5 things on every snowboarder’s Christmas list
By Brittany Anas
They save up all their vacation and sick days for snowboarding season. They make snow angels and do snow dances to try to entice the skies to drop some fresh powder. And they talk in a foreign mountain language — using phrases like “shred the gnar” or “mule kick” and “jib.” Say what?
Here’s what we do know. You wish you could give the ultimate gift of fresh powder. But, leave that to the snow-making machines, Mother Nature or let Santa bring some spare snow from the North Pole.
Here’s 5 gifts the snowboarder on your list will flip (or ollie) for:
- Resort pass fund: Get your family and friends to chip in for a an all-season pass to the boarder’s fave resort. Instead of just slipping money in a card (which will do in a pinch) get creative. Put the money in a jar and attach a kitschy snowboarding ornament
- Helmet camera: It’s the accessory of the season. Snowboarders can strap on the camera to their helmets or to a chest mount and document all of their gnarly tricks and runs. It’s like extreme home videos in the YouTube age. You don’t have to shell out big bucks. We found a Bell + Howell compact helmet camera and mounts for $79.99 at Overstock.com, where you’ll also get 5 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com.
- Balaclava: For those extremely cold days, a balaclava is go-to slope accessory. This stretch micro-fleece balaclava for $12 at Overstock.com is made by Chinook will layer under a helmet. The Lycra binding around the face creates a seal to keep out the cold and snow.
- Convertible headwear: Buy a beanie, and you’ve got a beanie. Convertible headwear is where it’s at. These ‘Rag Tops’ can be worn as beanies — but also as neckerchiefs, ponytail holders, neck gaiters, masks, sweatbands … the list goes on.
- Sterling silver snowboard charm: Looking for a stocking stuffer or small gift? This snowboard charm could be worn on a necklace, attached to a zipper on backpack or clipped onto a key ring.
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