We love stocking stuffers, but the big-ticket hero gifts are the ones we really look forward to. Presenting eight splurges to buy—or maybe just drool over.
Salemtown Board Co. Mimosa Oak Cruiser
Close to two hundred bucks might feel like a lot to spend on a skateboard, but keep in mind that the Salemtown Board Co. Mimosa Oak Cruiser is built from one piece of nearly indestructible Tennessee oak, meaning you’re investing in a deck that will last a lifetime. Add the fact that it’s shaped and painted by hand in Salemtown, Tennessee, and that number starts to feel more like a deal than a luxury.
DPS Pure3 Spoons
With a nearly 150-millimeter waist and a three-dimensional convex bottom, these DPS Pure3 Spoons are powder planks as decadent as the untracked powder they were built for. While you wouldn’t want to bring them out in less than 15 inches of fresh, skiers of varying skill levels can enjoy how they plane over the deep stuff.
Cricket Trailers 2016 Trek
Cricket Trailers inventor Garrett Finney worked as a habitability specialist for NASA to keep astronauts from going insane in the cramped confines of the International Space Station. He’s brought that tech and livability genius to bear in the aluminum 2016 Trek, with features like an outdoor shower, portable toilet, and six feet four inches of standing room.
Chofu Wood-Fired Water Heater
The Chofu Wood-Fired Water Heater can turn any old tub into a steamy soaker. Hook it up, toss in a few logs, and the heat from the rising water will keep things at a balmy temperature for an electricity-free après dip.
Vail Epic Pass
Vail’s Epic Pass is big. Not the actual pass itself, but the fact that it grants holders unlimited access to 31,196 acres of terrain at 11 resorts in the United States and Australia’s Perisher.
Mad River Canoe Malecite Ultralite Wood Canoe
Mad River Canoe’s Malecite Ultralite Wood Canoe can lug hundreds of pounds of gear downriver, but the Kevlar and foam core means the 16.5-foot, 50-pound hull isn’t a pain to portage around a dam.
Tepui Kukenam XL Ruggedized Tent
The Tepui Kukenam XL Ruggedized Tent attaches to any Thule or Yakima rack and adds only a foot of clearance to your vehicle’s roof when folded up. Unzip a cover, undo a few straps, swing out the telescoping ladder, and in three minutes you have a 54-square-foot aluminum floor that a family of four can easily bunk down on.
Vee Tire Co. Snowshoe 2XL
The Vee Tire Co. Snowshoe 2XL, at just over five inches across, are the widest fat-bike tires we’ve ever seen. Beefy, grippy knobs in the tread cling to all manner of ice and snow, while the 2XL’s extra girth and ability to ride at low PSI keep you atop the powder, not stuck in it.