Holiday gift shopping sneaks up on all of us and it’s rarely an easy task. That’s why we pulled together a list of our favorite winter gift ideas, to inspire you and streamline your shopping this holiday season.
Help your friends and loved ones get prepared for winter, with any one of these awesome pieces of cold-weather equipment and products. From socks to base layers, hats, and skis, these items span price points, activities, and uses.
Ibex Wool Aire Hoodie ($285)
Ibex designed this jacket to be extremely lightweight and packable without sacrificing performance. It packs down into its own chest pocket for storage.
The shell is made with Bluesign-certified wind- and water-resistant fabric for protection from the elements, while antimicrobial merino wool insulation provides warmth and odor protection. It has an athletic fit, with an elastic hem and cuffs, and a scuba hood to keep out wind and rain.
For the winter athlete in your life, the CEP Thermo Merino Tall Ski Compression socks ($49) combine time-tested sock design with functional sock technology.
They’re made with a blend of merino and wool fibers to wick moisture and hold heat. They offer graduated compression encircling your muscles. They’ve also got smart infrared technology that improves circulation and aids muscle recovery.
Then, there’s padding to protect your ankles, knees, and shins, as well as silver treatment to reduce stinky ski foot odors.
Trade in your regular neck gaiter for a cold weather option with Phunkshun’s new Flurry Polar Tube ($36). It is made with Polartec High Loft fleece to provide warmth without weighing you down.
It has moisture-wicking and odor-resistant technology as well as UPF 50+ protection for long days on the slopes. DWR coating helps keep freezing moisture out, and the recycled polyester outer layer provides breathable protection.
Everyone needs a good base layer come wintertime. And having one that’s sustainably designed is a nice touch. Daehlie not only specializes in high-performance activewear for winter athletes, but it also incorporates sustainability into many of its new garments.
This base layer ($60) is breathable, moisture-wicking, and designed with antibacterial properties. And it’s also made using fibers extracted from the cellulose of non-GMO eucalyptus trees. And because it’s part of Daelie’s “dye-less” line, it saves 16.3 L of water per garment to produce.
With the bold and in-your-face (or should we say on-your-face) style you’d expect from Pit Viper, the brand took feedback on their original gogglés and made some changes. It expanded the frame on the Grande model to increase the range of vision, and added a second low light lens for improved performance in varying conditions. The goggles are available in four different designs from cheetah to cow print to flames.
Some winter boots are made for fashion, some are made for function. Baffin’s Yellowknife ($150) is made for both. The comfortable, premium rubber bases are flexible and waterproof. The leather uppers provide durability and style.
Wear these while you’re shoveling the driveway, or out for a snowy night around town.
This lightweight line of reversible base layers ($70-75) from Seirus utilizes reflective technology to trap body heat and send it back to you, helping to maintain warmth in cooler temps. Seams are designed to lay flat for protection against chafing.
The layers are also brushed with a moisture-wicking treatment to promote ventilation and avoid sweat buildup. The integrated spandex construction provides stretchy comfort for long days out in the chilly weather.
The latest version of Zeal’s Hangfire goggles ($249) includes the brand’s “observation deck technology” that expands the wearer’s field of vision by 20%. Add the “optimized polarized automatic+” lens to it and you’ve got a goggle that lets you see more terrain, and that will automatically adjust to the natural light as conditions change around you.
The usefulness of a good ear-flap hat is hard to understate. It keeps your noggin warm in chilly temps. It protects your eyes from the glaring winter sun. And it protects your ears and the back of your neck from cold breezes.
Topo Designs’ Puffer Cap ($39) is fully insulated, it’s compressible, and has an adjustable wrap-around ear/neck-flap.
A good winter shell won’t just offer protection from the elements season after season, but is also good for a variety of snow-based activities. The Arc’teryx Saber AR jacket ($699) accomplishes both.
The high-performance GORE-TEX jacket is wind- and waterproof, breathable, durable, and perfect for any number of winter sports. From skiing, to boarding, sledding, hiking, fat-tire biking, snow angel making, and more, the Saber has your back.
Year after year, the Atris ($900) is lauded as one of Black Crow’s most versatile, playful, all-mountain skis. With a 105 waist, they are great for blower powder days. But they will crush on almost any kind of terrain any day of the season.
A double rocker offers great control and maneuverability. A firm and constant flex ensures stability even at high speeds. The Atris was made for intermediate to advanced skiers who want to enjoy all the mountains have to offer, to the fullest.
If you’ve ever yearned for the ski bum life or the van life or for a life lived for the outdoors, you’ll relate to the story told in a Skitown Fairytale ($45). Follow the main character Sophie as she rejects her life working a corporate cubicle job and jettisons out into the wide world to chase her dreams of living in a ski town.
Written by the inimitable Sam Morse and illustrated by renowned ski town comic Ryan Stolp of LiftLines Comics. This heartfelt story might just be the spark of inspiration your friends or loved ones might need to finally go chase a ski town fairytale of their own.
There are a lot of good reasons why Patagonia’s PowSlayer ($640) made it to the top of our Best Bibs of 2022 list. Namely, the bibs feature a three-layer insulation system that keeps you warm and dry even in the wettest snow conditions.
And 100% recycled nylon protects the GORE-TEX PRO inner membrane. No-mesh side zips allow for ventilation when things warm up, and seal up tightly for when conditions are cold. These are the flagship Patagonia backcountry skiing bibs, and it doesn’t take much time in them to realize why.
This extremely comfortable ski boot ($700) is capable of locking into your resort skis, or AT bindings. It’s extremely versatile and works as well in the backcountry as it does in bounds.
The shells and liners are both extremely customizable. So, the boot actually adapts to the shape of the wearer’s foot. It provides the stability and power of an alpine boot with the versatility of a touring boot. Find the best of both worlds, right here.