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Holiday Gift Guide

BY Helen Olsson | December 17, 2018 | Feature Features

Perfect presents for the discerning Aspenite
Louis Vuitton LV Alpes Gloves

THE COLLECTOR
The smallest packages are often the most cherished. From a handcrafted knife to a Bentley-inspired pen, these stocking stuffers are sure to delight.

Zippo Hand Warmer
Hate the idea of disposable handwarmers piling up in landfills? From the iconic lighter company, this sleek rechargeable handwarmer will keep your digits toasty for up to six hours, delivering warmth at five heat settings. The device also has a USB port for charging your mobile phone. $45, zippo.com

Paradis Collection Stardust
The Paradis Collection was designed by Larry Sands, pioneer of such luxury eyewear brands as Matsuda, Chrome Hearts and Shamballa Eyewear. The Stardust frame is crafted in Japan and features sterling silver, exotic leather trims and Zeiss lenses. Price upon request, Silver Threads, 308 Galena St.

Hydro Flask Coffee Mug
To-go cups often impart a tinny taste to your beloved morning elixirs. Not so with the pro-grade stainless steel on this new 12-ounce Hydro Flask. With a soft-touch finish, it also delivers the same tactile experience of cradling your favorite ceramic mug. The double-wall vacuum insulation will keep drinks piping hot for hours. $30, Ute Mountaineer, 210 S. Galena St., utemountaineer.com

Helle Mândra
Handcrafted in Norway since 1932, Helle knives fuse function and aesthetics in one-of-a-kind pieces. Designed in collaboration with Survivorman’s Les Stroud, the low-profile Mândra features a curly birch handle and a fixed 2.7-inch wide-belly blade that stores in a handsewn leather sheath. $219, Aspen Outfitting Company, 315 E. Dean St., aspenoutfitting.com

Louis Vuitton LV Alpes Gloves
These wool- and cashmere-lined mittens feature heritage-style prints and patches inspired by the travels of Gaston-Louis Vuitton. They’re part of a new collection, Damier Graphite Alpes, that includes skis, poles, winter accessories and even a sleeping bag, all with coordinating travel-inspired graphics. $1,020, Louis Vuitton, 205 S. Mill St., us.louisvuitton.com

Graf von Faber-Castell for Bentley Fountain Pen
Graf von Faber-Castell and Bentley, two luxury brands known for elegant design and craftsmanship, have teamed up to launch a collection of fine writing instruments. The sequin blue of the fountain pen was inspired by Bentley's paint palette. Other nods to the carmaker include polished chrome metal, diamond pattern knurling and the "B" adornment at the cap. $450, graf-von-faber-castell.us

THE SKIER
Sure, skis are a challenge to gift-wrap, but, in Aspen, the perfect present is one that has you scribing lines on Face of Bell with the latest cutting-edge gear.

Dynafit Hoji Pro Tour
Dynafit tapped pro skier Eric “Hoji” Hjorleifson to help design this new touring boot (available in men’s and women’s), which will appeal to a variety of backcountry skiers. It has a wide range of motion for ascents and is stiff enough for bomber descents. Switching between uphill and downhill modes requires a simple kick. $800, Ute Mountaineer, 210 S. Galena St., utemountaineer.com

Elan Delight Black Edition
Splurge on her this holiday with a pair of limited-edition Elan skis wrapped in carbon and embellished with Swarovski crystals. These sleek all-black skis handcrafted in the Alps are sure to make a fashion statement—while still delivering on-hill performance. $1,000 (with bindings), Christy Sports, 50 Village Square, Snowmass Village, christysports.com

Native DropZone
Native frames, designed and tested in Colorado, employ an earth-friendly biodegradable resin made from the castor bean (Ricinus communis). The sustainable material has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than synthetic petroleum-based plastics, the company says. The DropZone features a single-button lens interchange for when a bluebird day clouds over. $179, Sunglass Panache, Snowmass Village Mall, sunglasspanache.com

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell 2.0 Jacket
With a silhouette inspired by the 10th Mountain Division, this award-winning jacket features a special pocket engineered to preserve your phone’s battery power, a high-tech venting system, backpack-compatible ventilation zips and a jacket-pant compatible powder skirt. $650, Helly Hansen, 520 E. Durant Ave., hellyhansen.com

Sweet Protection Switcher MIPS Helmet
The Switcher comes fully loaded with 22 one-hand adjustable vents; a hybrid construction with extra reinforcement in critical areas; and MIPS (Multidirectional Impact Protection System), the latest helmet safety tech designed to reduce the impact of rotational forces. Fasten the magnetic chin buckle even with mittens on and adjust fit with a turn of a dial. $250, Miller Sports, 408 S. Hunter St., millersportsaspen.com

Rossignol Experience 94 Ti
Technology developed for World Cup racing trickles down into the flagship ski in Rossignol’s Experience line. The 94 Ti is designed for expert skiers who want a powerful ride in any condition. A titanal rail running through the length of the ski’s wood core delivers stability, and a new honeycomb Air Tip filters out shocks. $800, Aspen Sports, 408 E. Cooper Ave., aspensports.com

Vӧlkl M5 Mantra
This all-mountain freeride icon is now in its fifth generation, but it’s been completely retooled this season. Völkl has innovated the construction of the metal layers inside the ski and added a carbon inlay at the tip. The result: The M5 has the stability of a ski with a full sheet of metal, but without the weight. $825, Hamilton Sports, 520 E. Durant Ave., hamiltonsports.‌com

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