Listen! Did you hear that? Yes — it’s the sound of sleigh bells in the distance. And each day they’re getting closer…and closer….and closer. Which means it’s time for the annual Ski Diva’s Holiday Gift Guide, filled with lots of great things you might want Santa to bring down the chimney for you or someone you love. So without further ado, here are some great gift ideas for whatever you celebrate:
Apple Air Tags
Ever since the airline lost my skis a few years ago, I’ve been obsessed with finding a way to keep track of my stuff when I fly (they were lost for four days before they were found in a Fed Ex facility in Tennessee). Which makes Apple Air Tags a great gift for anyone who travels. Put one in your ski bag, and you’ll be able to track its location, even when the airlines can’t (which happens far too often). An essential for your next ski trip.
OG Faux Fur Mountain Hoode
Here’s a trick that’ll keep you warmer on a really cold day: Pull your hood up over your helmet. Really, it works. And you know what keeps you even warmer than your conventional jacket helmet? The OG Faux Fur Mountain Hoode from Overeasy. Overeasy is a Vermont company that sells faux fur hoods that fit right over your ski helmet. Even better, they’re made by women right here in good ol’ USA. I have one, and believe me, it’s a godsend.
Chaval SuperNova Mittens
If these look familiar, it’s because I’ve recommended them four times before. Chaval makes the best heated gloves and mittens on the planet. I know, because I have a pair of each, and I’ve recommended them to loads of people, too. When I reviewed these mittens on this blog (see my review here), I think my exact words were OH MY GOD THESE MITTENS! They are truly amazing. Super warm and high quality, with a charge that lasts a good long time.
Koala Smartphone Harness
I don’t know about you, but I’m in mortal fear of dropping my phone on the ski lift. Yeah, I know, I probably shouldn’t take it out, But sometimes there’s that picture that has to be taken, or that call I have to answer. The Koala SmartPhone Harness solves the problem of IPE (inadvertent phone escape). It holds your phone in a stretchy cradle that attaches securely to your jacket so you don’t have to worry about dropping it where you shouldn’t.
Kulkea Käydä Carry-on Backpack
I don’t think there’s a thing in the Kulkea line-up I don’t like. Over the years I’ve reviewed a lot of their products, and all of them are winners. This is no exception. The Käydä Backpack (Käydä is Finnish for to visit), is the perfect carry-on companion with the flexibility for a weekend at the beach, a sightseeing jaunt, or a flight to ski somewhere exotic. Loads of room for all your stuff. And yes, you can use it as a boot bag. The main compartment has a zip-out divider that essentially turns it into two separate compartments. You could put your boots on one side and clothes or whatever in the other. For my review, go here.
Hotronics Heated Ski Socks
Heated socks have been gaining ground on traditional heated footbeds for a good reason: They’re easy to transfer from one pair of boots to another, or even to your street shoes or boots. As a long-time leader in heated boot footbeds, Hotronics is a natural source for heated socks. I like my ski socks thin, and the Hotronics socks fill the bill. What’s more, unlike a lot of other heated socks, you can get them in Surround, which has a heating element that wraps around the toe area. Comes with remote Bluetooth control.
LifePro Sonic Handheld Massage Gun
You know those sore muscles you get from skiing? Relief is on the way. The LifePro Sonic Handheld Massage Gun has eight different massaging heads and five levels of intensity, plus it’s nice and quiet — perfect for when you’re trying to relax.
The Bootster Ski Boot Shoe Horn
Know someone who struggles to get their ski boots on? Here’s the solution. The Boostster helps your foot slide right in, eliminating the grunting, pulling, and tugging, and even the swearing that goes along with it. It’s easy and fast, so putting on your boots is effortless. Go here.
Krimson Klover Base Layer Top
Krimson Klover has a lot of cool women’s-skier themed baselayer tops that are both fun and functional. Soft, recycled materials work with four-way stretch to offer comfort and free movement, moisture-wicking properties keep you fresh, and UPF 50+ guards against harmful ultraviolet rays.
Flannel Ski Sheets
Who here dreams about skiing? I do. A lot. So if you’re going to dream about skiing, might as well do it on this set of ski sheets from Eddie Bauer. The set includes one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases, and comes in twin, full, queen, and king sizes.
Spiked Hot Chocolate Gift Pack
Mmmmmmm. Warming up apres ski just got a lot more fun (and delicious!), thanks to Gramercy Tavern’s Spiked Hot Chocolate Gift Pack. Kit includes Gramercy Tavern’s house-made hot chocolate mix, its signature spice blend, and spirits to spike your cocoa. Recipe card included. Serves six.
TRU-Kii Ski Cart
Anyone with kids knows the pain of schlepping all your gear from the parking lot to the lodge. This ingenious ski cart makes it easy. The TRU-Kii Ski Travel System lets you organize, then roll all the family ski gear to the mountain and back, without breaking a sweat. Holds four pairs of skis or snowboards, four boots bags, poles, helmets, and extra gloves.
Okay, I’ll admit it: This is a bit self serving. I’ve written a couple ski mysteries —Double Black and Fade to White. —and I have to admit, they’re a lot of fun. Each features the same main character: Stacey Curtis, a young woman who leaves her cheating fiancee to pursue the life of a ski bum in a small Vermont ski town. There, she encounters adventure, love, and yes, even murder. Great reads to get you in the mood for skiing.
And last, here’s a book that has nothing to do with skiing: Marley, by none other than my husband, award-winning novelist Jon Clinch. You know the ghost from Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol? Ever wonder why he died, what his relationship was with Ebenezer Scrooge, and what made him such a tortured soul? Wonder no more. Marley gives you the backstory, and it’s a doozy. Marley came out in 2019 in hardbound — the paperback release was in 2020 — and received outstanding reviews, including a rave in the NY Times. Jon is also the author of Finn, which was named one of 2007’s best novels by the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor, as well as Kings of the Earth (an Oprah summer reading list pick in 2010!) and The Thief of Auschwitz.