20 Beach-inspired Gift Ideas for a Tropical Destination Wedding

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Travel-inspired gifts for a beach destination wedding
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It can't be merely a coincidence that beach season and peak wedding season happen at the same time of year. For ocean-obsessed couples, there's no better (or more romantic) way to say, "I do," than with their toes in the warm sand and the surf in the background.

And for those of us attending, an invitation to a tropical destination wedding equals an excuse to pack up and head to the coast for a weekend full of fun with friends and family.

When it comes to choosing a thoughtful gift for the soon-to-be-wed, the more practical, the better. Think functional items that they can use during their travels such as a BBQ-kit-slash-cooler-bag for camping on the beach, a warm nautical-themed throw, or a travel-friendly game set.

Of course, you can always go in a more classic direction and opt for home décor items that will remind them of the sea and the day they got hitched. And in recent years, there has been a trend towards gifting couples with experiences rather than things, swapping a spatula set for a cruise gift card or a certificate for a sailing or scuba diving lesson.

We rounded up 20 creative gifts that any coast-bound brides and grooms-to-be would be excited to receive.

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Linum Home Textiles Sea Waves Turkish Pestemal Towel

Linum Home Textiles Sea Waves Turkish Pestemal Towel
Courtesy of Nordstrom

This handwoven, fast-drying Turkish towel can also serve as a picnic blanket.

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Personalized Pushpin Map

Personalized Pushpin Map
Courtesy of UncommonGoods

Personalized with the couple's names and wedding date, this pushpin map will be an exciting reminder of all the beautiful beaches they've left footprints on together.

To buy: uncommongoods.com, $149

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Mojito Molecular Mixology Kit

Mojito Molecular Mixology Kit
Courtesy of UncommonGoods

A mojito DIY kit with a (molecular) twist? Sounds like fun to us! No science background needed.

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Two Palms Art Bazaar Wall Art

Two Palms Art Bazaar Wall Art
Courtesy of ahalife.com

This beautiful piece of art is purposefully circular — it's meant to resemble a ship window, and remind its owners of the ocean.

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Hammock Chair

Hammock Chair
Courtesy of etsy.com

This hammock chair will bring island vibes back to the couple's home long after they return from their honeymoon.

To buy: etsy.com, from $254

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Studio Nico Travel Backgammon & Checkers Game Bag Set

Studio Nicco Travel Backgammon & Checkers Game Bag Set
Courtesy of ahalife.com

This portable game set will unfold into fun on the beach or while camping.

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GoPro Hero4 Waterproof Camera

GoPro Hero4 Waterproof Camera
Courtesy of Amazon

Help them capture the best moments of their newly wedded life both above and under the water with this GoPro camera.

To buy: amazon.com, $329

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Faherty Adirondack Blanket

Faherty Adirondack Blanket
Courtesy of Spring

A lightweight cotton blanket is perfect for breezy summer nights spent on the beach.

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BBQ Kit Cooler

BBQ Kit Cooler
Courtesy of UncommonGoods

This bag holds everything they'll need for a beach barbecue: a cutting board, stainless steel grilling tools, and, of course, space for up to 46 cans of beer.

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Cruise Direct Gift Card

Norwegian Cruises to Cuba
Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line

Their honeymoon doesn't have to end, right? Whether they'd like to cruise their way through Europe or the Caribbean, Cruise Direct offers deals on every destination they might dream of.

To buy: cruisedirect.com, from $50

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Tokyobike Single Speed Bicycle

Tokyobike Single Speed Bicycle
Courtesy of shopspring.com

The couple that bikes down the boardwalk together stays together.

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Sur La Table Picnic Basket

Sur La Table Picnic Basket
Courtesy of Sur La Table

A classic picnic basket is a must-have for a romantic dinner date on the beach.

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Seashell iPhone Speaker

Seashell iPhone Speaker
Courtesy of shoutmob.com

This has to be the best way to listen to the sound of waves (or a good Spotify playlist) even if you're nowhere near the ocean.

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Portable 120-inch Movie Theater Screen

Portable Movie Theater Screen
Courtesy of Amazon

They'll never skip a movie date night again with this portable movie screen. You could also pitch in with other guests to add a projector to the set.

To buy: amazon.com, $294

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Scuba Diving Classes Gift Certificate

Couple SCUBA Diving
Getty Images

Give the couple a reason to visit sunny Miami with a gift certificate for a two-day scuba diving class.

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Barracuda Collapsible Carry-On Luggage

Barracuda Collapsible Carry-On Luggage
Courtesy of ahalife.com

This smart suitcase features a laptop tray, a portable TSA-approved battery, and a digital scale. Basically, it's every traveler's dream carry-on.

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Made in Mayhem Harrison Wallet & Passport Cover

Made in Mayhem Harrison Wallet & Passport Cover
Courtesy of ahalife.com

Gift the couple a pair of luxurious passport holders so they can always travel in style.

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Swell Firewire Pyzel Slab Grom Surfboard

Swell Firewire Pyzel Slab Grom Surfboard
Courtesy of Swell

This cool surfboard is appropriate for both beginner and advanced-level wave-riders. Pool your resources with a few other guests to buy two of them.

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Personalized Throw

Eco Rope Personalized Throw
Courtesy of Spring

Customize this nautical-themed throw with the couple's wedding location and they'll remember their special day every time they cuddle up.

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Rowboat Serving Boat with Napkin Holder

Rowboat Serving Boat with Napkin Holder
Courtesy of UncommonGoods

If the couple loves sailing, this snack and appetizer bowl will become a staple at their dinner parties.

To buy: uncommongoods.com, $85

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