On the one hand, holiday shopping for a snowboarder is easy—we always need fresh gear. On the other hand, the task is tricky—snowboarders are a discerning bunch, and gear shop shelves are overflowing with options. Additionally, snowboarders' needs vary based on ability level and discipline: for example, a board that's perfect for an intermediate park rider may fall short of an advanced freerider's needs. If you're not already familiar with the sport, picking the right present can feel a bit like a game of roulette. That's where we come in.
We picked out six gifts that any snowboarder will appreciate to eliminate guesswork and gambling from your holiday shopping. That's right—these gifts are for any and every snowboarder. Guy or girl, advanced or beginner, freerider or freestyler, teenager or geriatric, it doesn't matter—these gifts are guaranteed winners for anyone who loves to slide sideways.
Oakley Flight Deck
Goggles are one of the best gifts you can buy a snowboarder. Scratch that—goggles are the best gift you can buy a snowboarder. Why? Because scratched lenses are an occupational hazard, and any boarder will appreciate upgrading to fresh lenses or adding a spare pair to their collection. And when it comes to goggles, Oakley's Flight Deck is hard to beat. Aesthetics echo fighter pilot helmet visors, bestowing the Flight Deck with bold style and, more importantly, excellent peripherals. Oakley's Prizm lenses deliver sharp clarity and enhanced contrast, and they're easy to swap out thanks to the goggle guru's Ridgelock Tech. Furthermore, the flexible frame, rimless frame design, and triple-layer face foam ensure the Flight Deck is comfortable for all-day use and compatible with most helmets.
Giro Jackson MIPS
If you ask us, helmets aren't optional—they're obligatory before hitting the slopes. Giro's Jackson MIPS ticks all of the boxes we're looking for in a safe and stylish snowboard helmet. An in-mold polycarbonate shell with EPS foam absorbs impacts and withstands gnarly crashes. MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System), a thin plastic liner that allows the helmet shell to rotate independently of the head, reduces rotational forces at the root of many severe head and neck injuries. The Jackson's ventilation is sufficient yet purposefully subtle, adding to the clean style of the helmet while minimizing drag at top speeds. Polartec fabric pads add extra cushioning and comfort and also wick away unwelcome perspiration. Adjustable fit and widespread goggle compatibility ensure that the Jackson will work for any rider.
Burton Wheelie Gig Snowboard Bag
Traveling for snowboarding can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be a total pain in the lower back—particularly if you don't have a board bag with wheels. Burton's Wheelie Gig Bag is well-padded to protect precious gear from turbulence, hasty baggage handlers, and unpredictable bumps in the road. It can fit two or three boards—ideal for longer trips. Side and end handles, a removable shoulder strap, and sizeable skateboard wheels allow traveling snowboarders to easily maneuver through crowded airports and hoist the fully-loaded bag onto check-in scales or even the roof of a rental car. No doubt about it, the Wheelie Gig Bag is an absolute essential for roving rippers.
Nixon District Beanie
Nixon's District is a primo stocking stuffer. The classic cuff-style beanie doesn’t just look slick from the streets to the slopes, but it's also sure to keep riders warm with a semi-deep weave. Best of all, Nixon stitched the District from REPREVE, a fabric sourced from recycled plastic bottles. Available in a rainbow of colorways, there's a District for every snowboarder on your list.
GoPro Hero 10
Fact: GoPro makes the world's best action cameras. The waterproof, compact, and capable Hero 10 is the latest edition of the camera-crafter's most popular product, and it's faster and more powerful than ever before. 4K—once considered the resolution gold standard—isn't enough for the Hero 10, which shoots staggering 5.3K video. It also snaps bogglingly crisp 23-megapixel photos. The fourth generation of GoPro's HyperSmooth stabilization ensures that shakily shot footage doesn't inspire vertigo upon playback—a must for snowboarders looking to film POV shots. Slow-motion and time-lapse settings are similarly improved and impressive. If you don't speak photo nerd, all you need to know is this: the Hero 10 sports tech that was unthinkable just a few years ago, and the compact action cam is the perfect gift for any snowboarder, from pro to average joe.
The North Face Futurelight Corefire Jacket
No one wants to spend a powder day shivering in the lodge, sipping cocoa while the rest of the squad laps run after untracked run. Packed with 550-fill goose down and Heatseeker Eco Insulation, The North Face's Futurelight Corefire Jacket is the ultimate armor when the mercury drops. A cutting-edge Futurelight nanomembrane delivers both storm-ready waterproofing and excellent breathability. This heavily insulated yet startlingly breathable coat is also packed with features, including a helmet-compatible hood, a huge chest pocket, two goggle pockets, and underarm vents. Long story short, the Corefire crushes cold days, and snowboarders from the icy East Coast to Colorado's frosty Rockies will be stoked to have this TNF insulator in their arsenal.