Gift-giving season is a mere few weeks away, and let’s face it – many of us are not done with our present-finding mission. ESPECIALLY, of you are looking for the perfect gifts for a kayaker.
Lucky for you, our 2023 gift guide for kayakers is here to give you the inspiration you need. Our team got together to pick our best-of-the-best product picks that we can’t get enough of. From little stocking stuffers to big-ticket gifts, all the paddlers in your life will be drooling over these kayak gift ideas.
Whether you want to add a little extra layer of safety to your paddler’s experience with a PFD or make the shore a little more comfortable with a water shoe, any of these present ideas are a sure-fire success for everyone who can’t get enough of the river.
Breathe a sigh of relief – at least for your kayaking loved ones. Here are our top 10 gift ideas for kayakers, rafters and any river fans.
Your 2023 Gift Guide for Kayakers
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Angler Ace Paddle
Paddle with ferocity and angle with ease with the Angler Ace Paddle. This kayak paddle has the durability and adaptability crucial for kayak anglers. The 100% carbon fiber shaft and nylon blades are as light as they are strong. This paddle becomes the perfect angling paddle with a built-in hook retrieval system, a secure 3-hole snap-button ferrule for both left and right hands, and a tape measure to figure the size of your catch.
Angler Classic Paddle
The Angler Classic Paddle is an economical choice with everything you need for a convenient and smooth kayak angling morning. You will have an easy-to-access hook retrieval system, a tape measure, and a fiberglass shaft for light, streamlined paddling. On top of that, there are two great-looking colors (orange and sage green) that’ll make paddling that much more fun.
Loon Canoe Paddle
There is nothing quite as beautiful as a traditional wooden canoe paddle. The timeless look and feel are nostalgic as you float along in a canoe. This paddle merges thousands of years of tradition with modern tech by coating classic basswood and maple with proprietary Rockgard® protection to keep this paddle protected and strong for longer. The smooth, thoughtful shape will always feel good in your hand as you paddle wherever the river takes you.
Boat Hanger Sling
As much as your kayak fin wishes they could be in the kayak 24/7, there are times when they’ll have to store their kayak. This boat hanger sling will make it easy to keep your craft safe until the next adventure. Not to mention that you save precious storage space by taking the craft off the floor and into the air, and the pulley system makes storing a breeze. This sling fits any paddleboard, kayak or canoe and works for vehicle hardtop or rooftop cargo boxes.
Aqua Lung Seaboard Water Shoe
Nothing is worse than stubbing or slashing your toe while navigating the shoreline. Even if you wear water sandals, you can get your toe caught on a rock. The Seaboard Water Shoe takes care of this with a fully covered water shoe. The neoprene later on top protects your toes and keeps them warm, while the grippy PVC-free sole provides excellent traction on wet surfaces to minimize rock slipping and sliding. With sizes and designs for all genders, everyone can enjoy the full-traction fun.
Chinook Fishing PFD
This safety precaution not only keeps your head above water but also helps you have a streamlined day of angling. The Chinook Fishing PFD has several compartments to keep all of your fishing accessories organized and thoughtful padding and ventilation to make extended time in your kayak feel comfortable.
Escape Youth PFD
What about our junior paddlers? There is no better peace of mind while you take your kiddos on the water than a dependable PFD. The Escape Youth PDF prioritizes comfort and safety that perfectly fits forms too small for adult models. The adjustable straps on the sides and shoulders for the perfect fit and adorn reflective gear for easy visibility in the water.
NRS Havoc Helmet
Protect your most important assets with the NRS Havoc Helmet. This helmet will fit your noggin perfectly and keep it safe as you navigate more technical kayak runs. Six ventilation and drainage ports let air in and water out for the most comfortable time in the water.
Paco Sleeping Pads
Get a good night’s sleep on a multi-day kayaking adventure without sacrificing too much or your crucial packing space. When every ounce counts, a sleeping pad that isn’t too big is vital. Paco Sleeping Pads offer 1.5 inches of comfortable foam padding and have self-inflating technology, so you don’t need to spend any time huffing and puffing into your pad. And for people who take up a little more space, the Larger Paco Sleeping Pads are perfect for ensuring your joints have the padding you need.
NRS Tuff Sack Dry Bags
The NRS Tuff Sack Dry Bags are fantastic stocking stuffers as they come in several sizes, perfect for housing all their prized possessions while your kayaker is on or near the water. These long-lasting drybags will keep your items safe and dry season after season.
Front Royal Outdoors Gift Card
FRO gift cards unlock a world of possibilities, redeemable for rentals, river excursions, and accommodations. For beginners and seasoned river enthusiasts, a Front Royal Outdoors gift card is their passport to an exhilarating river journey or getaway.