Being weighed down with ‘stuff’ can take the fun out of a day at the beach, but there are still certain things they need to bring. Make their life as easy and stress-free as possible with one or more of the pack-worthy beach gifts and gear in this collection. There are cool coolers, sand and soak-proof shoes, and games galore to enhance their ocean-side experience, and each one has been designed for convenience, comfort, and fun.
LL Bean Collapsible Beach Wagon
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This is the ultimate beach wagon! Collapsible, high capacity, light and rolls perfectly on sand.
The Straw Beach Tote Bag
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Everything about this tote screams beach, from the sand and ocean colors to the fact that it’s made with abaca straw that comes from banana stalks. With a 4” handle and a shoulder strap this roomy bag is ideal for carrying beach essentials, including a towel, and that all-important SPF lotion.
UV Filter Portable Beach Tent
Help them safe on vacation with the Fatboy x Miasun beach tent. Made from cotton and aluminum, this easy to set up shelter filters 96% of UVA and UVB rays and is built to withstand winds of up to 23mph. Fully portable, it also includes its own carrying pouch.
BioLite Solar FirePit
Nothing says summer like a barbeque on the beach, but other people might not appreciate the smoke. This smokeless fire pit uses BioLite technology to allow wood or charcoal to burn without smoke, and can be turned into a hibachi-style grill for choke-free cook outs.
LA-Wedge Beach Headrest and Accessory Bag
If they’re going to be spending a lot of time at the beach this year, give them the gift of comfort with the LA Wedge. Designed to fit the contours of the neck and head, this wedge also features a secure compartment for keeping keys, phone, cash, and other valuables safe.
REEF Cushion Phantom Sandals
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Having the right footwear is essential when spending time in the sand. Reef Slippers are not only incredibly comfortable, but they will provide all day support, breathability, shock absorbency, and have an airbag in each heel. The piece de resistance, however, is the bottle opener in the sole!
LuminAid Solar Phone Chargers
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Leave the collapsed LuminAid exposed to the sun all day (or charge in the car), and by the time night falls it will be fully charged and ready to throw light on the party. Waterproof and floatable, it will also double as a device charger with no batteries required.
YETI Hopper BackFlip 24 Backpack Cooler
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Coolers can be cumbersome and difficult to carry, but the Hopper Backflip is different. Using the same technology as other Hoppers, the Backflip is taller and wider for even weight distribution as it’s designed to be carried on the back. UVA, mildew, and puncture-resistant, it can hold up to 20 cans.
Waboba Pro Water Bouncing Ball
When the sand is too hot to handle but they still fancy playing sports, the Waboba ball is what they need. Designed to be used in the water, the Waboba turns ball play into a competitive sport as players race to catch the ball as it bounces on the water.
Play Your Way Ice Cream Maker
Taking ice cream to the beach might not be the best idea, but they could make their own when they get there. All they need are a few ingredients and 20 minutes playing with this ball. Then they can open it up and voila, a quart of ice cream appears!
Wave Bucket Hat
Keep her head cool while she’s looking cool with the Wave bucket hat in beige. Made using 100% cotton canvas, this hat was designed in Australia (and they really understand heat!) and features a shady brim and a handy side pocket for cash or a credit card, perhaps.
Watermelon Ball Game
The trouble with playing ball in the water is that the ball always tends to float. The Watermelon Ball, on the other hand, can be kicked, bounced, and dribbled up to 10ft underwater, opening up a whole new world of water games for the ocean or just in the pool.
LARQ Self-cleaning Water Bottle
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Beach gifts don’t come much more practical than a LARQ bottle. Keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, the LARQ bottle’s real strength is in its UV-C LED technology. Activating automatically every 2 hours, the light will clear the water and the bottle of up to 99.99% bacteria and viruses.
Parasheet Beach Blanket
When folded, this blanket measures just 8.5” x 4.5”, but opened up it is a massive 7ft x 7ft. Sand-proof and water-resistant, it will provide a dry, cool place to sit, and features stuff pockets for keeping small personal possessions, and reinforced stake loops to anchor it to the ground.
BUBBA Multi-Flex Fishing Knife Set
If going to the beach means fishing, then this fillet knife set makes an awesome gift idea. With a squeeze and slide mechanism, the four different blades included can be swapped quickly and easily. Featuring 7”, 8”, and 9” blades, it makes short work of preparing fish.
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Travelling light is possible, even when heading to the beach with the kids in tow, because this tote is the neatest way of carrying multiple sand toys in one handy bag. Comprising large, medium, and small buckets, there are also two shovels included as well as a soft beach cooler.
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If saving the planet is as important as protecting their eyes, then Nectar sunglasses will be perfect. These glasses are funky, fun, and effortlessly stylish, and for each pair sold a donation is made to The Bee Cause, which was set up to educate children about the importance of protecting the honeybee.
Rain or sun, nothing will spoil a day on the coast with this Sport-Brella. Measuring a massive 8ft across, this oversized umbrella has a number of incredible features that include UPF 50+ sun protection, zippered windows for ventilation and stability, and stow away side panels for when they’re not in use.
Beach towels are an essential part of any vacation kit, but they’re so bulky to carry. The NanoDry Towel solves that problem beautifully. Folding down into a tiny vented case, this towel can absorb 2.3 times its weight in water, and boasts an anti-microbial coating to keep it fresh.
RollR 45 Performance Wheel Cooler
Coolers are an important piece of kit for any gathering, whether it’s beach-side, pool-side, or just in the park. Using the Rollr 45 will make keeping their drinks cool a lot easier because it’s on wheels, meaning it can be pulled smoothly along by the extending handle rather than awkwardly carried.
Super convenient and environmentally friendly, this portable campfire is the ultimate in easy outdoor living. Made from recycled soy wax and paper, the fire can be extinguished easily by replacing the lid, and relit as many times as they like up to the total burn time of 3-5 hours.
Crocs are the perfect summer shoe, and there are as many reason why as there are colors to choose from! Incredibly lightweight and comfortable, these waterproof Crocs feature ventilation ports to keep feet fresh and allow water to escape, and include a pivot heel strap for a perfect fitting.
Bindle Bottle Water Bottle with Storage Compartment
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Free-up pocket space and stay hydrated with the ingenious Bindle Sip & Stash. Holding a generous 24 fl oz., the bottom of the bottle can be unscrewed to reveal a secret compartment for holding keys, cash, and other small but vital belongings that usually weigh pockets down.
Tillow Beach Towel with Built In Pillow
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Lightweight but large for comfy sunbathing, this towel features a removable orthopaedic foam pillow to make chilling even more comfy. It also offers a waterproof storage pocket to keep belongings safe from sea and sand, plus a touchscreen pocket and headphone hole for discreet listening and changing of playlists.
Solar Buddies Child Friendly Sunscreen Applicator
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Make messy sun screen applications a thing of the past with Solar Buddies. Super easy to use, the Solar Buddy can be filled with their favorite SPF lotion and then rolled and sponged onto their skin in one easy motion that eliminates waste and makes sun protection fun.
Blue Trim Monofin
The MonoFin makes swimming easy as it cuts down on effort but increases speed. Made from neoprene and unbreakable polypropylene, it comes in both kids’ and adults’ sizes and features slip-in foot pockets so there’s no irritation from uncomfortable straps.
Lagu Sand-Free Beach Blanket
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Busy beaches must lose a ton of sand every day to people’s shoes, towels, and picnic blankets. The Lagu is a beach towel with a difference – it actually repels sand, even when wet, which means that sand stays where it should, and bodies can be dried without the unintentional exfoliation.
Talc-Free Sand Removing Powder
This beach gift will prove invaluable to anyone who loves being by the water but loathes the sand that sticks. Packaged in a recycled and recyclable tube, this non-talc powder will effortlessly allow sand to be brushed away, leaving the skin with the subtle scent of vanilla.
CROSSNET Four Square Volleyball Net
Beach sports are a great way to burn calories and energy while enjoying the summer sun. Crossnet is like volleyball but with a difference – four players compete against each other while sticking to their quarter of the net, whether that’s on sand, grass, or a hard floor indoors.
Brush On Block Mineral Powder Sunscreen
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Applying sunscreen is vital when spending time in the sun, but it can be so messy and wasteful, too. Brush on Block is like no SPF product you’ve seen. In a mineral powder form rather than lotion, it offers an SPF factor of 30 and is applied with a brush.
Surfer Dudes Beach Toys
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If you’re looking for a beach gift for kids young and old, Surfer Dudes will really get them amped. These colorful little guys can be hurled into the water where they will automatically right themselves before riding the crest of a wave all the way back to the shore.
Swimlids Waterproof Swim Hats
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Most people will wear a hat when it’s sunny, but what happens when they want to go in the water? Swimming, kayaking, surfing or more, SwimLids are made with a 50+ SPF fabric, and have been made to stay on the head during any water-bound activity.
Elevated and Collapsible Cutting Board
Sand in the food is not the kind of seasoning anyone wants, but it’s par for the course when prepping ingredients on the beach. This elevated bamboo surface will allow food to be prepared away from the ground, and once finished with it can be folded down for easy carrying.
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The very clever CreekKooler looks just like a mini kayak, but instead of carrying people, it carries cold drinks! It can be towed behind boats or allowed to float while they fish, providing them with ice cold drinks out on the water without the need to carry them.
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