Best Gifts for the Snowboarder 2023

Let’s be honest – the best gift for the snowboarder in your life is a bluebird powder day. But if you’re not able to deliver that (it’s ok, we get it) this list of Gifts for the Snowboarder will give you the next best ideas for all the snowboarders in your life.

All of the products listed in this list of best gifts for the snowboarder are things that myself and other Tales of a Mountain Mama team members have personally tested and recommend. We have gift ideas for the entire family, stocking stuffers, essential gear, gifts for those learning to snowboard and some fun splurges for your favorite shredder.

Most snowboarders would be stoked with big ticket items like boards, outerwear or lift tickets, but I assure you that giving a great gift does not have to break the bank. Some of my favorite options like the Burton Bullet Multi Tool cost under $30.

Some years it might be a smaller item, such as socks, while other years we give our children a new helmet or snowboard. Evaluate the interests and needs of the snowboarders in your life, and get inspired by our list!

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Best Gifts for the Snowboarder 2023

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Best Gifts For Snowboarders – The Snowboard

If you can’t gift your favorite snowboarder a bluebird powder day, the next best thing is a brand new snowboard. Here are our top snowboard picks for kids, men and women.

Kids eating cookies next to their snowboards.
The Toal Family quiver, from left to right: Burton Grom 120cm, Burton Grom 110 cm and Burton Mini Grom 100cm

Snowboards For Kids

Burton Kids Grom Snowboard

The new Burton Grom Snowboard has a twin shape and flat profile makes this board great for kids just learning to turn. Us older snowboarders will appreciate the cool Craig Kelly Air graphics. The Grom Snowboard comes in 3 sizes: 110 cm, 120cm and 130cm.

Girl sitting at top of terrain park on Burton Grom Snowboard
Harper, age 6, eyes the terrain park while riding her Burton Grom snowboard

Burton Kids Family Tree Hometown Hero Snowboard

If you have a kid who jumps off every feature, slashes pow, shreds the steeps and views the mountain as their playground, this is the snowboard for them! Camber under the foot helps hold those edges when carving, while rocker under the nose makes the Kids Hometown Hero a powder-day dreamboat.

Two children standing with their snowboards
Since gifting a bluebird day in the mountains doesn’t always work out, our Gift Guide provides the next best options.

My child is currently on a 120 cm snowboard, and as soon as he is big enough to ride a 130cm (the smallest that the Kids Hometown Hero comes in) I will absolutely be buying this board!

TMM Team Member Sarah

Never Summer Kids Mini Proto Snowboard

This board is a small-scale version of the hard charging Never Summer Proto. With rocker between the bindings and camber under foot, this board is great for aggressive kids who are riding the whole mountain.

The Kids Mini Proto comes in a 137 cm, 140cm and 144cm and each snowboard is handcrafted in Denver, Colorado.

Snowboards For Men

Burton Flight Attendant

A great choice for an aggressive, all mountain rider who likes a stiffer board. The Burton Flight Attendant has a longer nose and shorter tail for maximum float in the powder, and camber under foot for maximum stability.

Burton Family Tree Hometown Hero

The Burton Family Tree Hometown Hero was developed for the tight trees and variable conditions that East Coast snowboarders know all too well. But this board is a beast on a powder day, too. If you’re looking for one snowboard to do it all, this is an excellent pick.

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Burton Family Tree Hometown Hero shown with Step On bindings

Rossignol Jibsaw

The Rossignol Jibsaw is a fun, jibby frestyle board. It’s true-twin shape gives the board all the pop that you need. The jibsaw has been a favorite of freestyle riders for more than a decade and it’s still one of the most versatile in its category.

The Rossignol Jibsaw Wide is available for heavier riders or those with big feet.

Snowboards For Women

Burton Feelgood

The Burton Feelgood has been my go-to snowboard since the late 1990’s and it’s still my top-choice. I’ve bought more Feelgood’s than I can remember! The board performs in all conditions – powder, trees, steeps, park, pipe (yes, that’s still a thing!) and even on the bunny hill while teaching my kids.

Burton Women’s Stylus

The Burton Women’s Stylus is the perfect snowboard for women who are just getting to the sport. This board has a great price point and it’s designed to be beginner-friendly.

The flat top with slightly beveled edges makes this board effortless to turn, and halps to minimize edge catches. The flex is soft, giving this board a playful feel.

Gnu Ladies Choice

The Gnu Ladies Choice is a great freestyle board that will shred the whole mountain. It’s designed to be powerful and playful at the same time and a great choice for an intermediate snowboarder.

Gifts For Snowboarders: Snowboard Boots And Bindings

Last year my husband surprised me with a new pair of Burton Women’s Supreme Boots and it was the most thoughtful, appreciated gift. Snowboard technology is advancing quickly, and boots and bindings are no exception.

Before buying new boots and bindings it’s important to think about the rider’s skill level and how much performance they need out of a boot and binding setup.

Snowboard Boots for Kids

Burton Kids Step On Boots

It’s important to note that this is a system – you have to have both the special Step On Boots and Step On Bindings for it to work. New for this season, Burton Grom Step On is for toddlers in boot sizes 11C-2K, and the Kids Step On is for bigger kids in size 3K-7K.

The Grom Step On boots have a BOA system (no laces or straps), which makes putting them on and tightening a breeze. The Grom Step On Binding system is super easy to use – kids first push down on the heel, then the toe. To release the binding, they simply lift up on the big chunky heel and toe levers.

Burton Grom Boa Boots

We love the Burton Grom BOA boots. Both of my kids have been wearing this model for years. The BOA system makes tightening the boots super easy and they stay tight all day.

They ride a little stiffer than the velcro-strap grom boots, which I appreciate as it make the boots more responsive.

Burton Toddler Mini Grom Boots

The Burton Toddler Mini Grom Boots are just about the smallest boots on the market, with sizing starting at a toddler 7 (think – 2 year old size!). These boots are soft, comfortable and very flexible, which is just what mini shredders need.

The wide velcro straps make these easy to adjust, and kids can put them on and take them off independently.

As with all Burton kids boots these come with a removable footbed with a room-to-grow toe box. Once your child’s toes are hitting the end, simply snip out the toe guard at the top and the boots will fit a size bigger.

Snowboard Bindings for Kids

Burton Kids Step On Bindings

It’s important to note that this is a system – you have to have both the special Step On Boots and Step On Bindings for it to work.

Burton Kids Step On’s are great for kids of all ages who like to step in and go – independently! New for this season, Burton Grom Step On is for toddlers in boot sizes 11C-2K, and the Kids Step On is for bigger kids in size 3K-7K.

My daughter is 7 years old and she can handle the Grom Step Ons all by herself, even with big mittens on. The only difficult part will be getting her to wait while her mom straps in!

Burton Grom Bindings

Burton Grom Bindings have been a staple in our house for the past 9 years – since the kids started snowboarding at age 15 months.

The one-strap design keeps their boot nice and snug, and there is just one big buckle to pull to unstrap. My kids could strap in and unstrap independently when they were just 2 years old using the Grom Bindings.

Boy wearing grom bindings sitting in the snow
August, age 8, with Burton Grom bindings and the Burton Grom snowboard

Union Cadet Bindings

The Union Cadet Bindings are a great option if you have a small child with big skills. The Cadet bindings have two straps and a highback with forward lean. My 9-year old was on these bindings last winter and he really excelled on them.

Snowboard Boots And Bindings For Men

Burton SLX Boots

My husband is a snowboard instructor and coach and the Burton SLX Boots are his go-to binding. He spends over 100 days on snow each winter and these boots keep him warm and comfortable. They are extremely responsive and one of the stiffest boots on the market.

This is an excellent boot for an advanced rider looking for a high-performance boot.

Dad on snowboard
The Burton SLX Boot and Burton Cartel Bindings are the ultimate Rad Dad setup

Burton Moto BOA Boots

The Burton Moto BOA Boot is a great option for a beginner to intermediate snowboarder. These boots are softer and more forgiving, and the BOA system makes putting them on and making on-hill adjustments a breeze.

Burton Cartel X Bindings

The Burton Men’s Cartel X Bindings are lightweight and responsive. The foot pad has plenty of cushioning for all day comfort and the high backs can be adjusted for both forward lean, and highback rotation.

Snowboard Boots And Bindings For Women

Burton Women’s Felix Step On Boots and Bindings

Last winter I had the opportunity to test the Burton Women’s Felix Step On Boots and Re:Flex Bindings as part of the Burton Online Rental Program (my full review of that is linked here). I was skeptical at first but I LOVED the Step Ons! I would absolutely consider buying these when my current setup needs to be replaced.

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Burton Women’s Step On and Step On Felix Boots

The Burton Women’s Felix Step On boot was so comfortable, even brand new out of the box. The boots were nice and stiff and delivered the responsiveness that I like.

The Step On bindings were so easy to use, and I never ever felt like my foot was going to come out. I tested these on a big Jackson Hole powder day and I never once got too iced over or snow packed to click in.

Burton Women’s Supreme Snowboard Boots

The Burton Supreme Snowboard Boots are stiff and responsive while feeling ultra comfortable. I prefer the Speed Zone lacing to a BOA system because it allows you to tighten the upper or lower part of the boot independently.

The removable liners are heat moldable which I highly recommend if you like your boots to feel like slippers.

Burton Women’s Lexa X EST Snowboard Bindings

The Burton Women’s LEXA X Bindings are my favorite strap bindings. They are super adjustable, lightweight and very responsive. I like to ride with a lot of forward lean and the Living Hinge makes these adjustments quick and easy.

Union Women’s Rosa Binding

The Union Women’s Rosa Binding is a solid, aluminum binding at a great price point. It’s a little more soft and forgiving, making it an excellent choice for the beginner to intermediate snowboarder.

Snowboarding Gifts for Kids

Here are our top gift picks for the littlest shredders in your life, from goggles to rad onesie snowsuits and even a Lego Ski Resort that’s perfect for hanging out in the lodge on super cold days!

Anon Tracker 2.0 Goggles

These goggles fit small faces really well, have a sticky rubber strip on the inside of the strap so they don’t fall off helmets, come in lots of fun colors, and they are compatible with the Anon MFI magnetic facemask.

Burton 2L One Piece Snowsuit

Give the gift of staying warm, dry and looking cool! This is one of the only “big kid” one piece suits available on the market and for years this is all my kids have worn for cold Jackson Hole snowboarding days.

Two kids wearing Burton Onesies playing in a tree
The Burton Onesie is our favorite kids snowsuit

Burton Kids Warmest Mittens

These are the warmest, dryest kids mittens that we have ever used. Both my 9 and 7 year old wear them. They hold up well enough to use for two seasons and they have a lifetime warranty in case something goes wrong.

Lego City Ski and Snowboard Resort

Keep your shredders inspired off the hill, and busy for days, with this awesome 800 piece ski resort set.

A child walking in the snow holding a snowboard wearing the Burton One Piece Snowsuit.
Kids will stay warm, dry and highly visible in the Burton One Piece Snowsuit.

Snowboarding Gifts for Teens and Tweens

Teens and tweens are at such a fun age. They are ready to rock in the outdoors, and often have more definite interests and individual style. This age is exciting to give gifts for.

Anon M4 Goggles

The M4’s are available in the M4S (for small to medium faces) and a low bridge fit. Many teens choose to wear their helmets over their goggles and the M4 Snapback goggles eliminate pressure points for a comfy fit.

Apple Air Tag & Adhesive Pelican Case

Sadly, snowboard theft is a major problem at many resorts, or sometimes kids just misplace their gear! This tracking device is the size of a dime and fits inside the waterproof case, then sticks to your snowboard. Track your snowboard easily from your iPhone.

Gogglesoc

Help keep those (expensive) goggle lenses in pristine condition and look cool in the lift lines or the boot pack!

Girl wearing a Goggle Soc
Keep goggles safe and free of scratches with a Goggle Soc

Smartwool Base Layer Hoodie

Teens will love the hood feature and thumb holes and parents will love the merino wool warmth and odor resistance (cuz let’s face it – teens can be stinky after a day of snowboarding!).

Snowboarding Gifts for Men

I have personally gifted all of these items to my husband over the past couple of years and I can promise you that they were all well received. The tuning kit was a favorite – getting your board tuned at a shop can be pricey, and doing it at home is not only a money saver but can be fun for the whole family, too.

Burton [ak] GORE-TEX Gondy Leather Glove

These gloves are warm and waterproof thanks to leather and GORE-TEX without being bulky. My husband wears these gloves and a new pair is at the top of his gift list.

East Street Archives Book

Bring the joy of snowboarding right to your coffee table with this photography book from Gary Lund.

East Street Archives delivers a raw look and emotional journey from Gary about East Coast snowboarding during the golden era of riding in the 1990’s. There are many never-seen-before riding and lifestyle images, captured on 35mm film throughout the mountains and streets of the USA and Canada.

ONE Supreme Snowboard Tuning Kit

This kit has everything you need to do a full tune on your snowboard including files, brushes, scrapers, wax and even the iron.

Patagonia Capilene Air Hoody

This lightweight feeling baselayer hoodie is half merino wool and half polyester. It’s super stretchy and keeps you warm and dry on cold resort days or on the bootpack.

A father and son hot wax a snowboard.
Tuning snowboards can be fun for the whole family.

Snowboarding Gifts for Women

At the very top of my wish list is a day to shred pow without my darling kids in tow. But if it has to fit underneath the tree, these are my next top choices!

Burton Avalon Bib Snowpant

The Avalon Bib is a bib for every body! It comes in lengths and a range of sizes, in GORE-TEX, 2L and stretch, not to mention about ten different colors. In fact I love these bibs so much I have two pairs! If you haven’t yet tried on bib snowpants – DO IT! I made the switch a few years ago and I’ll never go back

Woman and child on snowboards
The author and her daughter enjoying a bluebird powder day

Iksplor Merino Legging

These leggings are soft, very stretchy and have a wide unrestricting waistband. They keep you warm but not too warm, and thanks to the merino wool – dry.

Are you a breastfeeding snowboarder mama? If so, Iksplor makes an awesome merino wool nursing top that we highly recommend. Click here to check out the Iksplorer Nursing Top.

Stio Women’s Colter Boot

After a day of riding, nothing feels better than taking off your boots. Slip into these boots that are as comfy as a slipper and have the traction of a snow boot.

Sun Bum Daily Sunscreen Moisturizer

Protect your skin from the elements without the greasy feel. This sunscreen also smells great and doesn’t run into your eyes. It’s also small enough to fit into a chest pocket for mid-day reapplications.

Snowboarding Stocking Stuffers

These stocking stuffers are small yet mighty – and everything is an essential for the snowboarder in your life.

Burton All-Season Speed Sauce Wax

Rub on wax perfect for increasing your speed for a couple of runs. Fits in your pocket, rub on and go.

Dakine Multi Tool

Looking for a great gift for $10? This is one of those snowboard essentials – everyone should carry one in their pack or pocket. It has a couple of screwdriver heads and wrenches and fits in your palm.

Platypus Flexible Water Bottle

It can be hard to drink enough water when you’re out snowboarding, but with this collapsible water bottle that fits in your pocket, keeping hydrated is a little easier.

Keep Warm While Snowboarding

Nothing worse than being cold on the slopes, keep yourself warm and your phone from freezing with these gifts.

Burton Recycled DND Beanie 3-Pack

Beanies are the perfect stocking stuffer for the snowboarder (or three) on your list and this timeless style can be worn alone or underneath a helmet on the slopes.

HotHands Hand & Foot Warmers

Keep hands and feet warm on sub zero days with these convenient hand warmers. I stick one to my phone to keep the battery from freezing, too.

Phoozy Phone Insulator

Keep your phone battery from dying from the cold with this insulated pocket bag.

Gifts For Snowboarders: Must-Have Gear For The Family

My personal favorite from the gifts listed below is the Burton 70L Duffel bag because it can fit all of my family’s boots plus some of our outerwear.

A close second is the boot dryer. This is something we use every single day in the winter. We dry boots, mittens and even hats. This is a must-have if you live in a wintery climate.

Anon Kids Oslo WaveCel Helmet

Give your kid the gift of safety! The new Anon Oslo WaveCel helmet. WaveCel technology distributes impact to minimize forces to the head. It’s also extremely lightweight and comes in a few fun colors.

Burton Gig 70L Duffel Bag

Having organized gear means less time in the parking lot and more time shredding. This duffel bag fits a TON of stuff. Last winter my family of four went on a weekend snowboard trip and we fit boots, helmets, goggles and mittens for four people in this one bag.

DryGuy Boot & Glove Dryer

This basic yet durable boot and glove dryer holds up to two pairs of boots or gloves. We use ours every day all winter long and it’s been going strong for three years. There is a heat or an air dry setting as well as a timer to ensure you don’t melt your gear.

Gravity Grabber

The perfect snowboard storage solution. Gravity Grabbers mount to any surface and use an anti-slip, gravity locking design to keep your board off the ground. Available in single and multi-packs.

Mountain Money

Many resorts offer “mountain money” cards. These reloadable cards can be used like a credit card for things like hot chocolate, snacks, lessons, on-mountain photos and more!

Gifts For Learning To Snowboard

Snowboarding is for the entire family – even the youngest members! Help get them started with these gear suggestions.

Wondering how to teach your littles to snowboard? Read our How To Teach Kids To Snowboard blogpost here.

Burton Riglet Reel

I’ve taught two toddlers to snowboard and I can confidently say this is the #1 piece of equipment that I recommend for success. The Burton Riglet Reel is a retractable leash (like those fancy dog leashes) that attaches to the tip of these Burton kids boards: Riglet Board, After-School-Special and Mini Grom.

When my toddlers were very young, like 1 year old, I actually used a Riglet Reel at the tip and tail. This method allows the parent to completely steer the snowboard.

For more tips on how to teach kids to snowboard, including instructions on using a Riglet Reel, head over to my How To Teach Kids To Snowboard blogpost.

Burton Riglet Snowboard

This hard plastic board with a built-in Riglet Reel is perfect for pulling your little one around the house, the yard or the neighborhood – snow or no snow! Best of all kids will play with this for years and years.

Toddler on a burton riglet snowboard
The Burton Riglet snowboard is a fun learning tool for toddlers.

Iksplor Baselayer Set

These merino wool baselayers are soft, warm, colorful and you can throw them in the dryer with the rest of the laundry. Oh – and the tops have thumbholes so your littles can be cool like the big kids!

One child pulling another on the Burton Riglet Snowboard.
Bring snowboarding indoors for kids of all ages with the Toddler Burton Riglet Snowboard.

Gifts For Backcountry Snowboarders

Safety is the number one priority for snowboarders who venture into the backcountry in the winter. All of these gifts below are must-haves for backcountry snowboarders.

Burton [ak] Dispatcher 18L Backpack

This pack is perfect daypack for snowboarders. It has room for a beacon, probe, shovel, helmet, extra layers and snacks. There are straps to attach a board to the pack as well for the bootpacker.

BCA Dozer Avalanche Shovel

Backcountry snowboarders will love this shovel because it’s lightweight, has a t-gril, fully breaks down and lies flat inside the backpack – leaving room for other stuff.

BCA Tracker Avalanche Transceiver

This avalanche transceiver is consistently rated as one of the best due to its streamlined, high performance simplicity. It comes with batteries and a harness.

G3 Speed Probe Avalanche Probe

A simple, lightweight lower cost avalanche probe that is perfect for fitting in smaller daypacks.

Gifts For Snowboarders: Worthwhile Splurges

If you’re planning to go big and treat your loved one to a really nice gift we have some great suggestions below. I personally like to go in on big gifts with others – make it one great big group gift!

Avalanche Education Course

If the person on your gift list plans to get into backcountry snowboarding, an avalanche education course is a must and AIARE is the leading organization, offering courses all over the country.

Burton Flight Attendant Splitboard

The Burton Flight Attendant Splitboard is the perfect choice for someone just getting their feet wet with splitboarding. The board is floaty and playful with a less aggressive feel. It comes in sizes from 147cm-163 cm, making it an excellent choice for men or women.

Paired with the Burton Hitchhiker Splitboard Bindings and the Burton x G3 Skins the favorite splitboarder on your gift list will be beyond stoked.

Franco Snowshapes Custom Snowboard

These snowboards are handmade in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and are 100% customizable down to the materials and shape of the board.

Snowboard Lesson or Camp

Taking a lesson from a professional instructor is something I recommend for everyone, but it can be so expensive. This is a great gift and there are so many options, from lessons to camps such as women’s camps, freestyle camps and camps for teens and backcountry-specific camps.

A group of kids and instructors on a snowy mountain for snowboard lessons.
The gift of snowboard lessons is so valuable and fun!

Buying gifts for the snowboarder in your life is a worthwhile investment because whatever you get will be used and appreciated. I would be personally stoked to receive any of these gifts on this snowboard gift guide (hint, hint to my husband).

We hope that our Best Gifts for the Snowboarder gift guide gives you more than enough awesome gift ideas for the snowboarder on your list. Can you think of something that should be included? Add it in the comment section and we will look into it!

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  • Sarah Toal is a Colorado native who now calls Jackson, Wyoming, home. Sarah, her husband Evan, and two kids August, age 7, and Harper, age 5, spend their (long!) winters snowboarding, and (short!) summers riding bikes, floating on the Snake River, and hiking. Follow our adventures and general family chaos on Instagram: @sartoal

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