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Gifts For Skiers | The Best Things To Buy Someone Who Loves Skiing

Not sure what to buy the skier in your life? Here's some very good gift ideas for skiers

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.

Izipizi Glacier Sunglasses

Price: £60 / 60€ / $80

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If the skier you’re buying a gift for fancies themselves as the next James Bond, you could do a lot worse than buying them these stylish sunglasses from Izipizi. They offer category 4 protection, which means they’re ideal for use in extreme sun conditions where high glare or intense sunlight is a factor. Any skiers who likes heading out and touring above the clouds from sunrise to sunset will appreciate this level of protection in their eyewear. The sunglasses are also nicely affordable and, as alluded to already, are guaranteed to make anyone who wears them look like 007 on an alpine mission.

This product was selected for our Ski 100.

Read our review of the Izipizi Glacier Sunglasses.

Giro Contour RS Goggle

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With the Giro Contour RS Goggle, Giro have taken everything people liked about the popular Contour and condensed it down into a more compact package. This goggle serves up an excellent field of view, EVAK Vent Technology, elite-level ZEISS Optics lenses and stylish straps.

This product was selected for our Ski 100.

Read our review of the Giro Contour RS Goggle.

Black Diamond Cirque 22 Ski Vest

Price: £140 / 150€ / $180

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This brilliant backpack from Black Diamond has been made for skiers who like to move quickly through the mountains. It’s lightweight, durable, and streamlined for fast and light touring missions. Clearly inspired by their own trail running packs, Black Diamond have implemented vest-style shoulder straps here. This carry system helps to spread the load nicely, and comes with hydration flask and energy bar holders for on-the-go fuelling. If the skier you’re buying for needs a new backpack, this item’s a safe bet.

This product was selected for our Ski 100.

Read our review of the Black Diamond Cirque 22 Ski Vest.

Db The Djärv Snowroller Ski Bag

Price: £259 / 299€ / $299

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The greatest ski bag of all time is back with a new name, but the same genius design. This award-winning ski and snowboard travel bag has arguably never been bettered. The patented Rib Cage construction is one of the most reassuring things we’ve ever come across, meaning you can stow ski equipment in the bag without worrying that it will all get damaged in transit. Much like a human rib cage does with your vital organs, this bag protects ski gear as if its life depended on it.

If you’re going to buy someone a ski bag, buy them this ski bag from Db.

This product was selected for our Ski 100.

Read our review of The Djärv Snowroller Ski Bag.

Oakley Mod 1 Pro Ski Helmet

Price: £102

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We chose the Oakley Mod 1 Pro Ski Helmet in our roundup of the best ski helmets. Why do we like it so much? Ultimately, it boils down to the MIPS Brain Protection System. It’s a low-friction layer designed to reduce rotational motion that can be transferred to the wearer during an impact. The MIPS Brain Protection System gives the helmet a reassuring quality that some cheaper, more basic, lid options don’t possess. Help to keep a skier safe this winter by buying them this excellent ski helmet from Oakley.

This product was selected for our Ski 100.

Read our review of the Oakley Mod 1 Pro Ski Helmet

Black Diamond Spark Johnny Ski Mitt

Price: £80 / 80€ / $100

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A standout product in our guide to the best ski mitts, these technical Black Diamond mitts have been designed by Johnny Collinson (aka the skier everyone wishes they could be). An excellent, durable, product that will will keep skiers hands warm and dry when they’re out exploring the mountains in winter.

This product was selected for our Ski 100.

Read our review of the Black Diamond Spark Johnny Ski Mitt.

Insta360 Go 2 Action Camera

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Action cameras have evolved so much in recent years that it’s hard to believe, sometimes, that the early incarnations of them are even part of the same family tree. Take the Insta360 Go 2, for example. It’s lightweight, compact, innovative and shoots the kind of footage that wouldn’t look wildly out of place in the latest Christopher Nolan blockbuster. The way the case doubles as a tripod here is a nice touch.

If the skier you’re buying a gift for fancies themselves as the next Candide Thovex, and you’re on the hunt for a good alternative to GoPro, this lovely bit of tech is worth considering.

This product was selected for our Ski 100.

Read our review of the Insta360 Go 2 Action Camera.

GoPro Hero9 Action Camera

Price: £330

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There’s a reason, of course, the GoPro team still sit upon the action camera throne. It’s because they continue to make products like the GoPro Hero9 Action Camera. 5K, 240fps, and Hypersmooth 3.0; it’s a properly good mix served up here, a combo that will delight any skier fortunate enough to take the gift wrapping off.

This product was selected for our Ski 100.

Read our review of the GoPro Hero9 Action Camera.

Mons Royale Cascade Baselayer Set

Price (1/4 Zip): $140

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Price (Leggings): €100

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Nothing tells a skier you care for their wellbeing quite like the gift of a cosy, comfortable, base layer set. And, when it comes to base layers nobody does them quite as nicely as the friendly folks at Mons Royale. As a brand, they’re masters at cooking up high-performance merino apparel. Made from a natural, more environmentally-friendly, material this base layer set is comfy, looks stylish, and will help to regulate the temperature of any skier wearing it this season.

This product was selected for our Ski 100.

Read our review of the Mons Royale Cascade Baselayer Set

Patagonia Brodeo Beanie

Price: £35

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Skiers the world over will tell you there’s no such thing as owning too many beanies. You might think the skier you’re buying a gift for couldn’t possibly want another hat this year, but you’d actually be wrong. The Patagonia Brodeo Beanie is made from wool and recycled nylon. It’s also Fairtrade-certified so you can rest easy knowing the present you’ve just bought someone hasn’t seen anyone in the production chain be exploited. Final thing to say about this product, we like the little mountain picture.

POW UK x Planks x Pisteurs Beanie

Price: £25

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Protect Our Winters UK are on the frontline when it comes to battling the climate emergency. The group know that we need to take serious, radical, environmental action. If we fail to do this, it’s not just skiing and snowboarding that will face an existential threat from rising global temperatures but humanity itself.

This collaborative low-profile beanie, made in association with Pisteurs and Planks, is an item we’re more than happy to shout about. On paper, this is just a hat but it actually represents so much more than your standard hat. Supporting good causes is a good thing to do. Support good causes.

Rip N Dip Lord Nermal Beanie

Price: £26

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Nothing says ‘I’m a skier and I don’t play by society’s rule’ quite like a hat with a cat flipping the middle fingers on it. The iconic Rip N Dip logo on a tie dye beanie is one hell of a look, and we’re very much here for it. The winter hat comes in a variety of colours, and will certainly be a talking point if the skier it’s been gifted to finds themselves unwrapping it at Christmas surrounded by their elderly relatives.

Falke Sk2 Diagonal Snow Socks

Price: £32

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It’s not necessarily the most exciting thing to buy a skier, but a good pair of ski socks is a gift that’s hard to beat. The Falke Sk2 Diagonal Snow Socks are tailor made for adventures in the mountains this winter, and are a hard to beat option if you’re on a present-buying mission.

Stance Traditions Snow Socks

Price: £17

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When it comes to making good socks, Stance are widely hyped and justifiably so. They’re masters at cooking up cool-looking socks that won’t let you down. The headline act here is the Feel360 construction. It’s a construction that focuses on keeping things fresh, dry, and durable.

The socks have been through a silver iron treatment that eliminates bacteria and prevents the build up of odours. The wicking materials used here draw moisture away from your skin to help regulate your temperature, and keep things comfortable.

There’s a bunch more things we could shout about here but, rest assured, the socks are as technical as they are stylish. Clever cushioning layouts, performance mesh to enhance airflow, anatomical left and right foot shaping – these socks have got all that, and much, much, more. Stance deliver on quality.

‘Aspen Style’ By Aerin Lauder / Assouline

Price: €95

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One of the nicest looking coffee table books about skiing is ‘Aspen Style’ by Aerin Lauder (published by Assouline). Across the course of 272 pages, this hardcover book celebrates the glamour, the working-class history, and the beauty of the legendary ski town’s surrounding landscape. If your knowledge of Aspen is based entirely on its role in the 1994 film ‘Dumb and Dumber’, then this will be a particularly enlightening book to work your way through.

‘The Man Behind The Maps’ By James Niehues

Price: $99

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James Niehues is the man behind the creation of countless ski maps around the world – from North America, South America, Europe, Asia  and Australia. Wherever you do your shredding, there’s a good chance you’ve ogled his artistic creations. In an increasingly digital era, Niehues could quite possibly be the last of the great mapmakers.

This nearly 300-page book showcases a process in which he first captures aerial shots and then explores the mountain himself before painstakingly illustrating every run, chairlift, tree and cliff band by hand.

Planks Peace Long Sleeve T-shirt

Price: £35

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Drop cliffs, not bombs. This long-sleeve t-shirt from the team at Planks is all about celebrating peace over war, all about sending it on skis and spreading good vibes, love, and understanding. It’s made from heavyweight cotton and recycled polyester.

Original Ski Posters

Price: From £135

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Looking to get the skier in your life something nice that they can hang up on a wall of their choosing? Be sure to pay a visit to originalskiposters.com. They stock a bunch of very cool, highly sought-after, retro skiing posters and prints. The replica print options are cheaper, of course, and available in different sizes. The original posters, meanwhile, are naturally a bit more pricey. If there’s a ski resort that means a lot to someone, getting them a historic poster from this website could be a really thoughtful way to go.

Wedze Ski Neck-Warmer Hug

Price: £6

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At the more affordable end of the ski gift spectrum comes this item from Wedze. It’s a really nice little snood that can be worn six different ways. Made from 100% recycled polyester, this versatile two-fabric snood is environmentally-friendly and will keep the wearer warm on the slopes this winter.

O’Neill Snow Neck Gaiter

Price: £18

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This neck gaiter from O’Neill looks cool, will keep necks warm, and is a great idea for a ski gift. The super warm fleece layer on the lower half will keep things cosy, while the far more lightweight material used on the half that sits around your face is more breathable. The one size available will fit most adults on the planet so you won’t need to secretly measure the neck of the person you’re buying it for.

SIGG Meridian Water Bottle (0.5 L)

Price: £30

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When it comes to making water bottles, SIGG are the best in the business. The Meridian Water Bottle is totally leakproof, has equally impressive hot and cold insulation properties, and is BPA-Free. The bottle is double-walled, vacuum insulated, and copper plated (on the inside). This is what ensures it keeps hot things hot, and cold things cold. The top of the bottle is stainless steel, and complemented by a fine bamboo application. Swiss design, Swiss quality; this bottle works well as a sustainably-minded gift. Enough with the plastic bottles already.

Hydro Flask Wine Bottle

Price: £40

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Hydro Flask do a wide range of high quality insulated water bottles to keep you hydrated on all manner of adventures. For this guide to the best gifts for skiers however, we’ve decided to shine a spotlight on their 739ml wine bottle. It can hold an entire bottle of wine, and features TempShield double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your favourite wine at the perfect temperature. The fact it’s made from durable pro-grade stainless steel means it won’t retain the lingering flavours from last week’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

With winter adventures very much in mind, the Hydro Flask Wine Bottle is ideally suited for hot drinks as well – meaning a skier can pop a warmed mulled wine in there in the morning and then share it with some friends on the slopes later that day.

To really top this gift off, consider throwing in a Hydro Flask Wine Tumbler or two.

Powderhound Ski Mug

Price: £16

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Designed in London, decorated in Stoke-on-Trent, the mugs created by Powderhound are some of the the coolest mountain-themed mugs we’ve ever seen.  We’ve included their ski touring design in the image above but Powderhound do a type of mug to suit every kind of skier and snowboarder. Hot chocolate tastes better when it’s coming out of a mug like this. It’s science.

TOKO Express Pocket

Price: £14

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A universal liquid wax for all types of snow and temperatures might not sound like the most thrilling gift, but any skier worth their salt is sure to appreciate it. This natural enhancer and improver of a ski’s sliding properties is easy to apply, and will help a skier care for the base of their planks. A comfortable pocket size for those who want to wax on the move, and PFC Free to boot, this TOKO product is great.

Helly Hansen External Life Pocket

Price: £15

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The Helly Hansen Life Pocket is essentially a phone jacket. What it does, in short, is keep phone batteries alive longer in cold environments. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift to get the smartphone-wielding skier in your life, this nifty item from Helly Hansen is a very good shout.

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