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Who Doesn’t like Gifts?

I am crazy about them! December is approaching. There’s St Nicholas bringing gifts, my birthday follows, and then it’s Christmas. Are you in need of gift ideas? You probably are, that’s why you’re here, reading this piece created with love.

Gifting is not about money or even the different holidays and celebrations around the world; it’s about love, thinking about another human and what that person needs, and making that item reach your friend, lover, or family member.

There are many gifting opportunities. On the other hand, gift-giving may simply happen just because. Then again, you may have a special person in your life who’s an avid skier or snowboarder and you’d like to know how to surprise him or her by searching through all the tools and snowboarding gear that can be found out there.

Are you facing a difficult choice or a lack of inspiration in selecting the best gift? Hope I can help you. Read on, as we slalom around unique gifts and select the right one, which will bring a smile to a beloved face, whether he or she is considering a gear upgrade or is just getting started in winter sports.

Best Gifts for Skiers and Snowboarders Alike

Some are more innovative than others, some will break the piggy bank and others won’t. In the end, the intention is what counts. What unspoken rules do you follow? I wouldn’t give a gift that I wouldn’t like to get myself. And I like practical gifts.

So, here follow ski and snowboarding gifts that you’d wish to consider—

(we’ve left ski and snowboard boots, as well as snowboards and basic riding gear (i.e. a snow jacket) out; each would probably make the best gift for your person, but we focused more on the creative side of snowboarding and ski gifts now)

1. Dakine Ski Lock (the Versatile Gift)

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This is something that I wanted to buy for my father as a gift this spring. He doesn’t ski or snowboard but he enjoys cycling a lot.

It’s where this Dakine Lock strikes! It can be used in various ways! Apart from its color – which is very cute – and its 30” (76 cm) retractable cable, it is a useful and small-enough item to be carried around by athletes. It has a 3-digit combination that secures your gear on the car rooftop or while you’re grabbing a bite and, very importantly, it’s lightweight.

It can be a nice gift for a practical, down-to-earth skier who is suspicious enough to use the lock and take it along. 

Dakine Ski Lock

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2. Hestra Heli Ski Gloves

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Perfect for on-piste skiing and snowboarding but also fresh snow and off trail adventures, it is a known fact that mittens provide more warmth than gloves. We, women, love mittens more.

The outer fabric is windproof, breathable, and water-repellent, while the palm is made of goat leather, which was treated against water repellence.

It can be a nice gift for an adventurous lady who loves style and technical features combined.

Hestra Heli Ski Gloves

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3. Smartwool Neck Warmer

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It comes in two colors and the length of 45 cm makes it very versatile. This is a garment that I (almost) never leave at home when I hit the slopes. Protecting your neck and keeping it warm will provide the comfort you need for your day of riding.

The Merino Neck Gaiter is lightweight and feels soft on the skin; it could be the perfect accessory.

It can be a nice gift for all those skiers and snowboarders who love to spend a lot of time outdoors and need comfy gear to fight the elements.

Smartwool Neck Warmer

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4. Dakine Stomp Pad

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The Dakine Spike Stomp Pad is made of synthetic rubber and comes with a peel-and-stick adhesive. Three configurable pieces can act as an entire pad, while one of them can be used as a snow scraper bar. 

Not all riders are fans of best stomp pads – some claim that it ruins their boards’ graphics. Well, this clear stomp pad can act as a crowd-pleaser. Plus, it does wonders with snow buildup and is such an inexpensive gift.

It can be a nice gift for super-confident snowboarders, who are not afraid to stick to their own beliefs and ride in style.

Dakine Stomp Pad

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5. Hydrapak Water Bottle

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A collapsible bottle is always a pleasure!

I gifted such an item to a dear friend who’s in love with adventure, so I believe that many people with the same passion may be happy to receive it.

It comes in two colors, can hold 750 ml of liquids up to 60⁰C in temperature, and doesn’t take on the smells of the carried liquids.

The coolest part? It will fit any backpack because it folds nicely and can be used as a replacement for the hydration pack. One of the best gift ideas out there!

It can be a nice gift for riders who love carrying backpacks while in the backcountry, ski tourers and splitboarders. I’ll buy one, too, if giving gifts to ourselves counts.          

Hydrapak Water Bottle

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6. Protective Padded Shorts

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Especially suited for beginner snowboarders and skiers, this pair of shorts is made with thick EVA foam designed to protect the rider from hard falls, cuts, and bruises.

EVA protects the rear, hips, and tailbone area while fitting comfortably under the snow pants. Stretchy and breathable, it is a great addition to the starting kit of all winter sports lovers.  

It can be a nice gift for those who are just starting, giving them increased confidence to carve and ride more aggressively.       

Protective Padded Shorts

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7. Dakine Snowboard Leash

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‘Why mess with a good thing?’ claim those at Dakine. Well, this molded urethane snowboard or ski strap can save the day.

Compatible with any boot or snowboard binding combination, this 46-cm leash can even be used to attach accessories to a bike. Double the success if your gift recipient loves cycling, too!

It can be a nice gift for classical and technical riders.

Dakine Snowboard Leash

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8. Smith Snow Helmet

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In my early snowboarding days, I was not wearing a helmet, only a beanie. I fell so hard on the ice that I could barely stand afterwards. What did I do when arriving home? I ordered a helmet.

I’ve had some nasty falls since but this piece of equipment helped, so I would buy it for friends, too. Ski helmets can get you out of tricky situations.

Made of polycarbonate on the outside and expanded polystyrene on the inside, this lightweight and durable helmet is designed to absorb angular impacts significantly better by rotating the outer shell in relation to the lining.

The nine vents will not let the rider overheat but feel comfortable in the great outdoors even when it’s cold, keeping his/her head warm.

It can be a nice gift for a woman rider in search of more flexibility while skiing or snowboarding down the mountain.

Smith Snow Helmet

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9. Icebreaker Base Layer

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If the woman you’d love giving this gift to is fond of layers, is a ski tourer or a splitboarder, then she’ll also be fond of this merino base layer.

100% merino wool and various features to keep the rider mobile, comfortable, and away from friction, the Icebreaker Base Layer will be a perfect and thoughtful gift.

It can be a nice gift for any woman rider who prioritizes comfort during longer ski touring or freeriding days.

Icebreaker Base Layer

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10. Dakine Snow Gloves

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If you know the size and the preferences (gloves vs. mittens) of your gift receiver, this is a very useful present. A day on the slopes without gloves is not fun.  

The shell is DWR treated and the Rubbertec palm provides added durability and grip, with a waterproof layer between the two. 

Another great aspect is that the pair can be machine-washed; moreover, the price tag is not bad at all.

It can be a nice gift for ALL OUTDOOR LOVERS who lIKE to keep warm while riding with quality gear.

Dakine Snow Gloves

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11. Gopro Hero10 Waterproof Camera

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Show me an adventure addict who wouldn’t be glad to get such a gift! I have a different version of a GoPro and it does a great job from underwater shots to river filming and the low temperatures on the slopes. 

It has a long battery life, it is waterproof (so, great for the wet days of riding!), it has great video stabilization, and it is extra-wide (you’ll take fantastic pictures). 

Plus, the connection to its Quik app allows the user to save pictures and videos without accessing a computer. I won’t argue, it doesn’t work as smoothly as hoped for but is a nice feature to have on your ski trips.

It can be a nice gift for a playful skier or snowboarder who’s always happy to film his/her runs and upload them to social media websites or share them with friends.   

Gopro Hero10 Waterproof Camera

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12. The North Face Snow Pants

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A standard fit, these snow pants are breathable, waterproof, and seam-sealed. The insulation is designed to keep the rider dry even in wet weather.

There are articulated knees for mobility, zip hand pockets, and cargo pockets. Nothing is lost compared to previous models but improved in terms of warmth.

In my experience, good snow pants are even more important than good snow jackets and crucial in keeping the skier or snowboarder dry on the piste or off it (especially the snowboarders, on their breaks!), so it’d make a great gift.

It can be a nice gift for all lady skiers or snowboarders looking for an extra touch of comfort on the mountain.  

The North Face Snow Pants

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13. Smartwool Ski Socks

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No downhill skiing or snowboarding adventure in comfort can be complete without some merino wool socks, to keep your friend warm and dry and his/her toes warm.

They will also protect their feet while walking (because we do walk at times as skiers and snowboarders, too, and I am not referring only to the ski area parking lot), as they stretch right above your calf, in your ski or snowboard boots. An excellent gift!

It can be a nice gift for all skiers and snowboarders, in particular ski tourers, freeride snowboarders, and splitboarders.

Smartwool Ski Socks

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14. Dakine Padded Ski Sleeve

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If your gift recipient loves switching between ski resorts and/or taking long trips to enjoy winter conditions while it’s summer in his/her area, the Dakine Ski Sleeve will do its job.

It is durable, simple, and will carry one pair of skis and the poles at a very decent price that you pay to buy this present. The gift will double as a great item for storage, with a removable shoulder strap and an easy way to clean it. All in all, it’s such a great gift idea!

It can be a nice gift for riders who love being on the road.

Dakine Padded Ski Sleeve

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15. Skyline Chromapop Goggles

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Think ‘optical lenses that darken on exposure to light of sufficiently high frequency and return to their clear state when the activating light is missing’.

Given that these snow goggles provide an expanded field of view and that the ChromaPop™ lens technology enhances details and amplifies the thrill while riding, this could be a lovely gift for a slopes aficionado

The price can be high; then again, many riders state that it’s the best pair of snow goggles they used in their life! It makes for such a good gift!

It can be a nice gift for those who love riding in various weather conditions and varying temperatures, being both practical and savvy when choosing their SKI gear. 

Skyline Chromapop Goggles

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16. Stealth Heated Glove Liners

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When you or your loved one can no longer feel your fingers while on the mountain, it is never a good sign. These polyester and spandex glove liners overturn that: the steel fiber heating technology runs along the outside of each finger, eliminating cold spots and keeping your hands warm.

The 7.4 volt 2100 mAh Lithium-ion batteries provide up to 6 hours of battery life on low heat. Plus, the cuffs cinch tightly, so cold air is improbable to enter.

They can, of course, be used as glove liners or on their own and are machine washable. No more cold hands!

It can be a nice gift for  SNOWBOARD OR SKI LOVERS who are constantly searching for gadgets to improve their life on the slopes and their outdoor activities.            

Stealth Heated Glove Liners

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17. Backcountry Access Bca Slope Meter

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Living in search of adventure is a way of life. Risks are inherent in all walks of life. We shouldn’t live in fear but some devices can be of help when we and our friends go somewhere new.

This lightweight inclinometer with a built-in compass will measure the slope angle and aspect, letting you know what to expect and turning out to be a very practical gift and a great tool.

It can be a nice gift for those riders living for the outdoors, virgin territory, and a new experience every day.  

Backcountry Access Bca Slope Meter

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18. Switch 4 Ski/Snowboard Rack

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One of those more expensive types of gifts, but it is worth it.

It gives freedom of movement to your loved ones who are passionate skiers and/or snowboarders.

Compatible with round, square or aero crossbars, the device fits 4 pairs of skis or 2 snowboards. No more damp car air or seats on your ski trip! This truly means traveling light.

It can be a nice gift for skiers and snowboards who are constantly on the move, and eager to experience new settings and terrain.   

Switch 4 Ski/Snowboard Rack

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19. Hand Warmers

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The contents are safe, natural, and biodegradable. How will your loved one use these hand warmers on a really cold day? By opening the bag, taking one warmer out, and shaking it. The air will activate the warming agents and they’ll start giving off heat in 5-10 minutes.

They’re useful in each glove or ski jacket pocket and, cleverly enough, can be composted after use. 

Think of the days when a rider is all alone, in the cold (and fog or dark) and must get down the mountain no matter what yet feels incredibly cold. That’s a life-saver at a bargain price! Such an inexpensive gift but extremely practical at the same time, these hand warmers are extraordinary!

It can be a nice gift for all riders who love gadgets, the new, and the natural. 

Hand Warmers

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20. Venture 35 Portable Charger Power Bank

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Let’s face it. We can all find ourselves in the backcountry without any battery left. Here comes this 9600 mAh power bank, with USB-A and USB-C delivery ports. 

It is dustproof and waterproof, which is extremely important because you can count on it in extremely wet conditions. The emergency flashlight also comes in handy when you enjoy freeriding so much that you forget that, in winter, the hours of daylight are fewer.

Your friend can recharge the Venture 35 Portable Charger Power Bank from a USB-C (18W) source in 3 hours. It can then charge his/her smartphone 3 times, his/her headlamp 7 times, and his/her tablet once.  

It can be a nice gift for freeriders, those people crazy about adventures and microadventures, who like to take it one step further.    

Venture 35 Portable Charger Power Bank

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Is There Any Gift Left to Wrap?

Hope you’ve enjoyed this list of best gift ideas! It’s a pretty inclusive one… Best skiing gifts and best snowboarding gifts… Which is the ultimate gift? I don’t know what I’d add. Some foldable cups and plates to serve a warm beverage or prepare a quick meal or a waterproof notebook to write down important info or keep a diary; I think they’d also make a great gift.

Either way, you’ll never be wrong if you follow your heart and gifts for loved ones will surely be from the heart.   

Categories: SkiingSnowboarding

Olivia Petra

My name is Olivia – I travel, I write, and I love action sports. I discovered this passion for extreme sports in 2009 while rafting down the Una River in Bosnia and Herzegovina – I must say that it remained my favorite river. It is, after all, unique (as its name suggests). From there, I couldn't stop. My connection to water got me closer to water sports: expedition kayaking, whitewater kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and kitesurfing (I also tried surfing; it's not for me). I am also a passionate snowboarder. The most modern winter sports resort in Romania is only 12 km away, so I am there every week from December to April! I also sandboarded while traveling through Egypt; it is harder than it seems. What about air? I tried paragliding, I tandem-skydived... and ziplining relaxes me a lot. All these activities made me feel alive over the past years. I traveled to certain parts of the planet only to experience some of them. Traveling and I are forever linked. No trip is complete without experiences connected to a new slope, a remote diving spot, or a fast-moving river. Friendship and kindness on the road are ranked highest in my heart. A lover of animals and sweets – which always get me closer to the human factor –, I believe that the small joys in life are the greatest.

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