Buying a Hoverboard for Christmas? Read THIS First…
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NOTE FROM COLLIN:
Similar to how we do our Try Me Tuesday posts with product recommendations, I thought it would be also fun to do basically the complete opposite. With that said, I introduce “Waste of Money Wednesday!” 😂 This post will be exactly that – the Hip2Save team will be sharing products that they aren’t happy with, products they feel are a waste of money – basically product UN-recommendations.
Hello everyone! It’s Mary, one of Collin’s sidekick!
Like Bryn, I also had a difficult time coming up with an item for today’s post, mainly because if there’s a product I don’t like or wouldn’t recommend, it’s likely NOT still sitting in my house. However, as I was walking by our front room the other day, I looked down and knew immediately what my post would be about…
This past Christmas, my 9 and 11 year old boys (now 10 and 12) really wanted Swagtron hoverboards as they supposedly were THE thing to get from Santa, according to them. BUT, I hate to admit that these expensive scooters have NOT been used over the year nearly as much as I hoped they would.
We purchased two of these Swagtron Urban Rider Self Balancing Scooters at Best Buy for around $250 each and they were a fun toy during the holiday break. But once they went back to school, these hoverboards have been sitting in the corner of our front room and have only been used a handful of times, including a few crazy rides around the kitchen and living room whenever I’m not looking. 😳
Although these hoverboards have amazing reviews and your kids may spend hours each day on them, unfortunately, they were a waste of money for us as we just have not used these as much as I hoped. However, I admit that the excitement and smiles on Christmas morning were pretty great though. 😀
Are your kids asking for a hoverboard for Christmas this year? Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself before forking out a couple hundred dollars on a hoverboard…
- How often will the recipient use it (or be able to use it)? Note that they are illegal in some states and banned in shopping malls, all airlines, colleges/universities, theme parks, etc.
- Where are you buying it from? Be sure to buy from a company with a good return policy in case you have any issues and need to return it.
- Why does the recipient want one? Are they wanting one because everyone else has one? Or because they are hoping for an easier, more stylish way to travel to their friends house?
- Do you know anyone that already owns one? Consider asking a friend or family member who already owns one if you can test theirs for a few days before investing in your own.
- How long is the battery life? If you’re not wanting to constantly charge your hoverboard, you’ll want one with a decent battery life (at least 5 hours) to really have any fun on it.
- Is the recipient quick to learn? There is a learning curve to riding a hoverboard and you’ll need to practice a lot of balancing skills and possibly be willing to get a few scrapes and bruises from falling. If the recipient gets frustrated easily, possibly consider a different item.
- Are you OK with the cost? Keep in mind that hoverboards range from $200-$600, so they are not cheap. If you don’t think the recipient will use it for a long time, it may not be the right gift.