To socialize or talk informally preferably over a drink. Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense hobnobs, present participle hobnobbing, past tense, past participle hobnobbed.
But honestly. Hobnob is a safe space for women who prefer iced coffee over a perfectly curated wardrobe. It’s a daycare center for women who are intrigued by trends, but also don’t care. It is an open bar for those who swear on vintage Chanel and whose pension funds hang in their closets.
As the temperature drops and the snow makes an entrance a certain type of species wakes up from their id: the skier. You know, the one who take their escape to the moutains every chance they get during the cold part of the year. No matter if their focus is counting powder turns or Aperol Spritzes, this is a gift guide for all types of skiers.
Last year POC launched their Devour Glacial sunglasses, a hybrid between the technical goggle and more traditional sunglasses, making them the perfect choice for the combination of days of snow and sunshine. The Devour Glacial glasses are perfect both for touring and après skiing.
Shop the POC Devour Glacial glasses here
Shop the Khaite Fair Isle Balaclava here
Shop the Khaite Fair Isle Gloves here
A balaclava with matching gloves in an iconic fair isle pattern is both chic and weather appropriate. If you are not on team balaclava yet, don’t judge it ’til you try it. Warm cheeks are definitely not something to take for granted. This set is the perfect gift for any winter lover.
Shop the Khaite Fair Isle Sweater here
Skiing is of course a lot about actually skiing, but it’s also about après skiing. A good ski sweater is a key to nailing any on and off-mountain look every winter season. The fury heels might not be the most convenient shoe choice after spending an entire day in ski boots but hey they will be a true conversation starter at least.
Shop the Kang Bamboo Poles here
Fun accessories are exactly as fun when it comes to ski accessories. Ski Team Hobnob races with these Kang poles in real bamboo and we are not lying when we say they make helmets turn in the slopes. And besides being cool and different, bamboo is twice as strong as aluminum which is the most common material of use for poles, and is 80% more carbon efficient than aluminum. What is there more to wish for from a Christmas gift?
Speaking of reducing your climate impact with your Christmas gifts. Go to Vestiaire Collective or even eBay in your search for the perfect giveaway ski look. Not only can you make a more sustainable choice but also find some real past-season gems and golden vintage styles. How about a Moncler fringe puffer from that famous Genius collection, Old Céline sunglasses with that perfect Verbier-worthy frame, or a real vintage Fusalp set in a buttery color?
Shop the Moncler jacket here, the Fusalp set here and Céline sunglasses here
Shop Beauté Pacifique Instant Hydrating Mask here
Shop Elizabeth Arden SPF 50 Eight Hour Cream here and La Roche-Posay 50+ here
Cold winter winds and hard snow-reflected sun can be mean to the skin in all sorts of ways. Help your loved skier to keep on top of her or his routine with a good hydrating mask and give the gift of a lifehack: put a SPF 50+ stick in every jacket pocket.
Shop Prada Nylon Mini Pouch here
Carrying a skipass a belt or arm bag or even a tiny crossbody bag is perhaps a little bit unorthodox but for an exciting and for sure unexpected detail to any ski look (both on and off-mountain). Not all great gifts come in large packages.
Shop the Mulberry Micro Alexa here
Shop the patent Chanel Belt Bag here
Shop the 80s remade Moon Boots here
The rainbow Moon Boots first made their entrance in the 80s and for this season Moon Boots have taken the popular style back (I can only assume it’s on request since they are so cool). The only question remaining after seeing this is: which one of these are you going to to put under the tree?
Fanny Ekstrand is a writer, creative consultant and founder of Hobnob. She says she is the master of vintage shopping and knows all the pasta dishes in the world.
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