By Jill Adler We know that feeling- All the best gifts have been bought by now and you couldn’t possibly come up with something original… or could you? Snowlovers are an unusual breed. Yes, we can appreciate a good bottle of wine or a gift basket but we’ll do a jig over a new pair of DarnTough socks and a Helly Hansen baselayer. It’s never too late to come up with creative purchases that set just the right tone for the holidays and for the ski season.
Harriet/Harlan Hudsen Collective Gloves
Street style meets the mountains with these Swany mitt offshoots. Snowboarding XGames champ Steve Fisher made sure these would stay warm and durable even when wet. The ladies’ version comes with a touchscreen capable liners. $80
Tecnica MB Vinyl Moon Boots
If your lady loves fun, hip retro looks, this is the ultimate après ski boot. You’re not regifting your mom’s Moon Boots from the 70s but creating a whole new trend for marshmallow footwear. Water-resistant and uber warm. $120.
Easton Hike Snowshoes
Family in town who don’t ski? No fresh snow? Dog getting antsy? Shake up your outdoor program with a pair of on-trail snowshoes. The Hike has just the right balance between techy materials and ergonomic design. They are made to go longer and steeper and the single strap pull-and-go entry make them easier and faster to get on. $139.
Put a bow on this stylish mug and go from house to hill with fresh hot java on Christmas morn. Even if the leftover coffee sits around in your bag, it won’t spill or get cold. Later, the clever lid pops up for easy cleaning. You can also lock the spout so you don’t have to worry about trying to push a button with sloppy gloves.
Dakine Women’s Tech
No need to ‘underlayer’ for skiing with the Dakine Women's Tech (LS or SS). It's not only super cute but it’s one of the only base layer tops with a built-in shelf bra! The flatlock seams means zero chafe and a quick-dry UPF 50+ poly/spandex helps when shedding layers in the backcountry. $45
Bolle Greta Sunglasses
Classic Bolle Cat Eyes are back in the form of the Greta. The translucent, butterfly-shaped frame paired with polarized lenses makes a great look on and off the slopes. Make sure you pair them with your new Moon Boots for the ultimate retro look. $80
Run, don’t walk (or slip) in the latest spikes from Kahtoola. The Nanos are extremely light yet durable. The tungsten carbide studs have a stepped and tapered shock absorbing cleat around them for wear resistance and unbeatable traction. $50
Thule Sonic Alpine Cargo Box
Ok, this one is so not going to fit under a tree but imagine their surprise when you walk them outside to see the Sonic strapped to the top of the SUV. At 11” high you’ll maneuver through most parking garages and on roadtrips, the patented Aero Nose design cuts through the air and reduces drag and noise. With dual-Side openings everyone can help get the gear out for the day. $480
Personal Creations Vacation Fund Jar
Everyone knows that ski trips are a financial drain. Make it fun for the whole family to chip in and save with the Travel Fund Jar. Personalize it with your name and type of vacation. Even better, fill it up and wrap it as a hint of your upcoming vacation. $20