Start your engines and whip out your credit cards! The traditional Christmas shopping period starts this Friday. And though retailers have been hawking holiday specials practically since Halloween, we’ll set that aside and go with the tried and true.
Today I’d like to talk about gifts for Ski Divas everywhere (whether you choose to self-gift or give to someone else, that’s totally up to you). These are things I think are pretty cool, so take a look:
The Skier’s Alphabet Poster
I love this. It’s made by Seth Neilson, a graphics designer in Bozeman, Montana. Each letter represents something that’s meaningful to skiers. I have one on my wall, and I never tire of looking at it. It’s available in two sizes: 12″ x 18″ and 18″ x 24″. You can order it here. (BTW, he offers alphabet charts for cyclists, backpackers, and alpinists. And they’re all really cool.)
SkiDiva Necklace. And earrings.
Handcrafted in Vermont, the Ski Diva necklace and earrings are perfect for the Ski Diva in your life. Both are made of sterling silver; you choose the stone you want. The skier is 1″ tall, and the necklace comes with your choice of a 16″ or 18″ matching silver chain. Go here to order.
Neve Tigne Sweater
Neve has been making vintage-inspired sweaters for years, and I think they’re way cool. There are a variety of available, but this one especially captured by fancy. The artwork is exclusive to Neve. You can find it here.
Skhoop Fur Lined Skirt
I’ve been a fan of Skhoop Skirts for a long time. In fact, I own one of their down skirts and absolutely love it. This one, new this year, is a bit different from any of the others I’ve seen. It features detachable fake fur trim at the hem. The outer fabric has a 10,000 mm waterproof rating and a 10,000 mm breathability rating. Cozy, warm, and stylish! Find Skhoop skirts here.
Kulkea Boot Bag
Kulkea (Cool-Kee-Ah) is the Finnish word meaning “to go.” So take them up on it and use this boot bag when you’re ready to go skiing. It’s intuitively designed to make getting and storing gear easy and hassle free. There are pockets for everything. You store your helmet on the outside, saving room on the inside for all your big items. It’s a wonderful product that I strongly recommend. Kulkea
Liftopia Gift Card
I honestly can’t think of a better gift for a skier than lift tickets. That’s what makes the Liftopia Gift Card so great (plus you don’t need to know size, color preferences, or anything like that). The receiver can choose from more than 250-plus mountains and decide when they want to go — there are no black outs. Liftopia
Ski Tumblers and Pillows
Cat Studio makes these terrific frosted tumblers, dishtowels, and embroidered pillows that feature skiing in a variety of states and locales: Colorado, Vermont, Tahoe, Jackson Hole, and so on. A great gift to enjoy off the hill. Cat Studio
I think it’s safe to say that I can not live without these things. Hotronics boot warmers have made it possible for me to be out in temperatures I never would have dreamed possible. I’m sure you know someone else with the same issue. Trust me, these work. Hotronics.
Chaval Heated Gloves
So now that we’ve talked about cold feet, let’s move on to hands. I reviewed Chaval’s Response XRT heated gloves a while ago (go here), and yes, I think they’d make a great gift. For Divas who have cold hands and don’t want to resort to bulky lobster claw mittens, glove liners, and chemical packs, these gloves are a godsend. They keep your hands warm, hold a charge nicely, and don’t interfere with hand movement or comfort. Chaval.
FaceSaver Face Mask
Okay, this isn’t the best picture. And it’s really not a big present. But nonetheless, the FaceSaver is something I’ve come to know and totally love. You know how conventional face masks cover your mouth and get all wet? And the warm air backs up into your goggles so they fog? That doesn’t happen with the FaceSaver. The Facesaver is a neoprene mask that only covers your cheeks, protecting them from frostbite without all the other problems. Add a gaiter, and I’m set for the coldest day. I think it’s available in some ski shops out west, but not in the east, so you’d have to order it from the website ( facesavermask.com.)
Darn Tough Ski Socks
Comfortable feet are happy feet. So you gotta love socks from Vermont-based Darn Tough. Their ultra-light, all-ski socks have seamless construction that provides a smooth fit. Plus their made of ultra-light merino wool that’s warm and repels bacteria and odor. Guaranteed for life, and very groovy, too. DarnTough.com
TheSkiDiva Mystery Books
Okay, I’ll admit it, these are both by me. First published by Minotaur Books in 2010 and 2011 respectively, Double Black and Fade to White are fun reads for skiers and non-skiers alike.
Here’s a description of Double Black:
In DOUBLE BLACK, Boston’s twenty-something Stacey Curtis ditches her cheating fiance and heads for a Vermont ski town. She’s looking for the life she’s always dreamed about, but she stumbles instead into financial intrigue, bitter family warfare, and murder. Populated with quirky characters, loaded with New England atmosphere, and starring a young woman with nerve, spunk, and a sense of humor about it all, DOUBLE BLACK is an exciting run down some treacherous mountain trails.
And here’s Fade to White:
Hollywood has-been Harper Stone arrives in Stacey’s little Vermont town to shoot a mouthwash commercial, and he’s anything but happy about the downward spiral his career has taken. When the ornery actor turns up dead a few days later—and the last person to see him alive turns out to be Brian Russell, Stacey’s jealous ex-fiancé—things start getting complicated.
If you’d prefer a personally signed hardcover, you can get that at wendyclinch.com, too.
Happy a happy holiday season, and happy shopping!