Roller derby can feel like another language if you’re not part of a league. But anyone with a derby lover in their life knows that a derby related gift is the ultimate winner on Christmas morning. So whether you’re looking for something to add to their stocking, or a little more wow factor, HRD have you covered.
A Bout Day IOU certificate
To most of us, derby is a way of life and balancing that with the family and friend commitments can be a source of stress and guilt. So why not give the derby lover in your life a get out of jail free card for when bout day (game day) lands on your birthday, a family Christening, your anniversary. Trust us, this happens more often than you’d expect!
Stocking fillers, £10 and under
Stocking to lower ticket items can be safer, as some skaters would really rather choose their own boots, wheels or a helmet depending on their level or style. You certainly don’t have to break the bank to make a roller derby fan smile – check out all these items, all under £10 each that will make them smile.
- Arnica cream (for the bruises)
- Deep heat (for the muscle aches)
- Ibuprofen (for everything!)
- Hockey tape
- Protein bars
- Number armbands (check these out for £5.50)
- Helmet stickers (check out Jammer Candy for stickers for every interest and roller girl out there!)
- Essential skate tool T-tool (like this one from Skate Hut, £4.95)
- Spare laces (approx £3, like these from Skate Hut)
Alternatively, create the ultimate derby stocking and jam pack it with all of the above!
Tickets to the Belle’s home game on 3 March, 2019!
What more could they want than to see a bout live and support another league? Our own home game will be coming up in March so there won’t be long to wait once gifts are given!
If you’re not based near Hertfordshire, check out the UK Roller Derby Association website to find your local league and get in touch to ask when their next home bout is.
Bones Bearing Removal Tool, £14.95
Bearings are the little fiddly bits that keep your wheels on (a bit like a nut for a bolt). This handy little tool will fit in their kit bag and make changing their wheels oh-so-easy.
Witch’s Brew Odour Blocker, £10.95
If you’ve ever smelled a derby lover after training, you’ll understand why this is a good idea. And if you haven’t, then thank your lucky stars and take it from us – they’ll love freshening up her kit with this citrusy little number.
Personalised bum bag, £14
Having a bum bag with your derby name and number (that’s skater number, not mobile number!) on it is really helpful on bout days. Skaters can leave their valuables safely on the bench without the worry they’ll get lost, squashed or skated over.
A BIG water bottle, £varied
Derby is a tough sport and staying hydrated is so imported. Make they are looking after themselves on track with a super size (preferably holding 1 litre) water bottle.
Check out these leak-proof, BPA free, stainless steel Chilly’s Bottles (£35 for the 750ml option) that keep drinks cold for the ultimate track-side refreshment.
Gift voucher for a sport massage, £30-50
Surely this needs no explanation?
Pre-hab session with a sports or physiotherapist, £50+
Most people think physio is for after you have an injury. However, a pre-hab session will help the skater in your life understand where their weaknesses are and how to build up strength safely and prevent injury. This helps you improve your balance and ultimately skate and play better. This is worth its weight in gold.
Roller Derby the Game, £80
Apparently suitable for ages 12 and up, this is a pricey option but would allow all their family and friends to join in their passion for derby on Christmas Day!
Still not sure?
Our top piece of advice is to ask. As tempting as it may be to buy replacements for knee pads being held on buy duct tape, buying kit is very personal – it can depend on your size, the position you play, your skill level and plain old personal preference what a skater buys. So unless you know them better than you know yourself, there’s no harm in simply asking them what they need or buying a voucher for somewhere like Double Threat Skates (in London) or an online retailer like Skate Hut to cover your bases.