The Inland Paddler’s Guide to Holiday Gifting for Paddlers
It’s that wonderful time of year when, as paddlers we probably have a long list of gadgets and gear we’d love to receive. Or maybe not. If you need to jumpstart your wish list, or just want to have a link to send to your Secret Santa, we’ve got you covered.
Imperfect Accessory beanies, scarfs and fingerless gloves. These soft, colorful and lightweight “basics” were THE hit in this year’s Chattajack swag bag. If you were lucky enough to get one, you know! Perfect for on and off the water wear, perfect to give to non-paddlers as well. Everyone will love the softness and the fun, mix and matchable colors.
Monster Straps: Easy to deploy, easy to store. And we all need another pair of tie-down straps. They are like wooden spoons, you can never have too many!
Skratch Labs Hot Apple Cider or Green Tea Matcha hydration mix. Skratch broke our hearts when they discontinued their delicious, HOT apples and cinnamon hydration mix a while back. BUT GUESS WHAT?? It’s back as a seasonal offering!!! REJOICE! And order some!!! As an alternative, the Matcha, which works cold as well, tastes really good hot, too. Perfect for before, during and after paddles, a hot hydration alternative makes winter workouts even more enjoyable.
Active Skin Repair. Anyone who paddles, hikes, skates, climbs or otherwise needs a first aid kit (that would be everyone) should have this on hand. It is an amazing and effective alternative to overused antibacterial goops. Read the science on it here then beg for Santa to put some in your stocking. Perfect for minor skin issues – from sunburn, reef cuts, and even chiggers. Really.
United By Blue Everyday Reusables. From reusable bags to stainless steel straws and cutlery, this company makes it easy and stylish to do our part to keep single use plastics out of our water. And for every product purchased, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from our oceans and waterways.
Vaikobi VCOLD Base Layer Top Hands down the Inland Paddler’s favorite top for cold weather! Soft, cozy, warm and super comfortable. You’ll want it to be cold just so you can wear it. A pair of Vaikobi paddle pants or shorts wouldn’t be a bad add to your list as well.
Surf Fur Surf Check Hoodie. Surf Fur’s zip up, fleece-lined, water repellent jacket is a great all-around piece of kit that’s perfect for checking out the waves, slipping on after your winter work out, or walking the dog. More street-friendly that it’s big brother, the Waterparka (a great changing coat for cold weather) this affordable jacket will easily become a go-to on non-paddling days. Comes in black and red.
Big Ticket Items
Bluesmiths Waterman’s Wear. Really ANYTHING by Bluesmiths will make you or your giftee happy. Whether its their hydrophobic water shirts, the Kula Hoodie – one of the most versatile jackets on the planet, or a pair of board shorts that will last forever.
Paddle Monster training subscription. No, we’re not just saying that. This is a great gift to receive or to give for the paddler who wants to take their training to the next level. Even if you just want to stay in shape for surfing or non-race oriented paddling. Paddle Monster gives you access to some of THE best coaches in the sport. Real access. No other program really does that the way Paddle Monster does. Training plans can be custom tailored to your paddle needs as well as your daily lifestyle needs. And it works.
Garmin Instinct Smartwatch. With much of the functionality and connectivity of its big brother the Fenix, the Garmin Instinct is a rugged, more affordable wearable. It will sync with Garmin Connect for training data recording and it provides the wrist-based heart rate monitoring option.
Got a good gift idea? Let us know in the comments!