It’s getting super close to Christmas now, and finally, with December’s special occasion in sight, we’re sure that loads of parents out there have been bugging their kids for months about what they want from Santa. Obviously, the first answer is always going to be one of our budget ski holidays! New Year’s Eve in the mountains is always a special occasion, so, if you were feeling extra kind then you could get this as the best present a parent could ever give and earn some serious brownie points, but if you’re looking for something else, then we can help with that too.
We’ve put together a few handy ideas for you, that will help make your Xmas shopping easier if you need some help because we know that this kind of thing can be a little tricky. Whether they’ve got a few winters as a seasonaire under their belt, or they’re nursery slope newbie, we’ve got you covered. So, if you’re looking for that extra bit of inspiration, take a peek at these suggestions…
Okay, this may seem like the ultimate in cliché Christmas presents. The thing is that from experience, we know that the younger generation of skiers and boarders don’t think much about their socks, so they’ve got no problem slinging on the first two that they find on the chalet floor before heading for the lift! Socks are mega important for staying comfy while on the mountain, and you can rest easy knowing there are no exposed toes going on out there too! Perfect for stocking-filling!
If they’re just starting out with skiing or snowboarding then - apart from sweet, fresh socks – the first thing on the kit list should be a helmet. The days are well and truly gone for it not to be ‘cool’ to wear a helmet, so there’s absolutely loads of choices out there. For the crazy cats who like to accessorise, there’s always the animal ears that you can get to attach to the helmet as well.
If you’re buying lessons for beginners, there are lots of amazing centres and dry slopes all over the country that will get the newbie shredding in no time at all. Modern indoor centres are your best bet, and they will usually offer a range lessons depending on how much you want to spend. This will put your ski bunnies and future park hitters on the right route, giving them the foundations they need to be a ripper!
This is just like the sock idea and is just as much of a life-saver when it gets real cold out there, and the only bit of exposed skin is the chin area. Face mask neck warmers are perfect stocking fillers and are made in so many different options; from the snood-type ones that pull over the head to the ones that have Velcro fastenings at the back of the head. Whether it’s a chic black warmer you’re after, or you think they’ll love having a pretend moustache, you’ll be doing them a huge favour, and they’ll definitely thank you for getting one of these.
Image credit: Phil Cairns.