The Best Gifts for Skiers (Or Anyone Who Loves the Snow)

It's time to start holiday shopping! Check out this comprehensive list of everything you might need for the skier, snowboarder, or snow enthusiast in your life.

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So, you love someone who loves the snow. Maybe they’re a winter sports enthusiast, maybe they’re just a snow bunny—either way, you will find something for them in this gift guide! And if for some crazy reason it doesn’t, Curated has an elf (aka a winter sports expert) waiting for you to ask for their expert gear advice.

Skiing is a pretty spendy sport because of all the gear it takes just to be comfortable in the extreme weather. So if you can, help a skier out! Gifts for skiers don’t have to break the bank—there are plenty of budget friendly items any snowy weather sender will be thrilled to unwrap.

Two skiers and a snowboarder stand on the edge of a hill looking out at snowy mountains

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Budget gifts don’t have to feel cheap. Here’s some practical gifts any snow sports lover will be psyched to receive.

  • Coal Squad Beanie: Because nobody can ever have too many beanies!
  • Coal North Cap: But if they do have too many beanies, here’s a hat.
  • Hand Warmers: For when they’re too far away to hold their hands, or if you’re too busy shredding it up beside them!
  • Socks: Or you could get them the most underrated gift; socks

Sustenance Gifts

Gifts that will keep their hot cocoa hot and their bellies full! You can only eat so much lodge food, or maybe you want to save your leftovers. Either way, food storage is important, and now more than ever, it's stylish.

  • Hydro Flask Thermos: The perfect choice for someone who loves warm, home-cooked meals. This thermos will keep their oatmeal or soup warm for around four hours!
  • Yeti Rambler: Who doesn't drink coffee or tea on their way up to the mountain? This is the perfect present for anyone who encounters cold weather.
  • Stasher Reusable Snack Bag: This one might seem random, but anyone who cares about producing less waste will love this one. A snack bag is a great gift for your friend who over-uses their single use sandwich bags until they disintegrate. Or for anyone who wants their snacks to look cute!
  • H2O Backpack: A great ski gift is a Hydro backpack! Sometimes it's hard to remember to drink water when it's so cold out, but this backpack will make it easy to take a sip on the ski lift.
A skier in all black turns to look at the camera over their shoulder

Comfort Gifts

Perfect gifts for someone who’s always cold, or simply putting themselves in cold situations!

  • Baselayers: Okay, socks aren't the most underrated gift—underwear is! And everybody loves some good long johns! Extreme weather conditions call for extreme underwear.
  • Snow Boots: Nobody wears their ski boots home... well I hope not. So get them some snow boots to slip into in the parking lot or on the ski bus! (Check out these for Men and Women)
  • Mittens: Don't get ski gloves—mittens are where it's at!
  • Glove Liners: Don't forget these!
  • Electric Boot Warmers: This is a super technical item for your techie friend who doesn't mind wiring up their boots to keep their toes warm!
  • Ski Jacket: Jackets are the key to staying warm, dry, and happy on the hill. Whether water resistance, insulation, or style is the most important thing for your loved one, there's a jacket for them! If they will be skiing in the West Coast, look for something water resistant or waterproof. If they're in the Midwest or East, insulation is probably the most important part of a jacket. But wherever they will be skiing, keep track of style! (Check out these for Men and Women)

Gear Gifts

Gear is a tricky one to surprise someone with, but here are a couple safe, unique gifts, that will surely knock their socks off.

  • Ski Poles: Ski poles are a great option for a gift, because they aren't too big of an investment, but they are a great accessory! All you need to know is how tall the person is to get the right size.
  • Ski Helmet: Though you will need to know generally how big their head is, that’s an easy thing to guess, and most helmets are somewhat adjustable.
  • Ski Goggles: Goggles are an easy way to elevate someone's style, and they are so important for seeing on the slopes. Different goggle lens colors are actually for different weather! Choose orange or pink for places that get a mix of clouds and sun, blue or black if it's always sunny, and clear if it's going to be dark (night skiing) or super cloudy bad weather. It's so much better to ski when you can see!
  • Ski / Board Roof Rack: Skis and boards take up a lot of space inside cars, and they’re always dripping all over the place when the pow starts melting in the steamy car. A roof rack is not only practical, but it makes any car look like a sport utility vehicle.
  • Skis: Hands down, the best gift idea for a skier is a pair of skis. If you're buying skis for someone else, use Curated. Our experts can give you advice on which skis will be best for your lucky loved one. You will steal the show Christmas morning with this one.

For gear gifts like boots, it might be best to go to give them the money to go pick out their own because boot fit is so personal.

Two skiers peer over the edge of a rocky mountain
Photo by Matt Wood

Backcountry Trekking Gifts

Backcountry skiing is gaining popularity, especially this year with uncertain policies for resorts. There are a few things that will help somebody get going with their backcountry dreams by helping them stay safe and giving them a place to keep their gear!

  • Avalanche Safety Kit
  • Avalanche Float Backpack
  • GPS Watch
  • Avalanche Safety Course: Avalanche courses are super helpful for someone who wants to get into the backcountry. It's a big confidence boost, and if you buy a course for someone, you can rest assured that when you tell them to be safe, they’ll know how to do that. There are courses all over the country, and even some online ones this season. If your loved one is going to go out, make sure they do it right.

Kids Gifts

Start them out young! Mini ski bunnies are way too cute. Get them some fun kid gear to start off their ski careers right.

  • Mittens: Hands are the best form of communication on the mountain, so let them indicate to go faster through some cool mittens.
  • Pants: Fancy pants are a term for a reason! Plus, if they only fit into them for one season, they might as well be specific to their taste right now.
  • Boots: Their boots should be as cool as they are.

Dog Gifts

Don't forget a Christmas gift for the ski town dogs! They’re part of the family too.

  • Dog Jacket: Some dogs lack the proper fur to stay warm in the snow, but don’t let that hold them back from joining in the fun.
  • Dog Bed: All that playing in the snow will have them tired, so bring along a fluffy bed that you can toss onto the snow and make your pup as cozy as they would be at home, but better, because they’re with you.
  • Dog Toy: Durable toys are a must in the snow. Since all the sticks are covered up with snow, you’ll have to bring something to chase for them! This one is super fun because of the rope so you can fling it, then tug a war when they bring it back!
  • Dog Shoes: Dog paws are pretty tough, but if your pup is doing too much playing in the snow, they can get cold and chapped. To protect their paws from getting chapped or frost bitten give them some shoes. Plus it’s super funny to watch dogs get used to things on their paws… Christmas entertainment delivered.
A brown dog in a red sweater and boots runs through the snow

Whoever the skier is who you are giving a gift to, they will love something on this list. But if for some reason you’re still lost, don’t fret! Reach out to me or one of my fellow Ski experts here on Curated. We're happy to help you out with free advice and recommendations. We also offer the option of a Curated gift card which can be used towards making a winter sports purchase with free expert help finding the right gear for your skier's needs.

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Savannah Ribeiro
Ski Expert
Hey! I'm so happy you're here. I am eager to hear your skiing journey and goals, so I can best outfit you in what you need to have an awesome season! Gear can make or break a day on the mountain... I've experienced that, so you don't have to. ​ I started skiing in the Pacific Northwest 16 years ago...
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