Christmas is just around the corner - so you might be looking for the perfect gift for the ski and snowboard enthusiasts in your life. From stocking fillers and crafty gifts, to main presents, browse our 2023 Christmas gift guide, and don't forget to check our last year's round-up for more gift inspiration!
Mountain Sun Cream and SPF Lipbalm, Piz Buin - £8.49 on lookfantastic.com
In the mountains, your skin needs high protection due to the intensified rays and reflections off the snow - as well as the need to keep your skin hydrated. This sun cream is specifically developed for high altitude climates, offering advanced sun protection and long-lasting hydration. It's sweat and water resistant, and conveniently pocket-sized - the perfect stocking filler for those spending all day on the mountainside!
Goggle Lens Guard - £9.50 on pandaoptics.co.uk
As we're sure many people know, mirrored goggle lenses are prone to getting knocks and scratches whilst out and about on the piste. Lens guards are a great way to avoid unnecessary scratches. Small enough to fit in your pocket when your goggles are in use, this is a brilliant stocking stuffer for the goggle wearers in the family!
Snowball Maker - £17.59 for 3 on Amazon.co.uk
Want to be able to make the perfect snowballs for your next snowball fight? Grab a snowball maker! It allows you to make the perfect spherical snowball, great for throwing around on the snow front whilst on holiday!
Ski Socks - from £9.99 on trespass.com
Ski socks can really make or break how comfortable you find your ski boots and it's always good to invest in some socks designed specifically for skiing - they are made with areas of cushioning and ventilation, with skiing and snowboarding in mind. A great stocking filler for any skier in your life!
Another great way of celebrating Christmas with the ski and snowboard lovers in your life, is by making them something crafty. Whether that be utilising piste maps from resorts visited, or baking something tasty, getting crafty is an amazing way to make something you know your family and friends will love!
Piste Map Origami Stars
Anyone that has skied in multiple ski resorts is bound to have accumulated a multitude of piste maps. And as many people will know, often these piste maps will be put on a shelf and not looked at again, unless the resort is revisited! If you're particularly handy, and have the patience to sit and fold, origami stars are a brilliant way to showcase your piste maps in a slightly different way. One of our ski experts' daughter has done just that, and don't they look amazing!!
Whilst not quite as ski related as some other gifts on this gift guide, coconut ice is a great nod towards the conditions you might find in a ski resort! An easy recipe to follow, these pieces of sugary goodness are prepared using grated desiccated coconut, condensed milk and sugar, formed to create a solid, yet soft, candy. Typically chewy, they will for sure evoke some childhood memories for the people you make them for!
Melted Snowman Cookies
A great way to get the little skiers involved - these cookies are a truly festive treat, and a lovely gift for friends and family! Make your favourite cookie recipe and decorate with a little melted snowman, using marshmallows and icing to create the perfect melting effect - so tasty!
Piste Map Frames
Need another great way to reuse your piste maps, aside from the amazing origami stars above? A lovely way to honour favourite resorts or resorts that hold amazing memories, is by framing the piste maps! What's better than being able to look at your favourite resort runs everyday. However piste maps can vary in size from resort to resort, so it would be worth bearing this in mind and measuring up before buying a frame!
'Tis The Skison' matching sweatshirts - from £18.00 on thelittlebeasties.com
Fancy matching with your little ones this 'skison'? Or maybe you want to treat your parents to matching outfits. These sweatshirts are a great present for those ski-season lovers in the family, or they're great for treating yourself... Made by a small business too - what more could you want!
'Alpine Cooking' - from £30 on amazon.co.uk
This beautifully photographed cookbook and travelogue includes recipes from all over the Alps, from Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and last (but certainly not least) France. The author travelled through the Alps, by car, on foot and even via funicular to collect the best recipes from all over the famous mountain range. The perfect gift for the foodies in the family, to be able to recreate some mountain dishes that are sure to remind you of lunches spent piste-side.
Giftcard - from £50 on EcoSki
Perfect for the eco-conscious members of the family - instead of buying brand new gear every season, EcoSki allow you to rent high quality performance ski and snowboard gear. From jackets or salopettes to accessories and avalanche safety, they cater to all choices. Now also offering more size options for plus-size skiers and snowboarders - ranges now from XXXS to 4XL for women and from XS to 4XL for men. Gift vouchers are available from £50 - £1000.
Rechargeable Hand Warmers - from £25 on amazon.co.uk
For those cold skiers amongst you, rechargeable hand warmers could be the ideal present. Small enough to fit in the pockets of ski jackets, or even in gloves when your hands aren't needed for ski poles! Rechargeable ones make it even easier to stay warm, whilst slope side. Some even stay warm for up to 8 hours - great for long days full of chairlift rides, lunchtimes piste-side and evening walks in resort.
Boot Bananas - from £29.99 on bootbananas.com
A slightly odd name, but genius creation for those who own ski or snowboard boots; boot bananas are specially designed to absorb moisture from wet shoes and/or boots and equipment. Full of silica beans, the bananas can dry your boots in as little as 4 hours - they also deodorise as well! Stick them in your ski boots overnight (if you don't have the luxury of a boot warmer in a ski locker!) and they'll be ready for you to put back on in the morning!