may want to try out a new style of board. The deck is made out of plastic with a grippy design and comes in seven colors, including blue, black, green, orange and more. The wheels are different colors and come with high intensity LEDs inside that light up as they spin. Best of all, no batteries are needed. This skateboard comes fully assembled and ready to ride right out of the box, and it has a no hassle 30 day money back guarantee.
4. Ancheer 31″ Pro Skateboard Complete
This skateboard by Ancheer is the classic board design that all skaters know and love. This board is 31″ long, 8″ wide and made of nine layers of Canadian maple for strength and durability. It has a classic ergonomic design and a non slip deck for maximum control. This is the ideal board for a beginner but it is well designed enough to be usable by an advanced rider as well. The wheels are 55mm 85A PE with ABEC-7 precision bearings and PU bushings, making this board great for skate parks, street riding, pool riding and any other surface. This board comes fully assembled and ready to go right out of the box.
5. Yocaher Drop Down Pro Longboard
If you want to get a more unique skateboard for someone who likes to cruise down the sidewalk or the boardwalk, this long board is the perfect gift. Long boards are fun to ride whether or not you are an experienced skater. They have a lot of bounce to them so they make for a smoother ride, and their extra long length gives you a wide stance for greater control and balance. This board comes in over 10 designs, so there is definitely one to match your loved one’s tastes and style.
6. Sanview Bamboo Drop Through Longboard Skateboard Cruiser
This gorgeous long board is a great gift for teens and grown ups with a well developed sense of style. This board is made of a mix of Canadian maple for strength plus bamboo for looks. It is 42″ long and 9.5″ wide, making it extra large and an extra smooth ride. The wheels are 70X51mm SHR78A High Rebound PU Material with 7″ Aluminum Casting Trucks, and High Rebound 83A PU Bushings. The pre-oiled bearings are Precision ABEC 9 with Nylon Ball Cages, Made Of “Bearings Steel.” This board is ready to go out fo the box, and has a 250lb weight limit. The age recommendation is for kids 9 and up.
7. Krown Rookie Complete Skateboard
For a simple and easy beginner skateboard, it does not get any better than this Krown board. This skateboard is high quality enough for a rookie to learn on but it is not so expensive that they will be discouraged from riding it fast, doing tricks, and enjoying it to the fullest without fear of scratching or damaging it. After all, damage to a board is all part of the learning process as they learn to balance, ride, and eventually do tricks. This board is made of Canadian maple with a 31″ x 7.5″ deck, 52mm urethane wheels, 5″ aluminum trucks and black grip tape. It comes in six colors and designs suited for boys and girls.
8. PlayWheels Disney Frozen 21″ Wood Cruiser Skateboard
PlayWheels Disney Frozen 21″ Wood Cruiser Skateboard Who says you can not love Disney movies and skateboarding at the same time? If you are shopping for a little girl ro boy who loves Frozen and also loves to skate, this is a perfect Christmas gift. This is a complete 21 inch wooden skateboard with a nine ply maple deck. The wheels are PVC injected and nylon bearings provide a smooth ride. Any kid will love this board for Christmas!
9. Landwalker 22″ Compelete Banana Cruiser
Here is another great cruiser skateboard that kids and adults will both love. Landwalker skateboards are well made and designed for rough use. This 22″ skateboard is made out of plastic and comes in 12 vibrant colors including the gorgeous shade of blue pictured. This board also comes with a T-Tool so kids can learn to work on their skateboard by themselves. Overall this is a really nice beginner board or one for a more advanced rider.
10. KPC Pro Skateboard Complete
Finally, here is a full pro skateboard that is ready to go for both kids and adults. This classic design skateboard is made of durable and strong Canadian maple and has a wide 7.75″ deck. The wheels are 52mm and the trucks are made of lightweight aluminum and the board also has black grip tape included. This board comes in 12 fun designs in all different colors.