If you’re like me, finding the right gift for the holidays can be a challenge. I never know what people will enjoy, and the indecision stops me in my tracks, always leading to those last-minute gift ideas.
But, procrastination can be stressful! So, this year, since the stress is already at a new high, I rounded up some gift ideas for snowshoers to avoid that last-minute indecision.
So without further ado, here are a few recommendations that I have independently chosen to inspire your own gift-giving this season.
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The Buff is an incredibly handy accessory for your snowshoe adventures and a great gift for snowshoers. It can be worn in almost a dozen ways to keep your head and face warm and cozy during those winter outings.
The buff is made of 100% recycled microfiber with ultra-stretch fabric construction. It also offers sun protection on those winter sunny days with 50 UPF.
Purchase the Buff at:
Read More: Covering The Extremities
Mystery Ranch Scree 32L
After a review of this pack last season, it is now one of my favorites. It is the perfect size for a day hike, has a full-zip to provide easy access while snowshoeing, and you can easily store your snowshoes on the pack. It also offers a wide range of pockets for gear and supply storage.
Purchase the Scree 32L at:
Whistles for Life
Preparation is key for those backcountry snowshoe outings. In fact, noise is the number 1 factor in deterring crime and finding lost victims. When you are injured, cold, lost, and tired, shouting can leave you hoarse and exhausted in a matter of minutes.
However, if you can breathe, you can easily blow this whistle and be found by rescue personnel.
Designed by search and rescue professionals, this whistle is incredibly loud so that it can be heard from a distance. It’s also lightweight, durable, and hands-free, so you don’t need to hold it to use it.
Purchase a Whistle for Life at:
Read More: Basic Safety On The Trail
Northern Lites Backcountry Snowshoes
If you’re looking for a reliable snowshoe for all conditions, the Northern Lites Backcountry Snowshoes are an excellent option. We’ve owned these snowshoes for over 5 years, and they haven’t let us down.
They are incredibly lightweight, do well in deep snow, offer adequate traction for steep climbs, and the binding is simple to use. The Backcountry 30″ model has a weight recommendation of 250 lbs/113 kg (user weight & gear) for floatation in deep snow.
Purchase Northern Lites snowshoes at:
Atlas Snowshoe Tote
Need something to carry your snowshoes around? A snowshoe tote offers a simple solution to taking them along.
Just check to make sure you purchase the right size! Each bag accommodates specific sizes of snowshoes.
Purchase the Atlas Snowshoe Tote at:
Animal & Bird Tracks Knowledge Cards
Purchase the Knowledge Cards at:
MSR DynaLock Explore Poles
These 3-section poles provide extra stability with ascending and descending terrain on your snowshoe adventures.
The DynaLock Explore poles are built with durable but lightweight aluminum with an easy adjustment. The poles are marked with reference points so you know exactly where each adjustment should lay. Winter and summer baskets also make this an incredibly versatile pole.
Purchase the DynaLock Explore Poles at:
National Park Pass Or Donation
National parks and recreation areas can be a snowshoer’s paradise! What better way to support our parks and provide the gift of easy access for snowshoers than by buying a pass.
In addition to the passes, you could always show your support by placing a donation in honor of your favorite snowshoe.
Purchase the America the Beautiful Pass at USGS
Purchase the Discovery Pass at Parks Canada
Seirus Xtreme All-Weather Gloves
We’ve had these gloves for over 3.5 years, and they continue to keep our hands warm down to about 20 degrees F (at least in our experience). These are best used as water-resistant gloves, not waterproof.
Purchase Men’s Seirus Xtreme Gloves at:
Purchase Women’s Seirus Xtreme Gloves at:
Read More: All Glove Reviews
GSI Outdoors Wine Glass Gift Set
The set includes a 750 ml soft-sided wine carafe with a two-stage opening for easy pouring. The glasses are also made from copolyester, and the stems disconnect from the glass.
Purchase the Wine Glass Gift Set at:
Sunday Afternoons Lodgepole Beanie
The Lodgepole Beanie also never causes my forehead to itch, which is an absolute miracle. The Lodgepole is available for adults and kids!
Purchase an adult-sized Lodgepole beanie at:
Purchase a kid-sized Lodgepole beanie at:
Read More: Covering The Extremities
Building Snowshoes & Wooden Furniture Book
Is anyone interested in a new hobby? Gil Gilpatrick teaches us how to build our own wooden snowshoes and furniture. Traditional wooden snowshoes offer a whole new snowshoeing experience and excel in deep snow and flat terrain. I wish I were more crafty to have the skill of Gil Gilpatrick!
Purchase this book at:
Ridge Merino Aspect Midweight Base Layers
After I reviewed the Aspect High Neck Top, merino wool base layers are my go-to. These base layers are an excellent gift for snowshoers since you could always use another base layer!
Merino wool is incredibly warm and not itchy. The fabric is also naturally wicking and keeps moisture away from the skin. These base layers are available in men’s and women’s, with a High Neck version available for women.
Purchase Men’s Aspect base layers at:
Purchase Women’s Aspect base layers at:
Redfeather Youth Y2 Snowshoe
The Y2 has the same adult features but in a smaller size. The v-tail design is part of all of Redfeather’s technical snowshoes and allows for additional maneuverability in deep snow. The binding is made for easy and secure use.
This year, there’s also a new design! The Y2 is available in one size and has a weight recommendation of 125 lbs/57 kg (user weight & gear) for floatation in deep snow.
Purchase the Y2 at:
Read More: Redfeather Gear Guide
Benoits Design Wooden Snowshoes Tree Ornament
Why not commemorate the love of snowshoeing with a tree ornament as a gift for your favorite snowshoer? This cute ornament is laser cut out of birch wood and a nice reminder of our favorite winter sport.
Purchase the Tree Ornament at Etsy
When the snow turns to ice, these traction devices are a snowshoer’s best friend. Yes, snowshoes have some traction of their own, but snowshoes weren’t made for icy conditions. In fact, if you wear snowshoes on ice, it breaks down the crampons.
Instead, use the Microspikes, a device built for icy trails. The Microspikes easily attach to your shoes for grip on the trail and are easily stored in your pack when not in use.
Purchase Kahtoola Microspikes at:
Read More: Gear Review: Improved Kahtoola Microspikes
Mountain Hardware Super/DS Stretch Down Hooded Jacket
The Super/DS Stretch Down Jacket is available for men and women.
Purchase Men’s Super/DS Stretch Jacket at:
Purchase Women’s Super/DS Stretch Jacket at:
Read More: All Jacket Reviews
Bonus: Waterknot Snowshoe Christmas Cards
Yes, this isn’t technically a gift, but I couldn’t resist. Let’s spread the snowshoeing cheer with family and friends this holiday with a snowshoeing holiday card!
Purchase these cards at:
I hope these gifts inspire you and happy holidays are had by all, snowshoers and non-snowshoers alike!
What gift recommendations do you have for the snowshoers in your life?
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