You can always go with the traditional hand warmer packs, but now there are some other creative hand warmer options that can be great gift ideas. There are 3 main options that you can choose from when it comes to winter hand warmers. There are warmers that create heat via chemistry, others use electricity, while others can use fuel like the Zippo hand warmer.
Electronic OCOOPA Hand Warmer
These electronic hand warmers are the modern version of the traditional heat pack. You’ll find many similar versions of these on the market and a few more like it below. This one has 5,200 mAh of power and you should be able to buy it on Amazon for around $25. Buy on Amazon.
Classic Hothands Disposable Hand Warmer Packs
These are your traditional heat packs. They will stay plenty warm for plenty long. These ones are rated for 10 hours+ and they tend to hold true to that rating. They are heated by a chemical reaction that occurs when the packs are opened and shaken a bit. Buy on Amazon.
Zippo Butane Hand Warmer
This has the fun novelty look of an oversized Zippo lighter, but it has the real function of a hand warmer that will last for several hours. It is filled with lighter fluid that burns a platinum-catalyzed glass fiber burner inside of the metal housing. It is a bit more maintenance vs. the electronic hand warmers and filling this with fluid should be done with care. Zippo has also gotten into the electronic hand warmer game recently and you can shop a wide assortment of electronic hand warmers on the Zippo website here.
The Outdoors Way Electronic Hand Warmer
This electronic hand warmer comes with 7,800 mAh of power. It also has a USB charging port and a small flashlight added on one end. It can be purchased for $34.99 on the Amazon website here.
The Heated Fuzz
This warm little disk will cost you a few extra dollars but it is a unique gift that someone will appreciate. It includes a digital power gauge and external USB charging port. Buy on Amazon.
Hot Snapz Reusable Warmers
These reusable warmers last for a shorter time than the other options on this page but they do work and they are environmentally friendly. They are activated by clicking on a small disk inside of the pouch repeatedly. After each use, you can boil or microwave them in order to reverse the internal chemistry and “charge” them for use again. Buy on Amazon.
Retro Green Hand Warmer
This electronic warmer has a classy retro look and 10,000 mAh of power, giving it the largest power bank of all the products on this page. This one will cost you about 40 bones on Amazon.
The Coolflash has 3 temperature modes, see if you can guess their names. Check the answer on Amazon here.
And Now… Some Hand Warmers For The Kids!
The Electric Elk Hand Warmer
Are you taking the stroller for a walk on a brisk day? This is a cute hand warmer for children that might help them smile through the cold. This one has 5,000 mAh of power and two temperature modes. Buy on Amazon.
The Avocado Hand Warmer
Give the gift of heated fruit! This heated avocado is just under 4″ long and packs 4,000 mAh of power. It can be a great gift for children or grownups who behave like children. Buy on amazon here.
Bear Paw Hand Warmer
This cozy blue bear paw is a cute way to add some warmth to someone’s world. 5,000 mAh of power + an external USB port for charging an iPad, phone, or other device. Buy on amazon.
Micoah Heated Rabbit
Rounding out the kids section is the pink heated hand warmer from Micoah. This one comes with a spare USB port, 6,000 mAh of power and a set of adorable bunny ears. Buy on Amazon.
Which hand warmers are best for skiing and snowboarding?
We suggest that you choose the traditional heat packs from Hothands. These can fit inside a pair of mittens or gloves, although they can sometimes be a bit tight inside of your gloves. The electronic heat packs are best for putting in your pocket but they do not work well with gloves.
Are the Zippo lighter fluid hand warmers safe?
They are generally safe but you should remember that you do have a smoldering flame in your pocket.
Which hand warmers last the longest?
The old school Hothands heat packs come in an 18 hour version and these are a great option for extended heat. The Zippo burner option will last for a few hours and the electronic warmers generally will last for under 10 hours.
What about electronic gloves?
Can I use any of these hand warmers in my shoes and boots?
Try the Hothands warmers that are made specifically for your feet. They are flat, reasonably comfortable and they are effective at keeping your feet warm.