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Christmas: The best Gifts for Skiers

With Christmas almost here, even last-minute shoppers will soon start looking for the ideal gift for their loved ones. For all winter sports enthusiasts among your friends and family, a ski-related present could be the perfect choice. We've put together the best gift ideas for all skiers and fans of the outdoors.

Functional ski wear

The modern three-layer ski jacket 3L JACKET KEYLONG2 from Schöffel will excite the men among winter sports fans.
The modern three-layer ski jacket 3L JACKET KEYLONG2 from Schöffel will excite the men among winter sports fans. © Schöffel

All those who call the ski slope their second home will certainly appreciate high-quality ski clothing.

When choosing the right ski jacket or pants, it is essential to make sure they are both wind and water proof. The second trait to look out for is breathability, as it has a large influence on wearing comfort. Breathable clothing keeps its wearer dry, preventing them from sweating too much by letting steam out of the jacket.

Top-quality ski underwear, also known as the base layer, usually consists of polyester, polyamide, polypropylene or merino wool. It absorbs very little moisture and makes sure skiers stay warm on the slope.

>> Check out our large collection of ski wear

A pair of heated gloves

Forget about cold hands with the heated glove model Heat.ZX 3.0 DA from Zanier.
Forget about cold hands with the heated glove model Heat.ZX 3.0 DA from Zanier. © Zanier

We all know that feeling of cold, tingly fingers after a while in the cold. Beside conventional ski gloves, heated models can be a good alternative. They keep skiers warm even under extreme weather conditions.

Not only those prone to cold weather will love heated gloves. With Zanier's Heat.ZX 3.0 DA model, ladies have the option of three different heat intensities. Depending on the heat level, the flame-shaped light will glow yellow, orange or red. The extremely light-weight lithium-ion batteries last up to 10 hours, providing enough heat for a long day of winter adventures. The model is also available for men.

>> Warm hands are guaranteed with these models

A comfortable ski helmet

The hard shell visor helmet uvex hlmt 500 visor provides an extra large window of vision.
The hard shell visor helmet uvex hlmt 500 visor provides an extra large window of vision. © Uvex

There are no disadvantages to ski helmets. Not only do they ensure skiers' safety, they also keep them warm when the wind whistles around them at high speed. This makes them an essential part of every winter sports fan's equipment.

Modern helmets are light, equipped with a ventilation system, adapt to their wearer's head shape while being a fashionable sight on the slopes. The alternative to traditional helmet-goggles combination are visor helmets. They are an elegant and especially useful solution for skiers requiring visual aids.

>> Find modern and comfortable ski helmets here!

A pair of high-quality ski goggles

Enjoy perfect sight with the Alpina Pheos ML model.
Enjoy perfect sight with the Alpina Pheos ML model. © Alpina

For skiers without visor helmets, a pair of ski goggles remains one of the most important accessories. However, decent goggles should meet several criteria: Beside an ideal fit they should be well-ventilated and remain fog-free.

The biggest differences between different models can be observed in the aspect of sight. The Alpina Pheos, for example, provides perfect sight on sunny and bad days alike. Their Varioflex technology darkens and brightens the lens automatically, depending on the intensity of the sunlight. Additionally, the Quattro Varioflex lens acts contrast-reinforcing, making changes in terrain and ice plates more visible.

>> Never lose track of the slope with these ski goggles!

A hat or headband

The Rana Lux Crystal MÜ by Eisbär is quite a pretty sight.
The Rana Lux Crystal MÜ by Eisbär is quite a pretty sight. © Eisbär

Whether they're needed for long winter walks, a visit to the Christmas market or a wild après-ski party: Trendy hats and headbands are popular winter accessories among both men and women.

Especially women know the problem of messed up hair after a day out on the slope. A hat or headband is the perfect solution for a night out on après-ski parties. Every woman will certainly be delighted about one of them as a Christmas gift.

>> Find many more hats and headbands here!

A ski scarf or balaclava

The Icono Merino neck tube from Salewa can be worn as a ski scarf, headband or hat.
The Icono Merino neck tube from Salewa can be worn as a ski scarf, headband or hat. © Salewa

Another category of accessories that make great Christmas gifts are ski scarves and balaclavas (ski masks). While scarves are suitable for everyday use, balaclavas are made to provide protection from extreme cold and wind.

Quality neck tubes are made of warm, breathable and fast-drying material. Many of them are multifunctional and can also be used as a headband or hat.

>> Shop for ski scarves and headbands here!

The right pair of ski socks

The Falke SK Energizing Wool ski socks improve blood circulation and regeneration.
The Falke SK Energizing Wool ski socks improve blood circulation and regeneration. © Falke

Socks for Christmas may not be the most creative of gift ideas, but sometimes all it takes is a small gesture to make someone happy. Of course, it also depends on the type of socks you're giving to your loved ones.

A pair of good ski socks is something every skier in the world needs. Especially for long ski trips, several pairs of socks are definitely necessary.

When purchasing ski socks, you should pay attention they have an anatomic fit and are padded sufficiently. Special support areas around the ankles, hamstrings and insteps are important as well. Material-wise, a merino wool mix provides quick transport of moisture and good heat isolation.

>> Find the highest-comfort ski socks here!

A handy ski boot bag

Start your ski adventure well-organized with the Rossignol Hero Boot Pro.
Start your ski adventure well-organized with the Rossignol Hero Boot Pro. © Rossignol

While ski shoes are probably not a good idea for a gift, a robust and useful ski boot bag certainly is. Of course, there are many different models in varying versions.

In any case, you will want to look for a model with a large number of outside pockets to store gloves and other small things quickly and efficiently. The bag's bottom should be waterproof to keep it dry even in snowy parking lots.

To make carrying as comfortable as possible, be sure to get a bag with back padding as well as adjustable shoulder straps.

>> Check out ski boot bags in all price categories here!

A light ski backpack

The Dynafit Speedfit 20 backpack is equipped with a light for nightly skiing.
The Dynafit Speedfit 20 backpack is equipped with a light for nightly skiing. © Dynafit

Just as important as a ski boot bag during arrival and departure, a light ski backpack can come in extremely handy while skiing and ski touring. Wallet, sunscreen, hats, tissues and other small items can easily have your coat overflowing with utensils. If this is the case, a light backpack will be your ideal companion.

A main compartment openable from above provides easy access to the skier's equipment. The backpack should be equipped with breathable straps and a recessed back part to make sure the skier's back stays dry even during an intensive day of skiing. Mesh pockets at the sides and a helmet attachment can also be very useful.

>> Take a look at all of our ski backpacks here

The newest ski model

The Fischer RC4 The Curv DTX Racetrack model is very dynamic during turns.
The Fischer RC4 The Curv DTX Racetrack model is very dynamic during turns. © Fischer

A new pair of skis is of course a Christmas present of the very highest class. However, you should be aware of your friend's, partner's or family member's skiing level in order to choose the right model.

Fans of long carving turns will love a race carver model. Those who prefer short turns might like a slalom carver. If you know the giftee enjoys skiing off-piste, get them a pair of freeride skis.

>> Find many more ski models of prestigious brands here!

last update on Aug 2, 2022

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