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womens holiday gear guide

Pay attention guys. These are the gifts that will make your woman a happy camper this holiday season.

1. Eddie Bauer Accelerant Jacket

Versatile, durable, warm, and breathable. With insulation where it counts and stretch where you need it, this jacket’s perfect for snowy trail runs, Nordic skiing and in hiking Colorado’s back bowls. Or throw your sturdiest shell over it, and you’re set for the storm. $179;

2. Haiku Handlebar Tote

Move over clunky baskets: Carrying essentials on a cruiser bike just got a whole lot cooler with this eco-chic Haiku btag. Clip to handlebars and then, off-bike, switch to hand or over-shoulder straps. Bonus: It’s got a built-in padded sleeve for your iPad. $97;

3. The North Face Tadasana Wrap-Ture Tunic + VPR Printed Sport Tank and Capri

Steamy yoga classes are a little steamier in this sexy yoga-specific tank and capri pair featuring racerback design and flexible, contouring fabric. Pair with the cozy Tadasana wrap to keep that post-yoga glow inside and…feel the love. $99 (wrap), $55 (tank), $55 (capri);

4. Bhakti Chai

Unique and utterly addictive, microbrewed Bhakti chai features fair-trade black tea infused with fresh ginger juice and elusive spices from India. The coffee-chai blend will keep you perky all day long. We love the company’s social mission almost as much as its teas: “Devotion through social action” means that a percentage of profits go to environmental, women’s rights, and educational organizations around the globe. $25 (three-quart pack);

5. Frisk Jewelry Little Lucky Buddha Bracelet

Recycled, reincarnated, re-envisioned: We’re big fans of this local biz that uses vintage pieces and designs in chic new configurations. The Lucky Buddha bracelet features vintage agate, gold chain, and hand-painted silk strands—just one beautiful example of what you’ll find at the Frisk store at 1144 13th Street in Boulder. $70;

6. Chaos Ains Hat

Grab and go: The faux-fur lined Ains hat keeps you totally warm on chilly, windy days, wherever they may take you … snowshoeing, ice skating, or out to the dog park. $33;

7. Madshus Birkebeiner Classic Carbon W Skis and Metis RPUt Boots

This high-end women’s-specific classic Nordic ski, featuring a Polycell core and P170 base, is as fit for racing as it is for day-long tours in Peaceful Valley, while the comfy Metis boots keep feet toasty dry. $340  (skis), $220 (boots);

8. Eldora Women’s Days

Ok, so you may be a great instructor on the slopes—and, really, I’m sure she appreciates your tips—but don’t underestimate the power of giving her her own space to carve new routes and try new tricks. Eldora’s women-only programs run for six-week sessions and even include gourmet lunch. $279-$509;

Radha Marcum is the editor-in-chief of Delicious Living magazine (

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