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Lift 23 Socks: Ski Socks With a Purpose
Need new winter socks? Check out Lift 23’s new ski/snow socks. Made of 40% merino wool, with seamless construction and a reinforced Lycra cuff and instep, these socks are a good choice for filling Christmas stockings and filling your heart.
Selling socks and only socks, Lift 23 has a simple, compelling mission: for every pair of socks they sell, they donate a pair of socks to a homeless child. Their immediate goal is to donate socks to 23,000 homeless children living in New York City shelters.
Lift 23 socks are thicker than average and super soft. Too comfy to save just for skiing, I’ll be wearing them with my snow boots, on winter hikes and around the house on cold days.
Get and give Lift 23 socks with this 25% off discount code applied at checkout: BSMHOLIDAY. Good through 12/31/14. Plus, free shipping!
Epic Lines Ski, Bike and Mountain Maps
Simple, bold designs from Epic Lines are perfect for decorating any room in your home, in a cabin or even your college student’s dorm.
Inspired by ski resort maps, mountain bike trail systems and the Colorado 14ers, each print looks fantastic and is interactive, with a scannable bar code to access online video.
A family owned company started by three siblings, Epic Lines lets consumers name their own price. Prints are available on archival paper or digitally, and Epic Lines donates 50% of all digital purchases to one of five charities.
For more information, here’s an article I wrote about Epic Lines in September.
Tallis: Upcycled Luxe Beanies and Berets
Lilly Milligan Gilbert founded Tallis after moving to Switzerland three years ago. Her first product was a sustainably produced fur collar/helmet band. I’ve written about it before and I love the collar for dressing up “plain-Jane” ski clothes and providing stylish warmth.
This season, Lilly has something even more fun: a new line of berets and beanies. Made of soft cashmere and either responsibly sourced or upcycled fur pom-poms, they take toques to a new level.
Lilly provides information on the fur, and where it comes from, for each item so there’s never a need to compromise your standards for style.
Soul Poles: Earth-Friendly Ski Poles
Handcrafted ski and hiking poles, Soul Poles are made in Park City, Utah from sustainable bamboo and recycled plastics. Easily customizable, you can personalize them with different color grips and baskets and have a name or logo engraved on the pole.
The old-school bamboo is eye-catching and the poles are well-balanced. And while Soul Poles are perfect for any adult (perhaps especially a hard-to-shop-for man?), they also come in smaller sizes for kids.
There is even a kid’s purchase program: buy Bambino Soul Poles at $135 and for the next two years get new poles each time your child grows for just $30.
A member of 1% for the Planet, Soul Poles donates 1% of their revenue to Protect Our Winters and the World Cup Dreams Foundation.
Affordable Fun For Younger Kids
Pogginz: Bling for Ski, Bike and Any Other Helmets
Claire O’Neal, the founder of Pogginz wants to bling out your family’s helmets. A triathlete, her inspiration came while logging miles on her bicycle.
“I was on a long ride and thinking about how to have more fun with my helmet,” she explains. Claire is also an RN by training, and realized that if kids (and adults) were having fun with their helmets, they’d be more likely to wear them.
Pogginz are durable 3-D “stickers” that turn an ordinary helmet into a dinosaur, a shark, a princess and more. Crafted from weather-resistant vinyl and Velcro, each Pogginz has two parts – a super-sticky base that affixes to the helmet and the 3-D decoration.
Pogginz parts are also interchangeable if you want to create, for example, a Princess Shark, or if you want to share and trade them with friends.
Heather Rogers Designs: Personalized, Mom-Designed Wintery T-Shirts & More
Heather Rogers is a graphic designer and mom who enjoyed designing t-shirts for her daughter. After her friends started asking for custom shirts, she soon had her own company producing personalized clothing, household items like pillowcases, holiday decorations and even t-shirts for dogs.
Heather’s many, many designs span the seasons, cover most holidays and celebrate many stages of life from pregnancy and new babies, to siblings and grandparents.
Her winter designs joyfully celebrate the season and include adorable bundled up penguins, happy snowmen and lots of pretty snowflakes.
We sampled a “big brother” long-sleeve t-shirt (Hanes, tagless, 100% cotton, standard sizing) and a personalized pillowcase (standard-to-large sizing, 60% cotton). Both are adorable and affordable, making them perfect for holiday decorating or giving.
Savvy Cycles: Handcrafted, Hickory Hardtail Bikes
The most beautiful bike you’ll ever ride, Savvy Cycles are handmade in Western Colorado. Hollow wood tubing keeps the weight low, while top-notch components from MRP and DT Swiss ensure high performance.
My husband recently rode the Lunch Loops on a Savvy Cycle and was impressed. “The ride was smooth, quiet and responsive,” he explains. “The bike could do anything.”
Currently 29ers from Savvy Cycles are made to order in 16”, 18” and 20” frames. Next up? A road bike designed for long-haul (think century) cyclists who want to take advantage of wood’s absorbing and forgiving ride.
AO Coolers: Keeping Snacks and Drinks Cold While You SUP
Snacks are important, as all moms know, so I was super happy to find this waterproof, leakproof SUP-specific cooler from AO Coolers.
Measuring 15” x 9.5” x 9”, the cooler can hold up to 15 beverage cans and five pounds of ice, or it can hold lunch for a family.
Detachable suction cups attach the cooler to an SUP, and like all AO coolers it’s designed to keep everything cold for 24 hours at 120 degrees. A shoulder strap and padded handles make it easy to carry, while a sturdy top pocket is the perfect place to stow your phone or camera and keep it dry.
Although designed for paddle boards, this cooler is the perfect size to stow in a touring kayak, to take fishing or to transport a ski day lunch.
Heather Rogers has generously donated a $35 gift card to her Heather Rogers Designs Etsy Store. To enter, please leave a comment. One winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, December 1st.
Next: The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Moms Who Love Ski Fashion, Monday, November 24, 2014.
- A Skiing Family’s Letter to Santa: Gift Ideas, November 18, 2013.
- Christmas Gifts for Skiing Families, November 20, 2012.
- ‘Tis the Gift-Giving Season: Suggestions for Skiing Families, November 28, 2011.
To facilitate this post I received and reviewed product samples from Lift 23, Epic Lines, Tallis, Soul Poles, Pogginz, Heather Rogers Designs, and AO Coolers. My husband rode a Savvy Cycles 29er and I discussed the bike with its creator. As always, all opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to iiisindyiii!
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