5 RAD GIFTS FOR SNOWBOARDERS
No one wants to be the out-of-touch relative who gives terrible gifts, but even the savviest of Santas can find themselves floundering when it comes to snowboarders. That’s where we come in. No more fake smiles and forced thank yous – this year, you’re getting it right, with guaranteed hits for every rider and every budget.
Socks for Christmas are making a comeback. Actually, for snowboarders, they never went out of style. Decent socks can literally be the difference between a good day on the mountain and a bad one, and going riding in a brand new pair of socks is a pretty special feeling (trust us). Resist the temptation to just buy the thickest socks available – technical socks are designed to provide all the warmth a boarder needs. Merino wool is the best option for all-day warmth, but if they’re not generally bothered by cold feet, synthetic socks also perform. We love Stance socks for their killer performance and great look.
To non-boarders, these might seem a weird gift, but the difference a binding upgrade makes to comfort and performance is huge. Getting the right size is easy, as you just need to know their boot size, and it’s definitely a more affordable gift than a new board. This season, we’re all about Burton’s Malavita or Union’s Strata.
Not just a great present at face value – the real gift comes later, when they can brag to their friends about how many runs they did in a day. With the latest Garmin model loaded with tech like ski resort trail maps which let them mark out secret spots to head back to, if you’re going all-out this Christmas, gifts for adventurous boarders don’t get better than this.
This classic pre-snowboarding trip gift is a favourite for a reason. We wouldn’t recommend a chest-mount for a boarder (unless they like endless footage of the sides of runs), but a handheld grip combined with a camera like the GoPro Hero 8 makes for an unbeatable gift they’ll take to the slopes for years to come.
Far from your basic thermal underwear, base layers are indispensable on the slopes and will stick with a rider for life if they’re treated well. As with socks, merino wool is the best option if it’s warmth you’re after, but some people prefer the feel of synthetic or to go for a blend to find the balance between performance and price. Either way, they’re a failsafe gift.
From eager-eyed beginners to seasoned backcountry boarders, we've got the best gifts for the snowsports-obsessed right here. Explore our top gift picks or shop our full range of performance gear for snowboarders: