Is it really that time of the year already? Yes, yes it is… We put together the ultimate BMX holiday gift guide for 2009, including ten items under $25, ten items under $50, and five items you definitely want to stay away from when shopping for a BMXer. This article is perfect for the semi-clueless parent, relative, or friend, but also a good read for any BMX rider this time of year.
2009 Holiday Gift Guide For BMXers – 10 Items Under $25
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Videos – $9.99 – $24.99
Every rider loves watching videos, and while clicking through ridebmx.com every day is great, there is still something to be said for popping a disk in the DVD player and relaxing on the couch with some friends while watching BMX on a big screen. It’s a great way to see some amazing riding, and the perfect pre-session motivator. And what’s our number one pick this year for a video? You guessed it…our own!Range Of Motion is Ride’s latest film, and is hot off the press just in time to stuff some stockings. You can also ask your local shop for their best sellers or latest releases so you are sure to get something top-notch.
T-Shirts – $12.99 – $22.99
If modern-day BMX had a “uniform,” it would probably consist of jeans and a T-shirt. There is a very good chance that most riders wear one every day of the year, and after ripping shirts, staining them, or just wearing them out, everyone can use more T-shirts. Everyone. Get one that looks cool, or buy from a company the rider is psyched on. Just make sure to get the right size… If the rider is into tighter fit clothes, don’t get the XL just because it is on sale.
Plastic Pedals – $11.99 – $18.99
Plastic pedals are here to stay as just about every rider is making the switch from expensive and heavy alloys to affordable and lightweight PCs. Nearly every major company is making plastic pedals these days, and they come in a huge range of colors to match ever riders’ personal setup.
Hats – $9.99 – $24.99
Whether it’s a mesh trucker hat, a beanie or fashion hat, or a fitted cap, there are plenty of options out there for cranium accessories. However, if you’ve never seen the rider wear a hat, this may not be the best gift—some people just aren’t the hat type. Take note what their personal style is and use your best judgment.
Flick Trix “Finger Bikes” – $7.99 – $14.99
These pocket-sized bikes were popular several years ago before disappearing from store shelves for a while. Now they are back and the company that makes them has gone to great lengths to make sure the bikes are as legit as possible. The bikes are actually modeled after some of the most hardcore name brands out there, and they even have exact replicas of a handful of top pros’ bikes. Some of the younger kids play with them, and some of the older kids collect them, but of course not every person who rides BMX is going to want a plastic toy, so shop wisely.
Memberships Or Gift Certificates To Skateparks – Prices Vary
A lot of privately-owned skateparks offer memberships or gift certificates that make amazing gifts. That way when he wants to go ride, he doesn’t have to worry about paying for it himself, which means he can have more pocket change to buy Hot Pockets and Gatorade during the long-winded session.
Pegs – $8.99 – $21.99
Not every rider runs pegs, but those who do will eventually wear them down, so replacement pegs are a perfect gift idea. Just pay attention to how many pegs are on his bike when you buy new ones. You don’t want to buy just two pegs if he runs four… And if you aren’t sure whether to get 14mm or 3/8″ pegs, talk to the person you are buying them from and do your best at explaining the bike and what kind of riding the person does. The shop will probably be able to make an educated guess after asking you a few simple questions.
Grips – $6.99 – $14.99
Grips are one of the most frequently worn-out parts on a bike, and luckily one of the cheapest and easiest to replace. Even if the grips aren’t worn out yet, a lot of riders keep a spare set of grips on hand so they are there when they need them. If you want to really be on top of things, get the same kind of grips they already have because a lot of riders don’t like to switch brands or styles once they are used to a certain kind.
Gloves – $15.99 – $24.99
This is another thing that not all riders use, so this gift idea isn’t for everyone. However, the people who do ride with gloves tend to rip them, or worse, stink them out. Sometimes gloves get so soaked with sweat that the pungent odor makes them literally unbearable to wear, so a new pair is in order. A fresh pair of gloves can actually make your bike feel new again.
*Click page two below to see our ten gift items under $50. Or click page three to see our five items not to buy.