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It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday shopping. And for beach lovers, there’s always time for the sand and surf. So, even though Christmas falls in the midst of winter, there’s no reason why you can’t help your favorite sun worshipers get ready for their next beach trip. To help you get them flip flop ready, here is our gift guide for beach lovers.
Many times, there is no shade at the beach. To make sure your favorite beach lovers always have a cool spot to escape the sunshine, give them a portable beach umbrella. This is also a great gift for a family with little ones who may need a shady spot for naps. Another good option is a beach tent.
I have to say, my underwater camera is my absolute favorite beach accessory! I love taking pictures of fish and coral while I’m snorkeling. It’s also a great way to document all those precious memories with your kids while at the beach or pool. Not only are underwater cameras waterproof, but they are also super durable. So, they can stand up to the sand and salt water. I have the Nikon Coolpix W300 and couldn’t be happier with it.
Next up on this gift guide for beach lovers is a good quality pair of sunglasses. Your eyes need protection from the glare of the sun as much as your skin does. So, sunglasses are a must! I recommend a pair that are polarized to cut down on the glare from the water.
Whether you are snorkeling, surfing, or swimming, a rash guard can protect your skin from a multitude of abuses. It will prevent sunburn better than sunscreen because there’s no need to reapply. It also safeguards your body from cuts from coral or rocks. They are a perfect fit for little ones who will be at the beach for hours. Find them in long and short sleeves for adults and kids.
Mesh Tote Bag
The best bag for the beach is a mesh tote bag. It will help your wet items dry faster and will allow the sand to escape as you walk to the car at the end of the day. They come in a variety of sizes and colors. Many have lots of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
When you are at the beach, you want to protect your feet as much as your eyes and skin. There are so many things that can hurt you, such as hot sand, broken glass, coral, rocks, and more. Water shoes are the perfect choice for this. They will keep your feet from getting burned on the hot sand. And they will also save you from stepping on something sharp and painful while in the water.
The next item on our gift guide for beach lovers is for the person who loves spending all day at the beach: a lightweight cooler. No one wants to lug a heavy cooler filled with food and drinks to the beach when you have so many other things to carry. A lightweight one can make the trip from the car to the sand so much easier! For extra portability and ease, consider one that can be carried on your back or that has wheels.
For the little beach lovers on your list, there is no better gift than sand toys! Kids can spend hours playing in the sand, building castles and moats. My son loves playing with his sand toys. Plus, they are lightweight, which makes them easy to tote to and from the beach. Did you know that sand toys also make a wonderful gift for creative adult beach lovers as well? Sand sculpting tools can be used to create some incredible works of art out of sand.
I am a firm believer that you can never have too many beach towels if you frequent the beach. They have so many uses! In addition to drying off, you can use them to sit on, cover the food, provide some shade, keep little ones warm, and wrap up wet swim suits. A sweet gift idea that is sure to please is a set of cute beach towels in a favorite color.
If you are shopping for someone who loves the water, then consider snorkel gear as a gift. Snorkeling is one of the best ways to enjoy the beach. It is fun for the whole family. Just be sure to get a good quality snorkel set. Cheap sets usually do not work as well. I recommend U.S. Diver snorkel gear. Whether you get a regular mask or a full face mask is a personal preference. As for kids, some like the full face masks while others don’t.
If your favorite beach lover prefers soaking up the rays to splashing in the water, consider beach chairs as a gift. You can get one in a fun color with an attached drink holder and head rest for extra comfort. Some of them come with backpack straps to make them easy to carry too!
Most beach lovers prefer flip flops to any other type of shoe. So, add to their collection by giving them some cute new flip flops. Choose durable ones with good support in a favorite color.
Beach Lover’s Gift Basket
My favorite idea on this gift guide for beach lovers is a gift basket. This is an excellent choice if you can’t decide on one of the above gifts. Take a few of these ideas and combine them into a gift basket. Use a sand bucket as your basket. Add in a few favorite snacks and you have a gift that will reward you with huge smiles and warm hugs.
There you go: a gift guide for beach lovers to get you started on your holiday shopping. All of the items on this list will make your loved ones’ next trip even better. For more gift ideas, see my gift guide for travel-loving kids, gift guide for Disney travelers, and how to give the gift of travel. Happy travels!