The Gift That Keeps on Skiing
By Lisa Mercer
As the holidays approach, you're probably wondering
what gifts to buy for your favorite skiers.
Fortunately, the Internet has eliminated the need for
long lines at department stores. Spend your time on
the slopes, and purchase your gifts online! If you're
not sure of what to buy, look into an REI Gift Card.
You can either get them as E-cards, which are emailed
to the recipient or as paper cards which will be
mailed in three or four business days. REI also has a
If your skier wants something very specific, such as a
jacket, a helmet, ski boots, or a pair of ski pants,
encourage them to register. That way, you will be sure
to pick the right size. REI also has gift boxes and
cards are available.
If you are looking for a specific, personalized gift,
you'll need to carefully consider your skiers tastes
and preferences. What colors do they usually wear?
What items do they need? What things do they already
have, but can be frequently lost?
Gloves, neck gators and ski locks fall into to the
last category. Some skiers spend nearly as much money
replacing these items as they do on lift tickets! Fill
a Christmas stocking with small items such as ski
socks, goggle wipes, hand warmers, and a neck gator.
For an extra surprise, throw in a gift certificate for
a lift ticket or a lesson with their favorite
instructor. Or else, why not give a gift that will
simplify their travel to the mountains?
If your skier is someone whose work keeps them married
to their computer, consider a computer backpack from
REI. These bags put an end to complaints about
carrying gear and computers simultaneously. Hide a set
of thermal underwear inside the bag as a surprise! You
can make their travel even easier by buying them a
SporTube Ski Case that can be wheeled through airports
or parking lots. Make walking through icy parking lots
safer by throwing in a pair of Yaktrax Walkers.
Backpacks and ski bags also make great gifts for kids,
since you don't have to worry about them outgrowing
them. Winter pajamas are also a great option, because
you can buy them baggy enough to last a few years. For
kids between the ages of 4-8, keep them excited about
the snow by getting them a pair of Redfeather Snow
Paragon sports can keep the kids in shape for ski
season with the Profile Body Ball.
Since no adult skier should be without a stability
ball, Paragon also has the Valeo Body Ball, complete
with wall chart.
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