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Gift Guide 2019: $50 or less

Show your office mates you care with these stocking stuffers, but be sure to remind them that a gift doesn't mean you'll ski with them on a powder day.

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gogglesoc Split Soc

gogglesoc bananas
The gogglesoc Split SocPhoto courtesy of gogglesoc

We all know that one Jerry who always leaves his goggles strapped to his helmet, and by January, those new $200 gogs are scratched so bad they have trouble seeing on a sunny day. Do him a favor and slip a gogglesoc into his stocking this winter. These pre-shaped elastic protective microfiber covers are made from recycled materials and come in all sorts of fun (or boring) prints. We’re partial to the bananas, especially when there is a print deadline coming up the week before Christmas. [$15,]

Alpine Start Instant Dirty Chai Latte

Alpine Start Dirty Chai Latte
You can almost taste the chai just by looking at it.Photo courtesy of Alpine Start

From the company that made basic instant black coffee that is on par with the brew at your favorite coffee shop comes a mix that is sure to please anyone who prefers chai lattes. Alpine Start’s Instant Dirty Chai Latte is pretty awesome, and could fool almost anyone into believing it came from a barista at the top of the skin track. A perfect stocking stuffer for skiing caffeine junkies who demand a little more flavor than black boiled bean juice. [$9 for 5,]


ZUMwax skiers
ZUMWax in action.Photo courtesy of ZUMWax

ZUMWax, a small USA based company, provides the highest performance wax to everyone from the beginner to the ultimate racer in both Alpine and Nordic disciplines. At ZUMWax we hold value and quality above all else. We strive to provide the highest performance wax at affordable prices! Use promo code SKIMAG18 for 20% off. [From $16,]

Bare Republic Mineral SPF 50 Sport Vanilla-Coco Sunscreen Spray

Bare Republic Mineral SPF 50 Sport Vanilla-Coco Sunscreen Spray
Put the zinc lotion on your skin.Photo courtesy of Bare Republic

For that one skier we all know who always ends up sunburned at the end of every ski day, slip a can of reef-safe Bare Republic mineral sunscreen spray into her stocking (or just right into the car) and make it extra easy for her to not get burned. This stuff works great on the slopes and everywhere else the sun shines, plus it smells great too. Other available scents include Coco-Mango, Pina-Coco, and Citrus Cooler. Just make sure the gift recipient rubs it in. [$15-$19,]

Summits of My Life by Killian Jornet


Perhaps one of the greatest athletes of our generation, Killian Jornet got his start racing SkiMo in the Spanish Pyrenees before becoming a renown ultrarunner and the fastest person to ever climb/descend Mt. Everest. His adventures on Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Denali, Everest, and more are sure to inspire any hopeful backcountry skier or ski mountaineer to train harder (and to be safer) in the mountains. With plenty of illustrations and photographs, this book is a great gift for skiers of all ages. [$25,]

Action Wipes


These “pocket showers” are clutch for any skier who stays on the hill for just a little too long and doesn’t seem to ever find the time to shower before a night out. Friends don’t let friends be that stinky person at the bar: Hand out some Action Wipes to your ski buddies this year and you might just find out that everyone is a little easier to talk to when you don’t have to hold your nose at après, in the car ride home, or at the big holiday dinner. [$25 for 25 wipes,]

SKI Magazine Apparel from Threadless

Threadless Hoodie for SKI

SKI’s t-shirt shop is filled with rad designs (like this one!) that will let your favorite powder-lover show off their stoke for the slopes. [From $22,]

Bindle Bottle


If you know a skier who always has a water bottle on hand and has overstuffed pockets, the Bindle Bottle is the perfect solution. The top of the vessel is a vacuum-insulated, 24- ounce water bottle, while the bottom is a secret compartment that can hold anything that fits. We recently tested our Bindle Bottle carrying pre-mixed margaritas on top and ice on the bottom, and both were good-to-go and critical for après at the trailhead after an early season ski tour. [$39,]

Floyd’s of Leadville Legal CBD Products

Floyd's of Leadville Products
Fun for the whole family.Photo courtesy of Floyd’s of Leadville

Every minute of a powder day counts, and recovery is key to getting the most out of your time on the mountain. Floyd’s of Leadville transdermal cream, supplements, and recovery balm help you recover by supporting your body’s natural response to inflammation and pain. Après-ski has never felt better. [From $40,]

Wildhorn Alta Bluetooth® Wireless Helmet Headphones

Photo courtesy of Wildhorn

Wildhorn’s new Alta helmet headphones are primed to make some serious noise this ski season. Featuring the latest cutting-edge Bluetooth® 5.0 chip technology and high-definition 40 mm divers for a premium, balanced, dynamic sound. Universally compatible with any audio-ready helmet design, the Alta features three oversized buttons so you can easily control nearly every function of your phone without removing your helmet or gloves, from full-function control of your tunes, to making hands-free calls, activating Siri or Google Voice and more. Alta headphones are sweat resistant and have been tested in extreme cold, -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 degrees Celsius). You can keep the good times rolling with the Alta’s 10-plus-hour battery life, giving you crisp sound for all-day audio fun on the slopes. 15 percent off with coupon code: SM18ABT [$50,]

Flylow Remnant Tote

Flylow Remnant Tote
You can put stuff in it.Photo courtesy of Flylow

Sure, there are plenty of fancy, over-engineered boot bags out there, but sometimes you just need one big bag to just throw everything in and get going. The Flylow Remnant tote is the perfect bag for this, as it can hold ski boots, jacket, pant, helmet, goggles, snacks, and more. Made from the leftover fabric from their ski pant manufacturing process, this tote is super burly and made to take a beating getting to and from the ski hill and everywhere in between. [$50,]