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How do you buy your her a ski related gift?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

This question goes out to all of you, but especially the guys out there who buy ski related gifts for their favorite gal, whether it be a girlfriend, wife, daughter, sister..........(get the drift?)

 

How do you make a selection for her?

Do you.....

  • get her to demo
  • read reviews and select accordingly
  • get her something she specifically asked for
  • choose the prettiest thing you can find
  • buy a bargain because its a bargain
  • - fill in the blank - 

 

 

Next question:

How does that work out for you?

 

post #2 of 22
Has to match her eyes. wink.gif Need to find a girl that wants ski gear.
post #3 of 22

I would only get her what she has decided she wants.  I bought her skis (XC) this year but only because she said she wanted them, and I made sure that they were exactly what she asked for.  Anything else would have been a big mistake.

post #4 of 22

 

When she allowed that she wouldn't mind new skis, I did a lot of research and bought (thanks to you, TC) just what she needed (fortunately).  I don't know what guys who haven't been married for a long time do, but I let her like something first.  No pressure -- of course not -- but, darling, here's a nice jacket to replace that nasty one that leaks.  What do you think?

 

If she rejects it (too expensive, usually), I'm Teflon (TM).  Eventually she'll like something, and it's her thing.  Doesn't do to force anything.  Ever.

 

post #5 of 22

Answer #1: You know what she wants & you surprise her: her anniversary gift-

 

 http://www.acura.com/exteriorcolor.aspx?model=mdx

 

Answer #2: rather well biggrin.gif

 

 

 

post #6 of 22

It really depends on what we're looking at buying (in regards to ski gear).  Anything technical at this point in our relationship and the GF's ski ability/knowledge gets defaulted to me.  Ski size, boot size, pole size, that kind of thing.  She's still learning so we bought a cheap set from a dealer that was clearing out their rentals.  After she gets better and learns what she likes decisions like that will fall to her, and I'll likely just be picking up the tab. 

 

If it's fashion related I stay the fuck out of the way, "yes dear" is the ONLY response.  The jacket she wants, the helmet she wants, the goggles she wants.  Don't try to explain that she's better off wearing something else.  Though pointing out a technical flaw (not water resistant/proof) and offering to keep looking usually goes over well. 

post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies.

Here is a small part of why I'm asking.  I get a lot of PM's from people wanting advice and information about what to buy "her" (her being wife, GF, daughter, sister, etc)

 

As you may guess, my first advice is to get "her" good ski boots, then demo skis if possible.

But.....here's the sticking point........there are some women who don't want to demo.

 

If its clothing, goggles, gloves, mittens.....I like to find out things like where does she ski, what are some of her favorite runs,  does she get cold, does she wear glasses(goggle information), etc.

 

Jackets: pocket placement, insulation/layering, hood, powder skirt, seam taping, and fit all make a difference, not to mention the color and style.

Skis:  There are lots of things to think about.  I personally chose the Blizzard Black Pearl for my daily driver, but there are at least 15(or more) other skis I'd recommend depending on the terrain choice, size, and aggressiveness of the woman their intended for. 

Gloves:  I really prefer mittens.  I own a pair of Hestra CZone mittens and Auclair Helipro's.  Both of which get a lot of use.  But I also have some good spring gloves for the warmer days.

 

 

It won't be too long and we'll be going to the ski show, and demo'ing 2013 ski gear.  If its anything like last year, I'll be checking out a lot of the new clothing lines, as well as some of my old favorites, and I'll be demo'ing lots of new skis, and writing lots of reviews.

 

Last year I worked full time at a a ski shop during the ski season.  This season I'm working part time as a ski instructor and part time at Snowind Sports with Bud Heishman, so I'm getting a different view and broader perspective, especially after instructing Christmas day. 

 

What can someone like me do to help someone like you find the right gift in the future?

 

 

 

post #8 of 22

How about lessons as a gift? That'd score major points with me!

post #9 of 22

Sounds like most of your questions come from guys who are strong skiers and are trying to get their wives/girlfriends into skiing (either never evers or begginers).

 

Hard goods vs soft goods are completely different categories IMO.

 

Some women like to pick out their own skis, some women don't care.  Some women like to be fashionistas and again some don't care.

 

Me?  I'm a gadget freak and am very particular about equipment.  As for clothing, I just want something warm, will keep me dry and won't itch (can't do merino).

 

So maybe it partly depends on how well they know their gift recipient (and of course how much they want to spend).

 

I'm a great shopper so I'd be happy to help!! :)

post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by MtnBikerChk View Post

Sounds like most of your questions come from guys who are strong skiers and are trying to get their wives/girlfriends into skiing (either never evers or begginers).

 

Me?  I'm a gadget freak and am very particular about equipment.  As for clothing, I just want something warm, will keep me dry and won't itch (can't do merino).

 

 



My wife's a better skier than I am, doesn't care about gear, and looks fantastic in merino.  

post #11 of 22
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My wife's a better skier than I am, doesn't care about gear, and looks fantastic in merino.  



well she and I have 1 thing in common......

post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
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How about lessons as a gift? That'd score major points with me!



That is a great way to score points for the woman who's interested in giving it a whirl.

 

post #13 of 22

 

 



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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
  • - fill in the blank - 

 

 

Next question:

How does that work out for you?

 


 

* save her effort and time.    Hence buy new (heated?) boot bag that's easy to carry  /before/ buying skis.    Effort saving + Warmer = win.

 


Edited by cantunamunch - 12/28/11 at 3:10pm
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by MtnBikerChk View Post



well she and I have 1 thing in common......



Ooh -- how do you know, darlin'?

post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by lakespapa View Post



Ooh -- how do you know, darlin'?



Well I meant that I'm a better skier than my husband but if you took that to mean that I'm better than you - well that's funny too then :)

 

(I didn't really mean anything by it LOL)

post #16 of 22

i bought my wife a pair of intuitions for x-mas 4 years ago.  

 

she absolutley hated the idea, thought i was a horrible person, and got totally mad at me.

 

fast forward 4 years and now say they are the best x-mas gift ever, and has probably personally sold 20 pair by talking them up to anyone that will listen.

 

:D

post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by msolson View Post

i bought my wife a pair of intuitions for x-mas 4 years ago.  

 

she absolutley hated the idea, thought i was a horrible person, and got totally mad at me.

 

fast forward 4 years and now say they are the best x-mas gift ever, and has probably personally sold 20 pair by talking them up to anyone that will listen.

 

:D


You are a marketing genius!

 

post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by lakespapa View Post



My wife's a better skier than I am, doesn't care about gear, and looks fantastic in merino.  

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by MtnBikerChk View Post



well she and I have 1 thing in common......



You both ski better than lakespapa?roflmao.gif

post #19 of 22


 

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Originally Posted by contesstant View Post

How about lessons as a gift? That'd score major points with me!


 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post



That is a great way to score points for the woman who's interested in giving it a whirl.

 



What I could use is something for the woman who's not interested at all in giving skiing a whirl. An innocent little token so subliminally seductive, so unthreatening, that she, unable to tame her unconscious fascination and curiosity, will find herself booking a lesson without even knowing why. The places in her brain once associated with shivering and misery would yield to images of stuffed animals frolicking joyfully among the fluffy clouds of winter.

If that doesn't exist, then I'm going with the Acura.

 

post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 

How about a spa weekend at a ski resort and some pampering while you're skiing........it may get her enticed to take a chance and try it?

 

post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

 



You both ski better than lakespapa?roflmao.gif


 

They do.  (And I'll bet they both look better in merino -- itching aside.)

post #22 of 22

Good idea, I think I'll use that one!
 

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Originally Posted by contesstant View Post

How about lessons as a gift? That'd score major points with me!



 

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