Epic Gifts For Surfers: 38 Shorefire Ways to Spread Joy

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If you are on the hunt for the ultimate gift for your favorite surfer, you’re in for a treat! We’ve rounded up 38 awesome surfing gifts that will have your favorite surfer doing a happy dance on their board.

We all know that surfers are a unique breed with a language that includes phrases like “stoked” and “hang ten,” and an unwavering love for the sea. So, when it comes to gifts for surfers, the bar is set pretty high.

Luckily, we’ve combed the shores, scoured the surf shops, and chatted with the most wave-crazed folks to curate a list that’s as epic as catching the perfect wave at sunrise. Whether you’re shopping for a surf enthusiast’s birthday, an anniversary of that unforgettable beach trip, or just want to make their day a bit sunnier, these surfer gifts are sure to bring out the stoke.

From practical gear to quirky must-haves, we’ve got something for every type of surfer out there – the old-school longboarder, the shortboard shredder, and everyone in between.

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three gifts for a surfer by budget.

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Don’t forget to save these surfing gift ideas to Pinterest so you’ll know where to look next time you need gifts for a surfer!

The 25 best gifts for surfers

Surfing gifts for large budgets

#1 Floating sunglasses

Rheos floating sunglasses
Photo courtesy of Amazon

These floating sunglasses by Rheos are one of the best practical gifts for surfers.

Normally, when surfers’ sunglasses fall into the water they would need to be quick to pick them up or they would be lost. This is one of the reasons why many surfers don’t like to surf with sunglasses. But with Rheos floating sunglasses, surfers no longer have to worry about that.


#2 Surftrip map

A map of the world with all the best surfing spots
Photo courtesy of Awesome Maps Co

If you’re looking for the best gift for surfers, then this surf trip map would be at the top of the list!

It’s perfect for serious surfers and for those who like to travel and explore as well. It includes the 1000 best surf sites around the world and they can pin the place they’ve been and keep track of all the wonderful places still to go to.

It’ll also match greatly with the surfing guidebooks mentioned in this post (check out #19 and #26)!


#3 Shark repellent band

A wrist band that repels sharks
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Did you know that over half of shark attacks worldwide happen to surfers and other board sporters? Scientists think this is because sharks mistake them for seals. (Source)

So if you care deeply about someone who loves to surf then this shark-repellent band would be a marvelous surfer gift! Not only will it keep them safe but will also give you peace of mind. It uses magnetic technology that influences shark’s receptors and causes them to stay away.


#4 Smartwatches for surfing

A smartwatch from Garmin
Photo courtesy of Amazon

One of the best gifts for surfers who love tracking their progress is a smartwatch that’s designed for surfing.

The Garmin Instinct Solar Surf is one of those watches. It’s able to track things such as tides and the number of waves surfed in one session. Something that most regular smartwatches can’t measure.

Another option is the Apple Watch in combination with the Patrol App. Because Apple Watches by themselves don’t track valuable data for surfers, but in combination with the App it does.

So depending on which phone the recipient uses, you can go for the Apple Watch or the Garmin watch.


#5 Balance board trainer

A balance board for surfers
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This balance board trainer is the perfect gift to help improve a surfer’s balance (which is the key to surfing), especially if they’ve just started learning.

Besides balance, it also helps to develop core strength, stretch muscles, and reduce the possibility of injuries.


#6 Surfboard sock

A surfboard sock
Photo courtesy of Surfshop

This surfboard sock is not something surfers put on their feet but on their surfboard. It is used to protect their boards, for example when driving to a surf spot.

The striped one is specifically designed for longboards, but if the surfer you are getting this gift for uses a different board, head over to Surfshop for more surfboard sock options.


#7 Wetsuit

A wetsuit for surfers
Photo courtesy of Surfshop

All surfing essentials make great gifts for surfers. And wetsuits are one of those essentials.

Check out Surfshop for wetsuits for all weather types. For example, long or short sleeves, jackets, or springsuits for warm temperatures.


#8 Ear plugs

A box with earplugs for surfers and kids
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Swimmer’s ear is pretty common, especially among children and surfers, but with these ear plugs specifically designed for children, it can easily be prevented.

It’s an ideal gift for young surfers since the earplugs are designed for smaller ears. They still let sounds in while keeping the water out so they can still chat with their fellow surfers while waiting for the perfect wave. It even has a leash for easy attachment, making sure they never get lost.

It’s a wonderful gift for surfers or any water sports lover.


#9 Surf fashion brands

Men's swim shorts
Photo courtesy of Outerknown

One of the many great surf clothing brands is Outerknown. You can find plenty of cool clothes here that will be great gifts for surfers.

For example these swimming shorts for men.


#10 GoPro action camera

A GoPro action camera
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Practice makes perfect, or so they say. And do you how to practice even better? By watching recordings of your performance!

It might seem a bit expensive, sure, but it would mean the world to surfers if you gave them a waterproof action camera as a gift!

Not only will they be able to record their epic tricks and rides but they’ll also be able to watch their videos and improve their skills.


#11 Unique tide clock

A tide clock made from blue ceramic
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This tide clock is a fun and practical home decor gift idea for surfers. It’s stylish and gives the approximate time for the next high or low tide. All they have to do is set it to the local harbor or any beach of their choice.

Perfect for friends with a beach house who love the occasional surf as they’ll know when to catch the waves again!


#12 Hurley hat

A black baseball cap from the brand "Hurley"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Hurley is recognized as a popular surfer brand that’s considered the standard for performance in and out of the water far and wide.

A cap from this brand would be a fun gift idea for surfers to use outside of surfing and still show their passion for surfing.


#13 Long-sleeve for women

A woman wearing a long-sleeved surfing shirt
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Surfers can never have too many outfits for surfing, so a suit is always a practical and fun gift!

Check out these retro long-sleeve surf suits from Hurley. They’re made of high-quality materials and are undeniably cute too. Any of them is a great gift for women who love the waves.


#14 Surfboard serving tray

A serving tray made from an old surfboard
Photo courtesy of Tidal Wave Resin

This surfboard serving tray would be a fantastic gift for surfer’s homes!

Not only is it pleasing to the eye but it’s multi-functional too!

It’s handmade so the design and colors vary, making each piece truly one-of-a-kind (which is a testament to how beautiful and popular they are, and why they’re always low in stock)!

But no need to worry! You can always check out Etsy to find something similar in case they’re out of stock.


Surfing gifts for mid-budget

#15 Beach changing mat

A changing mat for surfers
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you have ever worn a wetsuit and had to take it off on the beach, you may remember how annoying (and bad for your suit) it is to have your wetsuit covered in sand. Not to mention the fact that you have to take that soaking wet thing into your car or backpack to go home.

And that’s exactly why this changing mat is so perfect.

Surfers can simply change while standing on the mat and once they’re finished all they have to do is dump their suit and poncho on the mat, pick it up, pull the straps and the mat has changed into a practical waterproof bag for their wetsuit.


#16 Surf-themed passport cover

A passportcover with a slhouette of a surfer
Photo courtesy of Happy Cases Shop

If you are looking for surfing gifts for people who travel often, a surf-themed passport cover is a perfect gift.

I quite liked the one with the surfer silhouette, but you can find nearly 1,000 different designs on Etsy.


#17 Surf-themed socks

Socks with surfers
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

You can find two different types of socks in this surf gift guide; one for a surfboard (#6) and one for human feet.

And you can find over 200 different surfing-themed socks on Zazzle (for human feet). Or simply go for these cute ones with surfers and palm trees.


#18 Hansen surfshop gift card

A gift card from Hansen Surfboards
Photo courtesy of Hansen

Gift cards are often viewed negatively, but they actually have their pros too.

Take this Hansen gift card for instance, this would be a wonderful and convenient gift for a surfer.

It’s impossible to know what surfing gear and gadgets they already have and let’s not forget that each person has their own preferences so there might be those who are rather picky too.

Giving them a gift card would not only relieve you from the burden of choosing the perfect gift but will also satisfy the needs of the recipient.

And if you are worried about giving a boring gift. check out these 29 creative ways to give gift cards.


#19 Lonely Planet’s Epic Surf Breaks

Book cover of "Epic surf breaks of the world"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Looking for an inspiring gift idea for surfers? Ones that both newbies and veterans will like?

Then check out Lonely Planet’s epic guide to the best surfing spots in the world!

We love the jaw-dropping photographs, maps, and beautiful illustrations. But first-person stories from surf writers around the globe are probably the best part of the book.


#20 Beach changing poncho

A man wearing a blue poncho made from towel fabric
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Beach and surf-changing ponchos are great practical gifts for surfers.

Thanks to the long design of the poncho, surfers can easily take off their wetsuits and change into something clean and dry after surfing.

With the surf poncho, the awkward changing dance with a towel around their waist while also trying to keep their balance and changing into dry clothing is a thing of the past. And I am pretty sure that most surfers will agree with me when I say that that’s a good thing.

If you are looking for surfing gifts for someone who loves happy and colorful items, check out all the ponchos on Surfdome. For people who are happy with simple designs, the poncho on Amazon is a great gift.


#21 Books about surfing

Book cover of a book titles "The book of surfing"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Not all gifts for surfers have to be practical. Books about surfing can also be great gifts. And this “Book of Surfing” is a great guide to teach them everything there is to know about surfing and being a great surfer.


#22 Hurley patriot boardshorts

Man wearing swimming shorts in the color of the US flag
Photo courtesy of Amazon

These boardshorts for men are a fun and practical gift idea for surfers from the US.

It’s quick-drying and is made of recycled phantom stretch material which allows for enhanced mobility, so it’s definitely high-end (Just as expected from products of Hurley).

Plus, it’s a fun way to show their patriotism (perfect for every 4th of July)!


#23 Surfboard repair kit

A set to repair a surfboard
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Another one of the most practical gifts for surfers is this surfboard emergency repair kit by Phix Doctor.

Nothing is more important to a surfer than keeping his or her surfboard in good condition. This emergency kit allows them to instantly fix most of the common surfboard damages for both epoxy and polyester surfboards.


#24 Surfing-themed earrings

Surfboard shaped earring studs
Photo courtesy of Les Folles Marquises

You can never go wrong with gifting jewelry to the ladies.

This laser-engraved maple wood earring is an ideal surfer gift for women. It’s handmade and is even hypoallergenic!

Looking for another one? No worries! There are a variety of styles and designs to choose from on Etsy.


#25 Surf-themed travel mug

surf-themed travel mug
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for surfing gifts for someone who also loves coffee? Then a surf-themed travel mug is a perfect gift for them.

They can take a hot coffee in their mug when they’re driving to their surf location early in the morning!

My favorite one was the travel mug that said: “Sorry I can’t, I have a board meeting”. But with nearly 3000 different options on Zazzle, I am sure you can find one that you think is funny too!


#26 Surfing coffee table book

Book cover of "fifty places the surf before you die"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This is one of the best gifts for surfers who love to surf in different places around the world. They can use this book for inspiration or just as a beautiful coffee table book to decorate their shelves.


#27 Wetsuit cleaner

A jar of wetsuit cleaner
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for more small surfing gift essentials? This wetsuit cleaner is perfect!

A wetsuit is an expensive item, so most surfers will want to take good care of their suits.

Impresa’s wetsuit cleaner removes odors, chlorine, and salt and helps to extend their wetsuits’ life.


#28 Illustrated surfing book

Book cover of "surfing illustrated: a visual guide to wave riding"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

“Surfing Illustrated” contains everything your favorite surfer needs to know about surfing whether it’s about etiquette, wave dynamics, or riding techniques.

The author, John Robinson, uses hundreds of photos including comical and cartoon-like drawings to provide a clear illustration that’s easy to understand – making it the perfect surfer gift for visual learners.


Surfing gifts for small budgets

#29 Surfing gifts for her: necklace

Silver pendant of a surf board
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This pendant of a surfboard with waves is one of the cutest surfing gifts for her.

All you need to add is a necklace and your gift is finished.


#30 Surf logbook

Book cover of a logbook for surfers
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Surf logbooks are great gifts for surfers who travel around the world and try different surf spots. Or for surfers who simply love to keep track of their surf sessions.

The journal includes structured pages for them to track things such as temperature, location, waves, tide, and current.


#31 Reef-friendly sunscreen

A jar of suncreen from Badger
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Water often washes away sunscreen and it reflects the sun. This makes surfing one of the highest risk sports for sunburns.

Luckily, you can now find water-resistant sunscreen with zinc which is one of the best sunblocks to use for watersports.

And what’s even better about this one by Badger is that it’s reef-friendly, so it doesn’t harm the ocean when the surfer gets in touch with the water.

This makes sunscreen one of the best gifts for surfers who care about their safety and the environment.


#32 Surfing-themed rings

A hand with a ring in the shape of a wave
Photo courtesy of Pineapple Island UK

Jewelry has always been viewed as a symbol of elegance and femininity so gifting them to women would make them happy for sure.

This handmade ring would be a subtle surfer gift for a woman and will, without a doubt, show her love for the waves. It’s stylish, adjustable, and is perfect whether worn on its own or stacked with other rings.


#33 Surf survival book

Book cover of "surf survival: the surfer's health handbook"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

“Surf Survival” is authored by three expert physicians and surfers who are trained in emergency medicine, sports medicine, and family medicine.

It’s a practical handbook that contains everything a surfer needs from how to understand waves and currents to how to treat jellyfish stings and many more!

It’s undoubtedly a must-have for surfers!


#34 Car embelms

surfing-themed emblems for the car
Photo courtesy of Surfshop

Surfers love to share their passion to the world and with these surf-themed car emblems, they can spread their love while they’re hitting the next surf spot!


#35 Surf-themed luggage tag

luggage tag with surf the wave
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Another example of useful surfing gifts for people who travel a lot are surf-themed luggage tags. For example, this “surf the wave” one.

But check out Zazzle for more options because they offer nearly 1200 different designs!


#36 Reef-safe lip balm

A lip balm
Photo courtesy of Hansen Surfboards

Everyone needs protection when they go to the beach yet a lot of those products have elements that are harmful to the sea.

But not this lip balm!

It’s made without petroleum and paraben so it’s 100% safe for the reefs and for them. Plus, it keeps their lips from getting chapped and is always moisturized!


#37 Wax

Surfboarc wax jar from Mr Zogs
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Wax is one of those practical gifts for surfers that will always work.

If you know which wax brand they use, you should definitely buy wax from that brand because some surfers can be very picky and particular about their wax.

However, if you don’t know which brand they use, Mr. Zogs is a safe bet as it’s a popular brand among many surfers.


#38 Quick-drying towels

Quick drying towels
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Looking for a practical and convenient gift for surfers?

This microfiber towel is one of the most suitable choices!

It’s lightweight (easy to carry and a space saver!), super absorbent and dries super quick (skin-friendly too)!

It comes in different colors and sizes so it’s great as a travel or sports towel.


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The 25 best gifts for surfers

Final note on gifts for surfers

Do you need help with choosing the best gift for a surfer? Here are my top three surfing gift ideas in each price category:

AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!