Some people can be very hard to buy for! But, you love them anyway. This year, make things easier on yourself by narrowing your list of gift ideas down to the ones that really matter. Buy your loved one a gift for their favorite sport – kayaking. In this gift guide, you’ll find the 101 of the best gifts for kayakers.
Our guide is split into four convenient categories: gifts for everyone, gifts for him, gifts for her, and gifts for kids. From essentials and clothing, to books and fun merchandise, we’ve found it all.
Here at The Adventure Junkies, we love researching gear. We also understand that not everyone has the time (or desire) to do the same. That’s why we share our great finds on this website. Rest assured, you’ve come to the right place.
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GIFTS EVERYONE WOULD LOVE
SCOTTY POWERLOCK ROD HOLDER
Every kayak fisherman will agree you can never have enough rod holders. While some fishing kayaks come with molded rod holders, others do not. Either way, this Scotty Powerlock Holder is the perfect addition to the ultimate rig.
RSPRO SUP RAIL SAVERS
Fiberglass stand up paddleboards can be very fragile. These RSPro SUP Rail Savers apply easily to the edge of the paddleboard with a heavy duty adhesive, and come in a convenient roll. You don’t have to give someone a new paddleboard – just the materials to protect the one they already have.
FCS STAND UP PADDLE BOARD PARTIALLY COILED REGULAR 11′ LEASH
Both surf and flatwater paddlers will love this new 11 ft board leash. It’s made of strong and elastic polyurethane and stays coiled to avoid unnecessary snags.
SEA TO SUMMIT LIGHTWEIGHT DRY SACKS – SET OF 3
Anyone who loves water activities knows the value of a good dry sack. This Sea to Summit set includes three different sizes of dry sacks – 1L, 2L, and 4L. Having different sizes give you the option of packing just one or all three sacks with important supplies, electronics and extra clothes.
HIGH UV PROTECTION BUFF
Buffs have been popular for a number of years now, and it doesn’t look like they’re going away anytime soon. That’s because they’re 100% better than wearing a bandana or flipping your collar up to avoid sunburn or keep warm. Buffs provide full neck, face, or head protection, depending on how you wear them. This UV protective Buff is designed to look like a map, but there are dozens of designs available.
ADVANCED ELEMENTS DOUBLE ACTION HAND PUMP
Owners of inflatable kayaks and/or inflatable stand-up paddleboards are always in need of a good pump. The Advanced Elements Double Action Hand Pump inflates, deflates, and comes with multiples adaptors. Weighing under 2 lbs, this high pressure pump is the perfect gift for a loved one on the go.
SEA TO SUMMIT PADDLE KEEPER
Know someone who likes to multi-task? Consider this paddle keeper leash. It secures to the shaft of any paddle in the event the kayaker drops their paddle to reel in a fish, secure an anchor, or even to have a sandwich.
PELICAN 1020 CASE WITH CARABINER
This Pelican case is the perfect size for a mobile phone or compact camera. The rigid construction features a small carabiner to clip onto bags or belts. A bright yellow base makes it easy to find in low light, and the clear top allows you to see new text messages on your phone while it’s sealed up.
PADDLING PACIFIC NORTHWEST WHITEWATER
Whitewater kayakers will be stoked to receive this gift. With a complete guide to whitewater kayaking in the Pacific Northwest, the only thing they’ll need to go with this book is a tank full of gas and a few weeks off of work.
WITZ SEE IT SAFE SPORT CASE
Grab this inexpensive waterproof case for anyone who frequently goes out on the water. It’s the perfect size to hold the essentials – credit cards and keys.
Z CARE LVP MARINE BOAT CLEANER
Z Care LVP Marine Boat Cleaner is known for cleaning dirt, grease, oil, and algae while adding a UV shield. While it’s made for boats, it works just as well on fiberglass kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
COMPLETE FOLDING ANCHOR SYSTEM
This 3.5 lb anchor is perfect for securing kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, or dinghys, in mud, sand, rock, or gravel. Easily store all parts in the nylon storage case.
EMB WATER RESISTANT PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
While some people prefer listening to the sound of the wind and the birds while outside, others enjoy prefer to have some tunes playing in the background. Pair this EMB portable speaker with a cooler for the ultimate outdoor party gift package.
SCOTTY 311 DRINK HOLDER
If you’re going to pack drinks, be sure to have a good drink holder. This Scotty 311 Drink Holder can mount to the bulkhead gunnel or a rod holder.
NRS PUREST MESH DUFFEL
This 600-denier urethane-coated polyester duffel is the perfect bag for any kayaker, SUP enthusiast, or swimmer. The mesh upper allows moisture to escape from wet shoes, towels, and other gear.
SINK THE STINK
Wetsuits, wetshoes, and PFDs can become extremely stinky over time. Sink The Stink Wetsuit Cleaner knocks out mildew, urine, and other nasty smells out of your gear.
CHUMS CAP RETAINER
There are a couple of great hats recommended in this guide. Whatever kind of hat your loved one may own, help them save it from the wind with this Chums Cap Retainer!
FOX 40 CLASSIC SAFETY WHISTLE
The Fox 40 Classic is the whistle among whistles. Available in every color of the rainbow, it makes a great stocking stuffer. This whistle boasts 115cB OF sound that be heard up to a mile away, making it the weapon of choice for referees across many sports, and a safe choice for kayakers and paddleboard enthusiasts.
AQUA-BOUND BILGE MASTER PUMP
Bilge pumps aren’t just for motor boats, and they aren’t all electronically powered. This hand-powered Aqua-Bound Bilge Master Pump can pull a gallon of water from a vessel in six strokes. Give your loved one peace of mind with this compact, 14 inch life-saving device.
YAKIMA BOW/STERN TIE-DOWNS
For those of us who don’t live on a river, lake, or beachfront property, we have to haul our kayaks to every destination. Yakima has made it easy to do so, with this simple pair of bow/stern tie-downs that utilize a ratcheting system.
KAYAK BOAT NAME STICKER
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On Etsy, you’ll find a maker of custom stickers called HouseHoldWords. For a few bucks, your loved one can have their kayak named just like boat owners do.
Another good deal in the way of stickers, this kayaker decal is perfect for someone who prefers understated bumpers stickers. Choose from 22 colors.
GREEN GLOVE DRYER
No longer do we, as humans, have to wait for wet clothing and shoes to dry on their own. We now have the technology to dry these garments from the inside out. The Green Glove Dryer is perfect for airing out booties, gloves, and other clothing pieces after a day on the water.
This mini playboat kayak keychain is the perfect daily reminder of your loved one’s favorite sport.
KAYAK ANGLER MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION
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Any kayak fisherman will be stoked to receive an annual subscription to Kayak Angler. They’ll enjoy colorful photos, rigging tips, stories, industry news, and more.
Monocular telescopes are great to take on adventures – especially adventures on rivers and coastal waterways where birds are frequently seen. This Monocular Telescope allows you to see 16x closer with a 52mm lens.
I’D RATHER BE KAYAKING T-SHIRT
What else is there to say? I’d rather be kayaking! Shop men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes.
HAWAIIAN HAND CARVED BONE FISH HOOK NECKLACE
Surfers and kayakers often wear these traditional Hawaiian necklaces, carved of bone to look like fish hooks. The symbol is said to provide strength, good luck and safe travel across water. Shop Amazon for dozens of different designs.
HYDRO FLASH 24-OUNCE STANDARD MOUTH
If you have a friend who has dozens of sub-par water bottles floating around in their cabinet, do them a favor and buy them the bottle of all water bottles. Hydro Flasks are arguably the best water bottles in the world! No bias here.
FISHERMEN’S KNOT TYING CHART
While most fisherman know a few basic, essential knots, there are many available. This fisherman’s knot tying chart by Tightlines is #2, and just one of the few they offer. It makes a great accessory gift for a kayak fisherman.
CROAKIES BOTTLE OPENER BELT
Kayakers who love colorful designs and patterns will love this kayak belt with a bottle opener as a buckle.
NRS HAVOC LIVERY WHITEWATER HELMET
A helmet is a great gift for someone considering getting into whitewater, or for someone who is still wearing their old beat-up helmet from years ago. Pair this helmet with a few cool kayaking stickers and you’ve got a perfect gift.
AQUA LUNG SPORT ROYAL CORONADO LX SNORKEL COMBO SET
Kayaking and snorkeling go hand-in-hand, especially on tropical vacations. Grab a snorkel set for someone who would love a kayaking trip to the Caribbean or Southeast Asia.
SEA TO SUMMIT SUP DECK BAG – 12L
This Sea to Summit SUP Deck Bag is perfect for both stand-up paddlers and people who own sit-on-top kayaks. With 12L of storage, a Hypalon roll top closure, and aluminum buckles, valuables will safe safe and dry and attached to the vessel, no matter the weather.
YAKIMA RIPCORD STRAPS
This locking pair of Yakima RipCord Straps are as convenient as they come. The nylon-coated steel cables use aluminum cam buckles for superior corrosion resistance, and are backed by a lifetime warranty.
GOAL ZERO VENTURE 30 SOLAR KIT
Goal Zero is the standard in mobile solar power storage. The Venture 30 Solar Kit features a solar panel and charging pack, which supplies four hours of charge after 9 hours of full sun exposure. The pack is also waterproof, making it the perfect backup supply for kayakers.
YETI ROADIE COOLER
A day on the water is not complete without cold beverages. Give the gift of refreshment with this amazing 18-can capacity cooler. Yeti coolers are known for being durable and reliable, not to mention aesthetically hip.
TILLEY LTM6 AIRFLO HAT
True fisherman and women will instantly know a Tilley hat when they see one. The Tilley LTM6 Airflo Hat is available in eight colors, all of which have a vent at the top of the hat to allow heat out and breeze in.
ONYX M-16 BELT PACK
The Onyx M-16 Belt Pack is another great option for kayakers, paddleboarders, and general minimalists who don’t know how to swim. Available in black, turquoise blue, and charcoal gray, this PFD is secured by a 1″ belt and offers a D-ring for keys.
YAKIMA JAYLOW KAYAK CARRIER
The Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier is great for those who might prefer a modest design when it comes to roof racks. Simply secure to the roof of your vehicle and flip them up to attach your kayak or paddleboard. Flip them down when not in use. They’ll be barely noticeable.
PADDLER’S SUPPLY COMPANY LED
It’s hard to express how nice it is to have a light on your kayak. This Paddler’s Supply LED Deck Light attaches via suction cup and stands at 11 inches tall. Enjoy improved visibility and safety with this convenient design.
SEA TO SUMMIT DRY BAG WITH HARNESS
The ultimate roll top dry bag for hiking, this Sea to Summit holds a whopping 65 liters of fun! Users will appreciate the high quality construction, including UV resistant and waterproof fabric, load support, and permanently sealed seams.
WHEELEEZ STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD CART
As with most things in lift, simple is best. This Wheeleez Stand Up Paddle Board Cart is easy to use, durable, and gentle on boards. The corrosion-resistant aluminum frame easily collapses for quick storage and comes with two tie-down straps. 10 inch tires make it easy to roll over sand, gravel, or pavement.
WHEELEEZ KAYAK CART
Wheeleez is known for their easily recognizable design of kayak and beach carts. Giant gray, bulbous wheels are perfect for carting loads over soft sand. This kayak cart comes with an air pump, tie down straps, and frame pads to protect the hull.
SKWOOSH HIGH BACK KAYAK SEAT
Sometimes kayaks don’t come with the most comfortable seats. Luckily, it’s an easy fix. This Skwoosh kayak seat has a high back and adjustable lumbar support.
NRS RESCUE BAG
All kayakers should be aware of rescue techniques. The NRS Rescue Bag holds 75 ft of polypropylene rope, capable of retrieving someone in distress in a worst case scenario.
LASSO SECURITY CABLE
Roof racks might hold your kayaks in place, but they’re not secure against thieves unless you’ve got a Lasso Security Cable.
SEALS COCKPIT COVER
There’s nothing worse than finding water or even spiders in your kayak after it’s been sitting for a while. Seals Cockpit Covers are made of tear-resistant, UV protected material and are available in multiple sizes.
NOMADIX ALL-PURPOSE TOWEL – DOUBLE-SIDED
This slip resistant towel is great for hot yoga and other activities. It’s made with recycled plastic bottles and can be folded down small for packing.
WERNER CAMANO STRAIGHT 2-PIECE PADDLE
Every kayaker can always use a new, reliable paddle. The Werner Camano Straight 2-Piece Paddle weights only 27.25 ounces and features a fiberglass blade. This lightweight paddle is available in 13 different colors.
YETI HOPPER FLIP 12 SOFT COOLER
YETI coolers have become increasingly popular in recent years, in part due to their use of closed cell foam, which offers superior insulation ability. The YETI Hopper is puncture proof, has a 100% leakproof HydroLok Zipper, and holds 12 cans plus ice.
THULE SUP TAXI XT STAND UP PADDLE BOARD CARRIER
SUP enthusiasts will love this clever board mounting system. The Thule SUP Taxi XT Stand Up Paddle Board Carrier uses steel-reinforced webbing and spring-loaded locking cams to accommodate boards up to 34″ wide. Secure boards with included locks and keys. No tools required to set up.
ORU KAYAK BAY ST FOLDING KAYAK
Origami has reached new heights. Who would have thought that one day you would be able to fold up a kayak like a paper crane and catch a flight? The Oru Kayak Bay ST Folding Kayak is made from polypropylene, treated with a 10-year UV protection, and guaranteed up to 20,000 folds.
THULE 835 HULL-A-PORT PRO
Another great option for kayak mounting, the Thule Hull-a-Port Pro uses a J-style system to provide easy loading/unloading and create more space on the car rooftop.
NRS KAYAK UN-PIN KIT
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For anyone who might love an unobtrusive system for hauling a kayak, consider the NRS Kayak Un-Pin Kit. This kit comes with a 70′ throw bag with 2,495 pound strength 1/4″ Dyneema rope, tubular webbing, Prusik cord, and 4 carabiners.
WHITEWATER OF THE SOUTHERN ROCKIES
Hardcore kayakers will love adding this guidebook to their collection. It’s the ultimate guide to whitewater in the Four Corners and Wyoming.
GIFTS FOR HIM
PATAGONIA MEN’S BAGGIES
Guys who love the water will love these Patagonia shorts. They’re available in 7 different designs, all made of Supplex nylon with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish and 50+ UPF sun protection.
NRS KICKER REMIX WETSHOE
The NRS Kicker Remix Wetshoe is a classic water shoe loved by kayakers. The patterned high-traction rubber sole is paired with a 3mm neoprene upper for comfort and a drawcord for custom adjustment.
COLUMBIA PFG TAMIAMI II
An outdoorsman can never have too many long sleeve shirts. The Columbia PFG Tamiami II is lightweight, breathable, comfortable, treated with an antimicrobial solution, and offers UPF 40 protection.
NRS HYDROSKIN GLOVES
Gloves aren’t just for cold days. Many people wear gloves to prevent abrasion on their hands while kayaking. These NRS HydroSkin Gloves are a perfect gift for a weekend warrior who loves kayaking.
PEPPER’S CUTTHROAT POLARIZED FLOATING GLASSES
Sunglasses tend to disappear. Give your favorite guy the gift of optimal vision with Pepper’s Cutthroat Polarized Floating Sunglasses.
VUORI THE BANKS SHORTS
These Vuori shorts are highly versatile – great for kayaking, running, yoga, or hanging out. The V4 Performance 4-way stretch fabric wicks moisture, dries quickly, and has anti-odor properties.
STOHLQUIST FISHERMAN PFD
The Stohlquist Fisherman PFD is one of the very best fishing PFDs available. 500 Denier Cordura shell is highly durable against abrasions. Two drop-down platforms double as storage and provide room for tying flies and changing lures.
NRS ENDURANCE PADDLING JACKET
If you think your guy would prefer a dry top to a full drysuit, check out this NRS Endurance Paddling Jacket. It’s waterproof and protects the wearer from wind and rain.
ASTRAL LOYAK WATER SHOES
The Astral Loyak Water Shoes are a great (and stylish) alternative to wet booties. They’re a shoe one can wear around town comfortably.
OUTDOOR RESEARCH HELIUM II RAIN JACKET
Available in four different colors, this Outdoor Research rain jacket is lightweight, comfortable, and guaranteed to keep you dry. It’s fully seam taped, has a zippered chest pocket, and adjustable hood with reflective tape.
BELLROY ALL CONDITIONS WALLET
This Bellroy wallet can hold 8 cards plus cash, and keeps your items dry with a water resistant zipper. It’s surprisingly slim for being able to hold so much, making it the perfect wallet for adventures.
POLAR M400 GPS SMART WATCH
Kayaking is not only fun, it’s a great workout. Give your loved one the ability to monitor their fitness progress. The Polar 400 GPS Smart Watch is an affordably priced GPS watch. It measures your heart rate and overall activity, which makes it great for kayaking and day-to-day exercise.
GIFTS FOR HER
NRS KICKER REMIX WATER SHOES
With a patterned high-traction rubber sole, 3mm neoprene upper, and a drawcord for custom adjustment, these are the perfect modern water shoes for women.
NRS BOATER’S GLOVES
These fingerless NRS Boater’s Gloves are a great way to protect your hands while staying cool. With sticky silicone pads for paddle control, vent holes for breathability, and a microfiber strip for wiping sweat from your brow, any woman will love adding these to her bag of kayaking essentials.
NRS H2CORE SILKWEIGHT LONG-SLEEVE SHIRT
A simple, lightweight, longsleeve UV protective shirt is a must-have for any girl on-the-go. Choose from three colors – Azure Blue, Coral, and Robin’s Egg.
KAYAK BOAT PENDANT
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This adorable silver kayak pendant is perfect for a woman who loves simple jewelry.
WINTHOME CHANGING TOWEL PONCHO
Anyone who surfs, paddles, runs, or bikes knows it can be difficult to change out of wet or sweaty clothes by the car after a workout. This changing towel poncho makes it easy to stay warm and change into something dry and comfortable without exposing yourself to friends or passing strangers.
PRANA MAKENNA BOARD SHORTS
Board shorts aren’t just for guys. These prAna board shorts are cute, comfortable, and UPF rated 30+. Choose from seven beautiful patterns.
NRS HYDROSKIN 0.5 SHORTS
Sporty women will love this pair of NRS HydroSkin Shorts, made of 0.5 inch neoprene. This material is great for keeping warm on cool days. With a 5″ inseam, they are the perfect length for sitting comfortably in a kayak.
OUTDOOR RESEARCH HELIUM II RAIN JACKET
Available in three different colors, this women’s Outdoor Research rain jacket is lightweight, comfortable, and guaranteed to keep you dry. It’s fully seam taped, has a zippered chest pocket, and adjustable hood with reflective tape.
NRS ENDURANCE PADDLING JACKET
A paddling jacket is a great alternative to a full drysuit. The NRS Endurance Paddling Jacket is waterproof and windproof. The 2.5-layer breathable HyproTex fabric lets moisture and heat escape, keeping you dry and comfy.
SALOMAN CROSSAMPHIBIAN SWIFT WATER SHOES
The Saloman Crossamphibian Swift Water Shoes are not only great for kayaking, they’re a perfect shoe for trail runs through mountain streams. A mesh upper allows the shoe to dry extremely fast, and the back of the shoe collapses so you can slide them on after a swim.
GIFTS FOR KIDS
‘I LIVE TO KAYAK’ BODYSUIT FOR BABIES
Infants will look extra cute in this comfy 100% cotton onesie! They may not know it yet, but one day, they will live (and love) to kayak.
‘EAT, SLEEP, KAYAK, REPEAT’ BIB
Parents who love kayaking can only hope their children will love it one day, too. Choose from 12 colors of this adorable bib.
STEARNS INFANT CLASSIC SERIES VEST
Keep the baby safe on kayaking trips with this infant PFD by Stearns. Available in purple and red, this vest will hold babies over 30 lbs and has a flap to support their head.
OUTDOOR RESEARCH KIDS SANDBOX SUN HAT
This Outdoor Research hat has a UPF 50+ rating and is made of breathable fabric. Kids will stay cool and safe from the sun’s harsh rays while kayaking.
IPLAY BABY & TODDLER SUN PROTECTION SHIRT
UPF shirts aren’t just for adults. A children’s clothing brand called iPlay makes baby and toddler longsleeve shirts with built in UV protection. Full coverage makes it easy to avoid sunburns.
CHACO OUTCROSS 2 WATER SHOES
Kids love playing in the water and getting dirty. These children’s water shoes are great for both kayaking and general outdoor play. Choose from black and green colors.
COLUMBIA MINI BREAKER SUNGUARD
This Columbia Mini Breaker long sleeve shirt is great for protecting kids from sun and sand. Available in little kid and big kid sizes and many different colors, this is sure to be their new favorite kayaking shirt.
SUPER PADDLES KIDS ALLOY SUP PADDLE
Stand-up paddling can be hard work, especially in the wind. Anyone willing to work that hard deserves the right gear. For your favorite kiddo, get them the Super Paddles Kids Alloy Paddle. It’s sized for people under 5’4″ and breaks down into two pieces for travel.
STOHLQUIST DRIFTER PFD
Nothing is more important than safety when it comes to kayaking, SUPing, boating, or swimming. This Stohlquist Drifter PFD is youth sized and supports 50 to 90 lbs of weight.