For many travelers, a beach trip is the ideal getaway for rest and relaxation. Whether it’s the paradisiacal view of the blue ocean, serotonin-inducing rays, or watching their kids happily playing in the sand, there are many reasons to love being at the shore. If you’re buying a gift for a friend or family member who enjoys going on such vacations, there are plenty of great options. Help them stay refreshed with ice-cold drinks in an insulated cooler; keep them protected with SPF kits; or perhaps boost their comfort with a great chair. Whichever route you take, these are some of the best gifts to buy for beach lovers.
Schlepping all of your beach gear is taxing and requires a lot of hands, especially when kids are in tow. For one less thing to carry by hand, swap a traditional cooler for this ingenious backpack version. Made by Yeti—a brand that has rightfully earned a cult following thanks to high-quality products that are durable and offer superior insulation—this soft cooler can fit up to 36 regular-sized cans and is built to last. The dense DryHide shell is puncture-resistant, blocks out UV rays, and is completely waterproof. It boasts a strong magnetic closure that stays open when needed and offers a leak-resistant seal once shut. There are also multiple attachment points for things like bottle openers, the brand’s Sidekick Dry Gear Case, or Rambler Bottle Sling. The bag has also been ergonomically designed with a padded back and shoulder straps for comfort when worn. And once you reach the sandy shores, rest assured that the closed-cell foam technology will keep your beverages nice and cold.
Tired of taking the beach home with you? Tesalate’s AbsorbLite fabric is tightly woven and dispels sand with one quick shake. The material is also thin and lightweight, making these beach towels incredibly easy to pack while still maintaining a high absorbency. They come adorned with a hook and dry quickly, meaning you won’t have to wait long to stash it away in the included pouch. It comes in over a dozen colorful designs and some of their most popular styles even come in an extra-large size that can fit two sunbathers.
UV protection is vital when spending a day out in the sun and Supergoop! is here to make sure you’re always protected. This special kit comes in a water-resistant pouch adorned with an image of swimmers in the wide ocean shot by photographer Gray Malin. Inside there are six different SPF essentials that include sunscreen, face and body mists, and, a personal favorite, a lip shield. If your lips have never been burnt, count yourself lucky, but those who have felt the same discomfort as I have will thoroughly appreciate this ingenious creation. All of the products are small enough to pack in a carry-on bag so you won’t have to be worried about being stopped at TSA.
Whether your loved one wants to capture moments from an exhilarating water sport or the beautiful wildlife while swimming along a bountiful reef, the GoPro Hero 11 is the action camera they need. This small but mighty device can shoot 27 MP photos and up to 5.3K60 videos. It has built-in stabilization for ultra-smooth recordings and is waterproof up to 33 feet. For divers and snorkelers, consider throwing in a the floating Handler grip for extra control when underwater while wave riders will appreciate the Surfboard Camera Mount.
Music lovers who like to bop to tunes while lazing in the sun will love the Megaboom 3. This portable Bluetooth speaker sports a cylindrical design for even, high-quality sound delivery with intense bass thanks to a large woofer. You can also fine-tune your listening experience with a customizable EQ via the app, otherwise, everything else can be done from the device’s buttons such as volume control, play, pause, and skip tracks. The device can withstand drops, boasts a 20-hour battery life, and has an IP67 waterproof and dustproof rating. Plus, it floats, so once you’re ready to take the party from the beach to the pool, just toss it in the water with you.
Thanks to the double-wall vacuum insulation in this stainless steel mug, your friends and family can keep their icy drinks cold on a hot, sunny day. Yeti’s latest Rambler has a lid with a built-in, reusable straw (goodbye, single-use plastic) that comes in 25- and 35-ounce sizes. It also boasts a no-sweat design that prevents condensation, keeping hands dry at all times. The sturdy cup is also rust-resistant and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. But if you’re looking for something that can go double-duty for both cold and hot drinks for year-round use, they have several Tumblers that fit the bill.
Equipped with an arm pouch for drinks or storing your belongings, a removable headrest, and an insulated cooler pouch, this magnificent beach chair was designed for both comfort and function. It can even convert to a lounger so that the user can lay flat while sunbathing. Once you’re done, just fold it back up and use the backpack straps for easy portability. The chair comes in five different prints, including one with a Mickey silhouette thanks to a special collaboration with Disney. And if you’re looking to include a beach umbrella with your gift, the brand’s Anchor X is stable and provides ample shade.
For those who like to take their phone out on the water, or frequently forget that it’s in their pocket, a waterproof case is just what they need. This clear pouch has a universal size that fits most devices measuring up to seven inches diagonally and has an IPX8 waterproof rating that allows it to be submerged up to 100 feet. In addition to a lanyard for convenient carrying, the pouch also features air padding so that your loved one never has to worry about their phone sinking down to the bottom of the ocean.