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5 Expert Tips for Buying Kids Their First Pair of Ice Skates

The holidays are approaching, which means it’s time for some creative gift-giving ideas. To help get your kids and grandkids off the couch this winter and into the great outdoors, why not present them with a pair of ice skates?
Skating is an affordable way for youngsters to get some exercise, even if they live in a warmer climate. Many cities have indoor ice rinks that operate year-round and even offer lessons for beginners.
Getting into the sport requires the right equipment and that starts with a pair of properly-fitting skates. For some expert shopping tips for first-time skate buyers, FN turned to Strauss Skates and Bicycles, a 130-year-old retailer in Maplewood, Minn., where sales manager Bill Rhody offered some advice.
Find the Right Size Skates
For starters, there are two types of skates — hockey and figure. While hockey skates should be bought a size down from a child’s traditional shoe size, figure skates should be the same size as their everyday shoes.
Know the Price
Rhody says ice skates are typically priced at $50 to $100. “You don’t need to spend more than $100 to get a good skate,” he said, especially when it comes to novice skaters. And since beginners do not hit

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