If you’re reading this article then you might have an avid paddleboarder on your hands. Knowing a friend or a loved one’s favorite hobby can help exponentially when it comes to giving birthday or Christmas gifts that won’t get stuck in the return pile. Being able to give a paddleboarder a thoughtful gift that you know they will use, will make the present so much more worthwhile.
So how should you go about finding a gift for your paddleboarder friend? We have taken the guesswork out of everything for you! Just follow our guide for our tips, tricks, and suggestions to make shopping so much easier.
Now it may seem a little bit silly to try and get your loved one a piece of sports equipment, but sometimes that’s exactly what they are looking for. Paddleboarding equipment can be a bit pricey and if they don’t have everything they need, you could be saving them a purchase. We do recommend if you go this route you try and find out what they don’t have so you don’t end up buying them a duplicate.
These equipment items can vary from the cheaper side of things to bigger splurges, but despite your price range, you’ll find the perfect gift for your paddleboarder that they are sure to love. Some examples of equipment gifts are things like:
- Anchors: Anchors are one of the more affordable items on the list and they come in such a variety of types that your buddy could already have one type and you can buy them another. Grapnel and sand anchor kits usually come with useful gear that can help your friend stabilize their board for relaxation.
- Trailers: This is a pricier gift for a paddleboarder that can be incredibly helpful for your friend who travels a lot with their board. These can simply attach to the board itself and come with a leading rope or they can attach to a bike for easy transport. These will range in price but can get pretty expensive usually ranging from about $100 to $275.
- Paddles: These are never a bad gift to give as the paddle or paddles that came with your friend’s board or SUP may not be the best quality, or it may not have come with a paddle at all. These can also vary in price depending on the material.
- Leash: Leashes are such an underrated gift. They are essentially what will help keep your friend and their board attached so they don’t have to worry about it getting away if they fall overboard. Leashes aren’t super expensive.
There are a lot of different things that can constitute as gear. It is really anything that your paddleboarding friend will be bringing with them to better supplement their adventure, or will help to make it more fun. This can be anything from clothing items to waterproof electronics, but regardless whatever gear you get them will likely be something that will make their boarding better.
- Waterproof Pack: A waterproof pack or bag is essential for touring boarders, fishermen, or your general paddleboard hobbyist. They can keep all of their things in a safe container that won’t be affected by the water around them.
- Water Shoes: Water shoes are beneficial for helping keep a steady grip on the board when you’re standing paddling. They are more effective when working on the board than street shoes. The price range makes this an affordable option.
- Waterproof Camera: This one is a big-budget item. A waterproof camera is something that can really be a fun addition to any paddleboarding trip. It makes the experience that much more special as you can capture every moment without worrying the camera will get wet. These are something that you can’t really go cheaper on, the prices range can get up to the 200+ dollar range depending on the level of quality you’re willing to reach.
Any and all of these options would be a thoughtful gift for a paddleboarder. Having the ability to gift them something they will use regularly will really make all the difference. If you’re looking for something really special to give them, where cost isn’t a problem, you could always give them a special trip to a great paddleboarding spot.
It wouldn’t just be thoughtful, it could be a memory they will cherish for a lifetime. Who knows, they may even convince you to head out there with them to share in the fun. Ideal places would vary depending on what kind of paddleboarder you’ve got on your hands.
Somewhere with good fishing for your fisherman boarder. A peaceful but beautiful place for your yoga fanatic. A destination with plenty of open water and things to explore would be great for your touring boarder friend. Whatever you choose, that’s one more perfect gift to add to a list of ideas for your Paddleboarding buddy.
Honestly, it is the thought that counts. They will appreciate it alone that you took the time to research their interests and find a gift that suited them completely. Whether big or small, affordable or expensive, your gift will be one they can really enjoy and remember for a long time. (I have a few more gift suggestions listed here.)