Off Season Gear Make For the Best “In Season” Gifts!

Dec 4, 2021 | Camping, Hiking and Camping Gear

the very best gift ideas can be off season gear

Some of the very best “in season” gift ideas can be “off season” products. If you’re struggling to find the perfect or unique gift idea now is the right time to think summer!

Ski Haus is always stocked with all kinds of excellent Christmas and holiday gift ideas. And some of the very best gift ideas may fly under Santa’s radar this time of year.

Sleeping Bags

Think new sleeping bags. Remember sleeping a little cold last summer? Or have your kids out grown their old sleeping bags? Who will be taking an outdoor course next summer and the worn out bag just won’t do? Ski Haus has a great selection of sleeping bags from Big Agnes, Nemo, Western Mountaineering, and Sea to Summit.

A sleeping bag makes for a great gift


Backpacks of all sizes make great year-round gifts. Summer backpack trips, winter hut to hut trips, summer bike packing rides, day hikes, or cross country ski tours! You have to take stuff with you no matter the season. It’s better to have it with you and not need it rather than needing it and not having it… Sound advice and packs make for great gifts.

Ski Haus stocks a massive selection of packs from Osprey, Deuter, Ortovox, DaKine, Cotopaxi, Patagonia, BCA (Backcountry Access), and Black Diamond.

The impressive pack wall at ski haus is filled with packs

Camp Stoves and Camp Chairs

Summer backpack trips into the high country, road trips through the desert southwest, car camping, river trips, or pancakes on the patio! All require a camp stove to make a meal, hydrate a dinner, make some trail side tea, and that ever important first cup of coffee!

Ski Haus has camp stoves ranging from lightweight backpacking models to family style double-burners perfect for car camping trips. Feed yourself on a solo trip or offer a feast for an entire crew. Jetboil, MSR, Primus, and Eureka round out our selection of camp stoves.

The added comfort of a camp chair after a long day on the trail cannot be undervalued. Low back and lightweight to high back and luxurious Ski Haus has camp chairs that will make your next summer camp so comfortable you won’t want to leave! We stock camp chairs and tables from Big Agnes, Nemo, Travel Chair, Eureka.

Ski Haus camp stoves in stock

Headlamps and Lanterns

Of course you need a headlamp year round. Summer camp trips, dawn patrol winter mornings, roadside assistance late at night… Headlamps are a necessity and make for a perfect gift or stocking stuffer.

Lanterns can set the mood either at home or late at night around the picnic table. When the power goes out a lantern is a life saver and keeps you safe (don’t stub your toe in the dark!).

Ski Haus stocks only the best headlamps and lanterns from Petzl, Black Diamond, Goal Zero, and Barebones.

Headlamps make grea gifts and ski haus has lots

Books and Maps

Ok, books and maps are never “out of season” but they do make great gifts. Ski Haus has a wonderful selection of guide books, field guides, kid’s books, cookbooks, fiction, non-fiction, and coffee table books. Our maps cover the entire western USA with topographical maps, atlases, road maps, and trail maps. Discover your next best place, how to get there, what to do, and most importantly… how to get home again!

Books and maps make for great gifts

Yes, Christmas and Holiday shopping can be intimidating. However, when you think outside the season it can become easy. Some of the best “off season” gifts can make the very best “in season” gifts!

Happy Holidays! And Merry Christmas from the Ski Haus Crew!