Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can getting all of your gift buying done can also make it most stressful. The outdoors people on your list can be some of the hardest people to shop for. Here at the Escape Route we’re no strangers to finding the perfect item for even the most particular outdoors person. Have a look at our guide below, finish your shopping, and get back out into nature where you belong!

Stockings & Gift Exchanges


Socks have gotten a bad rep as a gift. In reality,  a really good pair of socks is always an appreciated gift by outdoors people. The gift of toasty feet is the perfect stocking stuffer for family members, or you could give it in a gift exchange with friends.

people with their legs and icebreaker socks out the back of their car.
P: Icebreaker


Ok, this isn’t a gift you’d give just anyone, but your close family members would really appreciate getting quality unmentionables. Trust me, once you’ve experienced merino underwear it’s hard to go back plain cotton.


Your hands are the weak link of any skiing day. If anywhere gets cold it’s going to be your hands, cutting your day on the slopes short. Give the gift of warm hands with a great pair of gloves, and they will thank you every time they’re on a freezing cold chairlift. in store display of gloves

Collapsible Water Bottle

This ultra-portable water bottle folds down to almost nothing when empty so they can carry it in their bag for whenever they need it.

collapsible water bottles
P: Platypus

Icebreaker Flexi Chute

This luxurious merino accessory is like giving four gifts in one. With one small item, you’re giving a neck warmer, beanie, face mask, and sunshade.

Adventure Essentials


Like a turtle, when exploring adventurers need to carry pretty much everything on their backs. Having the right pack will not only help your friends or family carry all of the gear they need, but most importantly they’ll be comfortable while doing it.

mountaineering hikers on a ridge
P: Mammut

Backcountry Safety Kit

A backcountry safety essentials kit is a perfect gift for a friend or family member that wants to get into backcountry, or if you’ve started dating someone that doesn’t currently tour. Don’t forget to complete your avalanche training before taking these out of bounds.

box filled with backcountry safety gear
P: Mammut

Phantom 2.0 Treatment

Do you have any friends or family that never wax their gear?  They’re the ones constantly stuck on cat tracks asking for a pole tow out. With the gift of a DPS Phantom Glide 2.o Treatment, they can have their gear treated once and never have to wax again. You can purchase online or in-store. It can be applied and cured at home, but for best results visit our Alpine Demo Centre where we’re lucky to be one of a few select locations in North America with the curing system.

Applying phantom at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre


A staple for adventure, a good headlamp makes a treasured gift for any outdoors person. From lighting up a card game at a backcountry hut, to helping to light the way out of a journey gone wrong, this portable gift will be put to good use for years to come.

people sitting in dark cooking by Petzl headlamps
P: Lafouche / Petzl


If the person you’ve been shopping for has been extra nice this year, we have a wide range of next level gifts to put under the tree.


One very special Christmas when I was young, I got skis as a present, and I still talk about it to this day. If you’re not sure what to buy, our in-store team are specialists at helping you pick out the perfect pair.


A really good jacket is something that you don’t realize you need until you’ve worn one in terrible weather. Look at any lift line in Whistler and you’ll see a good portion of the locals wearing Arc’teryx. In a town where people often live on ramen, it says a lot that they’ll shell out for this quality jacket.

Stop by any of our store locations, or shop online to start ticking people off your shopping list. For more info on what to buy, our shop professionals are also always happy to help point you in the right direction.