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August 07, 2021 24 min read

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When it comes to holiday gift shopping, we’ve got some refreshing news for you: That special standup paddle boarder in your life might just be the easiest person to shop for on your Christmas list! 

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help you find the perfect gift for your loved one, friend, or relative, our ultimate SUP holiday gift guide is packed with 30 of the best gift ideas for Christmas 2021.

You’ll be sure to knock their aqua socks off when you treat them to one of these thoughtful gifts this holiday season. All these hand-picked, paddler-approved gift ideas in our SUP gift guide will be sure to make their paddle boarding adventures more seamless, and their days out on the waves extra enjoyable. 

Whether your favorite SUP fanatic is a beginner and needs to get kitted out with their first pieces of essential gear - or you’re shopping for an experienced paddler who seems to have everything - this SUP holiday gift guide has all the things on their wishlist you could ever need to surprise and delight them.

So, let’s paddle out, get that holiday spirit going, and bag your favorite paddler the perfect gift this Christmas.

Here’s our holiday gift guide with the Top 30 SUP Gifts to get this year:

30. Electric Pump

Give the gift of seamless setup, and help your iSUP paddler get out there faster with an electric paddle board pump. They’ll be able to save their energy for the good stuff — the actual paddling!- and leave the inflating & deflating to the pump.

12V electric iSUP paddle board pump

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • 2 stage pump for quick inflation
  • Up to 20 PSI of pressure
  • Cigarette lighter/12V adapter & pump hose included
  • Stops automatically once you've reached your selected pressure setting

What we love:

  • Fits all paddle boards with a Halkey-Roberts valve
  • Inflates to the perfect PSI in minutes
  • Can also deflate your SUP
  • Built in overheat protection
  • 1 year warranty

What we don't love:

  • No battery powered option

The GILI Electric Paddle Board Pump fits all paddle boards with a Halkey-Roberts valve, inflates to the perfect PSI in minutes, and even deflates their board post-paddle. It’s the must-have accessory if you or a loved one owns an iSUP.

29. SUP Coiled Ankle Leash

Even though they’re a paddling necessity, not all ankle leashes are created equal. Upgrade old, uncomfortable tethers that drag in the water and get tangled up and treat paddlers to the cleverly-designed and ultra-comfy GILI 8’ Paddle Board Coiled Ankle Leash.

GILI paddle board coiled ankle leash

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • 8 feet length
  • High strength 7mm coiled cord
  • Comfortable neoprene ankle cuff
  • Tangle free double swivels

What we love:

  • Compact design for minimal drag
  • Cord stretches to 5x its length
  • Triple velcro lock with rail saver
  • Fits any ankle size

What we don't love:

  • Could be longer for larger paddle boards

This coiled leash keeps itself out of the water for minimal drag, and the accompanied double swivel keeps paddling tangle-free. Even the most seasoned paddler will be over the moon when they pull this gem out of their stocking. 

28. Paddle Board Deck Cooler Bag

Paddling can be thirsty work, and finding the right cooler bag to keep drinks chilled and securely on the board is a must. This GILI Paddle Board Deck Cooler Bag is a super-thoughtful gift for every paddleboarder.

Gili paddle board deck cooler bag

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Two sizes: Fits 10 or 20 cans of your favorite beverage
  • Water-resistant zippers to keep warm water out of the cooler
  • Waterproof sprocket on top keeps valuables dry
  • 3-layer construction and inside mesh pocket

What we love:

  • Stores your things at a cool temperature
  • The adjustable strap fits any paddle board bungee system and allows for quick and easy carrying
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Durable construction featuring an inner liner made of premium grade insulation cloth

What we don't love:

  • A 30-can option would be great for larger paddleboards

Bringing gear along for a paddling adventure can be a cluttered headache or force you to leave items behind that you otherwise would have brought along. The GILI SUP Deck Bag is not only a compact, convenient option, but it's also designed specifically for paddleboards.

27. Paddle Board Life Vest

Keeping your loved ones safe and comfy on their paddling adventures needn’t be a trade-off when they’re wearing a life jacket that’s specially designed with paddlers in mind. The Onyx MoveVent Dynamic Paddle Sports Life Vest gets our seal of approval, checking all the boxes for low-profile, sculpted comfort and maximum flotation. 

Onyx Movevent paddle sports life vest

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Comfortable mesh in lower back
  • Adjustable shoulders with built-in comfort pads
  • High visibility reflective material
  • U.S. Coast Guard Approved Type III Life Jacket / PFD

What we love:

  • Comes with a safety whistle attached
  • The zipper pockets are expandable
  • Floatation foam is lightweight & soft 
  • Multiple expandable zipper pockets

What we don't love:

  • The zipper pocket could be bigger

Safety is paramount when paddling, and although they may not look cool, they’re a crucial gift for any paddler on your list. If they already have a life jacket, give them they upgrade they deserve.

26. Waterproof Smart Watch

Let your family member or friend keep an eye on the time, stay in touch, chart their fitness stats and keep the tunes playing every single paddle, with a clever waterproof smartwatch. We love the YAMAY SmartWatch, as it’s compatible with all our favorite fitness apps and provides hassle-free access to most of the functions on our smart phone.

YAMAY Smart watch fitness tracker

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Accurately tracks steps, distance traveled, calories burned, and heart rate
  • Compatible with most Android and iOS phones
  • Detects, tracks, and analyzes sleep quality
  • A single charge can last 7-10 days

What we love:

  • Looks sleek & stylish
  • Affordable pricing
  • Tools that are actually useful
  • IP68 waterproof standard

What we don't love:

  • Not the best screen definition

Paddle boarding is extremely enthralling, so if somewhere along the way the watch manages to slip off, the price point won’t make it sting too bad. It’s also a great alternative to your loved one risking bringing their phone on their adventures.

25. Buoys and Anchors

If your significant paddler loves paddle board fishing, SUP yoga, or just wants to hit the pause button to lay back and watch the world go by, this GILI Kayak and Paddle Board Anchor Kit will help them to stay in one place.

GILI kayak and paddle board anchor kit

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Weighs 3.5 lb
  • Galvanized for a lifetime free of rust
  • Comes with a 30 ft high-visibility rope, D-Ring, and carrying bag
  • Included floating buoy

What we love:

  • The folding anchor makes for easy transport & storage
  • Hi-vis rope stands out to other watercraft
  • Works in nearly any environment is grounds to
  • The complete kit makes it a steal

What we don't love:

  • The only available rope color is yellow

It’s easy to forget that paddle boarding provides no shade from the sun for the most part, so taking frequent breaks to cool off is crucial. Getting the Gili Anchor Kit will be a much-used and appreciated gift for every open water paddler.

24. GoPro Waterproof Action Camera

Every epic SUP adventure deserves to be captured and shared! Even if you can’t join them on every paddle this holiday season, you can relive the action in eye-popping 5K clarity on the GoPro HERO9 Black Waterproof Action Camera. It’s tough as nails and completely waterproof down to 33ft.

GoPro hero 9 black waterproof action camera

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Captures memories with incredible 5K Resolution
  • Is also capable of capturing magnificent photos with 20MP clarity
  • Rear touch screen with a front display
  • Waterproof down to 33 feet

What we love:

  • Hypersmooth 3.0 allows for incredibly smooth video stabilization
  • The TimeWarp 3.0 feature records time lapse scenes while moving
  • Live stream in 1080 on popular social media channels
  • Carrying case included

What we don't love:

  • Reviews claim a short battery life

GoPros have become a thing of legend when it comes to capturing incredible moments that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible. Give the gift of permanent memories that don’t look like a messy blur.

Bonus: GoPro Accessories

Don’t forget to grab the necessary attachments to turn any SUP into a floating film set. GILI’s GoPro Paddle Board Mount is specially designed to get wet and still stay put, attaching itself as a sturdy platform for video capture success.

Once the mount is firmly secured, the rust-proof threaded GILI Action Camera GoPro Adaptor attaches any GoPro in seconds.

23. Clothing and Visors

Moisture-wicking, UV-protective, flexible activewear is a must for every standup paddleboarder. Dive right in with careless abandon when wearing the following gear, they’re all comfortable and functional both in and out of the waves. 

Best for Men:

Quiksilver Angler Surf Shirt

A loose-fitting, comfortable shirt made using reprieve recycled materials.

Quiksilver men angler hooded long sleeve rash guard

Where to buy:

What we love:

  • Machine washable
  • 50+ UPF sun protection
  • Moisture wicking
  • Chlorine resistant
  • Available in Gray and Blue

What we don't love:

  • Gaiter can be too close to the face
Union Amphibian Hybrid Shorts

Comfortable and stylish shorts made from plastic bottles.

Quiksilver men union amphibian hybrid

Where to buy:

What we love:

  • Button closure for a tighter fit
  • Features recycled reprieve 4-way scratch heather polyester
  • 500+ Five-star Amazon ratings
  • Available in multiple colors

What we don't love:

  • Pockets don’t zip

Best For Women:

Icyzone Built-in Bra Yoga Tank

A sweat-wicking tank with a built-in bra.

Icyzone yoga tops workouts clothes

Where to buy:

What we love:

  • Machine washable
  • Open back for a comfortable sexy look
  • Features a removable built-in padded bra
  • Great for SUP Yoga
  • Easy returns & exchanges

What we don't love:

  • Geared more towards slim body types
Scodi Surf Leggings

High-waisted super-elastic leggings perfect for the SUP yogi.

Scodi surfing leggings high waisted tights

Where to buy:

What we love:

  • Made from high-elastic fabric to fit and look good on any body type
  • Chemical free fabric great for those with sensitive skin
  • UPF of 50+ protects from harmful sun rays
  • Can also be used for other activities outside of paddle boarding
  • A vast array of designs to choose from

What we don't love:

  • Black color attracts the heat

Best Visor for Men & Women:

Headsweats Sun Visor

Don’t forget to top off your SUP gear with a visor to keep the sun away — the black undervisor layer on the Headsweats Supervisor reduces glare off the water’s surface and makes for smooth sailing.

Headsweats supervisor

Where to buy:

What we love:

  • Superior fit designed for comfort
  • Made from quick-drying, lightweight Eventure knit fabric
  • Sweatband promotes moisture transfer and airflow
  • Available in over a dozen colors

What we don't love:

  • One size fits all elastic headband

For more of our tried-and-tested paddle board clothing recommendations, check out our SUP Clothing: What to Wear guide to discover more paddle boarding clothing and accessories.

22. Smartphone Case & Accessories

Keeping your smart phone both dry and functional is entirely possible with the GILI Waterproof Phone Case. With clear, touch-screen compatible panels (front and back,) your favorite paddler will be able to take plenty of photos and use their phone even with wet fingers. 

GILI waterproof phonecase universal

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Fits most smartphones up to 6.0” diagonally
  • Clear window that works when touched
  • Waterproof, snowproof, and dustproof
  • Snaplock top for secure storage
  • Includes a lanyard loop

What we love:

  • The universal snaplock case holds any smartphone and comes with a loop lanyard to wear around your neck.
  • Allows you to bring your phone along without worry of damage or loss
  • The phone can be used without having to take it out of the case

What we don't love:

  • Only available in one color

The beloved paddler in your life will appreciate a gift that allows them to capture their best memories on their phone without having to worry about watching it accidentally sink into a dark abyss, never to be seen again.

21. Waterproof Headphones

Water sports require a special breed of headphones, mainly because it’s not a question of “if” your headphones will take a dip in the water, but rather “when”! Finding genuine waterproof headphones that will stand up to a trip on a paddle board (rather than just drips of sweat at the gym) was a challenge, until we discovered the JBL Endurance Dive Waterproof Headphones. 

JBL endurance dive waterproof wireless headphones

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • 8 hour battery life
  • IPX7 waterproof rating
  • Built-in MP3 player with 1GB of memory
  • Connects to audio devices via Bluetooth

What we love:

  • Incredible battery life allows for hours of jamming and paddling
  • Designed to stay in your ears with the added safeguard of a neck strap
  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable with sun or eyeglasses

What we don't love:

  • Can lose bluetooth connection if far from audio source

These reasonably priced, IPX7-rated headphones withstand mostly anything you throw at it and hook securely onto your ears to stay put on even the most athletic paddle.

20. Floating Straps for Your Gear

While we’re on the topic of accidentally dropping things in the water, we’d be remiss not to mention this little-thought-of, yet stylish holiday gift. Floaties for your tech, like these high-visibility Ringke Floating Straps, provides an overall insurance policy against watching your phone, camera, GoPro, or keys descending into the depths. 

Ringke floating strap universal waterfloat

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Holds up to 5 oz/150 grams
  • Detachable clasp provides easy attachment and detachment of gear
  • Bright colored designs for easily visibility
  • Lightweight for minimal drag on wrists
  • Universally compatible with most cameras, and phones

What we love:

  • Prevents loss of important items
  • Vibrant designs helps lost items stand out
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Comes in a pack of two

What we don't love:

  • Not a high weight threshold

Adding this to lighter yet important SUP gear could be the difference between a memorable adventure and a disappointing day. Add this to your favorite paddler’s gift basket for a little extra security.

19. Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle

A carbon paddle will revolutionize even the most expert paddler’s experience. The ergonomic, adjustable GILI Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle is sure to be a favorite holiday gift this season.

GILI SUP carbon fiber paddle

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Adjustable size from 67” to 86”
  • Comes in 3 pieces
  • Lightweight at 29 oz
  • Floats if dropped
  • Extra stiff carbon fiber shaft

What we love:

  • Sleek design with marked height handle
  • Floatation feature won’t leave you leaping into the waves if dropped
  • 3 piece design makes it easy for travel
  • Fits into most iSUP backpacks
  • Ergonomic shaft and handle for optimal paddling

What we don't love:

  • 86” may not be long enough for long and tall paddlers

It reduces fatigue thanks to its light 29oz weight, breaks down for easy travel and storage, and features advanced design details to maximize efficiency with each stroke.

18. Gift Card

Or, just let them choose — you won’t have to worry about getting it wrong this way!

Any discerning paddle boarder will think all their Christmases have come at once when you grab them a GILI Sports Gift Card.

GILI sports gift card

Where to buy:

17. Deluxe Paddle Board Dry Bag

Peace of mind is the perfect gift, and a quality dry bag keeps all your favorite paddler’s essentials dry. The GILI Waterproof Dry Bag has all the bells and whistles you would expect from a high-quality dry bag.

15L GILI waterproof dry bag

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Outside waterproof zipper pocket
  • Pocket on outside of the bag
  • Size: 15 liters
  • Made with durable vinyl-coated fabric
  • Comes with a removable shoulder strap

What we love:

  • Floats if a little bit of air is kept in the bag
  • Design makes it lightweight and durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Comes in a variety of colors
  • A great way to bring along items you 

What we don't love:

  • Shoulder strap is not padded

This SUP dry bag features an ideal 15L capacity, a removable shoulder strap, small zippered pocket, and many anchor points to attach it to the board. Plus, it’s available in multiple colors.

16. Long Sleeve Compression Rash Guard

The days of sun protection whilst still looking stylish are officially upon us. Rash guard designs have come a long way in the last few years and are actually quite trendy. Gift the SUP lover in your life one of these rashies to keep harmful UV rays at bay.

Best Rash Guard For Women

Check out the Aqua Design Rash Guard for the lady paddlers in your life.

Aqua design women rash guard longsleeves

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Flexible 4-way stretch
  • Sun protection of 50+SPF/UPF
  • Fabric specifically designed to protect against sunburn, jellyfish stings & scratches
  • Easy care & quick dry time
  • Thumb holes to hold sleeves in place

What we love:

  • Visually slimming, fun prints
  • Form-fitting, comfort fit design
  • Available in X-Small through to curvy Plus size
  • USA designed in Idaho
  • Coordinates with Aqua Design’s entire line of swim & activewear

What we don't love:

  • Longer torsos may need to size up for a more relaxed fit

These stylish women’s rashies come with upgraded design details like thumb holes, zippered collars, and colorful prints. 

Best Rash Guard For Men

The TSLA Long Sleeve Rash Guard fits like a glove for all the fellas on your list.

TSLA men long sleeves rash guard

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Designed with watersports in mind
  • Sun protection of 50+SPF/UPF
  • Fabric specifically designed to protect against rashes and scraping
  • Quick dry time
  • Stretchable fabric

What we love:

  • Incredible cooling effect in hot weather
  • Seamless design doesn’t rub or chafe
  • Technical fabric doesn’t cling 
  • Comes true to size
  • Longline design won’t ride up when paddling

What we don't love:

  • Thin fabric is better suited to warmer weather & requires layering to insulate in cooler temperatures 

This breathable, moisture-shedding rash guard comes in 45 different colors & designs to suit any paddle boarder’s style.

15. Unisex Quick-dry Water Shoes

Adventurous paddle boarders can hop straight from paddling to exploring ocean caves and rock pools in these nifty and versatile VIFUUR Quick-Dry Water Shoes. 

VIFUUR quick dry aqua yoga socks

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Premium quality rubber sole
  • Breathable, smooth fabric
  • Comfortable stretch on upper
  • Lightweight, quick-drying material
  • Unisex fit

What we love:

  • They’re flexible & supportive, as comfortable as wearing socks
  • The snug, smooth ankle sleeves prevent chafing 
  • They’re lightweight & non-restrictive
  • They have a non-slip sole for grippy traction on SUP
  • Versatile for watersports, running & yoga

What we don't love:

  • May need to size down for narrow feet

The range of colors and crazy designs of these aquatic slippers needs to be seen to be believed. And at this excellent price point, the lucky paddler on your gift shopping list might want one in every color! To learn more on what to look for in the ideal pair of aquatic shoes and to discover our staff picks for the hottest contenders, check out our article: Top 22 Water Shoes

14. Inflatable Life Jacket (PFD)

For an automatic inflatable life jacket designed with paddle boarders in mind, choose the Onyx A/M 24 Automatic Vest for the best safety device this year. 

Absolute outdoor Onyx Inflatable Life Jacket

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Automatically inflates when immersed
  • U.S. Coast Guard Approved
  • Soft neoprene neckline for comfort
  • Padded air mesh
  • Available in 2 colors

What we love:

  • Its reflective piping increases visibility
  • Comfortable, lightweight construction
  • The low profile design allows for maximum mobility
  • Keeps you safe in any conditions without knowing you’re wearing it
  • The manual mouth-inflation backup feature gives ultimate peace of mind 

What we don't love:

  • Not recommended for weak swimmers

This personal flotation device is compact and discreet. It contains CO2 cartridges that inflate either manually on a pull tab or automatically when submerged. Because of the lightweight design, no movement restriction is encountered, and the user has full mobility while on their board.

Waist Pack PFD

This low-profile USCG-approved PFD is excellent for more advanced paddlers. Only weighing 15oz, they'll barely notice this must-have SUP flotation device around their waist. 

Onyx unisex belt pack manual inflatable life jacket

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • U.S. Coast Guard Approved
  • Specifically designed for active watersports like paddleboarding & fishing
  • Lowest profile PFD on the market
  • D-Ring Attachment for clipping on accessories
  • Available in 2 colors

What we love:

  • Unrestricted movement with the narrow 1” buckle & body belt 
  • The low profile design feels like you’re wearing a regular belt
  • Its handy D-ring lets you clip on essential items
  • The adjustable belt fits up to a 52” waist
  • Easy to rearm and repack if discharged

What we don't love:

  • Not intended for use below freezing temperatures, as the CO2 cartridge takes longer to inflate below 40F.

This is our favorite for SUP yoga and relaxed recreational paddle boarding. The Onyx Unisex Belt Pack won’t get in the way when you’re paddling.

13. Travel Bag

For the intrepid paddler on your list, give the gift of a hassle-free travel to take their board off the beaten path. The GILI iSUP Backpack fits their entire inflatable SUP, carbon paddle, plus all their gear in one compact backpack. 

GILI inflatable SUP backpack

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Heavy-duty nylon construction
  • Padded shoulder & waist straps for comfort
  • Chest buckle for secure carrying
  • Bungee pocket on the outside
  • Roomy 36” x 14” x 12” capacity

What we love:

  • Easily fits your iSUP & all your gear
  • Great option to store your board when not in use
  • Airline-approved for travel
  • Durable & premium quality for years worth of adventures
  • Mesh outer pocket for storing wet gear

What we don't love:

  • Different colors only available when you purchase the full paddleboard kit

Carrying all your gear to the water’s edge can be a hassle, but not with this all-in-one solution. It’s even airline-approved, conveniently making it a great accessory for traveling.

12. Waterproof Backpack

For longer paddling adventures, a larger capacity backpack might be in order. The 45L IDRY Roll Top Waterproof Backpack has comfy cushioned shoulder straps to lighten the load, plus it’ll keep laptops safe from damage if the beach is going to be the office for the day!

iDrybag roll top waterproof backpack 45L

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Built-in detachable laptop sleeve
  • External mesh pocket for wet gear
  • 500D Waterproof PVC
  • Waterproof to 20ft depth
  • Padded shoulder straps for comfort

What we love:

  • Top flap that adds an extra layer of waterproof protection 
  • High frequency welded seams for heavy-duty durability
  • Detachable internal laptop sleeve holds 14” laptops & tablets
  • Large 45L capacity 
  • Comes with a bonus 2L drybag for smaller items that clips onto the outside for fast access

What we don't love:

  • Outer pockets not waterproof

Perfect for adventurous folk who love being at the beach but still need to stay connected to technology, this waterproof backpack keeps larger electronic devices, clothes and towels dry.

11. Detachable Paddle-Board Seat

Another essential item for full-day paddle boarding expeditions is a conversion seat kit. The GILI Detachable Paddle Board & Kayak Seat will provide you with sit-down kayak capabilities. 

Detachable paddle board and kayak seat

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Fits all GILI paddleboards
  • Durable snap hooks 
  • Thick, cushioned neoprene
  • Comfortable & secure seat
  • Adjustable straps

What we love:

  • Turns any SUP into a kayak
  • Installs in minutes
  • Updated design features detachable rear storage bag
  • Great for windy days or inexperienced paddlers
  • Quick installation & removal gives you the best of both worlds 

What we don't love:

  • Only currently available in black and grey

This clever conversion device is the most comfortable way to take a seat on a paddle board thanks to its thick cushioning, sturdy bolt snap hooks, and adjustable straps.

10. Stand Up Paddleboard Car Rack

For the frequent paddle boarder who keeps their SUP inflated between adventures. Cushioned pads allow them to throw the board on the top of the car and head off to find a new adventure in minutes.

For Cars With Existing Roof Racks

If your favorite paddler already has a roof rack installed on their whip, these Kanulock Lockable Tie Down Straps allow them to lock up their pride and joy while they grab lunch at the beach. 

Kanulock lockable tiedown straps

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Lockable with a key 
  • Reinforced stainless steel straps for theft protection 
  • Integrated lock & strap
  • Compatible with all boards & roof racks

What we love:

  • Reduces wind noise when driving compared to regular tie downs
  • Secures any paddle board or kayak to any car roof rack mount
  • Tough and resistant to being cut with a knife
  • Available in 3 different sizes
  • Quick & easy to use

What we don't love:

  • Requires a roof rack to be pre-installed on your car

For Cars Without Existing Roof Racks

These handy Neolife Soft Roof Rack Pads negate the necessity for permanent roof racks with padded mounts that strap right onto the roof of your car.

Wonitago soft roof rack pads single wrap-rax straps

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Universal fit for cars, vans & SUVs
  • Anti-slip design for secure transport
  • Large 19” pads & 12’ straps
  • Soft rack pads protect your car roof
  • Adjustable straps

What we love:

  • Compatible with all kinds of cars
  • No need to have roof racks already installed
  • Easy to install & remove in minutes
  • Compact design for storage when not in use
  • Adjustable cam locks tightly hold your SUP onto the padded racks 

What we don't love:

  • Attaches to the car through the door seal, so it comes loose when you open your car door. 

A welcome addition to any paddler’s gear list, these easy-to-use and install roof racks make transporting inflated iSUPs to the water’s edge a breeze.

9. Storage Wall Mount Hanger

For the paddler who loves to stay organized. Streamline SUP storage with the StoreYourBoard 2 SUP Wall Storage Rack. 

StoreYourBoard 2 SUP Wall Storage Rack

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Universal fit for any type of SUP
  • Durable powder-coated steel finish
  • Rubber-coated rack arms to prevent scratching your SUP
  • Adjustable shelf heights
  • Includes holes for hanging extra gear

What we love:

  • Low-profile design saves space in your garage
  • Non-slip rubber coating prevents slipping
  • Clever holes for hanging accessories, life jackets, paddles & bags
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Independent wall tracks let you space the rack as needed for longer SUPs

What we don't love:

  • Needs to be drilled into a stud, so check the spacing on your walls carefully before installing

Its rubber-lined racks store and protect two full-size SUPs by getting them off the ground, and it even has spots to hang wet gear to drip dry.

8. Fishing Rod and Reel Combos

SUP fishing requires compact kits, so be sure to get a handy case to combine a rod, reel, and tackle. The take-anywhere PLUSINNO Fishing Rod and Reel Kit can make any body of water a SUP angler’s paradise. 

Plusinno fishing rod and reel combos freshwater kit

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Portable telescopic fishing rod
  • Includes a selection of baits, bobbers, lures & sinkers
  • High quality reel
  • Lightweight EVA & cork rod handle
  • Durable carry bag

What we love:

  • Everything you need in one compact kit
  • Carbon matrix casting rod for superior performance
  • Easy to assemble 
  • Cushioned hood keeps reel tightly in place, even on the waves
  • Super portable

What we don't love:

  • Carry bag is not waterproof 

This kit will enable your beloved boarder to bring everything they need on their paddle board expeditions and dangle a line practically anywhere.

7. Sunscreen

Paddlers have one thing in common, and that’s a passion for protecting the environment. While many sunscreens contain ingredients that harm delicate aquatic ecosystems, the All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion contains no nasties and is a coral-reef safe sunscreen.

All good sport face and body sunscreen lotion

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Lightweight mineral formula
  • Reef-friendly
  • Water resistant for 80 mins
  • SPF 30+ UVA/UVB Protection 
  • Non-nano zinc oxide, no nasty chemical UV absorbers 

What we love:

  • Non-greasy, hydrating formula nourishes sensitive skin without clogging pores
  • Rubs in easily
  • Reef-friendly ingredients that won’t harm coral
  • Ideal for paddle boarding, it protects against sun & wind burns even when wet
  • Available in a spray version, plus a lotion tube or pump bottle for versatile use

What we don't love:

  • The lotion formulas need to be rubbed in thoroughly to avoid that white “zinc” look

Keep skin safe and protect the aquatic ecosystems your paddler loves with this all-natural, non-greasy formula they’ll actually look forward to slathering on.

6. Polarized Sunglasses

It’s bright out there on the water! These functional gift ideas will keep the harsh sun’s rays away and cut down on glare.

For the Fashionista

Paddlers focused on looking sharp will dig these fashion-forward Retro Shades by MEETSUN. Not only will the polarized lenses help to avoid squinting and straining eyes, but they also provide a glimpse beyond the surface so they can check out some lively sea creature action below.

MeetSun polarized sunglasses retro designer

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Polarized anti-glare lenses
  • 100% UVA & UVB Eye Protection
  • Mirror coated lenses
  • Impact Resistant for durability
  • Comfortable nose pads 

What we love:

  • Lightweight frame is comfortable for all-day wear
  • REVO Polarized lenses provide HD vision with incredible clarity
  • Stylish design goes from paddle board to beach bar effortlessly
  • Choose from 16 fashionable frame/lens color combos
  • Waterproof & easy to clean

What we don't love:

  • Not designed to float

For the Practical Paddler

If they’re still a bit wobbly on their board and would feel more comfortable with sunglasses that won’t sink, grab a pair of these Eagle Peak Floating Polarized Sunglasses to make sure they’ll bob right back up if they happen to take a tumble.

Floating Polarized Sunglasses for Men Lightweight and Unbreakable for Sports

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Flexible TR-90 material
  • Ultra lightweight
  • Polarized lenses
  • 100% UV Protection 
  • Designed to float

What we love:

  • Hydrophobic lenses repel droplets to minimize spotting
  • Shatterproof lenses 
  • Air pockets in the frame keep them afloat if dropped in the water
  • Flexible arms fit wider faces
  • Comes with cleaning cloth & carry pouch

What we don't love:

  • Tint can wear off with heavy use

A stylish, well-designed pair of sunglasses will improve every day out paddling.

5. Standup Paddle Board Jewelry

Let your paddling devotees rep their true passion every moment they spend on dry land with a sentimental charm around their neck. We love this customizable Dolphin Moon Sterling Silver SUP Charm Necklace, which comes with their initials hand-stamped on the medallion, and decorated with their favorite color jewels. 

SUP hand stamped sterling silver initial charm necklace

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Sterling silver charms & chain 
  • Customizable hand-stamped initial 
  • 12 available crystal colors 
  • 16mm SUP & paddle charm 
  • Custom made by hand

What we love:

  • Choose your favorite color or birthstone for the crystal charm
  • Hand-stamped initial makes it a thoughtful & personal gift
  • Customizable font & medallion edge finish
  • Chain available in 16” or 18” length
  • Each piece crafted by hand in Virginia, USA

What we don't love:

  • Its delicate construction might not hold up too securely in the waves

Jewelry is always the perfect gift, and combining her two loves with this SUP-inspired necklace is a unique and sentimental way to show you care.

4. Outdoor Electric Rinse & Shower Kit

Give the gift of an easy post-paddle cleanup with a pressurized rechargeable portable shower. With the RinseKit POD, paddlers will be able to rinse off their sandy feet, hose down the board, and get the grime off their gear before loading up in the car. 

Rinsekit POD portable shower with hand pump

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • 1.75 gallon capacity
  • High pressure spray
  • Insulated tank to maintain temperature
  • Durable hard shell
  • Lifetime warranty

What we love:

  • It is self-pressurizing without batteries or pumping action
  • Compact design fits behind car seats
  • Offers a consistent, high-pressure spray
  • Comes with a pressure booster pump included to increase spray time by 25%
  • Lets you clean your board right onsite

What we don't love:

  • This unit itself doesn’t heat up, but you can fill it up with hot water and it’ll stay warm for several hours 

This space-saving wash device will make your paddler wonder why they never thought of getting one of these game-changers before!

3. Greens Steel Eco-Friendly Insulated Water Bottle

Keep your favorite paddle boarder’s hydration at grabbing distance with the Greens Steel Stainless Steel Water Bottle. This environmentally friendly, double-wall insulated bottle is designed for the outdoors and truly excels in water sports. It’ll keep drinks cool and fresh with its vacuum-sealed lid, plus its non-slip features like a grippy powder-coated exterior and carabiner for easy attachment makes it super paddle board friendly.

Insulated stainless steel water bottle

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • 304 Stainless Steel construction
  • Double-wall vacuum insulation
  • Leak proof lid
  • Non-slip powder coated exterior
  • Sweat & leak proof

What we love:

  • Insulated bottle keeps drinks cold or hot for over 12 hours
  • Textured armor coat exterior won’t slip out of wet hands on your paddleboard
  • Included carabiner clips bottle onto board or bag 
  • Slim design fits perfectly in your draybag
  • Comes with a Lifetime Warranty

What we don't love:

  • Reinforced concave base withstands dents and drops but can make the bottle tip over easily

This go-anywhere bottle pulls double-duty as a winter paddler’s dream accessory too, letting them take a toasty coffee or hot chocolate on board. It sounds like the perfect paddler’s present if you ask us. 

2. Blanket

You can’t go wrong with a colorful, versatile outdoor blanket as a failsafe paddler present. These beach blankets get a special mention on our holiday gift guide because they double as towels.

For the Fun-Loving Paddler

These gorgeous Round Blanket Towels from Dawhud sport striking ocean-themed designs like baby turtles on the beach, tribal dolphins, mermaids, and mandala sea turtles — plus, they all come with a bohemian fringe edge for luxurious beach lounging.

Microfiber round large plush beach towel blanket

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Fast drying microfiber
  • Vibrant prints
  • Super absorbent
  • Ultra soft & cozy
  • Easy care fabric

What we love:

  • Doubles as a beach blanket and a towel
  • Super absorbent for drying off after a paddle 
  • Fast drying
  • Extra large 60” diameter gives you plenty of room to stretch out
  • The fun designs cheer up any water’s edge gathering

What we don't love:

  • It’s super plush, so might be too bulky to take in smaller bags

Sand Cloud Towels

For the more traditional paddle boarder, choose from the muted classic designs of the Sand Cloud range. They’re hand-loomed in Turkey from 100% Peshtemal Cotton, which gets softer with every wash: Perfect for the dedicated paddler who’s out on their board every other day.

Sand cloud turkish towel peshtemal cotton

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • 100% Turkish cotton
  • Premium quality workmanship
  • Super absorbent cotton pile
  • Lightweight & fast drying
  • Compact design

What we love:

  • Packs down small, great for travel
  • It gets softer with every wash 
  • High quality finishes
  • Sand Cloud donates 10% of their profits to preserving marine life
  • Sand resistant technology lets you shake off sand easily

What we don't love:

  • The company recommends hand washing and air drying to prolong the lifespan

Bring a smile to the face of your favorite paddler every time they towel off or snuggle up. These practical, premium blankets are the ideal treat to elevate every aquatic adventure.

1. Brand New Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard

And finally, we come to the number one spot on our holiday gift guide for the special paddle boarder in your life. A brand new iSUP from GILI Sports! The GILI Air Stand Up Paddle Board Package is the ideal gift for beginners, and comes with everything they need to start their paddle boarding adventures. 

Stand up paddle boards

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Rigid-designed board for all skill levels 
  • Military strength PVC for superior durability
  • High pressure pump that inflates board in minutes
  • Included iSUP accessory bundle
  • Available in 5 colors

What we love:

  • Good all-rounder board that’s perfect for all skill levels & conditions
  • Complete kit that comes with board, leash, paddle & travel backpack
  • Easy to ride with the extra large traction pad for stability
  • Loads of D-rings & bungees to store your gear
  • Snap-in removable fins to customize to your liking

What we don't love:

  • Some paddlers may prefer a carbon fiber or fiberglass paddle instead of the aluminum one included 

GILI Sports has the perfect board to make every paddler feel like all their Christmases have come at once. Check out our collection of premium quality GILI Sports Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards, and you’ll make their holiday wish come true.

What Size SUP Should a Beginner Use?

Shopping for the perfect SUP for a beginner might seem like a daunting task. At first glance, you’ll discover the multitude of different options and customizations to choose from, and also notice that there’s a few things worth considering to ensure a seamless introduction to the world of paddle boarding.

But don’t worry, we’ve done all the homework and created a nifty guide that takes the guesswork out of choosing your ideal board. Check out our guide on What Size Paddle Board Do I Need? As well as other advice from our SUP Experts that cover everything from How to Paddle Board to a quick-reference SUP Size & Weight Chart

What Should I Look For When Buying a Paddle Board?

Woman lying on two gili SUP board

Whether you’re in the market for a shiny brand new paddle board, or you’ve got your eye on a second-hand one that’s up for sale, there are a few key elements to consider when you’re selecting the perfect SUP that’s right for you (or that lucky person you’re gifting it to) 

Check out our guide on How to Choose a Stand Up Paddle Board

Save Some Cash on a Used SUP: What to Look for When Buying a Used Paddle Board

If you’re gift shopping with a tighter budget this year, it doesn’t mean you need to compromise on quality to bag an affordable board. When you’re shopping for bargain paddleboards, entrust your necessary purchase to the experts to make sure you’re getting a top-notch used board.

Here at GILI, we add Closeout and Used Paddle Boards to our inventory from time to time.  Each one has been rigorously inspected for durability and quality, getting our seal of approval that it’s ready for adventures.

You’ll save a few bucks by grabbing a board with an open box or a few cosmetic blemishes and can shop with confidence as all our preowned boards come with a One Year Warranty.

Wrapping up (no pun intended)

While we can’t guarantee you’ll be successful in keeping your gift wrap contents secret up till Christmas morning (especially if you’ve got a fully-inflated SUP wrapped up under the tree!)... We do, however, know one thing for sure:

Grab that special paddle boarder in your life a treat from this Ultimate SUP Holiday Gift Guide, and you’ll be rivaling Santa Claus himself for “best gift ever” bragging rights.

Happy holidays everyone — See you out there on the water!

Jay Regan
Jay Regan

Chief Paddler - Jay has been surfing and paddling for over 5 years. When he's not dreaming up new stuff at GILI, he's writing articles about paddling, out paddling, or often traveling.


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