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For some people, a trip to the beach is more than a little vacation — it’s something they look forward to all year. If you know someone like that, finding the best beach gifts can set the mood and start that positive mindset immediately. Check out these gifts for beach lovers and get them something that fits their personality perfectly.
17 Beach Gifts for Any Occasion
These beach vacation gifts are great around Christmas and the holiday season and equally good for birthdays or celebratory occasions!
It has a cooler built in on the bottom! I love the mesh sides so that sand can slip right out, but there's still a few solid pockets to keep things totally enclosed. Plus, it has a built-in insulated cooler on the bottom for a few cold drinks.
This lightweight travel towel is amazing because it genuinely dries super-quick. No mildew in your suitcase here! As a bonus, it has a waterproof pocket so you can safely store or hide things while you take a dip in the ocean. This is one of my favorite beach trip gifts because there are styles for everyone.
Aloe vera isn’t just for sunburns. Keeping your skin moisturized with aloe helps you look more radiant and tan, so you should use it daily during your beach trip whether you're burned or not.
For what it’s worth, most commercial “aloes” have very little aloe in them and add in alcohols which ironically have a drying effect. Splurge a little -- that's what makes it a great gift for beach vacation -- and get the real stuff.
I probably wear more cover-ups than “real” clothes during my days on the beach. If there’s one category to treat someone in, this is it. Cute cover-ups aren’t expensive but when they look good, they make you feel like a million bucks.
Pop your beer can into this "Hopsulator" and it'll keep your drink 20x colder than a standard koozie. No one likes a warm drink on a hot day, so this helps enjoy those lazy days! It's something most people have never seen before, so surprise them by including this as one of their gifts for a beach trip.
Know someone who likes a more adventurous day at the beach? Merrell water shoes have soles like sneakers, which makes them perfect for coastal hikes, water sports, and other activities where those cheap neon pink water shoes just won't do.
A lot of people are hesitant to try reef-safe sunscreen for fear it won't work, so it's the perfect excuse to buy them something they'd never buy for themselves! This sunscreen is the best I've found for constant swimming and it applies easily. Add it to your beach trip gift ideas!
If you just want a few portraits on the beach, I don’t think it’s necessary to invest in an expensive waterproof camera. But for snorkeling, parasailing, or any number of other beach adventures, you’ll want a dedicated GoPro.
The accessories I think are most useful: a selfie stick, headstrap, and flex clamp.
Have you heard of capsule wardrobes? They're a set of mix-and-match clothing items, and VacayStyle has pieced together 5-piece collections that ultimately form 15 outfits. They look great and have colors and styles that make it the perfect set of gifts for beach lovers (and a carry-on packing dream).
Snorkel sets pay for themselves on their first use compared to paying for rentals, not to mention you can keep your mask adjusted and fitted just for you. You don’t have to spend big money on this to get a quality set.
Know someone who packs up beach chairs, a cooler, and all sorts of accessories and needs to lug it all in from the nearest parking lot?
Enter the beach wagon! Load it up and wheel it to wherever you need to go. It works way better than a rolling cooler since it’s built for sand and it folds down so you can actually store it at home in-between trips.
I love the beach waves I get in my hair from saltwater and an ocean breeze, but if you do it for more than a day or two, it will wreak havoc on your hair. There are a variety of hair products available designed specifically for the beach, including special shampoos and conditioners or a leave-in spray to protect hair from UV rays. If you’re at the beach all week, they are worth the price…for two or three days, just be sure to condition extra.
Hopefully these beach gift ideas helped you find the perfect present!