30 Gifts For Kayakers That Will Really Float Their Boat

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    Kayaking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Sun, fresh air, open water, an excellent arm workout! We have 30 great gifts for kayakers that will really float their boat!

  1. Compass Watch


    Sometimes you’re just too far off the grid to rely on GPS. In that case, you need to go old school and use a compass. This watch also functions as a compass! In addition, the watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters.

  3. Floating Cooler
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    There isn’t much room inside a kayak, but what’s a day on the water without cold drinks and some snacks? This little cooler floats alongside, attached to the kayak! Don’t let the small size fool you. This cooler holds a lot! It has a 15-quart capacity and can hold up to 15 twelve-ounce cans and ten pounds of ice. The top has two drink holders, and the cooler can chill ice for up to 24 hours. 

  5. Wetsuit
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    If they’re kayaking on tranquil waters, a wet suit isn’t a necessity, but if they’re kayaking in whitewater, a wetsuit makes a great gift. This neoprene suit is very stretchy, has a Quick-Dry lining, and is sealed and liquid taped to be water-resistant. The suit is rated for temperatures as low as 48 degrees Fahrenheit and available in several sizes. 

  7. Pelican Case
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    The Pelican case can hold a phone, GoPro camera, or other small electronics. The case is water-resistant for up to 30 minutes at depths up to 3.3 feet. The case is rigid to help protect the contents, the clip lets you attach it securely to a bag or belt, the clear top allows you to see text messages, and the bright color makes it easy to find should it fall into the water. The Pelican makes a nice stocking stuffer. 

  9. Water Bottle
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    This stainless steel water bottle is specially designed for kayaking. The bottle holds 30 ounces and comes with a mesh bag and bungee ball latching system so it can be secured to the kayak and always within easy reach. 

  11. Necklace
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    Let her wear a little piece of her hobby every day with this cute 3D sterling silver kayak pendant and necklace. The chain is sterling silver as well and measures 18 inches in length. The necklace arrives in a gift box, ready for gifting. 

  13. Drysuit
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    A little thing like cold weather (and cold water) doesn’t stop an avid kayaker from a great outdoor adventure! A wetsuit is water-resistant but not waterproof. The perfect solution is a wetsuit under a drysuit! This is a drysuit. The suit is made of nylon with latex wrist and ankle seals and a waterproof back zipper. The suit is available in several sizes. 

  15. NRS Paddling Jacket
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    Some kayakers prefer not to wear a full suit. For those paddlers, this paddling jacket is an excellent alternative. The jacket is waterproof and protects the wearer from wind and rain. The jacket is available in several sizes and three colors. 

  17. Water Shoes
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    The best gifts for kayakers are those that make the activity they love more comfortable, so these water shoes are a great gift idea. The shoes are breathable and made of quick-dry material. They provide a comfortable stretch, are soft and flexible, and are non-slip. The shoes are perfect for all water sports, unisex, available in several sizes and colors. Of course, the wetshoes are great for the beach too. 

  19. NRS Lifejacket PDF
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    A good lifejacket is essential for kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing; safety first! This lifejacket has a low-profile, flexible fit, a large zippered pocket for keys, ID, and other essentials. The jacket is designed with 16.5 pounds of flotation and got US Coast Guard Certification.  The jacket is available in three sizes and three colors. 

  21. Kayak Paddle
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    This kayak paddle has an aluminum alloy shaft and fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene blades.  The paddle is suitable for people over 5’55” and kayaks from 24 to 28 inches in length, the standard kayak length, and those who are beginners or intermediate kayakers. The paddle comes with a paddle leash to secure it to the kayak. The right tools make paddling a breeze! 

  23. Paddle Grips
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    One of the top kayaker’s complaints is blisters. These grips can help take the sting out of a day on the water. These grips help make paddling more efficient and help prevent blisters and calluses. Made of silicone, the grips are non-slip and weatherproof. The grips fit paddles with a diameter of about 30mm and come in several colors. 

  25. Changing Poncho
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    Wearing wet clothes is a horrible feeling, but you don’t always have a convenient place to change when you’re out in nature. This changing poncho solves that problem. Change into warm, dry clothes without giving anyone who happens to be around a free show! The poncho is one-size-fits-all and available in several different designs. 

  27. Floating Speaker
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    A day on the water is even better when you can bring your favorite music along! The speaker is waterproof and comes in a silicone case, so it’s protected from drops and bumps. The carabiner loop lets you easily clip it to a bag, belt, or lifevest. 

  29. Kayak Seat 
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    If you’ve never sat in a kayak, take it from me, the seats aren’t comfortable. Sometimes they don’t even have a back! This kayak seat will give them a much nicer ride! The seat is adjustable, easy to install and remove, and includes a detachable storage bag.

  31. Kayak Cart
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    A kayaking trip can involve a long distance from the truck to the water, especially if it’s a camping trip too. This kayak cart has a 200-pound weight limit and is made from heavy-duty anodized steel for durability. The tires are inflatable and can navigate sand, dirt, and gravel easily. The cart can also be used for a canoe, paddleboard, float mat, or Jon boat. 

  33. T-Shirt
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    Live, Love, Kayak! That’s the kayaker’s motto. This t-shirt is the perfect gift to let them show their love for kayaking even when they can’t be on the water. The t-shirt is available in both men’s and women’s cuts, several sizes, and colors. 

  35. Waterproof Dry Bag
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    Nothing can ruin a paddler’s outdoor adventure faster than a wet phone or lost wallet and keys. That’s why a dry bag is perfect if you’re looking for gift ideas for kayakers. This bag is waterproof, floats, and comes in bright colors, so it’s easy to recover if the kayak tips. It can even be attached to the kayak and allowed to float alongside so it doesn’t take up precious space. In addition, this bag includes a waterproof phone case. 

  37. Headlamps


    These headlamps are the perfect gift for kayakers who like to go out at night. They’re rechargeable; the charge lasts up to ten hours on a full charge. They’re adjustable so you can get the light just where you need it and are waterproof. 

  39. Anchor
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    This folding anchor weighs 3 1/3 pounds and can be secured in mud, sand, gravel, and rock. The anchor is attached with 25-feet of marine-grade rope and is perfect for kayaks, canoes, float tubes, and other small, personal watercraft. The anchor can be stored in the included nylon pouch. 

  41. Fish Finder 
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    Let your loved one combine two hobbies, kayaking, and fishing! The fish finder issues an alert when it finds fish or schools of fish. The finder can distinguish between fish size and will show icons for small, medium, and large fish on the screen, perfect for waters that have minimum size rules. 

  43. High Volume Pump
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    Water in the kayak is no Bueno. This pump is the solution. It only measures just 17 inches long, but eight pumps will remove one gallon of water. It floats, and the bright color makes it easy to spot in the water. The piston is stainless steel, so the pump is much more durable than similar plastic ones. 

  45. Quick Dry Towel
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    Toweling off yourself or your gear at the end of the day is nice, but no one wants to deal with a heavy, set towel after. This towel is lightweight and fast drying. The towel can absorb five times its weight and be folded back into its mesh bag when not in use. The towel is available in several colors and sizes. 

  47. Solar Power Bank
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    A phone charge will last long enough for a day-long kayaking trip, but an extended trip means you have to have a way to charge your phone. But for anyone who isn’t outdoorsy, there isn’t electricity in the woods! So solar power it is! This charging bank is solar powered. The solar panel will charge the battery when placed in direct sunlight, and the bank has a flashlight that features an SOS strobe mode in case of an emergency. 

  49. Sun Protection Hat
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    Sunscreen is a must-have when kayaking, but it can easily sweat off on a hot day. This UV hat will provide additional protection from the sun’s damaging rays and help keep the sun out of her eyes. The hat offers UV protection of SPF 50, and the wide brim protects the face, ears, and neck. There is a hole to accommodate a ponytail. The hat is available in several colors. 

  51. Floating Sunglasses 
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    You might be noticing a theme on this gift list, things that float! Floating is an essential quality in gifts for kayakers! These sunglasses float! The lenses are polarized, offering UVA, UVB, and UVC protection. In addition, the sunglasses are anti-glare, impact-resistant, and anti-scratch. 

  53. Reef-Safe Sunscreen
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    Not all sunscreens are equal when it comes to being environmentally friendly. There are some ingredients in many sunscreens that are damaging to coral reefs. Sun Bum does not contain those ingredients and will not harm coral reefs. The brand is also vegan-friendly. The spray bottle makes application faster, easier, and more even than lotion sunscreen. 

  55. Safety Whistle Keychain
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    A whistle can be a survival tool in many outdoor situations. This is a keychain and emergency whistle. Made of stainless steel, the whistle is 120 decibels loud, water-resistant, and can be carried as a keychain or worn on a lanyard which is included. 

  57. Utility Knife
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    A knife can come in handy in lots of kayaking situations. The blade can be used to cut rope and cords, fishing line, or to slice up your snacks. The tip is blunt so that it won’t pierce an inflatable kayak, and the screwdriver tip can be used to pry open any tasty mussels, clams, or oysters you might come across. 

  59. Paddle Stir Sticks
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    I thought these would make a fun gift even if they aren’t exactly useful when kayaking! The fun set of five swizzle sticks are great for a summer party and are made out of food-safe plastic. In addition, the sticks can be washed and reused.