It's that time of year again for the annual Ice Doesn't Care Blog Christmas gift list. A couple of repeats here of things that are really worth while
1. Conductive fiber.
This thread can be sewn into the fingertips of gloves so a skater who has a beloved pair of gloves can continue to wear them, and still use them on touch-screens. I know there's gloves with touch screen compatibility built in, but they're crap. This thread gives you more conductivity.
2, No Slip gloves These are the stretchy gloves with little rubber/plastic nubbins on the palms to keep expensive electronics from slipping onto the ice. If you can't find them that are touchscreen compatible, you can always sew in some conductive fiber. Mission done!
3. Freestyle or public ice tickets. Everyone loves gift ice!
4. Pay for a skating seminar or lessons with a ballet teacher, physical trainer, or even some sessions with the Alexander Technique (for adults).
5. Volunteer to help stone a costume. True friends will do this.
6. Skating protection for the skater with jumping falls. I like SkatingSafe, but there's other companies out there.
1. Cash. Back when I gave cash as a gift to my coaches, I usually made it for 2 lessons (but never less than $50). Some people don't like to give money, but you and your coach are in a business relationship, it's not necessary to give something personal unless you are friends. And by friends I mean go to each others house, or see each other socially to the point where you know tastes in music, hobbies, sports teams and decoration. If you're reading this blog you probably don't have a high level coach who's taken skaters to national or international events. If you do, discreetly ask another adult skater how that coach feels about Christmas 'bonuses'. That level of coach lives in a different world than I skate in, so no clue.
2. Booze. I do not kid you, the sweetest little ol' coaches that you ever did see will ask for liquor. Some will be very specific on brand.
3. Booze wrapped in money.
Probably a little over the top, but hey! it's Christmas!