Raquel, in that case, I'd look at a PLB. Before you buy, though, first research the Delorme Inreach, especially if you already have either a Delorme GPS or a smart phone with GPS app (you have to buy the specific Inreach model to go with the specific phone or GPS). I'm impressed with the ability to do two-way communication. Using the example on the Delorme website, you can text SAR that you have a broken leg, which lets them know what to expect, and they can, in return, text you when they expect to reach you. I have been joking for a couple of years now that the next generation of PLBs will allow two-way communication and also sing and dance to entertain you while you wait for rescue. It appears that the first part has already come true! So far I've only looked at reviews on Doug Ritter's "Equipped to Survive" site,
I'm excited, but not enough to invest (I already have a McMurdo Fastfind with three years left on the battery warranty). Should I take one of my grandkids on a long backpack, though, I'll see if I can persuade their parents to get me one!
Avalanche transceivers can be rented for occasional winter trips, which is probably more economical than buying one until you start going out a lot. I know that some clubs have a loan program; I don't know about the Colorado Mountain club.
Another possibility for the gift card might be using it towards a really warm winter sleeping bag, if you don't already have one. While out here in western Oregon, with our mild winters, I can supplement my 20* WM Ultralight enough to get by, there's no way you can do that in the Rockies!