Oh snap! The holiday’s are just around the corner and the shopping frenzy is about to begin. With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday coming up I’m getting my gift list put together.
I like to give the gift of experiences. Sometimes this is a concert or massage, others this is an object to aid in creating an experience like goodies for traveling or other adventures. That’s where this list comes from, I thought it’d be fun to put together a list of things I use consistently in my snowboarding adventures or am looking into purchasing myself to help you get some gifting ideas if you have a friend or family member who snowboards or skis that you are shopping for this holiday season.
Note: Since I am a lady, some of these products point to the women’s version but there are variations available for both genders.
$25 AND UNDER GIFT IDEAS
Ski Balm – $8.27 at Amazon
I have not tried this personally yet but it is on my list this season. Ski Balm is a facial lotion and lip balm to help prevent sunburn and wind burn.
Handwarmers – $6.95 for 5 Pack at Amazon
You can never go wrong with handwarmers! I buy these babies in bulk at the beginning of the season to use throughout. I also found a great hack to keep one in my phone pocket as well since the cold kills the battery, this helps prevent my phone from getting too cold so I can continue to listen to my tunes all day.
Portable Pocket Charger – $10.99 at Amazon
I carry one of these in my pack at all times. With the cold and the lack of service in some areas your cell phone battery struggles. This is a great backup to have in case you ever get into a sticky situation. This isn’t your awesome power bank to charge everything, it’s a backup that is pocket sized and lightweight.
Flylow Gobblette Neck Gator – $11.95 at Backcountry
I love to have multiple neck gators of fun patterns. This switches up my outfit from ride to ride, also ensures I have a clean, dry one available.
Avalanche Terrain Book – $13.95 at Amazon
For the backcountry enthusiast this book is a must read! Nothing compares to actual experience and though you should still take a class, this is a great place to start. I am hoping to get one in my stocking this year (hint hint) as I have several upcoming trips that will include some backcountry adventures.
Smartwool Socks – $25.00 at Backcountry
I am looking to switch up my sock game this season and have heard rave reviews about these. My feet have a tendency to freeze quickly and as I learn more about layering, these would be much better than a thick pair of socks in your boots which surprisingly can actually make your feet colder due to how snug they make your boots.
$50 AND UNDER GIFT IDEAS
Smartwool Balaclava – $40.00 at Backcountry
Similar to a neck gator is this sweet head garment. These thin yet warm layers fit nicely under a helmet rather than wearing a bulky hat.
Under Armour Cold Gear Leggings – $48.99 at Under Armour Outlet
I am seriously obsessed with these and you can never have too many! I currently have two pairs myself. They are super warm and stretchy, yet thin so they layer very comfortably under snow pants giving me maximum range of motion while riding.
GIFT IDEAS OVER $50
Smith Bluetooth Helmet Speakers – $130.00 at Backcountry
I have several friends with these sweet puppies and am antsy to pick up a pair for myself! These bluetooth speakers fit nicely into helmets with the headphone friendly liner. They also work on clicks, clicking the sides to answer your phone and pause the tunes.
Dakine Low Roller Snowboard Bag – $134.95 at Backcountry
A good bag is a staple for any snowboarder or skier who travels. Above is a snowboard bag with some specific things I look for. It allows for two boards to be packed and protected along with roller wheels for lugging it around. It also has a separate space for your boots which is great if you’re like me going right from the slope to the airport separating the dry from the wet.
Avalanche Safety Class Registration – $350+ at AIARE
Do you have a backcountry enthusiast on your hands? Give the gift of knowledge and safety. AIARE offers multiple classes throughout the year. Begin at level one and work your way up!
WRAPPING IT UP
Haha see what I did there? If you clicked through the links of this article you will notice I referenced some specific Backcountry.com quite a bit. These site is one my staples for anything related to snowboarding, that I personally shop and love. This is a great place to give someone a gift card to if you don’t want to purchase an actual gift. Another great gift card option is Liftopia.com where you can purchase season passes, single-day and multi-day lift tickets as well.
I did not want to get into the nitty gritty of snowboards, skis, and all other larger items as they will vary so much by person and their style of riding. If you happen to know what they are eyeing up that is great! Otherwise I would advise staying away from purchasing said items and just doing a gift card instead.
I hope this post helps in your shopping adventure this season. What else is on your list?
Product images are directly from the linked product pages.