Ah, November! The holidays — and lots of skiing and riding — are just weeks away!
This year, the Braveskimom holiday gift guide features seven great gifts that will be both useful and appreciated.
(Don’t miss the links to additional family gift guides at the end of this post!)
In 2017, Lego came out with a chairlift building kit. It was cute and operational, but perhaps a bit too pink and purple for general appeal (it was a Lego Friends kit, targeting girls).
This year, Lego brings us a choice of three skiing-themed kits!
First, there’s the big dog — the Lego City Ski Resort with 807 pieces, including figures, a ski patrol snowmobile and sled, a sport shop, a ski patrol hut, a hot cocoa stand, a snowplow, a half pipe, and a helicopter (for young, aspiring heli-skiers, perhaps?).
Next, is the Lego City Snowgroomer that comes in at just 197 pieces, but includes the all-important snow cannon, firing Lego snowballs.
Finally, the limited availability Lego 3-in-1 Modular Winter Vacation has 374 pieces that can be configured in three unique ways. Create a chalet with a skiable roof, or a cabin for a yeti, or a bobsled course and starting area. The choice is yours and you can continue to mix and match to make other fun combos.
The Tin Can Cable Car
The Tin Can Cable Car is an “educational” toy that is fun, too. Use an empty beer or soda can and build a motorized tram that your child can install and operate in her room when she should be doing homework.
At least it’s “educational”, right?
The Essential Ski Boot Bag
If you and your family don’t have them yet, ski boot backpacks are the best gifts your money will buy. Seriously.
These backpacks are organizational life savers.
- They make it easy to get all of your ski gear from the house to the mountain without losing any of it along the way.
- Depending upon their size and age, kids can easily carry their own gear.
- They are hands-free, so that your hands can be free to carry skis and poles, or hold the hand of a small child as you walk to the lodge.
- Repack them after every ski day and you’re always ready to grab and go.
- Store your gear in them in the off-season and you won’t misplace anything.
- Use them when traveling on a ski weekend or vacation to pack everything you can fit into them (which is a lot!).
Like all Kulkea ski boot backpacks, it’s made from sturdy fabric and has room for boots on the sides. This pack has a massive 72-liter central compartment with double zippers that make it easy to access from top-to-bottom, so you won’t “lose” anything in it. Adjustable padded shoulder straps, a waist belt, two interior pockets and two front zip pockets highlight the features.
The bag is big — but not too big — with about 20 liters more capacity than the Kulkea Speed Pack. I’m 5’6″ and thanks to the adjustable straps, it fits me just fine.
While the SP RXL is designed for ski racers and others (like parents!) who carry a lot of gear to and from the hill, I think an added bonus is the ability to pack for an entire ski trip in one bag.
Wanderwide Ski Register Print
Part art, part adventure log, the Ski Register Print from Wanderwide is an excellent gift for those who are passionate about skiing and travel and enjoy commemorating the resorts they’ve visited.
A detailed 15.5″ x 40″ print on heavy paper, it features outlined trail maps and statistics (acreage, vertical drop and snowfall) from 40 North American resorts. More than just a good-looking print, it comes with a stamp and ink pad so you can mark off the resorts you’ve visited, while dreaming of your next adventure. (Note: I found the stamp a bit messy and was not pleased with my stamping results. I suggest filling in the triangle above each resort with a marker for more consistent results.)
I really like this as a gift for teens, although adults will enjoy it, too.
Wanderwide offers similar register prints for National Parks, Baseball Stadiums, 14ers, Wonders of the World and more, helping you to record your adventures, as art.
$1 per print sold is donated to charities committed to preserving the special places shown on each print. Donations from the sale of the Ski Register print go to Protect Our Winters.
My Favorite Baselayer for the Coldest Days
I’m all about Yak wool when it’s knit into super-soft, super-warm base layers from Kora. Why? Because Yak wool is about 40% warmer and up to 66% more breathable than sheep’s wool.
I’ve been wearing a Kora women’s crew neck top on the coldest ski days, for at least five ski seasons. Washed on cold and hung to dry, it’s like new, with no shrinkage.
This season, I have a Shola 230 zip neck, which will keep me even warmer.
Available for women and men, layers from Kora are keepers.
Helmet Bling for Kids (and Adults)
If your children love make believe, they are going to love Parawild, a Canadian company that makes it easy to express your inner animal.
Parawild has an extensive range of animal horns, fins, ears and eyeballs that are easy to attach to any helmet. All you do is peel ‘n’ stick velcro fasteners into position and then attach your choice of Parawild accessory.
Parawild is cute and fun for snowsports, biking, skating — anytime you’re wearing a helmet!
Parawild donates 5% of profits to wildlife conservation programs, making this a fun gift that does good.
A-B-Skis! Possibly The Best Alphabet Book Ever
A-B-Skis is smart, with a lot of information presented in a fun manner by author Libby Ludlow (who is a mom and US Olympic skier). It’s beautiful, with adorable illustrations by Nathan Y. Jarvis (who is a PSIA Children’s Specialist).
Incorporating the fun of snowsports with safety rules and tips for parents, it’s a one-stop-winner of a book for young skiers and snowboarders.
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The Braveskimom Holiday Gift Guide Archive
- The Best Gifts for Skiers
- Simple Gifts for Skiing Families
- The Brave Ski Mom Holiday Gift Guide, 2016
- The 2015 BSM Holiday Gift Guide for Skiers and Snowboarders
- The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Women Who Love Ski Fashion
- The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Ski Moms and Their Skiing Families
- A Skiing Family’s Letter to Santa: Gift Ideas and a Giveaway
- Christmas Gifts for Skiing Families
- ‘Tis the Gift Giving Season: Suggestions for Skiing Families
More Family Holiday Gift Guides
- Outdoor Families Magazine 2019 Outdoor Holiday Gift Guide, OutdoorFamiliesOnline.com
- Holiday Gift Guide for Happy Campers, Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies
- 25+ Gifts for Active Adventurous Kids: Awesome Non-Toy Gifts, Bring the Kids
- 2019 Outdoor Family Gift Guide – All our favorites so you can spend less time shopping and more time outside!, Tales of a Mountain Mama
- Family Gift Guide (+Giveaway), Born to be Adventurous
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