Holiday gift guides abound this time of year. But they're mostly filled with gifts that you hope you'll get, not gifts you'll give. Stumped as to what to buy your lady this season? This guide is for you.
1. NAU DOWN LOOPNER SCARF
She'll wear it as a scarf, and wear it as a shawl. Either way, this 650-fill goose down wrap will keep her warm all winter. Variegated quilt and stripe patterns add subtle style—she will too as she configures this infinity looped wrap the way she likes it. $90; nau.com.
2. ICEBREAKER'S SKYLINE JACKET
This jacket is functional and beautiful. The merino shell has a wind-resistant membrane that keeps the heat in and the weather out. A zippered inside pocket stashes a wallet or passport, while the soft, stretchy internal cuffs give extra warmth. Simple, sophisticated, and at home in New York, Aspen, Paris, or Oslo. And to speak to her love of mountains, the lining has a subtle topographical map pattern. $350; icebreaker.com.
3. ASTIS LEATHER MITTS
These mitts are functional works of art. Sacagawea, for whom these mittens are named, was the Lemhi Shoshone Native American interpreter/guide who accompanied Lewis and Clark as they explored the Western United States. Astis' Sacagawea mittens are hand beaded and handsewn in the U.S., lined with Polartec Thermal Pro insulation for ski slope-worthy warmth, and use silicone-injected leather that's waterproof. Most important, they’re a fun accessory that’ll keep her hands warm whether she’s ripping black diamonds, carving up corduroy, or just doing a bit of window shopping. $195; astismittens.com.
4. ELEMENTAL HERBS ALL GOOD LIPS
Sunscreen is critical whether you’re on the beach or on the slopes. Elemental Herbs chose six natural minerals to make its All Good Lips With Color line. Then, it combined those minerals with clear zinc oxide, beeswax, lavender, and a hint of organic peppermint oil to create SPF 18 lip tint that’s shiny, protective, and lasts. Pacific Mist is shimmery and almost clear with a very light white hue. Alpine Pink is light and airy. Barnabe Rose will bring out her natural lip color. Maroon Creek is bold and deep. Red Rocks is sandstone rich. And Copper Canyon has an earthy deep shine. $5; elementalherbs.com.
5. OSPREY CONTRAIL 22"
For your world traveler, Osprey’s Contrail 22 travel rolling bag is the perfect gift. The Contrail 22 will let her pack lots of items into just a little bit of space. This maximum legal carry-on size bag holds 46 liters of luggage, with a sequestered back-of-the-bag storage compartment—perfect for stashing hiking shoes and dirty clothes. It comes with Osprey's Flightlocker organizer, which helps to keep wrinkle-prone clothing flat. The Contrail is cosmopolitan but rugged, with wheels that can navigate cobblestone streets as well as campgrounds. And it's surprisingly spacious, with external organizer pockets that will help her keep track of the small stuff. $299; ospreypacks.com.
6. MOUNTAIN KHAKIS CARRY ALL TOTE
Replace her worn out L.L. Bean Canvas haul bag with a cowgirl upgrade. She can stuff Mountain Khakis Carry All Tote full for a trip to the beach, but it does just as well at the farmer’s market. A deep bucket shape built with bomber 20oz canvas, this bag is reinforced at the top zip and on the bottom with waxed canvas for rugged durability and water-resistance. The 100-percent leather trim adds style. And, better than the classic canvas tote, a simple snap close flap keeps the contents inside. With webbing handles, a lanyard key clip, and removable interior organizational panel. $75; mountainkhakis.com.
7. LULULEMON WUNDER UNDER CROP TIGHTS
Whether she’s bending and stretching or pumping iron, these crop tights will quickly become her favorite pair. The wide waistband keeps them in place without squeezing her belly, and the gusseted crotch won’t restrict motion. The tight fit is comfortable and shapely, and even when she wears them constantly, they'll seem like they never wear out. Moisture wicking, preshrunk, and breathable, with a medium rise and fun waistband prints to choose from. $72; shop.lululemon.com.
8. PATAGONIA ALPINE GUIDE JACKET
The Alpine Guide Jacket might be the best midlayer/outerlayer Patagonia has ever made for women whose lives revolve around the outdoors. Whether she’s skinning, skating, walking, running, hiking, climbing, or just hanging out, the Alpine Guide breathes but keeps the wind out while making her look good. The water-repellent treatment keeps melting snow, raindrops, and even sea spray at bay. Plus, the fabric is so durable it won’t look worn after a season of even the hardest use. Articulated sleeves ensure full mobility, and the brushed lining is cozy soft but wont hold sweat. Off her back and in her pack, the jacket weighs just a pound. $229;Patagonia.com.
9. OLUKAI HOLO LIO II
Olukai makes the best flip flops money can buy, but its shoe design prowess doesn't stop when summer ends. Olukai's Holo Lio II uses hand-selected and meticulously oiled supple, full-grain leather for this boot, underlaying it with pigskin and a microfiber suede lining that gains character as it breaks in. A contoured canvas-covered footbed provides support, and the non-marking sole grips in summer as well as it does in winter. For a different look, simply fold the collar down. $299; olukai.com.
10. SHREDLY NIKOLI
Women's mountain bike shorts aren't usually sexy. But these are. Stretchy, durable, quick-dry, and fun, Shredly mountain bike shorts have a high waistband in the back to prevent unintentional exposure, a crotch gusset for comfort in the saddle, and thoughtful details she’ll appreciate, like faux gold-rimmed black stone snaps and a functional cargo pocket. Remove the chamois, and she can wear them for hiking, paddling, or even to the gym. They’re relaxed but flattering, and will help her feel like the shredder she is. Available in eight colors and prints from ostrich feather, to abstract, to lacy tattoo. $125; shredly.com.