As I write this post, it is December 22nd which is cutting it pretty close to getting all the gifts needed on your list by Christmas day on December 25. However, there is still time to get that snowboarder in your life a great last minute gift and potentially get it delivered by Christmas morning…no Santa required!
We’ll go over 10 great snowboarder gift ideas here that are sure to please any snowboarder in your life and make you look like the rock star Santa gifter we all know you are!
Obviously, it goes without saying that if you have someone in your life that either is already into snowboarding or thinking about getting into snowboarding, you’d definitely be the hero getting them a brand new board for Christmas. I recommend Burton boards for any level of rider. Check out all the options of boards, here.
2. Snowboard boots
You’ll have a tough time riding your snowboard without some snowboard boots. Make sure to know the size of your rider and what brands they like. Comfort is the key with any boot. You want to make sure you get one that your rider will be able to ride all day in. Check out different boots options, here.
3. Snowboard bindings
Along with boots, you’ll need bindings to go with the board and the boots. Make sure that the bindings you are purchasing fit with the board you are using. Some certain brands and styles of boards need specific bindings. (i.e Burton Custom boards need bindings that fit with the channel binding set up) Check out binding options, here.
4. Snowboard goggles
There are a few things to consider when purchasing goggles. First being the lens that is either included or if there is an option to change out your lenses. Different weather conditions can dictate which lens you should use.
Clear blue sky days with lots of sunshine require a sun glass style of lens for extremely bright light that will darken the bright sun from your eyes. While cloudy or snowy days demand a lens that is more for low to medium light.
And if you are riding at a resort where you can ride at night, you could also get a clear lens that allows the man made lights to shine through without darkening them with a darker lens. I recommend Oakley goggles, and you can search your Oakley goggle options, here.
Secondly, make sure you get a pair that is breathable and does not fog up easily.
5. Snowboard jackets
Obviously the most important factor in jackets is the warmth factor. Make sure you get a jacket that is warm, but that also breathes in case you are riding in warmer conditions or you break out in a sweat from all your hard riding.
Look for zipper options under the armpits (also called vents) so that you have options when riding if you start to get warm out on the hill. Also think out the different pocket options. Some jackets have more pockets than others including pockets for your phone and other accessories while riding.
6. Snowboard pants
When you are looking for snowboard pants for that rider in your life, make sure you’re paying attention to styles. There are straight leg versions, and some skinny pant options that taper out at the foot but are tighter through the legs. And then there is whether they have cargo pockets or not.
There are lots of color and style options from plain black, blue, green, red, yellow, gray, to camo colored to fit all riders styles.
When looking for features in your snowboard pants, make sure there are zippers or lots of velcro on each and every pocket. I for one, put my keys in my cargo pockets of my snowboard pants and you better be certain I want to make sure they are still in my pocket at the end of the day. And velcro makes sure that happens!
7. Snowboard helmet
Gotta keep that dome protected. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve knocked up against a tree branch while riding and think to myself, “glad I’m wearing a helmet!”
Things to look for in a helmet are first, fit. Make sure it fits with just a little bit of wiggle room. My helmet has removable ear pieces that also include space to put headphones in. Very nice feature!
You can also look for a helmet with multiple use capability, like one that can be used for skate boarding in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. I recommend Bern helmets for this. They come with a cold weather insert that allows you to clip it in once the winter hits and use that skate board helmet to keep your head safe while snowboarding.
8. Snowboard gloves
Gotta keep those hands warm! Like all gear, there are options for covering your hands too. You can go with gloves that fit over each finger, or go with the mitten option. Make sure you are looking at how warm they keep your hands, if they are waterproof, and how durable they are.
Some gloves also come with built in wrist guards (talked about below) so you can get two products for the price of one!
9. Snowboard wrist guards
As you are beginning to snowboard, your butt and your wrists may take a beating. Fight back with some great wrist guards that can be worn under your gloves to protect your wrists from getting injured on those nasty spills. They are similar to wrist guards that inline skaters would were to protect their wrists from falls.
I use them myself, and they give me the confidence to try some jumps and not fear falling and hurting my hands or wrists. I have a pair of Burton wrist guards and I would happily recommend them. Check out all your wrist guard options, here.
10. Snowboard tuning gear
I have a whole other article on tuning gear that you can check out on my site. This is a great option for a last minute Christmas present for that rider in your life.
You can get a whole tuning gear set up in one package and this will help the rider in your life be able to tune their own snowboard!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Snowboarding Year!
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and that this has been helpful post for you in your last minute shopping ordeals. I love getting snowboard equipment as gifts and I know your rider will as well.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments below, otherwise I’ll see you out on the mountain!
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