With the holidays just around the corner, we know that you’re starting to think about finding the perfect gifts for that special someone. To take the stress out of gift-giving, we’ve surveyed our friends, neighbours, and shop team to carefully compile the ultimate gift-giving guide for the surfer, water lover, sun chaser and adventurer in your life. Every item has been thoughtfully selected, rigorously tested and carefully curated. Browse through for inspiration, or better yet, send it to Santa as your own holiday wish list!
For the Environmentalist
Straight from the horse’s mouth — Let My People Go Surfing is written in the words of Yvon Chouinard, himself — the founder of Patagonia, a company at the forefront of environmental concerns, demonstrating what it means to be a truly responsible company. This newly revised edition is perfect for anyone on your list who wants to dive a little deeper into the history and present day of this iconic company.
If you’ve ever caught waves in the Bay Area, chances are you’ve made the pilgrimage to Mollusk — the Mecca of San Francisco surf. Now, we’ve brought those laid back Northern California vibes right here to Toronto. Recognizing the environmental impact of cotton fabrication, these shirts are made from hemp which feel as good on your skin as they do on your conscience.
These one-of-a-kind tote bags were once billboards across North America. Over the past six years, Rareform has repurposed two million pounds of vinyl that would otherwise be destined for landfills. Each bag is unique and a great conversation starter at the beach or the bus stop.
For the Explorer
Winter surfing is hard, we aren’t going to lie — but a Dry Robe makes it a whole lot easier. Perfect to throw on right over your wetsuit after your cold water session, and a great gift for any winter camper, open water swimmer or just your friend who hates walking the dog in the snow.
It’s hard to imagine a water activity that doesn’t call for a little bit (or a lot) of neoprene. The list of activities is as long as your imagination and includes surfing, swimming, diving, sailing, paddleboarding, windsurfing and rafting. Whether it’s a winter wetsuit for our Great Lakes in February or a neoprene top to keep the chill off a surf session in Costa Rica — we’ve got wetsuits for all shapes and sizes!
This is the gift for the ultimate adventurer. The world’s smallest inflatable stand-up paddleboard can extend any trip onto previously unexplored waters. Surprise that special person on your list with the only SUP that you can fit under your Christmas tree.
For the Roadtripper
Sometimes trips don’t go exactly as planned... and that’s where the adventure begins. Outside Magazine described In Search of Captain Zero as ‘A subtly affecting tale of friendship and duty. It deserves a spot on the microbus dashboard as a hell of a cautionary tale about finding paradise and smoking it away’.
Every road trip needs fuel — and sometimes that comes in the form of caffeine. Just because you are being environmentally friendly, doesn’t mean you have to lose your sense of style. Keep Cups come in a variety of sizes, materials and Pantone colours to suit the coffee lover on your list.
Sleeping bag design meets the familiarity and convenience of a blanket. Rumpl blankets utilize technical materials developed for premium activewear and outdoor gear to modernize the everyday blanket resulting in the comfort of home, wherever that may be.
For the Sunchaser
For anyone on your list who has ever missed a spot on their back when trying to apply sunscreen. Rash guards are the perfect alternative to worrying about sunscreen or it’s effects on our precious bodies of water. We've (literally) got you covered with a wide selection of rash guards with sun coverage equal to SPF 50 that is guaranteed to never wear off.
The art of drying off. Slowtide partners with artists, photographers, designers, and brands to create unique prints for the towels, all while maintaining premium quality. Made from 100% sustainably sourced cotton, the sun lover on your list is guaranteed the best drying experience.
The process of upcycling converts waste into want and Vissla has woven this into their board shorts. Vissla uses upcycled coconut husks to create an odor-resistant, fast drying, Cocotex® yarn. They are then blended with Repreve® recycled plastic bottles polyester yarns to create the perfect performance boardshort fabric that you can wear and enjoy. Reduce the amount of waste in the oceans and in landfills, while giving style you can feel good about.
For the Book Lover
“The Aloha Shirt is enjoying an enthusiastic resurgence and are coming out of your Dad’s closet for the first time in decades!” The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands is the most colorful and complete book published on the most enduring souvenir ever invented: the Hawaiian shirt.
There is perhaps no more quintessential surf book than Barbarian Days, certainly the only one we know of to win a Pulitzer Prize! Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little understood art. Today, Finnegan’s surfing life is undiminished. Frantically juggling work and family, he chases his enchantment through Long Island ice storms and obscure corners of Madagascar.
We all have someone on our list that this title will resonate with. This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give A Fuck is a poetry collection of Janne Robinson’s heart. Her work is a diverse assortment of gut-wrenching stories, powerful anecdotes, whimsical observations, and overall joyful expressions.
For the Waterbaby
Having a good zinc paste is key for those long sessions in the warmer months in Canada, and even more important on that surf trip in the tropics. Tuff Stuff is created on Vancouver Island and is made for outdoor enthusiasts who face the harshest environmental conditions. This 100% natural formula is broad spectrum and super water resistant, reef-safe, kid-safe, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and cruelty-free. Tested on friends, not animals!
Every waterbaby needs a pair of Dafin swimming fins. These fun, bright-coloured fins are made with performance in mind, providing power and control in any ocean, river and lake conditions. Widely used by surfers, swimmers, water photographers and by the United States Lifesaving Association and the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association. They are comfortable, compact, lightweight — and the best part — they float!
Whether your secret santa surfs, bodyboards or just loves the water, a hand plane is all they’ll need to catch waves wherever they go. These portable surf devices are made for bodysurfing and work great on pretty much any wave — large or small. These magical pieces of foam can be packed in your carry-on luggage and will provide so much fun on the beach. Get shacked in any size of wave and drop into waves that no other surf craft would dare!
For the Grom
Some of us who started surfing at an early age have vivid memories of playing on waves with turtle-shaped boogie boards or an inflatable toy. The Womper is just that and a lot more! Can be used by your grom as a perfectly-sized boogie board, but also can be used by you as a hand plane. Take it to the public pool, to the lake, or pack it in your bag for that tropical winter escape. It’s guaranteed fun and entertainment for the whole family.
There’s no better time to start a conversation about mental health with your little ones than when they are young. This book is based on the true story of OneWave—a non-profit global community incorporating mental health awareness through surfing and salt water therapy. Their overarching message: ‘It’s OK not to be OK’, encourages conversations to smash the stigma surrounding mental health.
Honestly, who doesn’t love Shreddie the surf yeti? Rumour has it that on the coldest day of the year, on the biggest of swells, Shreddie has been spotted riding his log at different spots around the Greats. Since nobody has ever captured him on camera, we asked local surfer and illustrator Ellie Curry to bring all those sightings to life. You know that when the conditions are over head, Shreddie would go.
For that Surf Lifestyle
Made for endless summer days Rhythm speaks to creative self-expressionists who yearn for new frontiers off the well-worn path. These pants are the perfect pair for effortless style. Crafted from 100% linen with a flattering high-waisted fit, a wide leg cropped shape and roomy side pockets this is your go-to for an on-trend relaxed outfit.
Banks Journal is one of the coolest surf brands of our times. Born in Byron Bay with a strong Japanese influence, their mission is simple — to merge style & function with a sustainable approach to design and development. Made from organic cotton and polyester with a subtle raised texture print and welt pockets, it is the perfect layer to throw on Christmas morning or after a surf session.
Hands down, the best pants ever made. Period. This Vancouver-based company takes the athleisure to the next level.Super soft, moisture-wicking, and enough stretch to keep everything below the waist happy. As stylish as they ares comfortable, these pants can handle any adventure. Perfect for that dawn patrol surf check, to travel or to exercise in. Add a woven shirt to it and you are ready for that dinner party or a couple drinks at the bar.
For Guaranteed Satisfaction
Still don’t know what to give? How about a gift card? You’ll be the holiday hero giving the gift that can go towards a surfboard or a wetsuit, rad clothes & accessories, local surf lessons and even towards that dreamy surf camp in Peru. You choose the amount, we deliver the good vibes!