The Best Gifts for Snowboarders

Panic shopping? Don't stress. We've got you covered with 21 gift ideas for the ripper on your list.

Updated October 25, 2023

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Gift shopping for a snowboarder can be tricky, especially if you aren’t a single-planker yourself. Whether you’re a snowboarder looking for current gear, a skier itching to support your significant other’s life choices or an admittedly clueless flatlander hoping to stoke out that snowboarder on your list, don’t worry—you’re in the right place. Below, you’ll find the best gifts for snowboarders, selected by a team of gear nerds who eat, sleep and live snowboarding.

 

The Defenders of Awesome, lovingly referred to as the “D.O.A.,” belongs in the snowboard hall of fame—and we’re not just saying that because it’s the brand's best-selling board of all time. Nope, the critically acclaimed D.O.A. from Capita has won a “Good Wood” award, one of the most coveted prizes in snowboard design, a mind-boggling and utterly unprecedented seven years straight.

What makes this board such a champ? First off, the true twin shape and classic camber underfoot enable the D.O.A. to ride, stomp switch and throw down freestyle tricks in and out of the terrain park. Kevlar sidewalls and carbon fiber strips running nose to tail bolster the new P2 Superlight paulownia and poplar core, a combo that reduces weight, adds pop and delivers reliability on high-speed descents. All told, this board is a do-it-all beast for terrain park regulars and all-mountain crushers who hightail it toward any hint of hangtime.  

 

Mirrored on the award-winning D.O.A. with women-specific flex patterns and sizing, the Capita Birds of a Feather is a park deck with all-mountain chops. Not only does the true twin crush small to medium park jumps and obliterate boxes and rails, but it can maneuver gracefully through everything from fresh corduroy to icy moguls and technical steeps, too. Park panache comes in part from the classic true twin shape. True twins are symmetrical nose to tail, a design that makes riding switch effortless. Pop and dependability come from springy traditional camber beneath the feet and a playful, pliable P2 Superlight paulownia and poplar core. At the nose and tail, the Birds of a Feather transitions from camber to flat to rocker, a design that makes catching an edge unlikely, turns smooth and natural, and butters and jibs as fun as humanly possible. A favorite of the freestyle contingent that can hang in all-mountain scenarios, the Birds of a Feather is a solid one-board quiver for many intermediate to advanced riders.

 

If the snowboarder on your list is an advanced to expert rider who gravitates toward top-of-the-line gear, consider the hypercharged Super D.O.A. The shape is identical to that of the original, award-winning D.O.A., but the Super D.O.A. is built in Capita’s most futuristic and lightweight construction.

Tech tweaks include a completely overhauled core crafted from poplar, paulownia and beech, which is reinforced with thermopolymer channels sourced from recycled plastic bottles. This sci-fi-status core isn’t just significantly lighter than that of the original D.O.A., it’s also a touch stiffer and more responsive, making this board better suited for harder-charging and heavier riders.

Speed demons will also appreciate the Capita’s new, exclusive HyperDrive ADV base–a sintered, ultra-speedy, anti-friction base that’s blessed with a race-ready tune job before it leaves “The Mothership.” For those unfamiliar, The Mothership is Capita’s one-of-a-kind, sustainably powered board-building headquarters in Austria, and it’s just one more reason we love Capita boards.

 

Snowboarders who appreciate classic style will be stoked to unwrap the Smith Squad ChromaPop Snow Goggles. The wide, cylindrical lens is set into a semi-frameless goggle, oozing timeless flair while providing boarders with peripherals needed to scope out oncoming skiers and trees. The anti-fog hydrophobic lens features ChromaPop tech, which enhances clarity and contrast. Each goggle comes with two lenses: a darker-tinted option for sunny days and a low-light one for stormy conditions. To swap, just peel away the frame and pop the new lens in place. A cylindrical shape supplies an expansive field of view and classic style. This version is ideal for people with medium-size faces, but consider these Squad options in an X-Large, X-Large - Low Bridge Fit and Women's Small, Women's Small - Low Bridge Fit.

 

Every snowboarder knows that the early bird gets the turn on a powder day, so that makes the First Chair GTX ePE jacket from REI Co-op a thoughtful gift for riders who live for frosty mornings and storm warnings. Durable, dynamic two-layer GORE-TEX ePE waterproof/breathable laminate defends against precipitation and wicks away unwelcome perspiration. The fit is generous enough to accomodate a mid layer, and it features like pit zips, a lift pass pocket on the left wrist, a goggle pouch and a helmet-friendly hood that make the First Chair our first pick for any rider chasing first tracks.  

 

Tired of your riding partner taking hot cocoa breaks on chilly powder days? Give her a gift that’ll keep her ripping all day long. The Exa Insulated Jacket from Picture Organic has a 20K/20K waterproof/breathable membrane, ensuring the wearer is protected from powder (assuming, of course, that Mother Nature cooperates). The face fabric incorporates the brand’s circular polyester, too, which is sourced from fabric off-cuts and used clothing. Targeted insulation (60 grams in the body and sleeves, 40 grams in the hood) boosts warmth on frosty days, and thanks to the breathability of the membrane and ventilating pit zips, the Exa is still wearable in balmier temps.

Shredding a secret powder stash is the ultimate covert op, and there’s no better jacket for the job than Burton’s Covert 2.0 Insulated Jacket. The two-layer DRYRIDE waterproof and breathable shell fabric is lined with 80 grams of Thermacore Eco insulation to keep the core warm and dry, no matter the mission. Features like pit zip vents, a removable waist gaiter with jacket and fleece-lined hand pockets .

Every serious snowboarder or splitboarder needs a three-layer jacket that’s waterproof enough to take on heavy precipitation yet breathable enough to handle heavy exertion. This lightweight, durable, top-of-the-line Welcome Jacket from Picture Organic ticks those boxes, thanks to a 20K/20K Dryplay waterproof/breathable membrane. French outfitter Picture Organic does so with a sustainable twist: The face fabric of the jacket is mainly crafted from “circular polyester"; that fiber is comprised, on average, of about 60% fabric scraps and 40% used clothing. For snowboarders and splitboarders looking for a lighter enviornmental impact, the Welcome 3L jacket is an on-target pick that doesn’t compromise on performance.

Make sure the shredder on your list follows the unspoken powder-day dress code with the First Chair GTX ePE Bib Pants from REI Co-op. The bottoms pair with the jacket above, but you don’t need the set to appreciate the details of these bibs. The two-layer GORE-TEX shell fabric is treated with a durable water-repellant coating—a must for wetter regions like the Pacific Northwest. Adjustable straps, belt loops and articulated knees and hips enable riders of all shapes and sizes to fine-tune fit. Thigh vents, ample pockets and elastic boot gaiters with reinforced hems make the First Chair a solid choice for resort riders and splitboarders alike.  

Kitting out three shredders this winter? You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more stoke-worthy stocking stuffer for a snowboarder than the Burton Recylced DND beanie. The DND is a classic mountain-town essential thanks to a warm knit and versatile fit, as it can be pulled snugly over the ears or folded up for an edgier look. Each three-pack includes a variety of colorways—none will be the wiser if you keep your favorite hue and gift the remaining two.  

 

A longtime favorite, the REI Co-op Gauntlet GTX 2.0 gloves will earn two thumbs up from any rider. Warmth and mobility are mission-critical on the mountain, as cold, numb hands can send a would-be shredder straight to the lodge for a cup of cocoa and a case of FOMO. With that in mind, hook the snowboarder on your list up with these windproof, waterproof paw protectors. Fleece linings supply woolly warmth, high cuffs keep powder at bay, and leather palms minimize abrasions—consider the gift gauntlet thrown.  

 

For riders who want to jam out to their favorite tracks while making fresh tracks, the Smith Aleck Nunchucks Wireless Audio is the way to go. Designed to fit inside audio-compatible helmet ear pads, these Bluetooth headphones offer the best on-slope sound we’ve heard yet. The controls are easy to operate with a gloved hand, allowing you to quickly pause music or answer a call on the chair (an especially helpful feature when playing hooky on a powder day). The headphones are also compatible with the Aleck app (available on iOS and Android), which enables walkie-talkie-like communication among groups over cell networks.

 

Want to know the cheat code for learning how to snowboard? Snag a soft-flexing, easy-riding twin shape, get some lessons and, most importantly, start young. The Cheater rocker shape enables kids from approximately 8 to 14 (depending, of course, on rider weight) to do just that. The flex of the poplar and paulownia core is soft and accommodating, making it easy to learn the ropes on the slopes. Beginners will love the true twin shape of this board from Arbor, too, as it’s perfect for learning the basics, and it comes in handy if riders unintentionally find themselves spinning backwards and riding switch or doing the “falling leaf” down steeper runs. Last but not least, the Cheater also sports an easy-to-turn rocker profile that’s forgiving of beginners and minimizes the risk of catching an edge. 

 

Burton’s Cartel is one of the most popular bindings in the history of snowboarding, and for good reason, too. The Vermont megabrand has constantly refined its recipe, and today’s version of the medium-stiff, all-mountain binding is better than ever. Best-in-class toe and ankle straps balance all-day comfort, playfulness and high-speed performance. Ergonomics are on point, thanks to canted highback and cushioning, which help angle the feet and knees inward to reduce stress on joints—and encourage bell-to-bell riding.

If the shredder in your life rides a standard four-hole pattern, opt for the Re:Flex (pictured above). If, however, they rock a board equipped with The Channel—a narrow slot instead of a four-hole binding pattern—get the EST version. Shopping for a smaller-footed, lighter-weight ripper? Check out the comparable Burton Lexa 

 

Jamie Anderson, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the best to ever strap in, has been known to crush slopestyle competitions one day and film banger backcountry segments the next. Her go-to binding? The Union Trilogy, a versatile binding with a responsive flex, secure straps and supportive highbacks. We love its ratchets, which are strong, light and reliable, as well as Union’s lifetime warranty on heel cups and base plates. For hard-chargers who are hard on their gear, the Trilogy is ready to rip.  

 

Forget talking to Alexa … On the hill, all you need to say is: “Lexa, prepare to send it.”

All jokes aside, these well-cushioned, medium-flex Lexa bindings are ready to shred serious terrain.  Thick EVA and B3 gel padding adds suspension to any ride, and Burton’s best-in-class asymmetrical ankle straps and grippy toe straps lock boots into place, cranking up both comfort and performance. The ratchets are easy to operate with mittened hands, even in the midst of a bitter blizzard — and who doesn’t love a pop of leopard print? With dialed-in style and a versatile build that can handle the terrain park one lap and technical steeps the next, it’s no surprise that the Lexa is a favorite amongst Burton pros, advanced all-mountain riders and intermediates looking to progress.  

 

Travis Rice’s signature powder-crushing, groomer-gobbling stick from Lib Tech, the Orca is deserving of its status as one of the most hyped boards in history. A common sight in lift lines from Hokkaido, Japan, to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Orca’s stubby platform and hybrid base contour enable it to hover on top of the deepest powder, while a short, serrated sidecut holds an edge in firm snow. If this tech talk sounds like gobbledygook, all you need to know is this beast is surprisingly versatile and endlessly fun for intermediate and advanced riders. Plus, the new black and turquoise whale graphic from artist Adam Haynes is badass, and Lib Tech donates a portion of proceeds from each sale to the Orca Conservancy to support Salish Sea's killer whales. A note on sizing: Lib Tech recommends sizing down to 3 to 6 cm shorter than your typical board.

 

The Landscape Collection from K2—a futuristically built, precisely tuned quiver of shapes engineered for good times on the hill—is more stocked with heat than a hot sauce shop. We’re big fans of the Alchemist Snowboard: a superlight, directional big-mountain missile best reserved for experts. We’re also loving the K2 Excavator: a wide, surfy shape that’s got a rockered, floaty nose up front, a cambered, stable platform underfoot and a carbon-reinforced tail holding it down in the back. The Excavator lays sultry carves in powder and corduroy alike and brings radical ripping from the surf to the slopes. Most intermediates and up will dig this deck. 

 

The Vans pro team is stacked like a plate of pancakes at an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, and many of those experts rely on the all-mountain Infuse day in, day out. Case in point? Arthur Longo, the French sultan of side hits and prince of pop dropped this well-earned forest-green-and-black pro colorway for the 2022/2023 Infuse.

Every detail of this boot is primo: We’re talking a customizable flex system, a quick-drying liner sourced from The North Face, and triple-density footbeds. Our riders applaud the Infuse’s hybrid lacing system, which includes traditional laces up the boot, Boa® around the ankle and a responsive hook-and-loop strap around the calf. For boarders who like to go full send, there’s no half steppin’ with the Infuse, and any advanced all-mountain rider will be amped to unwrap these bad boys come winter. Looking for a high-performance, all-mountain boot for women or riders with smaller feet? Go scope the Vans Viaje Range Edition Snowboard Boots.

 

Not all boots are comfortable straight out of the box. In fact, the majority of them aren’t. The Limelight is an exception to the rule thanks to a medium flex, cushy gel padding and plush, fleecy liner. (Rumor has it the Limelight is so comfortable that skiers who slip these boots on immediately list their skis on Craigslist and convert to the Dark Side.) But the Limelight from Burton is more than an approachable, comfy boot. It’s also a jack-of-all-trades that’s playful when you want it and reactive when you need it. Between the boot’s all-mountain abilities and insulated, heat-retaining shell, the Limelight is a fitting gift for women and smaller-footed riders who get cold feet literally but never figuratively. 

 

Looking for a stoke-worthy stocking stuffer without breaking the bank? Look no further than the Mega Claws Stomp Pads from Crab Grab. These iconic stomp pads have amassed a cult-like following in snowboarding over the years, and for good reason. The foam Claws add a playful energy to any snowboard topsheet and provide welcome grip for getting on and off chairlifts, skating through the flats or even working on one-footers in the park. Our advice? Grab a few of these for any and all snowboarders in your life.  

 

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