The holidays are upon us! We’re sure all of your shopping is finished and presents are wrapped and ready to go already.
If not, we’ve got you covered.
Here are a few of our favorite things that are ideal for the women in your life this winter. We’re pretty sure they’ll quickly become favorites of your wife, mom, sister, aunt or friend, too.
Fashionable, Functional, Fun
Pamper the lady in your life with these awesome gifts that will make her feel cozy, comfy and sassy.
She will look amazing, stay warm, and move seamlessly from snowy, icy adventures to après ski with this sweet insulated skirt. Stretchy material moves with you and a low profile makes it super stylish. Pair it with fashionable leggings for commuting or meeting friends for dinner. Or pair it with high performance tights (ala Outdoor Research’s Melody Tights) for an alpine tour or cold weather hike. $110.00; outdoorresearch.com
Toad&Co Merino Heartfelt Hoodie
Calling this a sweater, just doesn’t seem fair. It’s way more than that. Crafted out of super soft merino, this flowing must-have piece—complete with a whimsical, draped hood, colorful striped design, and deep pockets—wraps her in warmth and elegance all at once.
Aventura Everleigh Top
Deceptive. That’s what this 100 percent organic cotton shirt is. From the front, it looks like a classic solid long sleeve shirt (a necessary wardrobe staple), but a full button closure in the back adds just the right amount of style and fun. Our other favorite features include an all-over flatback ribbed texture and a slightly longer back so it pairs well with her favorite leggings or jeans. $69.00; aventuraclothing.comPatagonia Women’s Hooded Fiona Parka
Every time we see someone wearing this sassy, feminine, full-length jacket, we feel envy, not only because they look amazing, but also because we know they are super warm. Insulated with 600-fill-power 100 percent recycled down (duck and goose down reclaimed from down products) and featuring a shimmering shell (that’s also water repellent), this cozy, classic piece is diverse enough to keep her looking and feeling fine while running errands, hustling to friends for dinner and on chilly bike commutes.
Perfect for a cozy afternoon sipping coffee or a chilly morning of running errands. Either way, she’ll love the look and feel of these knit, patterned legwarmers that add a splash of color and warmth to any winter day. $45; toadandco.com
No need to fumble with laces with Helly Hansen’s new slip-on, mid-calf boot that is extremely stylish, comfy and warm. Lined with cozy felt, donning a convenient medial zipper, and made of an outer that combines waterproof leather with a fashionable patterned fabric, these boots not only look great, but will also protect her from the elements. Wear them once and they’re sure to become fast favorites for running errands, shoveling, heading to the office or yoga class, or getting to the ski hill. $150.00; hellyhansen.com
Treat the women in your life with these presents that are sure to help them push their limits outside in comfort next year.
Don’t let the gnarly weather or conditions stop her from playing outside this winter. Made for mountaineering, aggressive backcountry pursuits, and rugged terrain, these snowshoes are engineered for a narrow gait, deliver unrivaled traction in technical terrain thanks to a frame offering edge-to-edge grip and an updated durable steel crampon. Even though they are ultralight they’re new thicker construction increases durability so they will stand up to all the abuse you can throw their way. Other features we love include easily deployed heel risers that reduce fatigue on steep climbs, and a secure binding that is simple to work with gloves on. $299.95; msrgear.com
The women in your life will stay warm and dry while crushing it on the slopes with these shells guaranteed to keep snow at bay even in deep pow (or if you unintentionally yard sale). We especially love the women’s-specific side zippers because not only do they offer ventilation options, but also, they make using the bathroom way easier. Cargo pockets and a beacon-specific waist pocket allow her to carry all the gear needed for any in or out-of-bounds adventure, while numerous adjustment options (suspenders, belt loops, velcro waist adjustment) mean she can customize these to fit her needs.
You love your dog more than most people so why not carry a first aid kit stocked with an assortment of supplies for both of you? Including a Survive Outdoors Longer Emergency Blanket, an emergency leash, a self-adhering elastic bandage that won’t stick to a dog hair, hydrogen peroxide, a splinter/tick remover, an irrigation syringe, and other first aid essentials that will help keep both you and your four-legged hiking buddy safe on all your adventures together. $50; adventuremedicalkits.com
Big Agnes is pioneering women’s-specific sleeping bags with this traditional mummy bag, full of water-resistant 650-fill down that delivers a first of its kind system made of exterior hook and loop closure that allow for a customizable fit based on her unique needs and the temperature outside. This way, no matter what nature throws her way, she’ll stay warm and cozy and won’t have to battle cold spots all night. Plus, a sleeve for a sleeping pad ensures she won’t roll off in the middle of the night. $279.95 to $299.95; bigagnes.com
Gone are the days of fighting with a crumpled up down jacket to create a pillow! She will rest easy with this supportive, incredibly comfortable pillow designed to center and stabilize her head so that she can get a full night’s sleep in the backcountry. Weighing only 3.2 ounces and packing up super small, this pillow is ideal for the backcountry, and great for car camping, too. $29.95; klymit.com
Designed to make chalking up easy and smooth, and adorned with images inspired by Metolius’ home in the Pacific Northwest, she will love these stylish, yet high performance chalk bags. Available with sweet imagery of Raven, Mountain Wolf, Bear, Whale.
An iconic, versatile lumbar pack—now reinforced with 610d CORDURA HP—that can rise to meet expectations for a broad range of adventures, the Tour is ideal for hiking, air travel, commuting, and almost anything you can think of. Though it’s a classic piece that’s been in the line for 35 years, new modern features including a tuck-away waist belt, interior tablet sleeve, smartphone compatible waist belt pockets, headphone port, and reinforced side bottle pockets make this version the best yet. $79.95; mountainsmith.com
Splurge on a Getaway
Stay at the Broadmoor
Score some serious points by splurging on a visit to this luxurious, historic resort in Colorado Springs. And, since the Broadmoor is celebrating its Centennial in 2018, you don’t have to break the bank to visit. Take advantage of two specials: the Colorado Appreciation Offer (https://www.broadmoor.com/special-packages/seasonal-packages/colorado-appreciation-offer/) and the Broadmoor Centennial Celebration Package, available all year long. It includes Classic accommodations, a copy of “The Broadmoor Story”—a new pictorial history book, sparkling wine and a candy nut tin during the first night’s turndown service, $60 breakfast credit per night, and suites available at 25 percent off published rates. Starting at $380 per night, based on double occupancy.
Try Heliskiing at Tordrillo Lodge in Alaska
If she’s a powder hound, there is no better gift than a stay at the exclusive Tordrillo Lodge—hidden deep in the Last Frontier’s interior at the foot of the Alaska Range—where she will be one of only a few lucky souls carving turns in an impressive landscape shaped by volcanoes and glaciers. After exhausting her quads exploring a tiny part of this massive playground, return to the high-end lodge and live like a one-percenter. To get more details check out my story on the lodge in the October issue of Elevation Outdoors Magazine: elevationoutdoors.com/hot-spot-big-splurge/