15 Gifts Under $20 for the Winter Enthusiast

Those who love the serenity of a snow-covered trail, the rush of sliding down a mountain and the feel of a cold, snowy day need warm gear to help them explore winter wonderlands. If you need gift ideas for snowshoers, skiers, snowboarders, and all-around winter enthusiasts, you've come to the right place. We've got a list of 15 gifts under $20 that your cold-weather loved one is sure to adore.

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1. Buff Polar Buff Reversible Headwear - Fleece (For Men and Women): Buffs make great gifts for explorers in general, but when fleece is added to a Buff it melts the hearts of snow sport enthusiasts everywhere. Giving the gift of a fleece-lined Buff is like giving a warm hug to your cold-weather explorer on all of their adventures. (Shop all Buffs and neck gaiters.)

2. Mountainsmith Nitro TLS Lumbar Pack: This little pack is great for skiers and snowboarders who want to bring snacks and a few essentials to the mountain without hauling a pack up and down the slopes. When needed they can twist this pack to their front -- fanny pack style -- for quick access or a more comfortable chairlift ride. (Shop all ski packs and bags.)

3. SmartWool PhD Ski Light Socks - Merino Wool (For Men and Women): Every skier could use a good pair of socks. Ski socks fit over the calf and have additional padding over the shin to make ski boots a little more bearable. And you can't go wrong with the moisture-wicking power of merino wool. (Shop all ski socks.)

4. Swix Universal Glide Wax - 180 Grams: Help alpine skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiiers keep their gear well-maintained and their rides smooth with water-repellent wax. This is a great stocking stuffer for your winter enthusiast loved ones who prefer to wax their own gear over taking it to a shop. (Shop all ski accessories.)

5. Dragon Alliance DX Snowsport Goggles: Goggles are a necessity to skiers and snowboarders as they cruise down the mountain, but goggles can also come in handy for snowshoers and cross-country skiers who are exploring blustery terrain. Goggles protect eyes, improve visibility and give a little extra warmth. (Shop all ski and snowboard goggles.)

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6. Terramar Hottotties® Cloud Nine CS 2.0 Base Layer Bottoms - UPF 25+ (For Women): Snow sport enthusiasts need good base layers to help them stay warm while they're out adventuring. Warm, breathable layers with moisture-wicking materials are what you should look for in every base layer. Fun patterns, like that of these leggings from Hot Chillys, are also a desirable base layer trait to some snow athletes. (Shop all base layer bottoms.)

7. Grabber Hand Warmer Heat Pack: Warm hands are happy hands. Add a few hand warmer packs to any winter explorer's gift for some extra warmth this holiday season. (Shop all winter accessories.)

8. Yaktrax Walk Spike Winter Traction Pull-Ons (For Men and Women): There's not always enough snow to snowshoe, but that doesn't mean the trails won't be slick. Chains and other traction-adding pull-ons can help hikers keep moving all season. These can be added to any shoe or hiking boot so your explorer can enjoy the outdoors all year! (Shop all traction pull-ons.)

9. Outdoor Products Cross Country Gaiters: If snowpants aren't needed for the type of exploring your winter enthusiast does, they'll still need a way to keep the snow-prone part of their legs warm and dry. Gaiters are the perfect solution. (Shop all gaiters.)

10. Hot Chillys Geo-Pro Base Layer Crew Top - UPF 30+, Midweight, Long Sleeve (For Men): Layers are essential to any snow sport enthusiast. Keep your active loved ones warm from head to toe with base layers made from breathable, moisture-wicking fabric. (Shop all base layer tops.)

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11. Burton Profile Mittens - Insulated (For Women): Help your winter-loving friends keep their hands warm with insulated, waterproof mittens. (Shop all mittens.)

12. Spacecraft Collective Offender Beanie (For Men and Women): Give the gift of warmth with a fun and stylish hat. Winter hats are the perfect accessory for snow-sport enthusiasts. (Shop all winter hats.)

13. Thermos 360-Degree Stainless Steel Tumbler - 14 fl.oz.: A quality thermos is great for those who love being outside in the winter because it can keep soups and beverages hot on the trail or mountain. (Shop all Thermoses.)

14. Mountain Hardwear Mountain Abbey Scarf (For Women): If your friend isn't into the look of Buffs or neck gaiters, get a scarf to keep that neck warm. (Shop all scarves.)

15. DaKine Omega Gloves - Waterproof (For Men): Insulated, waterproof gloves are perfect for winter sports enthusiasts who like their fingers to have more mobility than what mittens provide. (Shop all gloves.)

For even more gift ideas, take a look at Sierra Trading Post's gift guides. If you're planning on ordering gifts from Sierra Trading Post, be sure to order by noon MST on December 22 for guaranteed shipping by December 25.
Lauren Seidl
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Lauren Seidl
Blogger at Sierra Trading Post
Lauren enjoys hiking, camping, climbing and exploring the outdoors. She's always up for trying something new, especially if it involves getting outside. When Lauren isn't out finding adventures in her home state of Colorado, she can be found writing as Sierra Trading Post's blogger.
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