In Search of the Perfect Christmas Gift for Paddlers
Before we get to the list of the best paddle board Christmas gifts, let me tell you one thing: There isn’t a paddle boarder on this planet who has everything! Even if you ask your friend or loved one who’s a paddler and they tell you they have all the gear they need, there’s always something that can be found as a paddle board Christmas ornament that they’ll love.
So surely when we get to the bottom of this list you will have picked at least several items you can buy them that you know they’ll love.
With that said, here’s the list of the 50 best things that you can get as Christmas gifts for stand up paddle boarders.
Let’s start with the basics, shall we? No matter how experienced they are, paddlers never take chance by taking their tech gear on board without any protection. And no matter how many of these they have, they always need a bigger one or a better one or simply another one because they have used up their old one.
You can find many dry bags here. In this article we feature the best fanny packs on the market guaranteed to keep the belonging dry no matter what.
If your paddle boarder or kayaker likes fishing from their board, then trust me when I say, they cannot get enough rod holders. Some fishing kayaks come with molded rod holders and others don’t. So, whatever your friend has, this rod holder will be one of those hit and score paddle board Christmas gifts.
If your paddle boarder is a minimalist and they don’t take that much tech gear on board, then these phone cases will definitely be something they would use, because who today leaves the house without their phone, right?!
You can also check more waterproof phone cases in this article.
Neoprene socks are probably one of the most underrated or overlooked products when it comes to paddle board Christmas gifts or even as a handy thing to have for a short camping trip or hiking in winter.
When looking for great kayaking Christmas gifts, you might surprise everyone when your Christmas gift turns out to be neoprene socks designed to keep wet feet warm! These seem weird the first time you hear of them but trust me, they’re pretty useful.
If your standup paddle boarder has a fiberglass stand up paddleboard, then they know they have to protect it the best they can. These paddle boards although providing the best glide and performance in water, they can be very fragile. And if damaged, they are quite expensive to replace.
So, these RSPro SUP Rail Savers can easily protect the edge of the paddleboard with a heavy duty adhesive. They come in a convenient roll and they make for a super practical Christmas gift that your paddle boarder will love.
FCS Stand Up Paddle Board Partially Coiled Regular 10′ Leash
Does your paddle boarding friend like surfing too? If so, they’ll need extra reassurance for safety and this leash will provide it.
Whether paddle boarding or surfing, leashes are fantastic in reassuring the paddler that no matter what happens they will always be close to their board in the water. This new 10ft board leash is made of strong and elastic polyurethane and stays coiled to avoid unnecessary snags.
They say you are as good as your gear and the saying isn’t far from the truth! Even what seems to be a regular t-shirt it’s amazing how much difference it can make. This O’Neill basic wetsuit top is fantastic when you want to look good but also get adequate sun protection and the material keeps you warm and dry. For winter or colder days in general, consider pairing it with a long-sleeve shirt and if you’re shopping for a lady, there are equally great female options.
Whether camping, paddling or hiking, you know the value of a good dry sack. This set is one of the best and most practical paddle board Chrismtas gifts because it includes three different sizes of dry sacks: 8L, 40L and 70L. You can pack your whole family and truly take everything you need on your trip.
The best part is that having different sizes give you the option of packing just one or all three sacks with important supplies, electronics and extra clothes.
You can’t have a cool paddle boarding t-shirt without an awesome pair of board shorts. They are the universal staple of summer life for casual wear among paddle boarders. If you can’t figure out what size shorts your recipient wears have a friend distract them while you rifle through their pile of dirty shorts to find a size tag – problem solved.
Board shorts are perfect for tossing in the suitcase on your next vacation, taking to the lake with family, or hitting some gnarly ocean waves.
Owners of inflatable kayaks and/or inflatable stand-up paddleboards are always in need of a good pump. The Advanced Elements Double Action Hand Pump inflates, deflates, and comes with multiples adaptors. Weighing under a kilo, this high pressure pump is one of the perfect Christmas gifts for stand up paddle boarders on the go.
Among paddle board Christmas gifts, this is probably the most used one. The Pelican case is the perfect size for a mobile phone or compact camera. The rigid construction features a small carabiner to clip onto bags or belts. A bright yellow base makes it easy to find in low light, and the clear top allows you to see new text messages on your phone while it’s sealed up.
Oh, I wish someone told me about these when I was first starting out! I would have saved my palms from hot spots and blisters when paddling.
These little guys are a genius solution and they are super easy to use. Simply slide a paddle grip down over your paddle shaft and hold on to the paddle grip for a cushioned and comfortable hand hold which slides freely as you rotate the paddle.
Paddle board Christmas gifts aside, if your boarder wants to try our kayaking, trust me when I say any whitewater kayaker will be stoked to receive this Christmas gift. With a complete guide to whitewater kayaking in the Pacific Northwest, the only thing they’ll need to go with this book is a tank full of gas and a few weeks off of work.
For night kayaking and fishing, everyone should have a good headlamp. The Vont ‘Spark’ LED Headlamp Flashlight with white and red light is perfect for paddling at night or dawn, but also for running, camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, hunting, and jogging. You get two in a pack.
If you are looking for practical paddle board Christmas gifts that your paddler will use for years to come, then this 3lb anchor is perfect for securing kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, or dinghies, in mud, sand, rock, or gravel. Easily store all parts in the nylon storage case.
Being out in the water should not mean giving up on your favorite tunes. Now paddlers can listen to their favorite music while paddling, care-free, with this portable, water-resistant speaker. This makes for one of the coolest Christmas gifts for stand up paddle boarders.
Everyone wants to relax a little with a cool drink when paddling and enjoying nature. So, as with all cool SUP Christmas gifts, this drink holder will be a fave among paddlers. This drink holder can mount to the bulkhead gunnel or a rod holder and securely hold everyone’s drinks.
The Fox 40 Classic is the whistle among whistles. Available in every color of the rainbow, it makes a great stocking stuffer. This whistle boasts 115cB OF sound that be heard up to a mile away, making it the weapon of choice for referees across many sports, and a safe choice for kayakers and paddleboard enthusiasts.
Bilge pumps aren’t just for motor boats, and they aren’t all electronically powered. This hand-powered pump can pull a gallon of water from a vessel in six strokes. Give your loved one peace of mind with this compact, life-saving device.
Paddle board Christmas gifts don’t always have to be big or fancy. This mini kayak keychain is the perfect daily reminder of your loved one’s favorite sport. It is also a handy multitool that can be used for a lot of different purposes, so what more could you want?
Among the usual Christmas gifts for stand up paddle boarders, this is a gem. Any kayak fisherman will be stoked to receive an annual subscription to Kayak Angler. They’ll enjoy colorful photos, rigging tips, stories, industry news, and more.
Monocular telescopes are great to take on adventures – especially adventures on rivers and coastal waterways where birds are frequently seen. This Monocular Telescope allows your paddler to see nature and observe it a lot closer either with their eye or through their phone by strapping the monocular to their camera. This way they will be able to take amazing shots without zooming in and ruining the photo.
If you have a friend who has dozens of sub-par water bottles floating around in their cabinet, do them a favor and buy them the bottle of all water bottles. Hydro Flasks are cool SUP Christmas gifts because they hold water or any drink to its initial temperature.
A helmet is a great Christmas gift for someone considering getting into whitewater, or for someone who is still wearing their old beat-up helmet from years ago. Pair this helmet with a few cool paddling stickers and you’ve got a perfect gift.
Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Premium Cooler
A day on the water is not complete without cold beverages. Give the Christmas gift of refreshment with this amazing deep freeze cooler. Titan coolers are known for being durable and reliable, not to mention aesthetically hip.
The Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier is great among paddle board Christmas gifts if your paddler prefers a modest design when it comes to roof racks. Simply secure to the roof of the vehicle and flip them up to attach the kayak or paddleboard. Flip them down when not in use. They’ll be barely noticeable.
For the paddler who wants a PFD that’s both compact and safe, this PFD is just the fix. Two parallel chambers sit snugly on the chest, while a strap over the back and one around the waist secure the device. With one tug, this PFD will inflate offer 29lbs of flotation, reflective trim, a storage pocket, and an even back-up oral inflation method.
Sometimes kayaks don’t come with the most comfortable kayak seats. This is why your paddle board Christmas gifts selection should include this easy fix. This Skwoosh kayak seat has a high back and adjustable lumbar support.
Among all paddle board Christmas gifts, drysuits and wetsuits (mentioned just below) are the top-notch choice. Your paddler, surfer or kayaker will love it. Drysuits are fully waterproof and act as a shell and keep you completely dry, but it will also fit loosely like a big ski jacket. So if they also loves diving, drysuit is great as Christmas gifts for stand up paddle boarders.
Wetsuits are made of rubber neoprene and are designed to keep the person wearing it warm when wet. Wetsuits do so through their neoprene that lets in a small amount of water on the skin that they heat it up, and it stays warm. This is why it’s crucial to pick a wetsuit not too bit because it will continuously be flushing out the water instead of keeping the warmth on the person wearing it.
Read more about wetsuits here. You can also find an awesome selection of wetsuit for men, women, kids and plus-size by following the links.
These universal wet shoes are a classic water shoe loved by all water sports enthusiasts. The patterned high-traction sole is paired with a 3mm neoprene upper for comfort and a draw cord for custom adjustment.
Available in four different colors, this Outdoor Research rain jacket is lightweight, comfortable, and guaranteed to keep you dry. It’s fully seam taped, has a zippered chest pocket, and adjustable hood with reflective tape. Among Christmas gifts for stand up paddle boarders, jackets like this are a total hit for their efficacy.
These fingerless Boater’s Gloves are a great way to protect your hands while staying cool. With sticky silicone pads for paddle control, vent holes for breathability, and a microfiber strip for wiping sweat from your brow, any woman will love adding these to her bag of kayaking essentials.
Anyone who surfs, paddles, runs, or bikes knows it can be difficult to change out of wet or sweaty clothes by the car after a workout. This changing towel poncho makes it easy to stay warm and change into something dry and comfortable without exposing yourself to friends or passing strangers.
This holiday season, my Christmas wish list includes a kayak compass (hint hint). The 70p Dash Mount Kayak Compass by Brunton is the gold standard for kayaking. The floating disc compass is designed to be mounted on a kayak and the direct-reading configuration always shows you the direction of motion.
And 5° graduation marks make the 70P well-suited for basic navigation and heading corrections. It may be on the expensive side, but it is the best on the market and has a lifetime warranty!
Speaking of personalization, customized paddle board Christmas gifts are the best! You can’t top that. With this custom wood paddle you can choose their favorite 2 colors and have the uniquely designed paddle delivered straight to their door.
These handles might not seem as sexy as some of the other paddle board Christmas gifts on this list, but having one kayak handle break is a real drag….literally. Any avid kayaker would love to have a couple of extras on hand just in case. These handles are pretty universal and can thread through most kayak holes.
It’s always good to be prepared, especially when you’re out on the water. This little guy is small, lightweight and compact. The bag is made from tough nylon and it has a zip seal to keep your supplies dry.
Campark ACT74 Action Camera
With a 2 inch HD screen, WIFI remote control, and super 4K recording this camera packs a punch. You can even add additional accessories to mount it on your kayak or if you’re entering white water your helmet.
I don’t have a dog myself, but if I did I would love to bring him kayaking. This PFD will keep your pup safe. It has a handle to help hoist them in and out of the water, it comes in a range of sizes and has plenty of reflective material to help your pooch stay seen.
And there you have it. The 50 best Christmas gifts for stand up paddle boarders that even the pickiest of them will love at least one!
Finally, share in the comments what your choice was. I’d love to hear a good SUP Christmas gifts selection. And, in the meantime, I’d love to connect with you on my Facebook and Instagram accounts for more cool tips and recommendations on water sports gear and paddle boarding.
Here at Stand Up Paddle board world I try to show you as many different paddle boards as I can. I’m a true water sports fanatic and I would love to get everyone enthusiastic about my passion as well. Read my different reviews and find out which paddle board is the best to get you started with this amazing sport!
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