What does a snowboarder or skier girl really want for Christmas? Not a Nigella Lawson cook book, that's for sure.
No, what a snow goddess wants is a new jacket, luxury apres boots, snowboard - and socks. Yes, we said socks, but not just any socks. Our snowboard contributing editor, Faye Young, brings you the gift guide with socks appeal - and much more.
A BAHRU SNOWFLAKE BRACELET
The founder of this independent jewellery company, Bahru, is a keen snowboarder and so creates plenty of winter inspired pieces. The snowflake charm is perfect for anyone who loves winter and the mountains. And, if there is something in particular that you want, then you can email Bahru and they will do their best to put together the perfect piece for you, including custom charms that aren't available in the store. This sterling silver snowflake charm comes on a smooth Peruvian leather bracelet with a cute coloured glass bead. £12.
S'NO QUEEN THERMALS
If you really want to treat someone then these S'No Queen thermals are sure to go down well, putting the glamour into thermals with signature sparkle for girls. After testing them out on the slopes (an early Christmas present!) I can report that they do their job superbly. They are lightweight and super soft which makes them perfect for wearing underneath your jacket. Whether you're riding black runs or relaxing in the bar you will be comfortable no matter what. The special rib structure traps air between outer layers which boosts the thermal properties. You will stay dry and fresh all day long as they are designed to keep moisture away from your body which is exactly what you need for those full days on the mountain. Diamante encrusted top, £79; Sparkle collection, leggings, £55.
NIKITA FREYJA JACKET
A girl can never have too many ski/snowboard jackets and that is a well known fact. This Nikita jacket is my favourite, perfect with its slightly longer fit and tech features while still being stylish. The fur on the hood is detachable and there is, also, a powder skirt for those extra snowy days. With a handy goggle pocket and a media pocket to pop your iPod or phone in so all your gadgets are covered. The colour is gorgeous and the subtle pattern adds a nice girly touch. You can snap this up on Surfdome, £199, and keep an eye for discount codes as they are being very generous in the run up to Christmas!
Another thing that a girl can never have too many of is... boots! When winter hits, the boots come out of hiding and investing in a cosy pair is a must. Life is so much easier when your feet are nice and toasty. Kau boots are more than capable of keeping your feet warm all winter with their sheepskin linings. And, with a reinforced heel support, your boots won't collapse at the back like some other well-known apres boots. When it comes to choosing there's a whole herd of different coloured hides that will work with any look and transition perfectly from the slopes to the restaurant. From £175. Check out the slippers too, essential for relaxing around the chalet. There is currently a discount code for 25% for STYLE ALTITUDE followers, if you use 'skikau25off' at the checkout.
It just wouldn't feel right if you opened all of your presents to find you hadn't received some new socks! They don't have to be boring, though. For the skiers and snowboarders out there Stance produce amazing ones with comfort and style combined to make the perfect shred socks. Take a look at the huge selection, at approx £12.99 a pair, on the Surfdome website.
If you are looking at buying a new snowboard for the lady in your life then I would recommend the Salomon Wonder. It's perfect for anyone who is no longer a beginner and wants to push their riding to the next level. Whether it's in the park or cruising around the piste, this board will keep up with you on any terrain. With a sintered base it gives you a faster ride and, also, it won't damage as easily as an extruded base. Having camber between your feet gives you more control and pop which works well with the rocker at the tip and tail making this board easier to press and feel a bit more soft and playful. £299.99, available from Surfdome.
BRETHREN THUG RUG
These awesome hood/neckwarmers can either be worn under or over your helmet, keeping the cold away and your head all toasty and warm. But you don't have to be snowboarding to wear a Thug Rug - add as an extra layer on those frosty winter mornings and, with the super cute pattern, an extra touch of style to your outfit. The perfect gift, a Thug Rug is a must for all Fashionskistas and for anybody who already owns everything snowboard (or ski) related.