20 gifts for paddlers under £20 | Stocking fillers for paddlers

20 gifts for paddlers under £20 | Stocking fillers for paddlers

As Christmas fast approaches, and with many people on a budget this year, we thought it might be a good time to look at the less expensive side of our sport. If you’re looking for paddles or boats, you won’t find them in this article! However, there’s plenty of things that paddlers need that don’t need to cost the earth. So whether you’re looking for a little treat for yourself or gifts for paddlers in your life, we’ve got the under £20 ideas covered!

20 gifts for paddlers under £20

The Red Paddle Co Cargo Carry Net

Red Paddle Cargo Carry Net

  1. From £19.96 at Red Paddle Co

Really handy for SUP’ers. A cargo net is an essential accessory if you plan to carry gear on the deck of your paddleboard. It’ll help secure it in place and keep it safe, and it comes with a handy, water-repellent, zipped pocket. Great for paddlers who often have to portage.

First Aid Kit

  1. From £20 at Cotswold Outdoor

This shouldn’t need any explanation. If you’re heading out on the water, a first aid kit is a must. Just the basic one will do, you can always add in a few other essentials like the vet tape and duct tape below!
*don’t forget, British Canoeing members get 15% off at Cotswold Outdoor – check the back of your membership card or latest members news to get the discount code.

Vet tape

  1. From £6 at Amazon and other online retailers

To sit inside your first aid kit, this vet tape shouldn’t just be kept for use on animals! It’s really, really helpful for paddlers to have in their kit bag too. Capable of holding bandages in place in hard to reach areas, like your head, it has a whole bunch of other uses too. Great for protecting your hands from wear and tear on a long paddle. For patching up kit not just people or animals!

Hydration bladder

Hydration Bladder

  1. From £9 at Decathlon, Blacks, Go Outdoors and other outlets

A great alternative to a normal water bottle. A hydration bladder can sit in a normal backpack, or you can get a specialist one for it to sit in. It keeps the water on your back for easy access and generally holds more than a water bottle, with the weight spread equally across your back. We love these, just brilliant for longer paddles and summer too!


  1. From £10 at Cotswold Outdoor

Popular as gifts for paddlers for many years! A useful classic! Pack a hot drink for when you stop off for lunch, or at the end of your paddle. Or you can fill it with boiling hot water to cook or reheat food with (like the dehydrated meals – see below). Or even have it waiting in your car at the end to top up your hot water bottle and warm up on the drive home. What’s not to love!?

*don’t forget, British Canoeing members get 15% off at Cotswold Outdoors – check the back of your membership card or latest members news to get the discount code.

Dry bag

Dry Bag Aquapac

  1. From £10 at Aquapac

Keep all your kit dry on your paddle. Ideal for carrying your valuables like car keys and phone, you can also buy larger bags to carry dry clothes and a towel incase you need it too.
*British Canoeing members receive a 30% discount with Aquapac. Check your latest member enews for the discount code.

Waterproof mobile phone pouch

  1. From £13 from Aquapac

Does exactly what it says on the tin! Keeps your mobile phone dry on the water so you can keep it in easy reach just incase you need it. An absolute essential for any paddler.
*British Canoeing members receive a 30% discount with Aquapac. Check your latest member enews for the discount code.

Dehydrated meals

summit dehydrated meal

  1. From £5.50 from Cotswold Outdoor

When you’re out on the water all day it’s easy to forget to eat. We’ve all done it. You head out in the morning and before you know it, is 5pm and you’re ready to get off. We’re sure we don’t need to tell you this, but that’s not ideal! You’re burning calories while paddling that need to be replaced not just to keep you paddling efficiently, but also to keep you paddling safely too. Dehydrated meals are brilliant to keep in your dry bag for the occasions when you’ve forgot or can’t be bothered to pack lunch. These handy meals just require water from a flask and before you know it, you’ve got a fully fledged meal! Available in all different flavours from chicken tikka to mac and cheese, apple crumble to chilli!

*don’t forget, British Canoeing members get 15% off at Cotswold Outdoors – check the back of your membership card or latest members news to get the discount code. Discounts on gifts for paddlers – what’s not to love!?

Palm Neck Scarf

Palm Neck warmer

  1. £20 from Palm Equipment

Make an active contribution to cleaning the sea with this Sequal approved recycled neck scarf. A multi-functional seamless tube, it can be worn as a headband, hat, balaclava, neck warmer or face covering. Fast drying and highly breathable, the polyester fibre in this scarf is made from upcycled marine PET plastic.

Roof rack straps

  1. £18 from Peak UK

Have you been transporting your boat in your car all summer, or been using some flimsy rope to try and keep it in position on your roof racks? These smart straps from paddling kit manufacturer Peak UK will keep your kit sturdy on the roof that’s for sure!

Microfibre Towel

  1. From £5.99 at Decathlon

Quick drying, super thin and transportable. Ideal to keep in your dry bag incase of emergencies, to use as a blanket, or to help you change after a day on the water. Just generally really useful to have in your dry bag!

Waterproof Trail Maps

  1. From £2.50 at British Canoeing 

You’ll no doubt have used the trails downloads this summer on the Go Paddling website. Well, did you know you can get printed, waterproof maps from the online shop? With 6 trails to paddle in the Broads, Manchester, London, Birmingham and the River Wye. Give the gift of adventure!

#ShePaddles boat stickers

  1. From £2.99 at British Canoeing 

The #ShePaddles campaign has really grown legs over the last few years. The campaign, initially designed to help women connect with paddlesports, promotes messages of inclusion and diversity, as well as promoting information like paddling on your period, paddling when pregnant and paddling through the menopause. Want to support the campaign and spread the word? The boat stickers are available in a variety of colours and sizes to help! And, they look pretty cool too…

Water-To-Go Bottle

  1. From £13.99 at British Canoeing 

Have you seen these?! Absolute genius!
Water-to-Go is a portable water filtration system that eliminates over 99.9% of microbiological contaminants including viruses, bacteria, chemicals and heavy metals from any non-salt water source in the world. It is a great bit of kit when travelling and is a great way to reduce plastic consumption. This means you can fill up from questionable tap water, mountain streams, canals or lakes to name a few and still be able to drink safe water without having to buy bottled water making it the ideal travel companion.
The filters used in the BPA free water bottles are created based on technology originally developed for the NASA space programme. That’s good enough for us.

Hot water bottle

  1. From £5 available from supermarkets and pharmacies across the land!

Household essentials, and just as essential for a post-winter paddle too! Keep the hot water bottle in the car or your dry bag, top up with your hot water from the flask, and warm up nicely after your paddle!

Hand and toe warmers

  1. From £1 at Cotswold Outdoors

Pack them in your first aid kit for emergencies, or keep them in your dry bag on a cold paddling day, these eco-friendly hand and toe warmers can help prevent or ease those “lovely” throbbing cold pains after a brilliant session on the water…

Head torch

  1. £19.50 from Cotswold Outdoors

With less daylight during the winter months, having some form of torch nearby is always advisable. Keep it in your dry bag and just get it out when needed. You never know when it will come in handy! From deflating your kit in the dark after a winter paddle, to needing a little bit more light when paddling through a forest dense patch, they’re always handy things to have whenever you’re outdoors!

Book Suggestions | Gifts for Paddlers under £20

How To Read Water: Clues & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea by Tristan Gooley

how to read water

  1. RRP £10.99

A really interesting starting point for learning how to read water. From ripples in a puddle to gusting winds at sea, tidal swell to river water patterns, Tristan Gooley recounts with many anecdotes and stories, just how you can read water.


The Book of Tides by William Thomson

  1. RRP £20

A brilliant read for any sea paddlers, or indeed anyone interested in the seas that surround us. This book keeps tides simple, informative and fun, but also covers important topics like rip tides, swells, buoys, weather and more.


The Book of Trespass by Nick Hayes

  1. RRP £20

Did you know? We have uncontested access to less than 4% of rivers across England and Wales? Why is that? Where do those laws come from that prevent access? And what can we do about it? The Book of Trespass by Nick Hayes answers all those questions and more. You’ll never look at a paddling trip in the same way again.


And there you have it! 20 gifts for paddlers under £20. Hopefully there’s some inspiration in there to keep you or your loved one hooked on paddling this Christmas.