Fun Ski and Snowboard Gifts for Christmas

“All I want for Christmas is snow,” I say every year. But that fantasy frosty notion doesn’t fill the stockings by the fireplace, and leaves little to unwrap Christmas morning.  

As cold temperatures return to the mountains and ski areas start planning to blow snow, its time to make winter ski plans, get your season pass for skiing, and a few fun purchases for the skiers and snowboarders on your list

apre ski ski shot

Après Ski Fun Anyone? Our fun ski buddy Rich Stoner, great name right?!, is All About Après. Literally that’s his cool ski site. His blogs and podcasts are entertaining, and his après ski swag – shirts, hoodies and hats – are perfect for any ski friend with a sense of humor and a love of après. “I love big dumps” is a personal favorite of mine. And “If you don’t après ski, did you really ski at all?”. Reasonably priced attire, mugs and more are available at All About Après.

Rock some Rossi Socks. I am always shocked by my experienced ski friends that wear crappy socks. Seriously, cotton? Thick bulky wool? So I love to give Rossignol ski socks, which come in pink graphics for ladies, or the classic cock sock for guys (you know- Rossi’s iconic logo since 1907)! These are the best socks, whether you get cold, sweaty or stinky. A thin soft blend of wool and silk offers wicking and odor resistant, and warmth, making for great fit and function. Easily washable and rather indestructible, mine outlast a season of over 60 days. Give your friends the gift of happy ski feet – they’ll thank you again and again.  PS: I love Rossignol

Kulkea - the best ski boot bag for your family ski trip

Give your Ski Friend the Boot – bag! Kulkea makes the best boots bags in the ski biz. I love that it’s the boot brain-child of two guys from New England, with clever Finnish heritage. But seriously, their bags are so well-designed, with separate boot compartments, loaded with features. I often fly with my Kulkea as my carry-on including everything I need to ski day of arrival! Check out the heated boots bag for those chilly car rides on a powder morning. I love my PowderTrekker, so I am part of the Kulkea cult. Kulkea also makes ski bags, and backpacks. See our tips on how to pack for a ski trip.

Coffee Ski Mugs to kick start your day. I love my coffee mug with my name and snowflake, it makes me happy even on grumpy Monday. Etsy has so many customizable coffee mugs. Or on Shutterfly, DIY, and make a mug with a happy ski photo of your choice to gift to your ski bud or your whole ski gang – discounts for multi-mug purchases and free shipping then.

Personal Ski Signs and Ornaments for the tree. I love personalize holiday ornaments. And who doesn’t love a “More Difficult Jerry’s Trail”… or fill in your own blanks. has cool “Season Pass” ornaments that can be personalized for your ski friend’s or put your kid’s name on it for just $10. Customizable ski trail signs are $25. Good times, gaffs, and laughs will follow.

apres ski tshirt for ladies

Girls Gone Skiing? For your favorite fall line female, this cool site has the best vintage posters, pillows, drink tumblers, and cool graphic shirts. The sparkly “Skiaholic” shirt and the shirt are most excellent choices. I love their 1942 Girls Gone Skiing shirt graphic. She will too.

A Month’s Membership to a health and fitness club will be incentive (not so subtle) for your ski bud to get in shape for skiing, particularly for friends who procrastinate pre-season conditioning. The gift of fitness reduces the risk of injury and can vastly improve the skiing and riding experience. Whether they renew their gym pass, or speak to you again – lol, is up to them!

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Hot Stuff by the Case. I admit to being a pack a day habit gal. I live by and love disposable hand warmers, so I buy Hot Hands by the case ($25 for 40 pair) from Jeff Bezos’ bargains (Amazon, heard of it?). My hubby likes his stick-on toe warmers. Both hand and toes packets last a full ski day, unlike a lot of pricey bulky rechargeable electric gloves, mittens, and boot warmers. Environmental note – don’t dispose of your disposable hand warmers on the ski trail people – they’re not biodegradable, they’re disposable!

Arm chair skiers will love a good ski book. James Niehues has published his artistic illustrations of ski resort trails maps, 292 pages of beautiful ski mountains. James’ creation is the ultimate ski chalet coffee table book.

New England Ski Museum’s gifts are a perennial go to in my ski family. I love that any purchase from their online catalog goes toward preserving the history of skiing. You’ll find Ski T’s to neckties, vintage ski posters to pottery and jewelry, or just give a Gift Certificate. Win, win, win!

snowmaking for early season skiing

Ski areas are “blowing the mice out” of snowmaking guns. That’s ski biz lingo and slang referencing firing up equipment that hasn’t been used to on the mountain since February or March. It means #winteriscoming and ski season will be here soon. Get the holiday shopping done so when your favorite ski resort opens, you can go have fun!   While crowds are out shopping in busy malls, you can be on snow.

More on Family Skiing
Gear Guide for the Latest Greatest Skis for Men and Women
How to Pack for a Family Ski Trip
Top New England Ski Resorts for Families
Top Western Ski Resorts for Families
Top Canada Ski Resorts for Families
Top European Ski Resorts for Families

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