We all have loved ones in our lives who are tricky to buy presents for, as they seem to have everything! Particularly, in our case, avid skiers who appear to have all the latest gadgets and kit ready for their next season, months in advance. To help you out we’ve scoured the shops and created a list of alternative yet super useful gifts that we’re sure will give you one or two options, at least.
Go Pro- Swivel Mount for helmet: Pair this helmet mount with any GoPro HERO camera to capture forward or rear facing videos by simply twisting the camera round- meaning no fast paced action is missed by having to rearrange your camera on the slopes. Perfect for the adventurous skier who wants to be able to brag on return from their holiday.
Vitorinox Mountaineer Duffle Bag: This bag acts as a backpack or duffel bag; hard wearing and offering plenty of room this bag is perfect for those who are known for popping off to the mountains for weekends and need a lightweight but heavy-duty and sophisticated kit bag.
Darn tough Socks Vermont: These socks do as they say on the tin. However, as well as being incredibly tough wearing and durable they are wonderfully snug since they use Merino wool to ensure ultimate comfort and warmth. And Darn Tough are so proud of their socks and confident that you will never need another pair of socks that they offer a life time guarantee! That’s confidence!
Finlay and Co Sunglasses: One can never have too many pairs of sunglasses and Finlay and Co sunnies ensure you maintain your suave sophistication necessary for chic style on the slopes. Whether your loved one goes goggle-less; loving the crisp feeling of skiing in sunglasses or they enjoy the lunch and après simple look leaving helmet and goggles aside, choose either the Percy or Bowery shapes for instant cool.
Canada Goose Down Jacket: This jacket has the potential to be the warmest jacket you’ve ever bought, perfect for someone who loves the outdoors and pottering in town after a day on the slopes. Keep them toasty right down to -15C! It is also windproof and uses White Duck Down for insulation. Final selling point is that it packs down to a pocket-sized package and is lightweight – perfect for lunch stops on the slopes.
Proggle Goggle Cover: In a range of funky patterns and designs the Proggle is the perfect antidote to taking your helmet and expensive goggles to the bar during après and avoiding the worry of scratching expensive lenses. From leopard eyes to underwater scenes to fur these goggle protectors add the final statement piece to any skier’s wardrobe.
Brora cashmere hat: This hat is a perfect addition to après gear, looking the part with splashes of neon in a funky pattern but with the chic addition of being silky snuggly cashmere for warmth and style. With the sheepskin pompom swaying in the breeze (or to the DJ’s beat) this hat offers ski style like no other.
Kari Traa zip top: This is the ultimate base layer for the true skier. Made with Merino wool it is super fine in texture and offers warmth like no other, being feminine yet hardworking. It is also breathable, odour resistant and has a half zip with a high collar to increase breathability.
SunGod Goggles: These goggles, as well as looking incredibly cool have lenses that are interchangeable, fully replaceable built from the highest quality and customised by you. With a lifetime guarantee you’re genuinely giving a gift that will last a lifetime (cheesy we know but hey, it’s Christmas) and with advanced lens construction that enhances contrast and optimises clarity, you’re onto a winner.
Aesop Massage Oil: For limbs that have been stretched and exhausted over the course of a day’s hard skiing one always wishes for a bit of pampering, especially a relaxing massage and this oil perfectly hydrates thirsty skin and leaves your skin feeling supple and radiant. Now all you need to do is offer to give the massage too…
Bose earphone plugs: For the ultimate music sensation these small earbuds will give maximum quality and pleasure. Allow your loved one to feel like they’re in their own action movie scene with their perfect playlist pounding as they whizz down the mountain. Of course we wouldn’t recommend music as you ski for safety reasons, they will also enhance any chair lift or queue experience…
Heated Gloves: Never have cold hands again! These gloves are the ultimate in luxury for any skier, with an in built insulation system that kicks in at the touch of a button you’ll bring joy both on Christmas day and during every skiing holiday happily ever after. With multiple heat settings and a light to let you know the system is working you’ll never need to take your gloves off (or want to…!).
The Ultimate Ski Book: Written by Gabriella Le Breton this book needs to be on every true skier’s Christmas list; with fascinating facts and amazing photojournalism, it follows the story of our beloved sport, through all ski areas and terrains with wit and passion for skiing evident throughout.
Chocolate (but of course): Villars Swiss chocolate is queen, sumptuously decadent and velvety this chocolate will be the icing on the cake in any stocking, but particularly one who appreciates the finer things in life.
Custom made Ski Boots: Have you ever complained that your boots are giving you pain, or know someone who has?! DaleBoot can solve all these issues with their custom made boots, bespoke only to you they craft the perfect boot 100% tailored to your specifications, even performing a thorough athletic assessment to determine stance balance requirements; allowing you and muscles to concentrate on what’s truly important: having fun on the slopes