Sunday, November 17, 2013

Snow Warm! An Outdoor Mom's Christmas Wish List

Are you a cold climate outdoor mom looking for ideas to add to your Christmas wish list?  Or, maybe you are married/related to one of us amazing creatures and need some solid hints to blow this year's gift out of the water.    Below are my top suggestions that will definitely make the outdoor mom on your shopping list happy this Christmas.  A few are on my own list but most of them are suggestions I give you after thorough testing and reviewing because I can't really suggest something I don't already know and love.

Everything I'm wearing was a Christmas gift over the last two years

A Down Skirt

One of the sentences that comes out of my mouth the most when I'm outside in cold weather is this:  My bum is so happy!!!

Snowshoeing in my Skhoop down skirt

I bought a short down skirt last winter and haven't had a cold back end since!  It's the most amazing piece of clothing in my closet  (and one of the most expensive.)  Due to the crazy high cost of these things, you've definitely got to put it on your Christmas list.  Then, receive and enjoy!  Get over the guilt that you just spent $150+ on a skirt (because you didn't buy it) and just enjoy it!  I have a short black down Skhoop skirt that I got for Christmas last year.  I can wear it snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skating, and winter hiking because it has two-way zippers on both sides for those times when I need an increased range of motion.  I have no idea if people think I look like an old fashioned pioneer skiing in my skirt, but judging by the comments I get while wearing it, women want to be warm more than anything when outside.  (and I'm pretty sure the pioneers didn't wear down mini-skirts.)

Skiing in my Skhoop Skirt

There are a few options for insulated skirts but Skhoop out of Alaska clears the competition by a mile.  They carry skirts in every colour of the rainbow, in various lengths from mini-skirts to full ankle length skirts, and in different fabrics from down to a light insulated skirt.  They even sell Merino wool skirts!!! (and yes, that IS on my Christmas list.)

Skhoop down skirt worn over fleece tights = WARMTH

Keen Howser Shoes

Along with my down skirt, this is what I most rave about these days!  I'm pretty sure most of my friends are sick of hearing about how happy my feet are.  But it's true!  They are happy and I can't stop talking about it. I love my Keen Howser Shoes

What's not to like about little magic sleeping bags for your feet?  For more information on these shoes and for my review, check out my recent story:  A Year in the Life of a Keen Ambassador.  So far I've been wearing them all over the city through snow, puddles, sleet, and ice - with warm dry feet (which is amazing given how low cut they are.)  They have to be tried to believe it.

Side note, they also come in men's, toddlers', and youth sizing. 

The Keen Howser Shoe

A Skating Coat

My expression for a long down coat that covers the bum.  (can you tell that my bum is always cold?!)

I have a long black coat I got for Christmas a couple years ago now and I wear it to outdoor playgroup events so that I don't freeze my butt off sledding, hiking, and skating with the kids.  I could wear my down skirt (and often do) but sometimes you want a full down coat to wear over your ski pants when out playing with kids.  All the long underwear in the world isn't going to help when you're moving at a toddler or preschool pace, building snowmen, rolling around in the snow, or sitting on a frozen hill pushing your child down the hill on a sled over and over.

My long down coat (aka Skating Coat)

I think the expression "skating coat" originates in the hockey arena where moms sit on cold bleachers watching their children play minor league hockey for hours, freezing their butts off.  You don't want to wear ski pants to the arena to watch hockey.  Hence, the long down coat.  I wear mine to church, I wear it to play in the snow, and yes, I wear it skating.  My current jacket was just a Super Store special but I've got a beautiful pink down coat from MEC  on my Christmas list this year.  (which is already hanging in the closet upstairs tempting me daily!!)

Side note to women with smaller frames, size 16 youth at MEC = Women's medium.  You can save a lot of money by shopping in the youth section (where the jacket I linked to above is from.)

The best kind of coat for sledding!

Other Ideas

Mount Engadine Lodge, Kananaskis

And for the absolute win - take her somewhere like this for the weekend!!!

#OutdoorFamilies Christmas Link Up

Here are some other great suggestions for Christmas wish lists brought to you from my friends in my outdoor blogging circle across North America.  

Ride On!  A Junior Cyclist's Christmas Wish List - Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

A Skiing Family's Letter to Santa (with a giveaway for 2 $50 gift cards) - Brave Ski Mom

An All Weather Gift Guide for All Year Adventures - Crag Mama

Holiday Gifts for Outdoor Conscious Families - AKontheGO

Best Gifts for Outdoorsy Families (with giveaways from Wizbang Hats and Teton Sports (Kids' Sleeping Bag and Pad) + an exclusive discount for Sierra Trading Post) - Tales of a Mountain Mama

Gifts for Outdoor Loving Mothers - AKSkedaddle

Five Great Christmas Ideas for the Outdoorsy Kid (with a $100 Gift Certificate Giveaway from clothing retailer Hanna Andersson) - Rain or Shine Mamma 

Holiday Gift Guide - Go Adventure Mom

Outdoor Gifts for Teens (with Gibbon Jibline Slackline Giveaway) - Bring the Kids
 Top Outdoor Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers (with Strider Bike Giveaway) - Bring the Kids
Top Outdoor Toys for Babies (with PeaPod Plus Giveaway) - Bring the Kids
Top Outdoor Stocking Stuffers (with  Coghlan's Giveaway and Action Wipes Giveaway) - Bring the Kids
Top Outdoor Gifts for the Whole Family (with gibbon slackline giveaway) - Bring the Kids
Top Outdoor Toys for Elementary Age Kids - Bring the Kids

Top Outdoor Gifts for Adventurous Parents (with ENO DoubleNest Hammock Giveaway) - Bring the Kids
Top Outdoor Gear to Get Your Kids Ready for Winter (with SnowDragons Kids Coat Giveaway) - Bring the Kids

All I want for Christmas...Gifts for the Active Family - Active Kids, Active Family

Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Outdoor Enthusiasts - Adventure Tykes

Best Gifts for Outdoor Families:  Books Edition 2013 -  Tales Of a Mountain Mama

Holiday Gift Guide for Tykes - Adventure Tykes

Stocking Stuffers For Everyone - Adventure Tykes

50+ Holiday Gift Ideas for Nature Kids - Go Explore Nature

Holiday Gift Guide for the Young Adventurer - Wild Tales of...



  1. I have the exact same long down coat in blue. I got it last year and love it. Great for outdoors and super stylish. I think you'll love yours too! Also, now that I'm doing more snowshoeing I can totally appreciate the cold bum problem!

  2. Fantastic article! So glad I stumbled across your blog. Thank you!