14 Beach-themed Gifts Better Than a Perfect Tan
And they have a good reason. Not only is a trip to the coast sure to be filled with beautiful over-ocean sunsets and a poolside cocktail or two, it’s actually been scientifically proven to be beneficial to our health. Just gazing out over blue water is enough to boost your mental health; though, did we really need research to tell us that?
When the holiday season rolls around, beach-themed gifts are the perfect pick-me-up, because they remind us of the warmer, more carefree days of summer. This year, we’ve compiled the most unique beach gift ideas for every sun-and-sand-seeker on your list — from the business traveler to the sports enthusiast, and from your best friend to the introvert in your life.
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The ideal beach-inspired gift is practical, but it's got a little something extra, too. Take, for example, a silky after-sun body oil or an eye-catching surfboard from high-fashion French brand Hermès. Both are perfect examples of beach day necessities that are anything but average.
And make sure to check out the rest of Travel + Leisure's 2018 gift guide, where you'll find creative and thoughtful ideas for anyone on your list — from the always stressed to the royal-obsessed.
Leica Sofort Camera
Leica’s only instant camera, the Sofort, makes the perfect beach bag companion. Play with the flash and exposure levels to best capture your seaside moment.
To buy: amazon.com, $299
Loewe Espadrille Sandals
These stylish espadrilles are perfect for kicking around the pool.
To buy: loewe.com, $490
Oliver Peoples The Row LA CC Sunglasses
Throw shade with these glossy tortoiseshell sunnies, a collaboration between luxury eyewear label Oliver Peoples and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s sportswear brand, The Row.
To buy: oliverpeoples.com, $455
Hermès Surfboard in Glass Fiber and Maple
This eye-catching surfboard from high-fashion French brand Hermès is sure to elicit serious board envy.
To buy: Hermès, 800-441-4488, $7,700
Assouline Comporta Bliss
This new coffee-table book from Assouline is packed with dreamy pictures from the chic, under-the-radar Iberian beach town.
To buy: amazon.com, $85
Reyn Spooner Pilgrim Forest Tapa SS Shirt
Made from archival Japanese Reyn Spooner fabric in Los Angeles, this 100 percent cotton shirt is a hip update on a classic.
To buy: pilgrimsurfsupply.com, $200
Rodin Mermaid Collection Luxury Bottle Oil
Whether you want a little after-sun pampering or a sexy sheen for your date night out, this luxurious body oil is a must-pack for any tropical vacay.
To buy: rodinoliolusso.com, $90
Gucci Beaded Necklace
This beaded necklace will add just the right amount of pizzazz to your coastal look.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $1,100
Fendi Brown Striped Canvas Tote
Upgrade your time-worn beach bag with this oh-so-covetable option from Fendi.
To buy: fendi.com, $1,290
Desmond & Dempsey Howie Pineapple Print Signature Set
Leave your college sweatpants behind and pack this super chic pajama set instead.
To buy: net-a-porter.com.com, $105 (originally $150)
Orlebar Brown Bulldog x Swim Short
Turn heads with these slim-cut swim shorts, which are crafted using the finest French fabrics.
To buy: orlebarbrown.com, $255
Mott50 Margherita Missoni LS One Piece Suit
Sun safety has never looked as chic as with this fashion-forward one-piece, which offers UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) 50 sun protection.
To buy: mott50.com, $195
Mirth Laos Long Robe in Peacock Print
We’re all for travel products that do double (or even triple!) duty, and this robe can be worn as a housecoat, a duster, or a seaside cover-up.
To buy: mirthcaftans.com, $160
Malin + Goetz Le Meridien LM002 Candle
The alluring scent of this limited-edition candle is inspired by the glamour of French Riviera in the 1960s.
To buy: malinandgoetz.com, $20