Buying gifts for skiers, especially those skiers who live and breathe skiing, isn’t always easy. There’s so much ski gear to choose from these days, and it can be difficult to know what they’ll like and what they won’t. To help you make a decision on what to get the special skier in your life, we’ve rounded up some great gift ideas for skiers. From ski helmets and ski mitts to action cameras and knitwear, we’ve curated this selection in a bid to take the stress out of purchasing Christmas and birthday presents.
We know that everyone who’s potentially buying someone a ski gift will be on a different budget and so, with that at the forefront of our thinking, we’ve compiled a list made up of products at very different price points. Here you’ll find everything from ski gifts under £10 to ski gifts worth hundreds of pounds. Whatever your budget, you’re sure to find the perfect ski gift in this buyer’s guide.
Best Gifts For Skiers
- Db The Strøm 30L Backpack
- Darn Tough Pennant Ski Socks
- SunGod Vanguard Goggles
- Issue 3 of Mpora Magazine
- MountainFlow Plant-Based Wax Kit
- Mons Royale Yotei Base Layers
- GoPro Hero10 Action Camera
- DJI Action 2 Action Camera
- Insta360 One X2 Action Camera
- Barts Neck Gaiter
- Stance Homer Snow Socks
- Airhole Airtube Ergo Polar Snow Face Mask
- Armada Harken Balaclava
- Fjallraven Tab Beanie
- Dakine Deluxe Tuning Kit
- ‘Around The World In 50 Slopes’
- Izipizi Glacier Sunglasses
- Black Diamond Cirque 22 Ski Vest
- Db The Djärv Snowroller Ski Bag
- Oakley Mod 1 Pro Ski Helmet
- Black Diamond Spark Johnny Ski Mitt
- Patagonia Brodeo Beanie
- POW UK x Planks x Pisteurs Beanie
- Stance Traditions Snow Socks
- ‘Aspen Style’ By Aerin Lauder / Assouline
- ‘The Man Behind The Maps’ By James Niehues
- Planks Peace Long Sleeve T-Shirt
- Original Ski Posters
- SIGG Meridian Water Bottle (0.5 L)
- Hydro Flask Wine Bottle
- Powderhound Ski Mug
- TOKO Express Pocket
Db The Strøm 30L Backpack
Price: £165 / €209 / $219
Just like with DB’s Snowroller bags, the Strøm features a ‘Rib Cage’ construction that provides protection for your valuables while also keeping weight to a minimum. If the skier you’re buying a gift for is still carrying their kit around in a glorified bin bag they purchased over a decade ago, now might be the time to treat them to a product like this. Founded by engineer Trus Brataas and pro skier Jon Olsson, DB (formerly known as ‘Douchebags’) know a thing or two about producing well-designed ski luggage. This backpack takes what DB does so well with their excellent travel ski bags, and shrinks it down into a smaller gear-transporting option. It’s a tried and tested formula, one that’s resulted – in this case – in a great gift for skiers.
Read our review of the Db The Strøm 30L backpack.
Darn Tough Pennant Ski Socks
Price: £26 / $28
Who makes the best socks for skiing? It’s a big question that many different people will inevitably answer in very different ways. As far as we’re concerned though, nobody makes ski socks quite like the Vermont-based brand Darn Tough. Buy someone a pair of Pennant Ski Socks from Darn Tough, and they’ll send you thank you messages throughout the season. These socks are supportive, durable, odour-resistant and look incredibly snazzy. Socks always make a great gift for skiers, don’t they? This product is no different, in that respect.
SunGod Vanguard Goggles
The SunGod Vanguard Goggles represent top-level sun protection in an affordable package. They’re relatively affordable, when compared to some of the pricier rival options, and deliver a reassuring sense of eye protection for the wearer. This limited edition POW (Protect Our Winters) version is a great way for the recipient to fly the flag for an essential environmental charity. Speaking of environmental stewardship, you’ll be glad to hear that SunGod is a fully carbon neutral brand.
Issue 3 of Mpora Magazine
Back in 2021, we started doing print for the first time. Issue 3 of our paper magazine is packed full of glossy longform ski adventure stories. Inside it, you’ll read words about skiing that might just inspire new and unique journeys in the mountains. You will also find photos of skiers doing their thing that are so powerful you’ll be unable to look away. We’re biased, of course, but we think that cover shot featuring Sam Anthamatten would look dreamy on any skier’s coffee table.
MountainFlow Plant-Based Wax Kit
Price: £14 / $16
Founded in 2016, MountainFlow’s mission from the start was to improve the skiing experience without introducing toxic chemicals to mountain environments. The problem with normal wax is that, more often than not, it’s made using nasty PFCs. When this gets rubbed off the base of your ski, it can cause damage to local ecosystems (something which no skiers should want). MountainFlow set about shunning the use of PFCs and creating this product here. It’s a fully plant-based wax that works well.
Mons Royale Yotei Base Layers
Price: £100 (£60 on Surfdome) / €110
GoPro Hero10 Action Camera
Price: £350 (with a one-year GoPro subscription)
There’s so many action cameras around these days that it can, if you are treating a skier to a bit of tech, be difficult to know where to start. To any people struggling to make a decision, we’ll always be confident pointing you in the direction of GoPro. The GoPro Hero10 serves up high resolution images, and is impressively compact and durable. Even now, many years on from their arrival on the action sports scene, the kings of action cameras continue to deliver the goods. You can’t go wrong with this one.
DJI Action 2 Action Camera
Just because we’re always singing the praises of GoPro doesn’t mean we think there aren’t a bunch of great alternatives out there. Take DJI and their Action 2 Action Camera, for example. It’s a versatile, intuitive and clever bit of tech. Extremely versatile and capable of getting a wide range of shots, this product’s modular design and clever magnetic mounting system really catches the eye from the get go. Put together in a reassuringly durable manner, there’s a wide FOV and precise stabilisation on offer here that will have resort skiers grinning from ear to ear.
Insta360 One X2 Action Camera
A pricey option, make no mistake, but one that justifies its fee with its fantastic image quality and stabilisation. Intelligent, versatile and powerful in equal measure; if you’re looking to treat a lucky skier to a 360 action camera this winter, you might as well stop the search now and get them this one. Put together by a brand that bleeds 360 cameras, the One X2 produces some of the best 360 footage we’ve ever come across. Offering top of the line visuals in a tiny, highly packable, build, what’s not to like?
Barts Neck Gaiter
Neck gaiters always make great stocking fillers for skiers. They’re that perfect blend of thoughtful (‘I don’t want you to be cold’) and affordable. This one from Barts is a properly stretchy turtleneck, made from Polyester. The dip dye look is, we think you’ll agree, super funky and the product can be worn in several ways. This winter, give the skier in your life the gift of a warm neck.
Stance Homer Snow Socks
It’s that iconic moment in The Simpsons which went onto become an iconic meme, represented on a pair of awesome Stance snow socks. What more exactly do you need to know? Other than how much? And, where can I buy some? Made with a poly blend and rocking medium cushioning, these socks deliver enhanced airflow and will protect the most sensitive parts of the wearer’s feet from annoying boot rub. Sometimes comedy gifts don’t deliver on performance, and vice versa. These incredible socks, you’ll be glad to know, manage to deliver on both fronts.
Airhole Airtube Ergo Polar Snow Face Mask
We’re big fans of this snow face mask. It’s got ‘good ski gift’ written all over it. Made from 92% polyester and 8% spandex, it’s great at repelling water and drying quickly (there’s a DWR coating for water resistance). This product offers excellent UPF 50+ sun protection, and will keep the wearer warm on the hill this winter. A multi-functional and versatile design, one that comes in an array of patterns and colours, any skier worth their salt would be happy getting this.
Armada Harken Balaclava
In the early 2000s, a new generation of Stateside skiers were busy rethinking what the sport of skiing could be. They took influence from the sideways sports of skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding, and set about bringing creativity to an industry bogged down in the rigid setup of alpine racing. This led to the creation of Armada in 2002. Twenty years later, the brand which Tanner Hall helped to start is fully established as one of the world’s coolest ski brands. The Armada Harken Balaclava is one size fits all, offers full face coverage, has four-way stretch and is quick drying. We’re certain the skier in your life will appreciate it.
Fjallraven Tab Beanie
Nothing says ‘have a cosy winter’ quite like a knitted beanie from Swedish brand Fjällräven. The Tab Beanie comes with a classy waffle-knit design, and has an incredibly soft and comfortable feel. It’s moisture-wicking, quick-drying, made from recycled polyester and scores 10/10 for style. Consider this an ideal present for ski hipster types who like to prop up the resort bar, and regale people with their stories of backcountry adventures in far flung destinations.
Dakine Deluxe Tuning Kit
Buying someone tools for a Christmas or birthday present might be something of a curveball, but serious skiers who have their own kit and are serious about looking after it will love this. The Dakine Deluxe Tuning Kit has all the essentials you need to tune your skis or snowboard, and ensure everything’s ready for some serious time on snow.
‘Around The World In 50 Slopes’ By Patrick Thorne
Veteran ski journalist Patrick Throne has travelled the world, and skied the planet’s bucket list destinations. In this book, he shares stories behind 50 unique ski runs. Some of the runs he looks at you’ll probably have heard of, others will almost certainly take you by surprise. Inside, you’ll find a debate around what actually is the world’s steepest slope, a look at two Alpine ski areas that claim to be Hannibal and his elephants’ mountain route, and stories of smugglers using ski runs to evade customs. The book contains skiing adventures in Europe, North America and South America. It also takes readers to destinations including China, Iran and North Korea. Containing practical information and trail maps, the skier in your life will love receiving this.