There are two types of Christmas shoppers; the early birds who get all their shopping done before December 1st and the last-minute shoppers who are scrambling on December 22 and 23 trying to find the perfect present for all the special people on their shopping list. Sometimes all it takes for those last-minute shoppers to get going is a series of good deals or just some good ideas so they don’t end up buying everyone on their list toiletry gift baskets that they find at the department store.
When it comes to Christmas shopping, some people are just simply hard to shop for. There’s nothing in particular that they really need and they don’t have any gift ideas other than the extravagant objects that aren’t exactly realistic for your price range or this lifetime. For those tricky receivers, gift guides are a charm!
If you’ve got a skier or snowboarder you need to purchase a gift for this season, this gift guide will give you plenty of ideas in a variety of budget ranges so you can keep your shopping sanity and have some happy gift receivers.
Gifts Between $300 & $550
Anon M2 Ski Goggles
Changing goggles lenses has never been so easy and efficient! The Anon M2 goggles use Magna-Tech® Quick Lens Change Technology which allows you to easily change your goggle lenses wherever you are. Switch between clear and tinted without the hassle and be ready for any conditions on the mountain. Equipped with Spherical Lens Technology, you get optimal field of vision and thanks to the NEW SONAR Lenses by ZEISS which enhance contrasts allowing you to ride confidently with the best possible definition and terrain recognition. If you’re a skier or snowboarder looking for the latest in goggle technology, the Aon M2 goggles are worth checking out.
GoPro Hero5 Black
The latest technology in hands-free recording and photo taking, the GoPro Hero5 Black is a gift to remember for those mountain warriors on your Christmas shopping list. Recording in 4K video, equipped with voice-control, a touch display screen to check out your captures and a waterproof design. There will be no shortage of these cameras on Christmas wishlists around the world this season.
Outdoor Research Lucent GTX Heated Gloves & Mitts
Keep the cold-fingered folks on your Christmas shopping list happy this season with a pair of the Luin each glove which heat the glove surface throughout the back of the hand and the fingers so you can enjoy everyday in the snow even when it’s unbearably cold. For added warmth and insulation, a lightweight synthetic insulation called EnduraLoft™ is also used. Whether you’re carving epic turns in the backcountry on the coldest days or ripping skidoos across ice fields in the north, the Lucent GTX heated gloves and mitts are the ultimate winter accessory this season.
Gifts Between $150 & $300
Oakley Airbrake XL
Reknowned for their goggle designs and exceptional technologies, Oakley is no stranger to the optics industry. Each season they come up with new and improved lens technologies and frame designs and the Airbrake XL is no exception. These goggles boast a more flush design and were designed for riders looking for a larger sized goggle design. Each model is helmet compatible thanks to the articulating outriggers and streamlined frame and equipped with Switchlock® Technology for an easier lens change. Prices for these goggles will range depending on the lens they come with as well as the popularity of the frame and strap colour.
Mons Royale Supermons 3/4 One Piece for Him and Her
Base layers have never been so cozy! The Supermons 3/4 One Piece is the perfect base layer for any rider whether you are the type to hunt for the corduroy runs in the resort, lap the park or seek out fresh powder pocket sin the backcountry. The slim fit provides a streamlined design and the 3/4 lenght means no bunching. Keep the warm air in and forget about cold air or snow playing peek-a-boo with vulnerable bare skin. Made of 100% merino wool, you’re sure to be warm or cool and feel fresh and odour-free even when you’re working hard.
Smith Optics Variance-Mips Helmet
Keeping your head safe while exploring in the mountains is always important, so give the give of safety with the Variance-Mips helmet. Mips technology has been scientifically proven to reduce rotational motion during impact. This is done by absorbing and redirecting rotational energies and forces transferred to the brain when the head receives angled impacts. If you’ve got a shredder on your Christmas list who likes to push their limits, this helmet could be an exceptionally useful gift.
Gifts For $125 and Less
Icebreaker Oasis Base Layer Set for Him & Her
A good set of base layers is key for an enjoyable day on the hill and in the backcountry. Icebreaker products are crafted with merino wool making them not only breathable and soft but odour-managing and comfortable as well. Designed with flatlock seams and off-set shoulder seams, you’re sure to ride and explore in all-day comfort from sun up to sun down. Discover the rest of the Oasis collection for the most versatile base layer sets offered by Icebreaker.
SIDAS Volcano Heated Insole
If you’re prone to cold feet or someone on your Christmas list is prone to cold feet, the SIDAS heated insoles are the perfect Christmas gift for under $100. Extend your days exploring outside this winter whether you’re out discovering new snowy trails at the cottage or earning your turns in the backcountry. SIDAS heated insoles combine high-performing warming elements which provide real thermal comfort and offer exceptional support too.
Goal Zero Rock Out 2 Wireless Rechargeable Speaker
Whether you’re skinning to the summit or enjoying a mountainside lunch with a view, the Rock Out 2 wireless speak is a handy accessory to set the mood. While some prefer the silence and calmness of nature, others require a little motivation to keep pushing to reach the final peak before the descent or simply want to work on their karaoke classics so a wireless speak is a perfect gift. Attach it to your pack with a carabiner or let it rest it safely in the snow, a little tunes never heart anybody.
What Are You Waiting For?
The Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales may be coming to an end but there are still plenty of products available for your Christmas shopping convenience. With Christmas in less than a month, this gift guide is sure to ease the stress of your Christmas shopping and ensure everyone on your list gets the present they’ll love.