The Ultimate 2021 Holiday Snowboarding Gift Guide

The holidays are fast approaching, so it's time to start planning the perfect presents for the snowboarders in your life. Check out this gift guide for some amazing ideas.

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The holidays are fast approaching, so it's time to start planning the perfect presents for your loved ones. If you have a snowboarding fanatic in your life, read on for great gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on their face.

Roller Bag

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The Dakine Low Snowboard Roller Bag

If you’re buying something for a snowboarder who’s been on a budget, a nice bag is an excellent gift. Snowboarders who are still getting all their equipment will often spend their last penny on the best board and boots, so when they need a bag to fly to a resort, they’ll get a cheap bag on Amazon.

Unfortunately, those bags often break during travel and they won’t keep water out, which can rust the board when it’s stored over the summer. A high-quality bag like the Dakine Roller bag will protect their prized snowboard from the elements and it will make traveling much easier!

High-End Bindings

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The Union Atlas Snowboard Bindings

If you wanted to splurge on your loved one, you might have thought about getting them a new snowboard. However, it’s probably a better idea to get them nice bindings instead. When snowboarders buy gear, they usually spend the most on their snowboard and boots. Most people end up riding on cheap bindings for a few years. Additionally, they usually spend a lot of time picking the right snowboard and boots, so unless you asked them specifically what style they wanted, you probably wouldn’t know which model to get them.

On the other hand, good bindings will last a decade and they’ll significantly upgrade most snowboarders’ kits. My binding recommendation is the Union Atlas, which has been considered by many groups to be the absolute best binding for years. As long as your snowboarder hasn’t been living under a rock, they’ll be extremely excited as soon as they see the packaging!

Snowboard

Product image of the 2022 Burton Custom Snowboard.

The 2022 Burton Custom Snowboard

If you absolutely have to get your rider a snowboard, my best recommendation is to ask them what board they want! If they don’t know what to get, then consider asking a Snowboard Expert who is extremely good at matching riders with the perfect gear for them! Here at Curated, there’s a team of Snowboard Experts like me who have made their passion their job, and they love helping people find the best equipment for them. Start by putting in your recipient’s information and then an Expert will connect with you and help you pick something!

If you hate talking to people, you can always get them the Burton Custom snowboard, which is the longest-running design of all time. It was designed by Burton’s engineers for themselves and it’s a premium board for the whole mountain, so you can’t go wrong!

Merino Wool Socks

Product image of the Icebreaker Men's Medium Cushion Over-the-Calf Ski Sock.

The Icebreaker Men's Over-the-Calf Ski Sock

Every person who plays in the snowy mountains has had an experience where they wanted to keep frolicking but their feet hurt or their toes were too cold to continue. If you want to help a loved one keep their feet warm and unscathed, then consider getting them wool socks!

My favorite sock is the Icebreaker Ski Sock because it is specifically designed for ski and snowboard boots. The merino wool is sourced from New Zealand sheep that are acclimated to the cold mountains, so they grow wool that’s perfect for snow sports! Plus, Icebreaker has a lifetime warranty on its socks, so when you give someone Icebreaker socks, you’re giving them warm toes for life! Here’s a link to the women’s socks.

Wool Baselayers

Product image of the Smartwool Women's Merino 250 Baselayer 1/4 Zip Baselayer.

The Smartwool Merino 250 Baselayer

Staying on the theme of keeping warm, wool base layers are an excellent gift for people who are venturing to colder resorts. Wool dries easily, doesn’t stink after riding, and keeps people extremely warm. It’s better than any other material for snowboarding, which is why people pay top dollar for high-quality wool base layers. Smartwool makes excellent base layers in many styles, including my favorite quarter-zip shirts (for men and women) and pants (for men and women).

Book of Ski Maps

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The Man Behind the Maps by James Niehues

When shopping for a snowboarding enthusiast who has everything, it’s hard to find items they don’t have. If the recipient daydreams of powder in the summer months and loves to plan trips, they will love The Man Behind the Maps book. This book is a collection of over 200 trail maps that were painted by James Niehues—most people don’t realize that almost all trail maps are painted by someone! The book allows people to browse through many resorts around the world.

Helmet

Product image of the 2022 Smith Holt Helmet.

The 2022 Smith Holt Helmet

If you have a new snowboarder in your family and they don’t have a helmet, then you should look no further and get them a helmet! Too many new snowboarders hit the slopes with no helmet. Then they catch an edge, slam the back of their head into a patch of ice, and walk the rest of the way down the slope to rent skis instead.

New snowboarders think they won’t need a helmet, but they’ll wish they had one about five minutes into snowboarding. They might not thank you when you give them the helmet, but they’ll thank you after they come back from the slopes. One of my favorites is the Smith Holt Helmet because it has a classic look.

Water-Resistant Balaclava

Product image of the BlackStrap The Hood Balaclava Facemask in Birds of Paradise.

The BlackStrap The Hood Balaclava

Most snowboarders get nice waterproof jackets and snow pants, but then they buy a cloth face mask. When they ride through those sweet powder stashes, they get snow all over their face that melts and freezes over, making it cold and harder to breathe.

BlackStrap made the fantastic The Hood water-resistant balaclava to prevent this exact situation. Most snowboarders don’t know that they want this product, but as soon as they try it, they grab one for themselves.

Mirrored Goggles

Product image of the Zeal Optics Beacon Goggles in Dark Night / Polarized Phoenix.

The Zeal Optics Beacon Goggles

As a Snowboard Expert, I’m constantly asked about mirrored goggles because they look awesome! Almost every new snowboarder wants that crazy mirrored-goggle look. The Zeal Optics Beacon is an excellent mirrored goggle that came out last year and will give riders the look they desire! Zeal’s novel Observation Deck Technology angles the goggles downward, giving riders even more visibility of the terrain ahead. There are also a ton of color options and replacement lens options, so the goggles can be customized to any desired look!

3D Goggles with MFI

Product image of the Anon M4 Toric MFI Goggles.

The Anon M4 Toric MFI Goggles

People who want to get the absolute best goggles should look no further than the Anon M4 Goggles with MFI. These 3D goggles have some of the best lenses on the market. Each pair comes with multiple lenses for different lighting conditions.

The best part of the Anon M4 is the MFI face mask. Each pair comes with a magnetically attaching face mask that is much more comfortable than wearing a separate face mask underneath the goggles. Additionally, riders can get different face masks for different conditions, allowing them to always have the perfect setup for the mountain.

GORE-TEX Mittens

Product image of the Dakine Men's Titan GORETEX Mitten.

The Dakine Titan GORE-TEX Mittens

People love the Dakine Titan GORE-TEX mittens. They’re warmer and more convenient than gloves, especially because people can put hand warmers in them and ball up their hands to consolidate heat. GORE-TEX is a premium material that is waterproof, stretchy, and breathable, so these mittens will keep hands warm and dry.

Beanie

Product image of the Coal Squad Beanie in maroon.

The Coal Squad Beanie

After hitting the slopes all day, snowboarders want to walk around the town and explore, but they don’t want to wear their helmets. Beanies can be kept in pockets and taken out when needed to keep ears warm. I love the Coal Squad Beanie because it’s made from soft, fully recycled Polylana material.

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If you're feeling stumped, I or a fellow Snowboard Expert would love to help you shop for your loved ones. If you want any help with picking out presents, contact an Expert here on Curated or gift a Curated gift card, and we’ll do our best to find the best gear for your lucky recipient!

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Written By
Noah Todd
Noah Todd
Snowboard Expert
A few years ago, my family went to Snowbird, and I fell in love with snowboarding. The powder has been calling me ever since, and I've been visiting as many resorts as possible, with the hope that one day I'll live near one. I particulary enjoy exploring the wilderness, finding more difficult terrai...
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