Maybe you’re looking to get a stellar gift for the paddler in your life. Or, maybe you’re looking to gift yourself a little something this holiday season. Yes, paddling can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s possible to buy unique, quality gifts for the paddlers in your life, on a budget. Here’s a look at the ten best gifts to get the paddler on your Christmas list, without breaking the bank.
- Dry Bag
A dry bag is essential for paddlers. You’re bound to take items onboard with you, and it’s important you keep those goods dry in case of falling in or tipping over. A change of clothes, shoes, your phone, personal valuables — you name it — the Sea To Summit Lightweight Dry Sack is sturdy enough for water sports, light enough for backpacking, and perfect for all of the in-between.
- Ultra-Portable Cooler
For long paddling trips, never leave home without a cooler. The ICEMULE cooler is the perfect gift for the paddler who has everything. Completely waterproof and top-ranked in durability with a solid ice retention, the Classic Small 10L is super portable in size, yet large enough to fit for personal use, or bring along for a day picnic with a friend.
- Brimmed Hat
A solid, wide-brimmed hat is a must-have while out on a paddle excursion, especially during the warm summer months. Not only does it offer excellent sun protection, but it will help keep you cool, especially with mesh side vents as seen in the REI Co-op Vented Explorer Hat. The polyester inner sweatband wicks moisture away, and the fabric provides UPF 50+ sun protection.
- Quick-Dry Towels
Made from 100% post-consumer waste (think plastic water bottles), Slowtide towels are not only easy on the eyes, but they are highly absorbent, sand-resistant, and of course, quick-drying. These towels are perfect for the paddler to take onboard, especially if you’re heading out to a remote spot where you’ll be getting on land and relaxing.
- Waterproof Phone Case
Don’t risk getting your phone wet, or worse, having it fall in the water. Gift yourself or a friend an awesome waterproof pouch to keep your phone or other small items in. The clear, touch-screen friendly material allows you to use your phone while it’s inside. You can even take pictures and videos!
- Paddler’s Medical Kit
This will surely be one of those “didn’t know I needed this until I needed it” gift. This Paddler’s Medical Kit has almost everything you might need in case of a medical emergency while out on a paddle. From bandage materials to various medications, everything is contained inside a compact dry bag, and ready at a moment’s notice.
- Paddling Shoes
There are many paddling shoes on the market today, and you’ll find them broken down into three primary categories: water shoes, water booties, and water sandals. In both land and water, proper-fitting paddle shoes are key for offering support, stability, and traction for adventuring. These Chacos and these Speedos would make excellent gifts for the die-hard paddler.
- Fifty Places To Paddle Before You Die Book
Inspire others to go out and live their best paddler lives with the coffee table book, Fifty Places to Paddle Before You Die. The book explores the best destinations for the diverse sport of paddling. After a look through, you’ll be ready to plan your next bucket list trip.
- Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Good music makes a paddle, well, more fun! Take your music onboard with a handy ultra-portable waterproof speaker. This pint-sized speaker delivers surprisingly rich audio and bass, with an easy carabiner design that allows you to take it everywhere, and clip anywhere. An added perk? It’s stylish to boot, and comes in a variety of colors to choose from.
- Guided Kayak Tours
Whether your gift recipient is a novice or advanced paddler, one awesome unique gift idea is that of a guided kayak tour. Look into local outfitters that offer tours, and give the gift of an experience. Oftentimes these companies have insider info (hello, secret paddling spots). Plus, it’s nice to have someone else take the reins — all you have to do is show up and be ready to paddle!
Make it a unique holiday this season with a meaningful, well-thought-out gift for the paddler in your life. Additionally, this top ten list can fit small to large budgets, so you don’t have to go out of budget. For more paddling goodness and gift ideas, check out Aquaglide’s blog.