AirKayaks note: This gift article blog has been updated for 2014.
It’s that time of year again. What do you give to a kayaking buddy or family member, without breaking your budget? Here are 10 nifty paddling gift ideas under $25 that are guaranteed to please a variety of kayaking types:
1) Aquatight Waterproof Paddlers Waist Pouch from Chinook Technology – $24.95.
Keep your valuables dry and nearby! The waist pouch is constructed from 70 denier ripstop nylon with watertight seams and a rollover velcro and double ziplock closure on all main openings. The compartment size is 9 x 5 inches, while the adjustable clip system fits a 23 to 49 inch waist.
2) Bilge Pump from Seattle Sports – $19.95
A must for any boater. The Seattle Sport 8 gallon per minute Bilge Pump features an easy-grab handle, super-strong pump shaft and heavy-duty impact resistant plastic.
3) Chinook Aquatight 5-Map Chart Organizer – $23.95
A unique dual-section, trifold map case holds up to 5 standard-sized maps! Two waterproof compartments with view windows and four attachment points for lashing to kayaks, canoes, backpacks and bicycle handlebars. A winner!
4) Original Backup Anchor from Maxxon – $19.95
A portable and practical anchor solution – all you need is rope and a rock! Simply place the Backup Anchor flat on the ground, find a suitable rock and place in the center of the anchor. Snap the D-rings into the included snaphook, ad the desired length of rope to the snaphook and …. anchors away! When finished, it rolls up, taking up minimal storage space. Available in two sizes for fresh water lakes and rivers.
5) Paddle Leash from Seattle Sports – $17.95
Don’t be caught “up a creek without a paddle!” The streamlined, low-profile, retractable Paddle Leash cord is easy to pack and stays out of the way while providing an eight-foot expansion. A unique quick-release feature allows your paddle to be quickly and easily attached to and from the leash. Length 34.25 inches expanding to 8 ft, weight 1.8 oz.
6) 2.5 or 3 Gallon Solar Summer Shower from Advanced Elements – $18.99 – $23.99
A great portable solution for paddling excursions and camping trips. Just fill the solar shower with water, put it in the sun, and in hours – instant, energy-free hot water. Great for showers, washing the pet, rinsing off or washing dishes. Two sizes.
7) MTI Cape-Style Dog Life Vest – $22.95
Don’t leave your buddy home, but keep him safe with his own life vest. The MTI “super-man cape” shape offers protection without binding or overheating. A carry handle helps you get wet wiggly Fido back in the boat, while reflective trim adds visibility. Two under-the-tummy adjustable cinches, collar cinch with velcro. Available in 4 sizes.
8) AquaTight GPS/Cell Phone Protector from Chinook Technologies – $17.95
Keep your GPS, cell phone or other small electronics dry while paddling! The AquaTight GPS/Cell Phone Protector features a waterprof TPU-coated 70D nylon ripstop and extremely durable TPU windows Fits items up to 3 x 6 inches – neck lanyard included!
9) 3 to 22 Liter Aquatite Dry Storage Sacks from Chinook Technologies – $12.95 – $22.95
Lightweight, economical and compact – they fit in the palm of your hand! The Aquatight Drysacks are a great choice for backpackers, kayakers or anyone who requires reliable, lightweight gear in extreme conditions. Keeps your gear dry, clean and organized – and compresses to a very compact size. Made of durable, ripstop nylon with a watertight, roll-top closure and easy grab handle. Available in five sizes.
10) 12 Volt Electric Pump from Advanced Elements – $22.95
Have a friend with an inflatable kayak? The 12V Electric Pump connects to your car lighter or power point for faster inflation or deflation! Used in conjunction with a hand or foot pump, it’s ideal for use on both large and small inflatables when getting onto the water is your highest priority.
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