Whale hello there! Are you treading water trying to find great gift ideas for beach lovers? We may not be lifeguards, but we’ll throw you a line with this list of 50 fun gift ideas for beach lovers.
There is something for every ocean aficionado on this list, from anti-sand powder to beach bags with secret wine compartments. Whether you’re looking to help your mom decorate her new beach house, need a Christmas present for a surfer boy, or want to make a birthday gift basket for guys that can’t stop swimming, we’ve got a shore thing.
50 Cool Gift Ideas For Beach Lovers
She might sell seashells by the seashore, but she shore can’t beat this list of cool beach souvenirs and supplies!
Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket
Creating a Tetris board of different towels and blankets to fit all your friends and family together is a hassle nobody wants to undertake. Say goodbye to the hodgepodge and hello to these extra-large beach blankets. They come in multiple prints and styles that measure up to 80 by 80 inches.
Oh, did we forget to mention it has a three-layer design with a waterproof bottom, extra cushioned padding, and it rolls up into its own bag! This blanket would be an awesome gift for a family going on a beach vacation, as some sizes can fit up to six adults.
Beach Shell Holder
We all know someone that spends most of their relaxing beach vacation scouring the sand for the absolute coolest shells they can find. But after their treasure hunt through the tropics, they still can’t seem to figure out the best way to display their loot. Well, look no further than this adult version of a seashell treasure box display. This cute turquoise shadowbox would make excellent beach-themed decor for your mom’s beach house or a fun place for kids to store their natural souvenirs.
Outdoors Beach Bag Tote Set
Are you looking for cool gift ideas for beach lovers and particularly a woman that also loves some coordinated organization? Finding the perfect beach bag could seem impossible, but this gift set is all an organized lady needs to hit the beach. This multi-purpose tote bag set includes a larger bag with plenty of pockets, a removable cooler bag for keeping drinks and snacks cold, and two microfiber towels. It even has external toggles for attaching wet beach towels or other items they don’t want to throw back into their clean bag.
Table Top Tic-Tac-Toe Board Game
Fun entertainment and beach-themed decor? This tic-tac-toe game would make a lovely accessory for your best friend’s new beach house, or their regular house that they wish was at the beach. This elegant take on the classic children’s game uses a wooden board and sand dollar and starfish game pieces. You could even add a coat of fun paint to the pieces to match the recipient’s decor.
4 Pack Transparent PVC Waterproof Phone Pouch
Are you looking for a great gift for beach lovers that are also big outdoor adventurers? From ocean kayaking to snorkeling and every activity in between, keeping precious phones safe and capturing cool pictures could seem impossible. This four-pack of waterproof phone pouches could be exactly what your outdoorsy friends and family need. No one wants to spend their fun-filled beach vacation with their phone sitting in a bag of dry rice. These phone cases could make excellent Christmas stocking stuffers or additions to a beach gift basket.
PortoVino Beach Wine Purse
You might scoff at bags of wine, but we can all rejoice over bags that sneakily carry our wine. The hidden, insulated compartment can fit two whole bottles of wine or 1.5 liters of any beverage. It would be an awesome gift for a girls’ weekend at the beach or your favorite wine mom on vacation. All they have to do is pour their favorite liquid into the bladder, and the secret side nozzle lets them discreetly fill their cups. Cheers to some adult summer fun!
Nautical Beach Flip Flop Wall Ornament
Flip flops are the unofficial shoes of beach life, and we’re definitely not mad about a little toe freedom. You could give the gift of summer shoe vibes all year round with this flip-flop-themed wall hanging. With nautical colors and four wooden flip flops announcing “The Beach Is My Happy Place,” this cute (and cheap) accessory would make a lovely addition to any beach house.
Oversized Beach Blanket Waterproof Sandproof
Spending the day on a tropical beach sounds like a dream. However, dealing with the bucket of sand that gets stuck to your regular beach towels and then traipsed all over your vacation rental is a nightmare. Save your loved ones from this sandy fate with an extra-large, sand-resistant beach blanket. The huge blanket measures nine by ten feet but compresses down to just a few inches to fit into the integrated carrying bag. It also comes with pins for securing the corners of the blanket. We’re about to buy one of these as a gift for every beach lover we know.
Life is Better at The Beach Picture Frame
From romantic getaways to family fun vacations, life is often so much better at the beach! If you’re looking for a great gift for beach lovers with a sentimental side, this picture frame could be a sweet choice. You could print off a picture of the two of you (or your whole gang) on your last fun beach trip to complete the frame.
Beach Cups With Spiked Holders and Bottle Openers
Keeping cups upright on the beach can be quite a challenge. Or at least, it used to be, before these awesome spiked cup holders were invented. These portable beach tumblers are a great gift for anyone that enjoys a bit of a boozy day at the beach. The cups snap into place on the holders to keep them secure, while the stakes hold well in both dry and wet sand. The cup holders also have a sneaky bottle opener on them! We can’t wait to buy this for all our beachy party people.
Stream2Sea Reef Safe Sport Sunscreen
Many traditional sunscreens have chemicals that can cause immense damage to the world’s beautiful coral reefs and reef ecosystems. It is such an important issue that Hawaii even banned certain popular sunscreens that contain these chemicals. If you’re looking for a great gift for beach lovers, give them a gift that the ocean will love as well! Even if they aren’t going on vacation in Hawaii or near a coral reef, the chemicals in these sunscreens can also harm humans and other animals.
Switching to a sunscreen free of these harmful chemicals is an easy step we can all take to help improve the ocean we all love. Plus, this stuff is super effective. Like five days of snorkeling in Indonesia without a sunburn level effective.
Waterproof Clear Playing Cards
While some people can lounge all day at the beach without a care in the world, other people need a bit more entertainment to keep themselves engaged. If you know someone who leans towards the latter or has children who do, you might want to give them a desk of these waterproof cards. Keep adults and kids entertained for hours with cards that can handle water, sand, mud, spilled drinks, ketchup splatters, and more without damage.
Sandscreen Sand Removal Bag
Sandy shoes, sandy towels, and the absolutely dreaded sand in your bed— as much as we love beach trips, sand can be as tricky to get rid of as post-festival glitter. While this little bag might look like a hacky sack or cornhole bean bag, it’s actually filled with fancy sand removing powder. It would be an awesome gift for families with young children, especially because getting sand off wiggly kids can be a huge hassle. If you’re looking for a gift for beach lovers that aren’t sand fans, this sand removal bag could be it.
Cool Inflatable Lounger
We’ve seen these bouncing around online for years, but finally actually tried one recently, and holy smokes, was it comfy. Honestly, it checks all the boxes in terms of awesome beach loungers: it gives the user optimal distance from the sand (no sand blown all over your towel), it folds in a way to provide head and neck support, it has side pockets for holding books (or beer), and deflates for easy transport and storage.
Go To Your Happy Place - Ocean Necklace
Are you looking for a gift for beach lovers that need an ocean souvenir while they’re back home, far away from the shore? This beautiful necklace could help transport the wearer back to their happy place, the beach, of course! This sterling silver necklace is handmade in Hawaii using a gorgeous photo of the beach cut into a classic teardrop pendant preserved with resin.
6 Pieces Beach Survival Kit Cosmetic Bag
Are you planning a bachelorette weekend beach trip with all your besties? These cosmetic bags would make fantastic party favors for your whole crew. Fill them with travel-sized goodies like sunscreen, chapstick, and a novelty pair of sunglasses, and your gang will be ready to hit the beach!
Mom & Baby Natural Suncare Bundle
Many new moms can be particularly (and understandably) careful about what protection they put on their babies’ delicate skin. This bundle includes all-natural, baby-safe ingredients for sun protection and after-sun skin care. Also, it doesn’t contain any of those nasty chemicals we mentioned earlier that harm coral reef ecosystems. These products are a total win for mom, baby, and the environment!
Sandproof Turkish Beach Towels w/Hidden Pocket
One of the most significant issues many of us face when trying to have a relaxing day at the beach is figuring out what to do with your valuables while you have a quick dip in the ocean or go for a swim. These sand-proof towels are absorbent, quick-drying, and lightweight. Plus, they have a sneaky zippered pocket to help protect your phone, keys, or other valuables from the sand (and strangers).
Beach Baby Scenic Crib Sheet
Speaking of babies, do you know a beach babe that recently had a little beach bum of her own? This crib sheet would be a super sweet baby shower or gender reveal present. This sheet is so darn Instagrammable it almost makes us want to have a baby just to take the cutest photos ever.
Funny Mermaid Pirate Dish Towels
Deep down, most of us women never really stopped wishing we were mermaids. And judging by the success of the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise, at least some men also wish they were pirates. If you know a seafaring duo that fits these criteria, you might want to get them this funny dish towel. It would be great decor for a beach house or a fun addition to any mermaid’s kitchen.
Beach All You Want Gift Set
Give your mom, best friend, or another beach lover the gift of beachy scents without having to splash out on a tropical vacation. This gift set has everything indulgent ladies (or guys, of course) need to have a tropical spa day at home. Well, almost everything; they couldn’t fit a hot masseuse in the gift wrapping. But we still think this would make a thoughtful gift for beach lovers that enjoy a bit of pampering.
Beach Ball Game Set
Bring out their competitive side with this awesome beach-friendly ball game. It could be a super fun and unique activity to get kids, teenagers, or adults off their phones and into a game! The gift set includes three balls, a pump, a round net, and a carry case for easy transport. Get ready to hear many excited screams of “Slammo!” while your loved ones get down with this game.
Talc-Free Sand Removing Powder
According to the American Cancer Society, there are mixed reports about the link between talcum powder and certain cancers. This powder could be the solution for those who want to air on the side of caution but still want the hassle-free benefits of using talcum powder to remove sand. It would be an awesome gift for surfers or frequent beachgoers that are tired of having to vacuum the sand out of their car every few days.
All Good SPF 15 Sunscreen Lip Balm
If you’ve ever had sunburnt lips before, you know just how uncomfortable it can feel. Protect your loved ones from the same fate by giving them a three-pack of these SPF 15 lip balms! The three packs have fun flavors, including coconut, spearmint, and original, and are made with coral reef-friendly ingredients. This chapstick set would make an awesome addition to a beach-themed gift basket or a unique Christmas stocking stuffer for a surfer.
Portable Indoor/Outdoor Lock Box Safe
Figuring out what to do with your valuables while you go swimming or snorkeling in the ocean can be extremely challenging, especially for people that tend to travel solo. This portable safe could be an excellent gift for beach lovers that are also solo travelers or just very concerned about the safety of their precious valuables! It even has a small access spot for headphones or charger cables, so they could listen to music while their phone is still securely locked away.
Custom Engraved Tropical Cutting Board
This personalized cutting board would make an adorable beach-themed wedding or anniversary present. The engraved board features two cute beach chairs hanging out under breezy palm trees with waves lapping in the distance. You can customize it with the names and a special date for your favorite couple. It could also be a fun way to commemorate someone taking the real estate leap and buying their dream beach house.
Convertible Turkish Towel-Shoulder Bag
Instead of buying your friends a beach bag spacious enough to fit their towel and other necessities, what if you got them a beach bag that doubles as a towel? We love a convertible moment, especially when it cuts down on how much stuff you have to squeeze into your overcrowded beach bag. It would be a unique gift idea for beach lovers that are also minimalistic.
Blue Orange Mandala Round Beach Tapestry
What’s the point of going to the beach if you can’t make all your friends on social media jealous of your fun trip? This beach-friendly tapestry comes in 14 fun color palettes to help make your bestie, daughter, or your own (no shame) Instagram photos pop! Add a crochet cover-up and some strappy sandals, and you’ve made the perfect boho-style gift for beach lovers.
Body Surfing Handplane
While we wouldn’t dare tell any surfer dudes to leave their beloved boards at home, we might turn them on to this space-saving alternative. This hand plane gives bodysurfers improved lift and control while they carve up some gnarly waves. Its small size makes it super convenient to carry around in a backpack or car glove compartment, so your favorite surfer will always be ready when the ocean comes calling. As a super awesome bonus, the handplanes are made of discarded plastic collected from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. We love gifts that help the planet!
Pop Up Beach Tent Sun Shelter
While some people still want to bake to get that classic summer tan, others want to protect their skin from the harsh summer sun. This pop-up beach tent would be an incredible gift for anyone that loves the beach but needs a break from the heat. It’s an especially awesome choice for families because let’s face it, it can be super difficult to apply sunscreen on squirmy little kids!
Lilly Pulitzer Water Resistant Vinyl Beach Day Pouch
Are you shopping for gifts for the beach-loving ladies that brunch in Palm Springs and have a beach house in the vineyard? There are endless aesthetics of beachgoers, and thankfully the preppy ones are pretty easy to identify.
This Lilly Pulitzer beach gift set is the perfect gift for any preppy lady, from sorority girls to your Mom that looks like she hopped out of a Vineyard Vines catalog every morning. It includes a waterproof vinyl bag (great for storing wet bathing suits or wetsuits after a day at the beach), clips to keep their towels in place, a koozie for keeping their drinks cold, and another pouch for storing the essentials. And they all come in classically bright and colorful Lilly Pulitzer prints.
Pacific Breeze Lounger - 2 Pack
Tell your friends it’s time to retire those clunky metal beach chairs that have definitely been in their garage since the 90s (we all know exactly which ones we’re talking about here). Instead of lugging around those chunky chairs, they could be relaxing in these sleek new loungers. This two-pack is a great gift for a couple that loves a beach vacation, and they’re so easy to carry around thanks to their backpack-style straps!
Cute Beach Please Baseball Hat
If you’re looking for a gift for the beach lovers that want a bit of sass and a solid dose of sun protection, this could be the winner. This classic baseball hat comes in black with a vintage wash and is printed with “Beach Please” in an adorable font. This hat is shore to be featured in the recipients’ beachy social media posts.
Outdoor Collapsible Wagon
When you think of beach supplies, a wagon might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But when you’ve got a cooler full of snacks, towels, an umbrella or tent, chairs, toys, and kids to corral, you might want to save your shoulders from the struggle. Okay, not your shoulders, but it’s time to help your friends’ shoulders (it’s okay if you just buy this for yourself and not a friend, we won’t tell). This wagon has monster truck-style wheels for navigating through the sand and is collapsible for easy storage after a fun day at the beach.
Microfiber Quick Drying Beach Towel
If you’ve ever stayed in a hostel or gone backpacking, you’re probably already aware of the incredibly useful magic that is microfiber towels. While nothing compares to the fluffiness of a nice bath towel, these quick-drying pieces of magic are the only way to beach travel. This towel would be a fabulous gift for the beach bums traveling with minimal supplies or enjoying multiple water-related adventures in one day.
Umbrella Shelter for Sun and Rain Protection
We don’t want you to throw shade at your loved ones, but we totally encourage you to buy them shade-producing objects like this hybrid umbrella/tent shelter. It provides eight feet of shade, with plenty of space for multiple people to take refuge from the sun. This umbrella would be an excellent gift for the beach-going family or couple that loves to spend all day at the shore but needs space to break from the heat.
4 in 1 Snorkel Set for Adults
From novices to experienced swimmers, this snorkel gift set has everything they need for an awesome ocean adventure. If your friends or loved ones are heading to a tropical destination and want to see as much cool wildlife and nature as possible, this snorkel set is an incredibly thoughtful gift. While they are often available for rent, there is something undeniably comforting about knowing no one else’s mouth has been on your snorkel. We think this would be a fin-tastic gift for beach lovers that want to explore!
Personalized Welcome to The Beach Wall Art
This adorable piece of wall art would be a thoughtful gift for the beach-loving couple that just took the real estate leap on their dream beach house! This rustic style sign has a sweet nautical vibe that is sure to complement their beach house decor. Customize it with the recipients’ names, and we guarantee you’ll get an invite to stay at that beach house!
Beach Lovers Candle Gift
Let your husband, girlfriend, or non-binary bae know just how you feel about them without saying a word, courtesy of this beautiful candle! The vegan soy candles have 50-60 hours of burn time to help your loved ones survive until they can dip their toes in the sand again. It carries highly fragrant scents of sandalwood and florals designed to be reminiscent of the Pacific Ocean. Do you want to tell someone that you love them to the beach and back? Do it with this candle!
Giant Inflatable Flamingo Pool Float
Your best friend could float away into social media stardom with this oversized pool floaty, guaranteed to help her rack up the views on her latest Tik Tok video. While the giant unicorn floaties were massively trendy a few years ago, we think it’s about time to mix it up. This flamingo is ready to go anywhere— from the beach to the pool to the trunk of her car— and still looks fabulous every time. It could be an excellent gift for the beach bums that want to take enough social media snaps to last them until their next vacation.
Waterproof Dry Bag with Phone Case
These dry bags are a lifesaver for your favorite ocean adventurer. If your friend loves to go ocean kayaking, paddle boarding, or any other type of water sport, they are sure to appreciate this gift set. It would even be a great choice for a surfer who wants to make sure their belongings are safe while riding the waves. The ten-liter dry bag has a convenient carrying strap and comes with a bonus phone case to make sure everything stays safe.
Extra Large Mesh Beach Bags
A super cheap beach bag that keeps your stuff in and shakes sand out? We love to see it. This extra-large beach bag is a fantastic gift for the beach bums with many supplies to carry—we’re primarily talking about the moms of little beach bums here. It’s a great fit for all their super sandy toys, and the mesh is quick-drying for daily use.
If you wanted to make a beach-themed gift basket, maybe swap out the wicker for one of these super useful totes. Add some sunscreen, a towel, and some classic beach toys, and the beach-loving mom in your life will be praising your thoughtfulness all day long.
UPF 50 Long Sleeve Fishing Shirt
These long-sleeved fishing shirts are an absolute game-changer for those with fair skin or just interested in skin protection. They’re light enough to help you stay cool on a hot day and moisture-wicking to help keep you dry. They also have built-in sun protection that blocks the full spectrum of harmful UV rays.
These shirts are an exceptional gift for beach-loving guys of any size since they come in 34 colors and sizes ranging up to 6X. Gotta love skincare and size inclusivity!
5-Pack Inflatable Confetti Beach Balls
You could make sure your friends have a ball on their next beach trip with this fun set of five confetti-filled beach balls! It includes two 24 inch diameter balls and three 16 inch diameter balls, plenty for everyone to enjoy playing with. It might also be one of the few ways to play with glitter without dealing with the hassles of endless, ineffective glitter cleanup.
Casual Hawaiian Shirt for Men
No trip to the beach is complete without a classic Hawaiian print shirt! With so many fun tropical prints to choose from, you could have your entire crew looking like they work at Trader Joe’s or Tommy Bahama. From your hipster brother to your typical Florida vacation Dad, everyone will look stylish in this fun number.
JBL CLIP 3 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
No day at the beach is complete without the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fun times. These waterproof speakers have an integrated carabiner to conveniently clip onto beach bags or chairs, making them easy to transport and position. They also boast up to 10 hours of playing time to help keep the tunes going until the sun goes down. This speaker is an excellent gift for people of all ages, especially those who enjoy partying it up at the beach.
All Good Mineral Sun Care Set
We know we’ve mentioned coral reef-friendly sunscreen multiple times already on this list. But that’s because we’re passionate about saving the ocean we all love so dearly. If you’re looking for gifts for beach lovers, help them care for the environment with this coral reef-friendly sunscreen gift set. It includes sunscreen lip balm, sport sunscreen lotion, sunscreen stick, and sunscreen butter. We have personally used some of these sunscreens and can attest to their sweat-resistant staying power!
Home Spa Gift Basket in Heavenly Ocean Bliss Scent
Giving gifts can be quite tricky, and you might not have the time or energy to run around and compile a gift basket yourself. But there’s no need to stress yourself out! This gift basket would be an excellent gift for the beach bums that are totally bummed they’re stuck at home and not on a tropical vacation. It includes everything they’ll need for a pampering spa day at home and will have them smelling like a breezy day at the beach.
Butt Acne Clearing Spot Treatment Cream
Acne is totally normal and nothing to feel ashamed about. But, if body acne or ingrown hairs are making one of your loved ones feel insecure enough to skip out on fun days at the beach, you might want to turn them on to this product. Is it the most traditional beach-themed gift on this list? Definitely not. But if it helps restore confidence and makes people feel comfortable in their skin, then why not help a friend out?
Life is Better at the Beach Gift Set
Cheers to a big dose of vitamin sea and another sip of whatever she has in that fun cup! The blue to pink ombre gives us major mermaid vibes while the adorable graphic says what we’re all already thinking—“Life is Better at the Beach.” This gift set would make a thoughtful gift for a bride planning a beachy wedding or any woman who knows her happy place is in the sand with a drink in her hand.
Beach Gift FAQs
What Do You Put In a Beach Gift Basket Bag?
If you’re trying to organize a cute homemade beach-themed gift basket, a good place to start is with essential beach supplies! Grab a cute tropical towel, some nice sunscreen, and a fresh pair of flip-flops to start. Then, you can get more personal with the gift. You could add some fun beach toys for a family with kids, a margarita mix for adults looking for a fun getaway, or cute picture frames and decor for a couple who just bought a beach house.
What Do You Need for a Day At the Beach?
The supplies you’ll need for a day at the beach might vary depending on who you’re going with! Your supplies will generally fall within these categories— comfort, clothing, food, sun protection, and entertainment.
Within the comfort category, we’re mostly talking about how you and your gang like to lounge! Some people are content just resting on a blanket or towel, while others prefer a chair or even an inflatable lounger.
For clothing, of course, everyone will need their favorite swimwear, but you might also want to pack cover-ups or cute accessories for some quick Instagram shots. If you’re worried about sun exposure, don’t forget to pack a long sleeve shirt and hat to keep yourself protected.
Pack plenty of fuel for your day in the sun! Make sure you bring plenty of water and drinks to keep everyone hydrated while they sweat. Additionally, you might want to pack your cooler with sandwiches and other foods that don’t require utensils and plates.
Sun protection is a super important part of your beach supplies! Make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen (coral reef-friendly, if possible), hats, sunglasses, UV ray protection shirts, an umbrella, or even a pop-up tent.
The entertainment you bring will definitely vary depending on the ages of your accompanying beachgoers. Younger children might require more beach toys and gear to keep them going all day, while adults might be interested in a more boozy form of entertainment.
What Snacks to Take to the Beach?
We suggest grabbing a cooler and packing it full of hearty sandwiches and other plate-free snacks. Get your favorite Tupperware containers and fill them with grapes, apple slices, orange slices, watermelon, and more refreshing and delicious fruit. Of course, salty snacks are always welcome; we suggest trail mix, pretzels, granola bars, and chips.