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How many Christmas gifts do you get every year that get tossed into a closet or just flat out returned? All of them? Well, step up, and cut down on this occurrence by straight up asking for stuff! Don't know what you want? That's why we're here.

Gifts are great when they go together, and asking for entry-level sports setups are a sure thing (with little mess up potential). This Christmas (or Hanukkah - 2 more nights!) tell your fam you want to learn a new sport. Send them the link to this post and help them help you get into golf, hockey, snowboarding, and sledding. You've always wanted to try but never had the gear, right? Go in!

HOCKEY

ICE HOCKEY
• Hockey requires some balance and hand eye coordination, so if you haven't gotten that new Tony Hawk game mastered, maybe wait a little while. If you are slightly athletic, though, this sport is the perfect way to destroy cabin fever blues. The Sports Authority is a one stop shop for everything you need (for most sports actually), and is the place to get a great entry-level setup.

BASE KIT:
CCM Vector Ice Skates
• Skates. Duh. If you wanted to, you could stunt and drop major paper, but if you're getting started, a pair of expensive skates won't make you any better. The most important thing is comfort. Find a reasonably priced pair like the CCM Vectors (usually $150, but $119 at The Sports Authority - steal!) and you'll be set. They're lightweight, and the Vector outsole is reinforced which provides you with enough support to keep you upright and help you push off and go.

Sherwood Hockey Stick
• Finding a durable stick is key, and Sherwood makes some of the best. The RM7 is constructed out of fiberglass and carbon fiber weave making it light and strong. The carbon continues down, and the blade is made of a high tensile-strength carbon. This is supposed to help it easily absorb impact while providing consistent puck control so you can try to front like you know what you're doing.

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GOLF

GOLF
• Golf is traditionally a sport played by WASPs and bankers, but more and more people are getting into every year because it is awesome, and because that's where the big deals get done. How many other sports take all day, require you to hang out with three of your friends, and let you drink beer? Basketball doesn't count.

BASE KIT:
Callaway X-22 Irons
• Yup, you guessed it. You can't play golf without clubs. Irons are the base of all sets, and are the clubs that you will use when learning how to swing, hit the ball straight, and all that good stuff. Callaway's X-22 Irons are the newest edition to the brand's legendary X-Series, and are designed for the ultimate margin of error/forgiveness and the head construction does a great job of dampening vibrations so they feel good when you knock those range balls into the 300yd. marker. A full set of X-22 irons starts at $699, making this a great wish list-er.

adidas Tour 360 4.0 Cleats
• We're all about sneakers, so of course the on-course kicks are necessary. adidas stays killing it with the cleat technology, and the new Tour 360 version 4.0 again gives everyone else's gear the ol', "Nice Try".

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SNOWBOARDING

SNOWBOARDING
• Snowboarding is like skateboarding, but it's easier and hurts less. Don't worry, though, it's not as bad as Rollerblading. As long as you do it on actual mountains (instead of in the city) no one will make fun of you, and you will have an absolute blast.

BASE KIT:
Burton Blunt
• Burton's Blunt series are great entry-level snowboards. This year, the boards are completely re-designed with a rocker profile, which means less caught edges (less falls), and a forgiving flex pattern. Pair these with some entry level bindings and you're part of the way there. Bonus: Purchasing a Burton Blunt comes with a free lift ticket, courtesy of Burton.

ThirtyTwo 86 FastTrack Boot
• ThirtyTwo's entry level boot for 2009 features the company's FastTrack lacing system, which makes the boots easy to get on and tighten. It has a forgiving flex and skate style, but most importantly, these boots are super comfortable.

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SLEDDING

SLEDDING
• Sledding is awesome for a number of reasons, the most important of which is that it requires the least amount of actual talent or skill of all the snow sports. All you need to get it poppin' is a hill, some snow, a sled, and a little bit of craziness.

BASE KIT:
Stiga Snow Racer GT ($80)
• Your vision of what a sled is may be a bit antiquated—metal and wood melded together to form a Radio Flyer for the snow—but as evidenced by the Snow Racer GT they've gotten a bit crazier over the years. Made of high quality plastic and steel, the Snow Racer gives you unprecedented control thanks to its steering wheel and shock absorbers. Oh, and you can jump them.

Oakley Splice Goggles ($150)
• While you're flying down the hill, protect your eyes from snow and sun with a pair of Oakley's Splice goggles. They may look a little too high tech for sledding, but hey, perfect double up for snowboard season! The Internal skeletal support system keeps the pressure off your nose, making them crazy comfortable to wear, and these are optically correct, which means no distortion while you're flying down the hill.

• SEE MORE PRODUCTS IN COMPLEX'S 2009 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE!