Teenagers and parents get along about as well as snowboarders and skiers did in the 90s. That is to say occasionally, but never in public.
But if you need to buy something for that teenage nest of vipers in your life this Christmas you can't go wrong with this list of our favourite gifts for snow and adventure-loving almost adults. Just don't expect them to thank you, if they wear it rather than eBaying it, you've done good. Leave it at that.
1) Salomon Gypsy Grom Snowboard, £180
If it’s good enough for Team GB’s Olympic Bronze Medallist and wonder rider Jenny Jones, then its Grom version will definitely get you in the good books with the snowboarding teen in your life.
As Hannah Bailey of Neon Stash who tested the board for Whitelines said: “This board is made for both piste-charging and park laps with your friends, and is always a fun ride." Read the full review of the Gypsy board for Whitelines here.
2) Roxy Free Style Jacket, £72
This Roxy Free Style jacket looks so lovely and snug like a pillow that it makes us want to stop compiling this gift list and take a nap on the part of our screen on which it currently sits.
But we won’t, instead we’ll tell you it’s warm, bright and the hood is removable according to the wearer’s whim. A great gift.
3) Hiplok Lite Superbright, £49.99
If you’re buying a present for a teenager who isn’t so into riding their bike while wearing reflective clothing, this new line of Superbright Hiplok locks is what you should get them.
The locks are very light and easy to wear around the waist but also thick and sturdy enough to deter all but the most determined thieves. Best of all they’re wrapped in non-lame looking reflective fabric.
4) Nixon Boba Fett Watch, £280
If they’re too old for a light sabre but still a mega Star Wars fan Nixon has an epic collection of light and dark side-related present ideas this Christmas.
These include the Boba Fett watch (pictured), rucksack and wallet, and sets of Darth Vadar and Stormtrooper-inspired collections too. May the force be with them etc
5) Poler The Napsack, £108
The coolest wearable sleeping bag from Poler aka the coolest outdoor camp vibe-peddling brand ever. Why take warm clothes and a snug sleeping bag camping when you can sit around a fire blackening marshmellows beyond edibility in a sleeping bag, which you can actually wear too!? These guys know the score.
6) Burton X Peanuts Base Layer, £45
This Burton X Peanuts Base Layer doesn’t just shout RETRO CARTOON FUN, it also keeps its wearer dry on the mountain even when they’re hiking or jump building and have a serious sweat on.
It’ll keep them toasty in the cold too, protect them against the sun and best of all it has some magic odour powers so it’ll smell ok for longer and need less washing. Sweet.
7) Volcom Full Stone Beanie, £14.99
It’s difficult to say a lot about a beanie, except that you can never have too many, and they fit well in stockings. Buy a special someone a beanie this Christmas, and make sure it's made by a snow or skate brand as the rest of them are just pretending.
8) Santa Cruz Alarm Clock, £17
The jokey present for all skate-loving teenagers this Christmas, an alarm clock because they’re such sleepyheads hohohoho. Except this one actually is cool with the iconic Screaming Hand bursting out to pluck them from their slumber. Extra points for the analogue vibes too.
9) Mons Royale Monsie, £135.99
Kiwi brand Mons Royale know a thing or two about making comfy Onesies or Monsies as they call them. They’re made from crazy soft Merino wool for extreme comfort, extraordinary levels of moisture-wicking and somehow they do the odour prevention thing too. Plus they look awesome.
10) Rainbowz Necklace by Katie's Bike, £60
Katie’s Bike jewellery designs are the perfect gift for environmentally conscious young cyclists. She upcycles bike chains from local shops to make wonderful necklaces, pendants and key chains without a hint of grease or grime in sight.
Bike chain bling for stylish cyclists, and in her own words her stuff is “not really for people who shop at Primark and Ikea. No excuses, you’re better than that…" Katie kinda rules right?
11) Skateistan Sweatshirt, £43.55
Skateistan does an awful lot of good work in getting boys and especially girls in Afghanistan to feel the joy of skateboarding as part of their daily life. And as part of their bi-annual fundraising drive to support the charity's efforts, they have released a series of fine threads including this 'Keep Skateistan Rolling' Sweatshirt. Give this gift and you'll not only be giving someone a top, you'll be helping girls and boys find their skate stoke.
12) Burton Weekend Socks, £20
All kids expect their parents to buy them socks for Christmas, and they won’t mind either as long as you get some comfy, good-looking ones.
Snowboard socks are especially useful as they cost a tonne and are a super-important component for a good day on the hill. These Burton ones are some of the best around.
13) Obey Backpack, £60
This Dark Orchid backpack from Obey takes the whole cheesy anodyne floral backpack idea and tramples it into the earth. The girl you buy this for likes her flowers wild and wilted, but she also wants a nice padded pocket to store her tech in. And luckily it has that too.
14) Volcom Hops Kids Neckband, £16.99
Frostbite on your neck is a pretty non-fun thing, especially if you’ve already got a shaving rash or love bite there you can joke to the teenage boy you give this to on Christmas morning and watch them roll their eyes with hatred at you…
Still all snowboarders and skiers need something to keep their necks and noses warm in blizzards especially if their jacket/google combo leaves some gap, plus this Volcom gator, as the Americans like to call them, is nice enough to wear on sunny days too.
15) Picture Organic Snow Pants, £89.99
A fine-looking snow pant from super eco French brand Picture Organic. Along with being recycled the fabric is breathable and waterproof so the wearer won’t get a soggy ass while learning to snowboard.
It also has a ‘Grow with Me’ stitching system, which is especially good for the parents of growing teens, as it means they won’t need to buy a fresh pair next season.