Person getting cozy in the United By Blue wool blanket

Gift ideas for your friend who’s always cold

We all know this person. They’re the one wearing a blanket indoors. They hang out in fuzzy onesies and sleep in a mountain of pillows. Even though they like going outside, they pile on several puffy layers before they even think about stepping out the door. Sound familiar? Don’t, uh, sweat it.

To help you find just the right thing, here are some great gifts for people who can’t stand the cold:

Here are great gift ideas for the person who’s always cold:

1. A powerful hand warmer

Zippo Hand Warmer

A Zippo Hand Warmer is excellent gift for your friend with icy hands. Throw in a bottle of lighter fluid so they can fire it up ASAP and dole out warm handshakes and high fives. This gadget can produce more than 10 times the heat of disposable warmers.

2. Handmade Felted-wool slippers

Glerups slippers

You can’t go wrong with these cozy breathable felted-wool slippers by Glerups; they have a soft leather sole perfect for puttering around the house. They’re also available with a rubber sole in case your always-cold friend likes to go for a stroll around the block.

“For the golden trifecta of warm and cozy, you need to cover: 1. Feet (I suggest thick wool socks). 2. A hot beverage to warm cold fingers and to warm up from the inside out. 3. A fleece sweater to keep the heat in.” – Tip from MEC staffer Aimee

3. A blanket they’ll have forever

United by Blue Mountains Are Calling Wool Blanket

This United by Blue wool blanket is made of soft recycled polyester and wool. You can feel extra warm and fuzzy about giving this gift because for every product sold, United By Blue removes 1 pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways.

Another blanket we’ve got our eye on is this water-resistant Argo blanket from Therm-a-rest with a rad wool print. Awooo!

4. Hut booties

MEC Hut Booties (available in red, blue and black and also as a slipper)

Hut booties are an MEC staffer favourite and we’ve heard them referred to as “warm clouds for your feet.” The cushioned footbeds are made to keep your friend warm as they scurry across the cold cabin (or cold living room) floor.

5. touchscreen-compatible gloves

Touchscreen-compatible merino gloves (available in blue, grey, and black)

You can wear these merino gloves solo or use them as a great +1 for layering. The tips of the index finger and thumb are touchscreen-compatible, so the lucky wearer can text or take a photo without their hands getting chilly.

6. Cozy toque

MEC Pom Pom Hat (available in assorted colours)

Give them this delightful MEC Pom Pom Hat to trap in heat. It’s made from merino wool which makes it soft, breathable and warm, and it comes in a ton of different designs.

7. Hot chocolate

Cocoa Camino Fair Trade & Organic Instant Dark Hot Chocolate

Just the right treat for snowshoe afternoons. Go with rich dark hot chocolate to fuel another hour in the snow, or package it up with other wool socks and a toque.

8. Heated socks

LENZ Heated Socks

If regular socks don’t do the trick, splurge for the heated socks variety. Yes, we’re talking about heated socks that they can control using a smartphone app. These are the perfect socks for those who have poor circulation, so they can hit the slopes pain- and chill-free.

9. Serious winter boots

Sorel winter boots come in lots of different options

Waterproof Sorel winter boots with inner felting will keep their feet wrapped in warmth when they stomp through fresh powder or slush.

10. The warmest base layers

T3 baselayers are our warmest options

The “T” in T3 base layers stands for thermal… and these are the warmest in our MEC base layer line-up. Thermals work great as pyjamas, base layers for hiking or skiing, or as an extra layer under day-to-day clothes.

11. Zipper thermometer

Zipper thermometer

How cold is it really? They can use this handy portable thermometer to find out.

12. Patagonia fleece

Patagonia Better Sweater also comes in full-zip and vest versions

A classic. The Patagonia Better Sweater is lined with soft fleece, has deep pockets to warm up cold fingers, and is part of Aimee’s golden trifecta of warmth.

13. piping hot drinks

Thermos Direct Drink Beverage Bottle

A few sips of hot tea (or any other beverage) always makes things feel cozier. This popular Thermos bottle gets fantastic reviews from MEC members, and is easy to open with gloves on.

14. mitts for cold ski days

The North Face Montana Gore-Tex Mitts

For those who get intensely cold fingers while skiing because let’s be honest, mitts are way warmer than gloves, along with a pair of merino wool inserts. The North Face Montana Gore-tex Mitts are warm, waterproof and worthy of the chilliest ski days, and come with a special sleeve that can hold a handwarmer.

15. Retro puffy jacket

The North Face Retro Nuptse Jacket (available for women and men, and also as a vest)

The North Face Retro Nupste Jacket is a serious puffy. Made with 700-fill-power goose down, it’s sure to keep anyone warm when the temperatures plunge. There’s even a cushy hood that tucks into the jacket’s collar and can be deployed when mother nature gets feisty.

The best thing about any of the items on this list? It’s the gift of at least five more minutes outside.

Missy Shana
Missy Shana

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