Best Gifts for Beach Goers and Beach Gift Baskets

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Looking for the best beach gifts for someone in your life? Wondering what to gift someone that loves the beach? Drawing upon my multiple decades of beach-going experience, from East Coast to West Coast, I’ve put together a list that has got you covered. Whether you are looking for beach gifts for him, beach gifts for her, a beach-themed gift basket, or a beach house gift, you’re in the right place. Maybe you are hosting a beach-themed tea party and would like to put together beach themed baskets as party favors for guests. What do you get someone for a beach vacation? Find practical beach gifts along with whimsical gifts for beach lovers right here. To learn about the best gifts for beach lovers, read on!

My Beach Backstory

During my youth in Oregon, my family was fortunate to have access to multiple beach cabins through my dad’s work. Many of his fellow staff members made their beach cabins available as weekend rentals throughout the year. I’ve experience the beach in sunny, windy and stormy weather.

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Here’s a vintage beach photo of me with my younger sister enjoying one of the sunny days.


What to Put in a Beach Bag Gift

When visiting the Oregon coast, it’s best to be prepared for anything. Over the years, we gravitated to some favorite beach towns on the central and northern Oregon coast. There are so many things to see and do at the beach, no matter which beach you choose to visit. From memorable visits to Cape Cod beaches on the East Coast to walking along the sands of Carlsbad, California, I have many treasured beach memories. If you are looking for gift ideas to make a beach visit special, or ideas to create a beach themed basket, I’ve put my experience as a beach goer to use and gathered a grand selection for you.

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Great beach gifts for him

Beach Gifts for Him

Looking for a great beach gift for a guy who loves the beach? These gifts range from practical beach gifts to beachy gifts with a sense of humor. Here are some beach gifts for him to inspire your thinking or help you create a masculine beach themed basket:

Igloo Trailmate Journey Cooler
This 70-quart capacity, rugged-looking cooler can roll over sandy terrain with ease. Ultra insulation provides 4-day ice retention.
4-Person Picnic Backback Set
The backpack is insulated to keep food hot or cold. The set includes a large blanket, dishes and cutlery for 4, plus pockets for bottles.
Extra Large Picnic and Outdoor Blanket
Durable, waterproof, and with a lifetime guarantee, this 60 by 60-inch blanket comes with a built in carry handle.
Everdure CUBE Portable Charcoal Grill Designed with protability in mind, this grill includes a preparation board and food storage tray.
Thaan Thai-Style Charcoal
Perfect for getting a portable charcoal grill going, this grilling charcoal is low smoke, low ash, provides high heat and is long burning.
Koofin Performance Fishing Hoodie
Hooded, long-sleeved UPF 50 sun protection with a facemask, this shirt provides ultimate, quick-dry comfort.
Coofandy Button-Down Linen Cotton Shirt Available in multiple colors, this lightweight, comfortable shirt will add style to a beach trip.
Ohana Men’s Beach Sandals Quick drying and water resistant, these lightweight sandals offer a comfortable molded footbed.
Ubfen Water Shoes
Ideal for beach sports, beach fishing, and boating these lightweight shoes have a durable anti-skid rubber sole.
Columbia Bora Booney Beach Hat
Big fan of Columbia sportswear here! This lightweight beach hat offers quick-drying sun protection all day long.
Ostrich Deluxe Beach Chair
This quick-dry beach chair includes a deluxe padded seat, footrest and lumbar pillow for ultimate comfort.
“I Flexed and the Sleeves Fell Off” Sleeveless Shirt For guys with a corny sense of humor. this sleeveless cotton/poly blend shirt is great for a beach trip.
Beach Toss Corn Hole Game
Just place the sturdy cornhole cups in the sand and start playing this fun game. Mesh carrying bag is included!


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Fabulous beach gifts for her

Beach Gifts for Her

Wondering what to get a girl who loves the beach? Ladies of all ages will appreciate these beach gifts. They are timeless, practical, and fun. Here are some beach gift ideas just for her, perfect for a beach themed basket:

Lilly Pulitzer Insulated Soft Beach Cooler
Durable, portable and colorful, this 10-inch wide, 12-inch tall cooler is easy to carry and clean. Keep food hot or cold in style.
Bay Laurel Turkish Beach Towel with Travel Bag
This generously-sized (39-71-inch) towel is quick-drying, lightweight and made of premium Turkish cotton.
Crocs Women’s Sexi Flip Flop
If you have narrow feet like I do and have a hard time keeping regular flip flops on your feet, these sandals are for you!
Classic Wayfarer Sunglasses by Ray-Ban
Get the classic beach look with this new version of the iconic well-known style, which are polarized and have UV protective coating on the lenses.
Ayliss Woven Straw Large Beach Tote
Nothing says “beach trip” like a large woven straw tote. This one is 18.9 by 15.6 by 14.6 inches with an 11-inch shoulder strap.
Ozchin Extra Large Beach Tote Bag
With a jaunty nautical print, this 22 by 13 by 7-inch beach bag is made of sturdy canvas and has a waterproof lining. The rope handle adds to the beachy look.
Women’s Beach Cover-Up Dress
This button-down beach cover-up dress is both functional and stylish. Made of 100% polyester, it’s soft, breathable, and protects the wearer from the sun.
Beach Umbrella (That Won’t Blow Away)
Endorsed by the American Lifeguard Association, this easy-to-set-up beach umbrella comes with a 3-year protection plan and all of the accessories you need for a hassle-free experience.
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer-Touch SPF 30 Sunscreen
Free from oxybenzone and octinoxate, this skin-nourishing sunscreen is reef-safe, non-greasy, and dermatologist-tested.
Furtalk Women’s Beach Sun Hat Made of straw, this sun hat is foldable, packable, and offers high UV UPF sun protection.
Bindle Insulated Water Bottle
This insulated stainless steel water bottle has a secret: a secret compartment for storing keys, cash and other small items. Very clever!
Home Queen Beach Cup Holders
Keep keys, drinks, phones, sunglasses and other items sand-free with these innovative holders that you just spike into the sand. Comes in a set of 4.
Beach Lover Gift Bracelet
Made of stainless steel, this delicate, attractive bracelet is hypoallergenic, resistant to corrosion, and won’t tarnish.


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Fun beach gifts for kids

Beach Gifts for Kids

Add to the excitement of a beach trip with these gifts for kids of all ages. The best gifts for the beach for kids can provide hours of beach enjoyment. No matter what the weather, kids can have fun on a beach trip. Here are some of the best beach gift ideas for kids (and those who are kids at heart):

Kaufman Personalized Beach Towel for Kids
Made of 100% cotton, this 60-inch by 30-inch beach towel can be personalized with a name or fun saying.
Joyin Delta Kites 2-Pack
Double the fun with these easy to fly delta kites. One is warm-colored, one is cool-colored, both come with 262.5 feet of kite string.
Butterfly Kite Beach Kite
This is a colorful kite that is easy to fly. Assembly is simple, and it comes with Flat Line Winder string and an easy-to-grip handle.
Phase 10 Card Game
When the weather is rainy, a nice cozy game of Phase 10 will keep kids 7 years and older from getting bored.
Outee Adorable Printed Waterproof Rubber Boots
Available in a variety of sizes and colors, these sturdy rain boots have handles for ease of putting on and taking off.
Beach Toss Sticky Mitt Game
Hours of fun in the sun can be yours when you play this game, a family favorite of ours. It’s perfect for the beach, because catching is easy with the sticky mitts.
Ladder Toss Outdoor Game Set
Another family favorite, the ladders can be quickly assembled and set up in the sand. It’s also known as cowboy golf in our family.
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Kids Beach Chair Kids will enjoy this friendly octopus beach chair with a cup holder and padded feet.
27-Piece Beach Sand Toys Set
This set includes molds for making sand castles, animals, dinosaur bones, along with shovels and a mesh carrying bag.
SwimZip Kid’s Sun Hat
Block 98% of UVA and UVB rays with this hat that features an adjustable, breakaway chin strap as well as an adjustable head strap. Bonus: It floats!
Okilol Boys and Girls Beach Sandals These durable, non-skid, slip-on sandals are sturdy and come in a variety of colorful, fun patterns.
Activ Flyers 2-Pack of Flying Rings Easy to throw and catch, these lightweight flying discs are fun for all ages.
Fisher-Price On-The-Go Baby Dome Protect your little one from sun and bugs with this foldable travel bed, perfect for the beach.

Beach Gifts for Families

The Extra Large Beach Bag

When you have a family, you have a lot of stuff. Having an extra large beach bag to carry all of your family essentials is a welcome addition to a collection of beach travel supplies. Here is an excellent big beach bag example for you to check out. This extra large Oscaurt beach bag is made of mesh and has multiple pockets for water bottles, sunscreen, snacks, sandals, and whatever else you need to carry. There is even a waterproof pocket for your phone.


Beach Umbrella Anchor

Looking for a beach umbrella anchor to hold a beach umbrella securely in the sand? This heavy duty beach umbrella holder screws directly into the sand. One size fits all beach umbrellas.


Beach Wagon for Sand

A beach wagon with big wheels built for sand can make a beach trip easier for families with kids. This is one of the best beach wagons for sand because of its heavy duty all-terrain wheels. The front two wheels are placed close together to enable easy steering. Another great feature? This beach wagon is collapsible for compact storage.

Beach House Gifts

What do you buy for a new beach house? As noted above, I spent many happy beach visits in beach cabins over the years, and have seen many clever beach decor ideas.

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This is the beach house we spent time in with my family when I was growing up and when our kids were younger. What a location!


For someone who is setting up a new beach house, or if someone is decorating their kitchen with a beach theme, the gift ideas are numerous. From ocean themed quilts to nautical dishes, the best beach house gifts add a welcoming touch. Looking for a beach-themed gift to give to a beach house host? Here are some creative ideas:

Tabletop Sand Dollar and Starfish Tic-Tac-Toe Board
This 9 by 9 by 5/8-inch board includes 4 resin sand dollars and 5 resin starfish for an attractive functional beach home accessory.
Nautical Flip Flop Wall Sign
Made of sturdy rope and wood, this nautical 8.5 by 20-inch wall hanging would make a great beach-themed housewarming gift.
Pastel Beach Sign with Starfish
Versatile as free-standing decor or wall art, this 15.75 by 7-inch whitewashed wooden beach sign could be used as decor at a beach house or for any beach-themed party.
Ocean Themed Quilt Set
This 3-piece California King-sized ocean themed quilt set includes two pillow shams as well as a reversible quilt that is seashell-patterned on one side, striped on the other.
Teivio Absorbing Stone Sea Ocean Life Coasters
This set of 8 brightly-patterned round ceramic coasters have a layer of cork on the bottom to protect furniture from scratches. A black iron coaster holder is included with the set.
Cloth Fabric Beach-Themed Shower Curtain
Give any bathroom a beachy feel with this aqua starfish shower curtain made of sturdy polyester. It’s breathable, waterproof and quick-drying.
Aquashield Beachcomber Doormat
Made of polypropylene, this seashell-patterned doormat has a slip-resistant rubber backing and measures 2 by 3 feet.
Mohawk Home Whale Area Rug
Perfect for the kids’ room at the beach, this blue patterned whale area rug is colorful and durable. Made of 100% nylon with a rubber backing, this rug is soft and easy to clean.
Pfaltzgraff Venice Coastal 16-Piece Dinnerware Set This teal and white starfish and seashell patterned stoneware set is dishwasher and microwave safe.
Lighthouse Kitchen Towels
Inspired by a vintage lighthouse painting, this set of 2 16 by 28-inch kitchen towels is made of a cotton and polyester blend.
Lighthouse Bathroom Accessory Set
Included in this 6-piece set are a flip-top trash can, a waterproof toilet brush with holder, a soap dish, hand sanitizer bottle, a toothbrush holder, and an rinse cup.

Beach Gift Basket Ideas

What do you put in a beach themed gift basket? The best beach basket gift ideas for beach lovers would make an ideal theme if you need to put together a basket for a raffle. First, you will need to gather an ideal bag, tote or other large container to place all of the items in. Then you can have fun filling it with clever beach gifts. Any of the smaller items from the lists above would make excellent beach-themed basket fillers. You could design a beach gift basket with kids in mind and put all of the items in an extra large mesh carrying bag. You could fill a cooler with beach gifts for him. The Ozchin Extra Large Beach Tote Bag would make beach basket gift ideas easy to pack in one roomy tote. It’s an ideal gift basket for her, and with the expansive size, you could fit a lot of fun little beach items inside.


Other Travel Essentials

Keep track of all of your belongings (even your kids) with Apple air tags. These handy devices come with a battery and are even water-resistant. Just use a simple one-step process to connect the tag to your iPhone or iPad, then use the Find My app to locate your item. Get a 4-pack and use for tracking luggage, pets, and more.

Whether you are camping or staying in a hotel, be safe with a portable carbon monoxide detector. This one has an AC-adaptor with battery backup. It’s only 2.75 by 1.5 by 4.5 inches, and could save your life.

Streamline Your Beach Packing Strategy

Do you want to avoid overpacking on your next beach trip? Flying to a special beach location? Never check a bag again when you use this Capsule Wardrobe Packing List.

Capsule Wardrobe Packing List

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Thanks for checking out the list of best gifts for beach goers. May you have many happy beach visits and/or beach-themed gifting experiences!

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Lisa Mitchell is a wife, mom, school librarian, and lifelong traveler who likes to visit the Oregon coast when time allows. To learn more about what this website has to offer travelers, click on over to the Travel page.

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16 thoughts on “Best Gifts for Beach Goers and Beach Gift Baskets”

  1. I love the beach basket idea. Throw in a few books and you’re good to go.

    • Glad you like these beach gift ideas, perfect for a gift bag or basket.

  2. I would love all of these gifts. A great post of gifts for beach goers. I am ready to go to the beach and hope to go soon.

  3. I live close to the beach and go a few times a year with the kids. Your list of gifts for beach goers made me realize I need a few gifts for myself to make our trips even better.

    • Oh, nice. Yes, I am amazed by the clever beach things that people think of.

  4. Lisa, I love your ideas for the best gifts for beach goers! This is such a comprehensive and helpful list! I love going to the beach so I will definitely need some of these.

  5. Wow, so many great ideas in this list of best gifts for beach goers. I’ll admit, I don’t care much for the beach but I know a few beach enthusiasts who would love some of these items.

    • I can think of some people who would love some of these items, too. If people can’t go to the beach, then bring the beach to them.

  6. A good book and sand between my toes is always a perfect way to spend summer and books are always welcomed gifts for any beach goer.

    • I agree! I’ll have to add some books to this list of gifts for beach lovers.

  7. SUCH a comprehensive list of the best gifts for beach goers! Thank you for all the ideas.

    • You are most welcome. I enjoyed putting the list together.


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