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Gifts for Skiers: 17 Cool and Unique Ideas

Whether you’re settling in for an epic winter of endless fresh lines and backcountry exploration, or getting ready for your first week of skiing ever, being as prepared as possible is key for a fun and safe time on the snow. From time-saving convenience to life-saving essentials, there’s something for everyone in this selection of very cool and unique gifts for skiers, no matter how experienced you are. However you hit the slopes, may you stay warm, ride safe, play hard and be cool!

17 unique gifts for skiers

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Gifts for skiers don’t need to be mundane or useless. So if your skiing pals have already received one woolly hat too many from you then take a look at our list for some inspiration:

backcountry access float 32 pack backpack

Backcountry Access Float 32 Pack Backpack

The Float 32 backpack is the ultimate backcountry pack. It has all the bells and whistles you would expect from a high end avalanche backpack, and more. From a fleece-lined goggle pocket, BC Link radio sleeves and ski carry straps, to dedicated probe and shovel sleeves, gear loops and hydration sleeves. And of course a 150 litre airbag to help keep you as close to surface of the snow as possible, should get caught in an avalanche. An air cylinder is not included in the pack, but it is the most easily refillable system on the market and one of the best gifts for skiers who like to hit the backcountry.

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Amazon | REI


Thermocharge pocket handwarmer

Thermocharge Handwarmer

If you constantly struggle with frozen fingers when out skiing, then having a hand warmer at the ready is a must. Disposable warmers are not only wasteful but they also struggle to give you the heat you really need. The Thermocharge however, provides 6 hours of heat for your hands to hold onto on the ski lift, and can be charged overnight via a USB port. But what makes this a ergonomically designed aluminum hand warmer really stand out from the crowd, is its secondary function as a phone recharger! When phone battery life gets zapped that much quicker in the cold, it’s a godsend to simply plug into your hand warmer and boost the juice. Multi-functional gear at its best.

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Picture Organic Clothing Boot Bag

Picture Organic Clothing Boot Bag

Made of 50% recycled polyester, this 30 litre ski boot bag is better placed in our eco-friendly ski gear article than in this one. But sustainability shouldn’t stop just because it’s Christmas. Plus, it’s a highly useful gift as well as having a cool pattern that will stand out in the locker room. It features a zippered entry at the back to store your boots in, as well as a front pocket where you can stash your goggles, helmet, hat and gloves. Couple it with the ski and pole carrier (below), and you’ve got yourself a highly portable and easy to carry setup.

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REI


Sukoa Ski & Pole Carrier Straps

Sukoa Ski and Pole Carrier Straps

Wonderfully simple and highly functional, this lightweight ski and pole carry system is also easy to use. It features a padded shoulder strap which can be adjusted to the perfect length for the carrier. And it even has Velcro straps to securely attach your poles to the system too. To top it off, the ski holder straps are cushioned to protect your planks when hauling them around. For short hikes in deep snow or even just walking to and from the ski hill, the ski carry system will make life so much easier.

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Amazon


Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix Skins

Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix Skins

For snow-based missions out into the backcountry, a set of reliable skins is a must. Designed to stick to the bottoms of your skis, these clever yet simple contraptions enable ski tourers to climb uphill without sliding back down the slopes. They have adjustable tip attachments to fit a range of different ski sizes, and are superbly packable and lightweight. Additionally, the combo of nylon (35%) and mohair (65%) ensure efficiency on long approaches to those hard to reach dream runs.

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REI


Panda Goggles

Panda Optics RS1 Goggles

Brand new in 2020, the Panda Optics RS1 Goggles are the ideal optical companion for all mountain exploration in unpredictable conditions. With quick (and I mean quick!) changing magnetic lenses and a bold style, these high quality snow goggles aren’t just reserved for the ski racers they are designed by. They provide excellent optics and high levels of comfort. Plus, they come at a price that is worth their high quality and functionality.

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Panda Optics


Poleplant bamboo ski poles

Poleplant Bamboo Poles

For the eco-conscious skiers out there, Poleplant poles need to feature on your ski gear list. Not only are they constructed with sustainable and exceptionally strong bamboo (twice as strong as aluminium), but Tignes based Poleplant also handcraft poles to your specifications. You get to choose the type and colour of your handles, add an extra touring grip if you want it, and even personalise your poles with your name or some inspirational quote engraved onto the bamboo to remind you to always shred as strongly as your poles! Yes, useful personalised gifts for skiers do actually exist!

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Poleplant


Dakine ski tuning kit in a case

Dakine Ski Tuning Kit

If you spend any significant amount of time on the ski hill, then investing in a tuning kit will be a mega saving in the long run, unless you’re happy riding beat up skis all season. This Dakine kit has everything you need to get your skis into the best shape possible, and is complete with an edge tuning tool, file, cleaning brush, all temp wax, Ptex, pocket stone, a couple of scrapers and scuff pads. And they even throw in some tuning tips all in neatly packaged zippered case. Just be sure not to tell too many of your friends about your it, or you’ll find yourself being owed a lot of favours for tuning everyone else’s skis too!

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Amazon | REI


Outdoor Research Illuminator Sensor Gloves

Outdoor Research Illuminator Sensor Gloves

Getting the right gloves for ski touring is not as straight-forward as it might seem. They need to be the perfect balance of breathability, so you don’t get too sweaty on the uphills, and warmth for when you’re cruising back down. Add in having to deal with your smartphone for navigation and suddenly maintaining an ideal hand temperature becomes a fine art. Thankfully, Outdoor Research have developed the Illuminator Sensor Glove that takes care of all these issues in one. They are Insulated with lightweight PrimaLoft Silver Insulation, are water resistant and breathable, and have touch-screen compatible goat leather thumb and index fingertip for optimal usability and comfort. Problem solved!

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Amazon | Outdoor Research


Pole Clinometer incline reader

Pole Clinometer

If hitting the backcountry is on your agenda, then this low cost, painfully simple incline gauge has to find its way onto your ski pole. The sticker enables you to measure the steepness of the slope by line-of-sight, so that you can then access the avalanche risk. Of course this just solves one piece of the puzzle and further assessments must be made and precautions taken to ensure maximal safety. However any method that helps to keep you and your loved ones safe in the mountains should be adopted, and every ski pole that goes out of bounds and into the backcountry should be decorated with the ever-so smart Pole Clinometer.

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Pole Clinometer


Navy Glower sweater with white snowflake

Glower Snowflake Sweater

Another ideal gift for eco-friendly skiers everywhere is this gorgeously festive snowflake sweater. It sparkles with winter style that is as casual as it is classy, and is guaranteed to turn some google-clad heads at the end of a tough day on the slopes. The handprinted design by Glower is a Fair Wear garment that is created using Phthalate-free ink and made from 85% organic cotton. It is also available in men’s and women’s hoodies and t-shirts. But hurry, this popular winter snowflake design is falling off the shelves thick and fast.

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Glower


Click ski carabiner tool

Click Ski Carabiner

Skiing without an adjustment tool is just asking for something to go awry with your gear, and unless you’re staying close to the resort facilities, it’s best to never ski without one. Thankfully there are some mega lightweight tools around that you won’t even know you are carrying. Like this very well thought through Ski Carabiner, that you can just clip to the belt loop of your pants if you’d rather not have it rattling around in your pocket. Its simple design features three different screwdriver heads, a spring loaded quick clip carabiner and an all-important bottle opener. Click have also developed Glove Technology which uses specifically designed tool sprockets for easy use with gloves on.

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Amazon


GoPro Hero Session image

GoPro Hero Session

This super powerful little action sports Hero is the little brother of the famous GoPro camera. And with incredibly high performance specs for something so small, it sure does a pretty good job of keeping up with its big brother. Waterproof, robust and compact, the Hero Session makes the perfect partner for your skiing adventures. A super simple single button to turn on, record and turn off, makes it easy to use with gloves and ensures you don’t waste any time setting it up, when you could be out charging on the mountain. Slip it onto a helmet mount and your whole day can be recorded and re-lived.

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Patterned Racysuits

Racysuits

If you’re tired of everyone on the mountain taking things so seriously, then bring back some retro fun and add some style to the slopes in a Racysuit! Their 80’s inspired patterns and figure-hugging fit are bound to draw some smiles from onlookers wishing they had the courage to be so bold. But these unique unitards aren’t just about the look. The stretchy and extra durable warm fabric, is lined with a second layer of spandex that is moisture wicking and super comfortable. Thumb holes, zippered arms and legs, a ski pass pocket and a zippered phone pocket all help to bring the Racysuit right up to date in modern ski culture. We hope to be seeing far more of them on the slopes and the dance floor for many seasons to come!

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Racysuits


Mountain scene printed buff

Buff

Every lover of the outdoors needs a Buff in their life. If you don’t have one then you need to get one. Simple as that. They are so incredibly versatile and functional for almost all adventures, and this yeti mountain scene is the perfect addition to your winter slope style. The seamless design is super comfortable when worn under your helmet, as a neck scarf it is a highly effective draft excluder, or bust out the full balaclava option on the really chilly days.

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Amazon | REI


Wooden Unique Skis

Unique Skis

Unique Skis are a boutique ski making company that specialise in making its customers drool over their beautifully handcrafted skis. But they say that true beauty comes from within, and as visually appealing as these may be, they certainly don’t lack in the quality department either. Made with hand selected materials for only the very best in durability and aesthetics, Unique skis are designed to excel in a ‘real’ conditions. They are skis that will float wonderfully on the powder days, deal with hard packed snow excellently and are easily maneuverable on all terrain. There is only one shape available in three different lengths. And according to Unique Skis, that’s all you’ll ever need for versatile freeskiing experience.

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Unique Skis


DryGuy boot and gear dryer

DryGuy Boot and Gear Dryer

There’s nothing worse than putting on soggy boots and gloves each morning. It’s just asking for a day of numb toes, frozen fingers and general unpleasantness. Get your gear on the DryGuy and within a couple of hours things will be warm and dry and ready for action. With a whisper-quiet rotary blower that heats up to 105ºF (40.5ºC), the DryGuy also helps to eliminate odours and reduce the growth of bacteria. For those living the ski life, a boot and gear dryer will change your world!

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Amazon | REI


If our list of useful and unique gifts for skiers doesn’t have what you’re looking for then take a look at this round up of gifts for snowboarders.

Gifts for skiers

About the author

author-joey

Joey is based in Cornwall, UK, and runs Cool of the Wild. She can’t get enough of being outdoors – whether that’s lounging around the campfire cooking up a feast, hitting the trail in her running shoes, or attempting to conquer the waves on her surfboard – she lives for it. Camping is what she loves to do the most, but has also spent many hours clinging to the side of a rock face, cycling about the place, cruising the ski-slopes on her snowboard, and hiking small mountains and big hills.

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