Cycling and Skating Gifts
Possibly one of the most popular means of being active among kids and teenagers today is by going cycling or skating. Both require a significant amount of physical effort, and provide the additional bonus of acting as a means of transportation, especially in suburban areas.
Likely the easiest to learn and the most common is the bicycle. Many people learned to ride bikes when they were children, and even if you didn’t, it’s not hard at all to pick up. It’s a very efficient way to get around if you don’t have a car or need to walk around outside.
First, you want to make sure you select the right bike for the person you’re buying for. If they’re mostly going around on pavement, they’ll want some kind of road bike like the popular Vilano R2 Commuter Aluminum Road Bike Shimano 21 Speed 700c lightweight option.
However, if they’re doing any off-roading, they’ll want some kind of mountain bike like the Roadmaster 26″ Men’s Granite Peak Men’s Bike that’s known for its incredible suspension and easy maneuvering.
Another very popular kind of transportation, especially for teenagers, is skateboarding. Skateboards are more compacts and easily transportable than bikes, and are usually a lot cheaper. However, they may be a little bit more difficult to learn.
For people who solely use their skateboard for commuting, they might consider trying out a penny board. Penny boards are extremely compact and meant more for beginners so something like the Penny Classic Complete skateboard might be a great gift to consider.
However, if they intend to get more into skating, they might find a longboard to be more preferable. Longboards are also a bit more versatile than penny boards, which are only really good on pavement.
One of the most impressive ones you can give as a gift this year is the Quest Skateboards Best 44″ Bamboo Super Cruiser Longboard Skateboard. It’s a beautiful hardwood maple design that will wow the person you’re buying for.
Another less popular, but equally fun option are skates. There are two main kinds of skates: roller skates, and inline skates. Both are fine for indoor and outdoor use, though you can go a bit faster using inline skates.
Once you get it down, it can be a fast, exercise intensive form of transportation. There are skates available for people of all ages on your gift list – from toddlers up through adults, men and women.
Of course, no matter which of these products you choose to buy for someone, you’re going to want to get them the basic safety gear to avoid injuries. The most important piece of safety gear is a helmet.
Falling on your head can result in extremely serious injuries, so make sure they always wear a helmet and be sure you buy the right size. Additionally, you should get them elbow, knee, and wrist guards to make sure they don’t cause serious damage to any of their most important joints.