14 Beach-themed Gifts Better Than a Perfect Tan
We all have loved ones who are constantly scouring the globe in search of sun and shore.
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.
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.
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