The Best Gifts for Skaters – Skateboarding Gift Guide – Christmas Edition
Skaters can be a tough bunch to go gift shopping for: we’re incredibly picky about our gear, our shoes, our skateboards, our brands, and our steez. We get a lot of customers calling in over Christmas looking for the perfect Xmas gifts for skaters in their life. Maybe you’re looking to get your bro something you can totally borrow, maybe you’ve got a grom of your own, or maybe you’re browsing for gifts for a skater boyfriend or skater girlfriend. We’re here to break down some of the best skateboarding gifts you can get the skater in your life. Welcome to our Official Whatever Skateboards Christmas 2015 Gift Guide. We’ll break down the must have gifts as do’s and don’ts for skateboarding gift ideas.
Top Skateboarding Gifts
– Buy a quality helmet.
– Get something cool so you’re more likely to wear it.
– Don’t buy a bike helmet and not a skateboarding helmet.
– Don’t buy a used helmet, ONLY buy new helmets. Used helmets are not safe and very dangerous!
Custom Skateboard or Custom Longboard (Obviously from Whatever Skateboards!)
custom skateboard as a gift is that it is personal it can be part of your skaters quiver without you needing to worry about all the technical details behind skateboarding. A cool design on our pro quality decks is enough steez for any skater to proudly rock. We carry all the most popular sizes of skateboard. Our most popular sized classic skateboard deck is the 8″ x 31″ 3/4 skateboard. We also have tried-and-true longboard shapes. If your skater boyfriend or skater girlfriend don’t have a longboard cruiser they make a great gift for any skater. our most popular longboard is our Dart pintail series. For those looking to get something a little smaller we have the perfect wooden penny style skateboard without our Lil Guy.
– Buy a quality skateboard.
– Make multiple designs to come up with something awesome.
– Don’t buy cheap plywood skateboards at Wal-Mart or Target.
– Worry! Our custom skateboards and custom longboards make a rad gift.
GoPro Hero 4 Camera
– Read up on the various GoPro camera models and addons. The screen, extra batter, and waterproof case are the most popular addons.
– Get an extra memory card.
– Don’t buy a cheap camera, you’re better off getting something else if you’re not getting something nice like a GoPro or a DLSR still camera.
Skateboarding Gifts on a Budget
Skate Tool or Skate Key
– Get a skater a skate tool as a gift if they don’t have one.
– Don’t worry if your skater already has skate tool, you can always use a few more and friends often “borrow” them. – There are no don’ts really, skate tools are essential for all skaters.
– Make something awesome. Try a few designs!
– Create a design that is easy to read and not complicated.
– Use complicated designs or very small text.
Last Minute Skateboarding Christmas Gifts
Whatever Skateboards Gift Card
Gift cards are one of our most popular skateboarding gifts. Its not easy to nail the perfect design on your own and sometimes skaters are just plain picky. If you need a last minute skateboarding gift for skaters a Whatever Skateboards gift card can be the perfect way to get an awesome gift with time to spare. Available in different values you can tailor your gift to your budget and your skater.
– Snag a gift card for at least $100 depending on the skateboard you’re trying to get your skater, some downhill longboards or specialty skateboards can be more!
– Panic! We’ve got you covered for Christmas gifts.
Whatever Skateboards is stoked to announce a real hoverboard skateboard that skaters can actually shred. The limited edition hoverboard skateboard launched today, just in time for October 21st, 2015. The Whatever Skateboards hoverboard skateboard has every detail perfected to pay homage to the original hoverboard and one of the greatest skateboarding scenes in pop culture. Get ready to shred through time on this hot pink neon speed demon with a custom grip design so rad it might get zapped back to the 80’s. But don’t worry; this hoverboard can always get back to the future. The magnets on the bottom graphic are lined up with the truck mounts to get 1.21 gigawatts of steez. This is a gourmet, limited edition, hoverboard skateboard only by Whatever Skateboards.
This hoverboard skateboard doesn’t hover but it is in the original shape and is one crazy skateboard deck. Clocking in with a 32″ length and 8.5″ width this is sized to ride. The nose is flat, wide, and round like a true old school 80s skateboard and the tail has that distinctly “vintage future” appeal with a hard square cut tail. The hoverboard deck is made from pro quality maple for a legit ride. The grip is Whatever Skateboards custom printed Jessup grip tape. It all comes together with the hot pink deck and the top graphic on the grip. The bottom graphic has strategically placed hoverboard magnets so the trucks line up perfectly. A complete setup comes with matching green Paris 180mm Trucks. The final tip of the hat from this glorious unicorn of a skateboard is in the wheels: of course hoverboard skateboards roll around on Cult Classics 66mm skateboard wheels. For those strict to canon there are no footstraps or handlebars.
The new hoverboard skateboard is at Whatever Skateboards but hurry up, the supplies are limited and this is a special edition skateboard. And while this may be back from the future the hoverboard skateboard makes the perfect present for any skater. This is one of the best new skateboarding gifts for the holidays and this is the hoverboard skateboard that skateboarders have always wanted. No road trip through skateboarding time and space is complete without the new Whatever Skateboards hoverboard skateboard. It is always recommended to wear a helmet and protective gear even when riding a hoverboard. Please take safety seriously and always be aware of DeLoreans on the road.
Design Your Own Skateboard Stickers on Whatever Skateboards! Thrash Your Own Custom Stickers!
One of the most popular requests we ever got was to let you design your own stickers. We listened: now you can design your own skateboard stickers and we’ll send them your way! Get awesome stickers with your own photos, images, text, and logos. Slap these on the bottom of the some of the skateboard decks in your quiver and shred your own design on your own stickers. Its a well known fact that no skateboard or blank skateboard deck is complete without stickers, that’s a first day lesson. We have bumper sticker sized, as well as classic circle, square, and oval custom stickers. Rep your own skateboard brand or get your artwork on our new stickers!
How Do I Design My Own Skateboard Stickers?
It’s really easy, just choose the size and shape of sticker you want to design and use our customizer. You can lay out any photos, pictures, images, or text you want. Remember that stickers are not that large, typically most skateboarding stickers feature a distinct logo or the brand name. Complicated or busy designs won’t read well on stickers because of their size, you want people to instantly be able to recognize them. Stick with designs that have large, central elements and strong continuous blocks of color. One of the nice things about our stickers is that you can design your own stickers online for free so you can try multiple designs.
How Many Custom Stickers Should I Get?
Depends on what you’re trying to do with our design your own skateboard stickers. If you’re just looking to get a few packs for your own skateboards or to put around we recommend getting 2-3 sets of various stickers, that will be ~20 stickers. If you’re looking to start your own skateboard brand or you’re looking to give out some custom stickers as prizes or giveaways then you’re looking at 100+ stickers or several packs in a few styles. If you’re a skate brand looking for wholesale stickers or a bulk sticker order please see our wholesale skateboards and bulk orders page for more information. We can help your design your own skateboard stickers and put your logo on stickers.
Are These Stickers Only for Skateboards?
LOLLLLLLLLLLL. No. Haha these stickers can be put anywhere its legal to put stickers. At the Whatever Skateboards HQ we have en entire room where the walls are covered in all the skate stickers we’ve got. We put stickers on our desks, guitar cases, amps, blank skateboards, and pretty much anything else with a reasonable flat surface. To get the best results from our design your stickers we recommend cleaning the area you’re going to apply the sticker to beforehand to make sure you’ll get a good seal. Stick ’em anywhere, stick ’em everywhere!
We’ve Got The Electric Scooter Hoverboards On Sale!
You know we love these electric scooter hoverboards so its no surprise that now Amazon has these hoverboards for sale! From our very first Smart Balancing Scooter to our official electric scooter hoverboard review we’ve been looking all over for the best makes and models. After being asked all summer if we had these “cyber boards” for sale we decided it was time to get the very best electric scooter hoverboards up on our site. There aare three generations from the basic model up to the newest third generation with wireless Bluetooth speakers. Don’t pay ridiculous prices these electric scooter hoverboards are cheap while everyone is selling them for too much. Check prices on hoverboards first and compare.
What’s the Difference Between Hoverboards?
The first generation of hoverboard is the original model based on the Smart Balancing Scooter that started the entire craze. It’s a bit more manual than the later hoverboard models and doesn’t have the same “beginner mode” and remote that the later versions have. The second generation of these electric scooters is full of new improvements including the remote and beginner mode. The latest generation of electric scooter was released just this month (these things are that new) and took it to the next level: has beginner mode, a remote, Bluetooth speakers, wider wheelbase, larger tires, and better battery. Each hoverboard comes in several colors like white, black, pink, and blue.
I’m Looking For a Holiday / Christmas / XMas Gift? Will These Electric Scooters Arrive In Time?
Yes! Some of the fastest shipping options for these hoverboards is 2 Day Shipping within the US. We’ve already seen low shipping times internationally. Hoverboards are obviously one of the best gifts for skateboarders and we’ve already had customers ordering these as a Christmas gift.
Wholesale Hoverboards, Bulk Hoverboards, and Corporate Hoverboards
These are a real eye turner at conventions and at the office. So far these hoverboards have been great for marketing and for HR recruiting. Cruise around the conference room or convention center floor or anywhere there’s a “NO SKATEBOARDING” sign.
Why Are They Called Hoverboards? They Don’t Hover They Are Electric Scooter.
We know, but after using them all summer that’s the name people chose. Seeing as how this is the year of “Back to the Future” it almost makes sense. Looking for more on hoverboards or our hoverboard skateboard? Click here!
The Best Deals on Hoverboards Are At Amazon
Its An Electric Self Balancing Scooter Two Wheel Standing Skateboard Hoverboard! DUH!
SCORE: 9.2 / 10 (WORTH IT!!)
What’d We Test?
We decided if we were going to get some of these stand up lighted scooter thingies we wanted to do a proper test. That meant doing it right and getting a few of the quality versions of these that use the Samsung batteries typically found in electric bicycles. Remember: the main cost on any electric scooter or electric skateboard is the batteries. We have some large guys on the staff and they need the extra horsepower (Editor: hey! I’m right here!). Just kidding. The the cheap electric scooters we tried were low cost and broke easily, they weren’t built to handle actual use. You can ride a nice electric self balancing scooter outside, though they will get very scratched up. We ended up sticking with multiple generations of the higher quality ones and didn’t bother with the smaller versions.
Turns out all of the “brands” of these are the same thing with a different sticker. Some of them are charging 2x-3x the cost of the usual top end unit so don’t outrageous prices for a better “brand” of these, its all about the battery.
These are electric motorized platforms… OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE INCREDIBLY FUN. As soon as you’re rolling around without moving your legs realize just how dope these things actually are. With each wheel moving independently you can pivot 360 degrees in place easily, the precision cornering gives you excellent maneuvering of the board in tight spots. It really shined on open sidewalks and we rolled around a local street festival kooking out and having a great time on the blocked off road. They’re super responsive indoors as well. If you’ve been on an electric skateboard these are a totally different experience and are a great new skill to learn.
Did we mention they have Bluetooth speakers built in? Blast tunes and roll, so awesome.
Battery Life And Speed
The battery life on these is HOURS you can roll on one charge all day. The nice ones have an indicator to let you know when you’re getting low, once it shows a low battery light you have plenty of roll time to get back. These Samsung batteries must be made out of magic because they charged up crazy fast. When you get moving the electric bicycle batteries give these balancing scooters quite the kick, you can hoss around between 6 to 8 miles per hour comfortably without speed wobbles and the manual says up to 10mph though it does max out.
The Glamorous Life of A Celebrity
Part of the appeal of these is the headlines they’ve been making with celebrities using them and most of them have sold in California. Wiz Khalifa was tackled in an airport riding them, Justin Bieber was filmed kickflipping one in LA, and tons of other celebs have been rolling around them. That’s not really selling point until you yourself get on of these io boards and you’ll see why: you too are an instant celeb. Every time you cruise these things every skater stops to take a ride. Everyone has loved them so far, we’ve seen a few electric tricks get popped, a few curbs get dropped, and we’ve met a lot of people. Definitely worth it for the wow factor, plus its a great ride. Everyone will ask you where you got it.
Good For Non-Skaters
Skateboards scare people who don’t skate. Science is working on a cure for them but until then this is something they might be more into and will ride around. Could be a nice gateway drug in to real skating. The more advanced models of the electric self balancing scooter have a beginner mode and a remote to help ease the learning curve.
The Technical Manual
As an added bonus the technical manual is a hilarious mess of translation errors that’s worth the read. In a nutshell: be careful, wear protection, and don’t drive it on unsafe terrain.
These Are Not Hoverboards
Don’t believe the hype, they don’t hover. They roll.
You’re not gonna go pro on these on your first try. Take your time getting on them. Place your first foot on one platform and imagine you’re positioning yourself over your front trucks to push your skate. You want to be over your centerline on the platform with your foot perfectly flat. If you don’t then one of the two wheels is going to start moving forward and backward quickly and accelerate. Do not jump on with both feet right away! Take your time, within about 5 – 10 minutes you’ll learn how to roll around comfortably. It is a different skill than skateboarding or electric skateboarding. Its also a different skill than scootering or electric scootering and its different than a Segway. Its definitely fun to learn though and will keep your abs and hip flexors working out. Your non-skater friends will need you to hold them their first time on these “self balancing platforms”.
There Is No Word For These
You will meet more people cruising on these electric self balancing skateboard standing two wheel scooters than you have ever met in your life and they will all ask you the same thing: what is it called and where do I get it? You can’t buy it in stores (we’re working on selling them here) and there is no official word for these things.Skegboard? Skegway? Kookboard? Electric Skitch Machine? People movers? Futureboard? We have no idea and no one wants to stay electric self balancing skateboard standing two wheel scooter. They go by a lot of names but they are not a electric unicycles, electric hoverboards, electric skateboards, or electric scooters so we don’t know what to call them yet :-( I’m sure they’ll be at a skatepark near you soon.
Hard to Find
They’re insanely hard to find right now. They are pretty much sold out everywhere and they aren’t available in stores. We know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy, etc. that hooked us up with some of the only available ones south of Orange County. We want to get more for the office so we’ve started focusing our laser beams on locating the prime source of the best ones available…
Cracks and bumps are no joke on these things, as are slopes and hills. These are perfect for skaters though as we already know all the best lines through town. Unfortunately your non-skater friends may need a guide and slow you down from your electric kookboard shred sesh.
- Quality, quality, quality. Get the good ones with Bluetooth speakers.
- Take your time on your first run, we had a few bruises and roughed up ankle on our first try. You’ll get the hang of it in about 5 – 10 minutes.
- Approachable for non-skaters.
- Caution: you’ll make a lot of friends and everyone will want to ride your new board but they may need help at first.
- Getting off is the hardest part. Come to a stop and again imagine you’re positioning over your front trucks on a skateboard to push. This will help you focus on keeping keep your foot level. In an emergency you can quickly remove both feet at the same time so it does not move.
- It will get scratched up but they are durable.
- They will roll if you bail bad, be prepared.
- We’ll let you know if there’s a better word than electric self balancing scooter in the future.
That’s the general feeling around the office now that we can deck-out all of our own skateboards and longboards with new custom griptape and design it all online. We’ve been working on getting this for a long time, and we’re proud to say it’s finally here and live on the site as we speak!
Why Custom Griptape is Awesome
Getting a new board is awesome, too! Don’t get me wrong, I’d take a new deck over new grip any day. Especially when it can come with custom griptape already installed on it (also an option now for the boards you’re designing on our website). But, new boards can be expensive to buy a lot of, and sometimes you want a custom deck look without spending as much cash as you would for a custom board. For a lot of us, brand new complete setups are once or twice a year kind of deal – plus however many decks we snap or break along the way, but that’s not too often. Because of money, it’s a shame, but it’s just tough to step up your skateboard or longboard collection very frequently – especially if you’re a kid, or you got no job, or you just broke like a lot of us skaters out here in the streets! We feel you! The main reason it’s awesome is because you get to rock your personal style on your deck and get creative or rep your crew, but it’s awesome that you can grip up any deck with your own sweet new custom grip tape design that will turn any deck of any age into a fresh new deck from the top! You don’t have to buy a full new deck just to deck it out with your own style. Just design some custom grip and you’re fresh as hell at half the cost (or less). If you’re the type of skater that snaps a lot of decks and picks up blanks for cheap, then this is the custom grip option for you!
But Is It Good Grip Tape?
Are you kidding? How about some of the BEST grip tape? This isn’t some home grown grip, we’ve got Jessup brand griptape ready for your custom grip artwork and we can say from experience that this grip tape is great. A lot of people these days are hot to trot on Grizzly Grip Tape, Mob Grip, Shake Junt, and a few others, and those are cool too! But, when we had to choose which brand to rep we went with Jessup because it’s the most OG of them all! I mean how OG are you when your website domain name is literally GripTape.com? You don’t snag a name like that unless you get it from the very beginning, and that’s what they did, as the true original grip tape company that was the first to bring silicon carbide griptape to the skateboard industry, starting all the way back in 1975. Right now for Custom we have fine/regular grip tape, not coarse yet (if you’re doing slides and hard downhill, you may want to wait for coarse) but otherwise we recommend the fine grip for most park, street, freestyle, commuter, casual, and definitely the only choice for cruisers. Unless you’re doing aggressive skating where you really need a ton of grip (which you can also get on our site, but not custom yet), then the finer grip tape will actually be more comfortable and won’t tear up your clothes or shoes as easily.
Design Your Custom Griptape
The future is here! Syrmo is a new skateboard app and accompanying trick tracking hardware that lets you track and check any of your tricks and locations. Want to design your own skateboard trick? Syrmo is a pad riser approach to a skateboarding “wearable”for your skate, but it comes complete with an app that shows your tricks, check you in, and can auto-edit footage for you. It appears they’ve CNCed their own designs for the riser and have cool little pieces that slide in to track all sorts of skate and trick stats for. They even included a way to 3D replay your tricks!
It pretty much has to be seen to be believed so here’s their gorgeous Kickstarter video…
One of the best features in that demo is the automatic editing of skate vids. Did you just make your own skate trick or come up with a custom skateboard trick? Catch the stats and the 3D replay for sure but if your buddy is filming you through the app it will auto-locate that spot in the skate video and let you add filters or slow mo. This is definitely the best looking skate Kickstarter we’ve seen in a while. It really adds tech + skating to get something new and awesome. Check out some pics of the Syrmo app if you want to drool over the future of skating…
We’re pretty stoked on this; we’d love to see this Syrmo Kickstarter fully funded so we can get the latest and greatest in the future of skate technology. There are still a few days left to go on this Kickstarter so get in there and back it so we can ours! Click here for the Syrmo Kickstarter
Whatever Skateboards has launched a new “Shop” Section that includes premium trucks, wheels, apparel, and more. Most products are offered in a wide variety of colors, specifications and sizes. In addition to apparel and accessories, an easy product add on titled “Make it a complete” will enable you to add trucks, wheels and grip tape to your board using our recommendations. If you’re not sure which trucks are best or which wheels to go with, simply add “Make it a complete” to your cart and we will do the rest.
Trucks & Wheels
Our new selection of trucks feature a wide range of Paris trucks in multiple sizes. Colors range from blue to pink to gold. Our wheel selection includes Divine Road Rippers, Divine City Slashers, Divine Street Slayers, Restless Grindhouse, Restless Helion, and Restless Slide. Our wheels come in a wide variety of colors and sizes.
Our helmets feature all Predator products, including certified helmets. We sell a mix of helmets with visors and without. Just like our trucks and wheels, we offer many different colors for you to show your own style.
One of our favorite additions to the website is the new Whatever Skateboards apparel. We have black and grey Men’s and Women’s T-Shirts and tanks, as well as a stylish embroidered grey & black hat. In addition to our own Whatever shirts, we have latest shirts and hats from Divine & Paris.
Make it a complete
Our absolute favorite and most needed addition to the new Shop section is the “Make it a Complete” product. This can be found under the Longboard and Shortboard categories, and includes the installation of trucks, wheels and griptape. The coolest thing about this is that if you are unsure about which trucks or wheels are the best for your board, we will choose the best option for you. If you hvae any color requests – no problem! Just let us know in the comments when you order.
Check out the shop section here – and happy shopping!