Friday, November 21, 2014

Top Ten Christmas Gifts for Snowy Winter Fun (with Giveaways!)

Christmas is coming and it's time to share a new Christmas Gift Guide with you once again.  This year, I have decided to focus on gifts that you and your children can enjoy in the snow.  I'm all about getting outside to create snowy winter memories and learning to embrace the long cold season here.

Check out my top ten gift ideas for snowy winter fun, and make sure you go to the bottom to see the giveaways!

1.  Polar Stroller Skis

Get outside this winter with skis for your stroller or Chariot.  Polar Stroller is a new Calgary-based company and is in full winter-fun mode!  Check out their website and read all about them here:  Introducing:  Polar Stroller - Skis for Strollers & Chariots

From Canada and want to win a set of Polar Stroller Skis?  Follow this previous link to my giveaway that is open until November 27th.  I have two sets of Polar Stroller Skis to give away to a Canadian resident.

2.  Strider Ski Attachment 

I like showing love to new Calgary home-based businesses so this year I want to introduce you to Run Bikes YYC.  Suzanne and her husband are South Calgary's newest Strider Balance Bike Distributor and have generously offered to give away a Strider Ski Attachment to one lucky reader from Calgary.   

To enter to win a Strider Ski Attachment (Calgary residents only,) go to the bottom of this post and enter the contest.

Backcountry Skiing on the Strider Ski Bike

We have used our Strider ski bike on toboggan hills, in the backcountry, on groomed x-country ski trails, and on snowshoe trails.  We've even used it on icy city sidewalks.  It's been a lot of fun and we'll be sad when our son is too big to use it anymore.  At 5.5 he barely fits but he's still cruising down hills on it and having a blast.  To see an awesome video of the ski bike in action, visit this You Tube Video of two children ripping through the backcountry in Garibaldi Provincial Park.  And then you'll be ordering one within the second.

My son being towed into a backcountry cabin on the Strider Ski Bike

3.   Stiga Snow-Kick Scooter with Skis

Stiga Snow-kick
This is one of those toys that I saw on line and immediately knew we HAD to have!  And thanks to the great folks at Mastermind Toys in Calgary, we will be getting the opportunity to review one so stay tuned for that story coming soon!   The Stiga Snow-Kick is a scooter with skis!  How cool is that?!  I imagine my son riding it down the trail out of a hut this winter, riding it down a snowy trail from a backcountry lake, or even flying down sledding hills in the city.

Note that it does say this product is recommended for children ages 8+ so I don't expect we will be doing any dare-devil stunts on it quite yet!  We are very curious though to see how this scooter performs and I can not wait until it arrives at the door!

To pick up a Stiga Snow-Kick for your child for Christmas, check the Mastermind Toys website for a list of locations across Canada.  They can also be ordered on line through the store website. 


4.  The Snow Show (original book from Carolyn Fisher)  

Ever wonder how snow is made?  Or try to explain it to your child and realize you actually have no idea?!  Calgary-based Author, Carolyn Fisher, has solved the question for us with a great children's book that's been met with amazing reviews.

"Tune in as Chef Kelvin and the rest of the Snow Show gang
investigate evaporation, condensation, and precipitation -
all while cooking up the crispiest, lightest, fluffiest batch of snow
ever to fall from the sky!"

For more info or to buy one of Carolyn's books, check out her website or visit your favourite bookseller.

And Canadian residents can enter to win one of two copies of Carolyn's book at the bottom of this post. 

 5.   A new sled

If you only buy one Christmas present this year for the kids, you won't go wrong with a new sled.  (providing you have snow to use it on of course.)  Kids LOVE sleds and would happily try a new one (or two) out every year.  Below are my top picks for cool sleds on the market right now:

Still my favorite sledding photo ever (two kids passed out cold!)

There are links above to stores selling each sled but I am not aligned with any particular store nor was I paid to advertise for these companies.  (so please look around and as always, find the best deal.)

Last year's new Christmas sled

6.  A pair of Snowshoes or Sno Stompers 

Snowshoeing and winter hiking is one of the most family-affordable activities you can do in the winter.  A pair of kids' snowshoes (and good ones too) range in cost from $60 to $85 at Mountain Equipment COOP or Campers Village.  And, a pair should last your child 5 years based on weight ranges per pair!  Now tell me that isn't cheaper than skiing!

Snowshoeing is fun and an affordable way to have fun in winter

Sno Stompers
Want to try something fun for the smaller tykes, check out the Sno Stompers Footprint Maker.  At $22, they look like a lot of fun.  And we'll be trying a pair out this winter so I'll be sure to let you know what we think.

"A pair of Sno Stompers allows you to tread softly atop the snow while leaving a strange animal's footprint behind rather than your usual shoe print."

7.  Sno-Toys and Sno-Art 

 If you check out the Mastermind Toys website, there is a whole line of Sno products from paint and crayons to brick makers for building igloos, snow forts and snow castles.  I've been looking at this company's innovative products for a while now and am excited that we'll get to try some of them this winter.  Check the link above to see a variety of sno toys and art products.

8.  Skis or snowboards for the sledding hill

Want to introduce your child to skiing or snowboarding in your backyard at the local sledding hill?  Lucky Bums makes snowboards and downhill skis that don't require special boots.  Simply strap them on over your child's normal winter boots.  While these products don't have metal edges (so don't take them to the ski resort,) they are perfect as a substitute for a sled at your local toboggan hill.  I'm thinking you could even strap the skis or snowboard to your backpack when you go hiking and let the kids have fun on hills as you hike out.

9.  A Pair of Skates

 No child is too young to learn to skate with a pair of Bob skates (double blade strap on skates that fit over their winter boots.)  If they can walk, they can skate on these clever little skates.  And once your child fits a pair of size 6 boots, you can purchase normal skates with single blades.  My top pick for single blade skates is the adjustable skates that last a couple of years (or at least through the whole season!) - and for fans of Disney movies, you can get Frozen or Jake the Pirate themed adjustable skates too.  (for real!)

Learning to skate in double blade skates

10.  A Pair of Stonz Baby or Toddler Booties

This one is for that Mom-to-be on your Christmas list, the new mom, or maybe even for yourself if you have a baby or toddler at home who struggles with cold feet in the winter.  Stonz Wear Booties are cute and toasty warm for the winter months.  Pair them with fleece liners for added warmth.  AND there's a giveaway currently going on to win a pair of these booties.  Follow this link to my contest that just opened a couple of days ago:  Stonz Outerwear for Kids (and a giveaway.)  The contest closes on November 28th.  It is open to Canadian and US Residents.

Stonz Booties for Babies and Toddlers


As mentioned earlier, I have a giveaway currently going on already for two sets of Polar Stroller Skis. (Canadian Residents only)  To enter that contest, go to my previous story for them:  Introducing:   Polar Stroller - Skis for Strollers & Chariots. 

Also as mentioned earlier, I have a giveaway currently going on already for a pair of Stonz Booties (Canadian and US Residents both.)  To enter the contest, go to my previous story for the company at:  Stonz Outerwear for Kids (and a giveaway.)

If you would like to enter to win a Ski Attachment for your Strider Bike from Run Bikes YYC, enter the contest below.  It is open to Calgary residents only.  Contest is open until midnight, November 30th.  I will draw a winning name on December 1st.

If you would like to enter to win one of two copies of Carolyn Fisher's book, The Snow Show, enter the second contest below.  It is open to Canadian residents only.  Contest is open until midnight, November 30th.  I will draw a winning name on December 1st.

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Outdoor Family Link Up

Check out these great Christmas gift guides from other outdoor family bloggers across North America:

Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Kids - Crag Mama

Holiday Gift Guide and 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways - Go Adventure Mom

3 Campfire Gifts for Foodies - Go Adventure Mom

25 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Outdoor Kids + A giveaway - Rain or Shine Mamma

Gift Guide for Outdoor-Loving Moms: Under $50 + a giveaway - Mommy Loves Trees

7 (More) Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy and Adventurous Parents - Adventures in Parenthood Project

Wishlist for the Backpacking Lovers and their Little Adventurers - Rockies Chick

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Ski Moms and their Skiing Families (with giveaways) - Brave Ski Mom

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Women who Love Ski Fashion (with giveaway) - Brave Ski Mom

10 Easy Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers - Skedaddle

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Adventurous Tots - Adventurous Moms

Gift Ideas for Outdoor Women, Mamas & Babies - Rockies Girl:  Confessions of an Amateur Mountaineer

15 Outdoor Gifts You didn't know Existed and will Love - Garage Grown Gear

Outdoor Family Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - Tales of a Mountain Mama

Experiences vs. Things:  The Secret to Holiday Gifts that can actually buy Happiness - Bring the Kids

Give the Gift of Stewardship this Christmas -  AK on the Go

Great Giftable Gear from 2014 - Mountain Mom and Tots

Holiday Gift Guide for Adventure Tykes - Adventure Tykes

"In the Open" 2015 - The Gear that Gets us There - Kid Project 

Flashback to Christmas 2010


  1. Great gift list. My favorite gift as a child was cross country skis-changed my life!

  2. My favorite winter kids book (so far) is Stranger In The Woods, but I'm very excited to read Carolyn Fisher's The Snow Show, hope I win a copy!!! :)

  3. I am always a fan of new books and would love to try Carolyn Fisher's book. One of many favorite winter themed books in Quiet Bunny Noisy Puppy.

  4. My fav xmas gift was a sled and my fav xmas book was the night before Xmas!

  5. Thanks for more great ideas - we love reading books and to find some that are outdoors themed is great. I've always loved The Polar Express, a must read each Christmas. Also it's not in book form but we also really like the Rocky Mountain Fairy Tales audiobooks.

  6. Thomas' Snowsuit by Robert Munsch was my fav as a kid. Can't wait to read it to my little munchkin this winter!

  7. My favourite gift was new pair of x-country skis. My favourite winter book was A Christmas Carole. Kelly Small

  8. We're currently loving No Two Snowflakes by Sheree Fitch, and who can resist The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats?

  9. I have a lot of love for winter-themed stories, but my favourite is one called "One Mitten" by Kristene O'Connell George. A new one to share would be great!

  10. My favourite Christmas gift as a child was a cd player- it was so new and I could listen to music without winding the tape to find the song I wanted!

  11. Great gift list - definitely sending to grandparents!

  12. My favorite Christmas gift as a child was a sled! I remember my Grandpa towing me around the lake. : )

  13. I would love to win the Strider ski attachment. I hope next year the kiddo will be ready to hop on a strider. And the books looks great! I love supporting local authors, especially those writing winter themed books.

  14. As for the my favourites, I like the book "Say hello to the snowy animals" which we bought in Lake Louise. For my favourite Christmas gift, I was a big Lego fan as a kid so probably my Lego castle :)

  15. My favourite gift was the doll house my dad made for me - we still have it! And my favourite book would probably be The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
    Theresa Constantin

  16. My favorite gift as a child was a pair of skates! go figure, lol. Fun list Tanya, some great ideas here.

  17. My favorite gift was my first pair of skis

  18. We love The Night Before Christmas and The Velveteen Rabbit. : )