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OUTFITTED: Gifts for the Aprés-Skier

Meg Simon

As the holiday season comes upon us, finding that perfect gift can be overwhelming as the outdoor market bombards us with more and more product every year. Along with the common problem of your favorite gear-head having everything, it can be nearly impossible to find something new and different to place under the tree. With copious amounts of research and testing, I’ve begun to compile a list of products that I’ve found to be interesting and well-crafted, whether they’re redesigned old favorites, or simply standouts among the masses. In the coming weeks I’ll be shining a light on different categories of outdoor products that I recommend for your burgeoning gift list. Today’s roundup starts with everyone’s favorite winter social time – the event know as après-ski.

1. California Cowboy High Sierra Flannel

Advertised as “The World’s First Après Ski Shirt,” this flannel couldn’t be more perfect for those social slope-side afternoons. Feature-rich, the shirt includes a tech-safe zippered pocket, a reinforced bottle pocket, an interior glove loop, a bottle opener and bottle pocket and a sunglass loop. The shirt even comes with a stack of conversation starter cards. Lined with spandex thermal, the High Sierra is cozy, comfortable and bound to be your après go-to. Available in women’s and men’s styles. $148

2. Voited Cloudtouch Indoor/Outdoor Camping Blanket

Made from recycled plastic bottles, the Cloudtouch is a cozy addition to outdoor après situations. Water-resistant ripstop on one side and soft fleece on the other, the blanket is machine washable and stuffs into a portable sack. Snaps on the edges allow it to turn into a make-shift sleeping bag and it can also be folded into a zippered pocket for a pillow when you transition the blanket to camping activities. As with most Voited products, this blanket is available in a number of striking colors and designs. $140

3. Chaco Paonia Clog

For tired feet and squished toes, the Paonia clog provides the relief your dogs are looking for when you finally peel those ski boots off. A backless construction allows for easy on and off and the suede upper provides waterproof protection. The inner foot bed is reminiscent of Chaco’s famously comfortable flip-flops. With an adjustable top strap for a refined fit, the Paonia is certain to be a favorite among feet. Available in women’s and men’s styles. $115

4. Etnia Barcelona Mission District Sun II Glasses

Etnia Barcelona’s creations are not your average sunglasses. Their offering of bold colors and unique styling makes them a standout among a saturated market. Frames are constructed with extremely durable natural materials such as acetate or hypoallergenic metal and titanium. Anti-scratch and anti-glare lenses are 100% recyclable and provide 100 percent UV protection. Function and fashion combine to make a statement on those sunny après afternoons. $269

5. Highcamp Flasks Firelight 750 Flask

Beautifully engineering and efficient, the Firelight is a 3-piece bar set designed for on-the-go activity. A 750ml flask is bumpered on each end with a 6-shooter tumbler secured in place by a magnetic lock system. The flask is big enough for a bottle of wine or an entire fifth of your favorite spirit. The vacuum insulation and double-walled construction allow for both hot and cold beverages. 100 percent stainless steel makes it easily washable and ensures pure flavor of its contents. $125

Meg Simon is an Aspen-based freelance writer, graphic designer and founder of Simon Finch Creative. She can be reached at meg@simonfinchcreative.com.

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