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Skateboarding can be fun as long as someone takes the proper safety precautions before getting onboard. Jessup Grip Tape Jessup Grip Tape

Skateboarding can be good for kids and teenagers in a number of ways. For one, it’s good exercise, as all of the locomotion happens the old-fashioned way. It also gets kids outside to enjoy fresh air and the great outdoors. Skateboarding even provides a way for teens and young adults to express themselves. If you’re shopping for a gift for a skateboarder in your family, you won’t go wrong with any of these three ideas.

Grip Tape

This professional-grade grip tape is bubble free and easy to apply. Jessup Grip Tape

Grip tape is a grainy, sandpaper-like sheet with an extremely sticky underside that skaters adhere to their skateboard deck surface to provide traction. Regardless of someone’s skateboarding style, grip tape is a must if they’re going to stay on the board. It’s also something that needs to be replaced now and then when the tape loses its grip, and that’s what makes it such a good gift idea. Grip tape is usually sold in sheets measuring 9×33 inches for shortboards, and 1×4 feet long for longboards. Most grip tape is black, but it is also available in different colors and with varying textures.

Protective Gear

This protective gear set includes a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards. YUFU

A helmet is probably the most important piece of equipment a skateboarder can own since a head injury can cause more long-lasting problems than a scraped elbow or skinned knee. When choosing a helmet, make sure it has an impact-resistant ABS outer shell and is certified safe. It should also have a good chin strap that will hold it securely in place. Other protective gear that makes skateboarding safer includes knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards. Some companies sell protective gear packages that include some or all of those items.


This maple skateboard is good for both beginners and experienced skateboarders. Landyachtz

What could be a better gift for someone who loves skateboarding than a new skateboard? Sure, they might already own a favorite skateboard, but most boarders are glad to have another, just in case their favorite is broken or stolen, or they need to loan one to a friend who wants to learn the sport. One important consideration in choosing a skateboard is the width of the deck. For little kids under 3½ feet tall, choose a micro deck with a 6½- to 6¾-inch width. For children between 3½ and 4½ feet tall, a mini deck of about 7-inches wide works best. For skaters between 4½ feet tall and 5 feet, a mid-size deck just over 7-inches wide is recommended. And for those skateboarders who are taller than 5 feet, a full-size deck 7½ inches wide or wider should be the perfect fit.