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

Gill’s Beanie Range

Beanie headwear. Gifts for paddlers under £20

  1. From £16 at Gill

An essential piece of headwear, Gill’s range of beanie’s will keep your  head warm even in the coldest of conditions, wear on or around the water for maximum protection from the elements.

*British Canoeing members receive a 15% discount with Gill. To get your discount code, please login to British Canoeing’s Members Hub here.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit. Paddling gifts for under £20

  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!

Kayak, Canoe and SUP keyrings

Kayak, Canoe and SUP keyring gifts for under £20

  1. From £6.99 at Hobkey

These highly detailed and unbreakable keyrings will put a smile on any paddlers face every time they pick up their keys. It’ll remind them about all the splendid moments spent on the water. Hobkey offers White Water Kayak, Sea Kayak, Canoe and Paddle board options.

Hydration bladder

Hydration bladder. Paddling gifts for under £20

  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!

Flask

vacuum flask. Gifts for paddlers under £20

  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!?

Dry bag

Dry bag gifts for under £20

  1. From £19 at Gill

Keep all your kit dry on your paddle. Ideal for keeping your values and gear dry whilst out on the water. They are also really handy to keep things organised and stored securely.

*British Canoeing members receive a 15% discount with Gill. To get your discount code, please login to British Canoeing’s Members Hub here.

Waterproof mobile phone pouch

waterproof phone case gift for under £20

 

  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. To get your discount code, please login to British Canoeing’s Members Hub here.

Aquaplanet Quick Release Belt

Quick Release Belt gift for under £20

  1. £16.99 from Aquaplanet

Simple and effective solution for increased SUP safety, AquaPlanet’s Quick Release Belt allows you to connect your existing ankle leash to this waist-worn easy release system.

For increased security on fast moving or obstructed waters, the Aquaplanet QR belt has a custom designed quick release buckle that is secure when closed but easily locatable and provides fast, efficient release from the board when pulled.  To learn more about the different types of SUP leashes read our handy guide by clicking here.

OS Thermal Neck Gaiter

Neck warmer gift for under £20

 

  1. £15 from Gill

Designed to offer additional warmth and protection for the neck and lower half of the face, the OS Thermal Neck Gaiter is a necessary essential for activities in colder temperatures. The 4-way stretch thermal fabric with waffle interior provides warmth and breathability as well as enhancing airflow and drying time. It will remain comfortable for long periods and can be worn as a headband, hat, balaclava, neck warmer or face covering.

*British Canoeing members receive a 15% discount with Gill. To get your discount code, please login to British Canoeing’s Members Hub here.

Roof rack straps

Roof rack straps for under £20

  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!

Paddling Socks

Paddling socks. Perfect gift idea for paddlers under £20

  1. From £18 at Gill

Designed to be worn alone or layered for extra protection, Gill’s range Thermal Hot and Neoprene socks are great for paddlers. These socks offer maximum comfort and warmth so you can enjoy your winter paddles.

*British Canoeing members receive a 15% discount with Gill. To get your discount code, please login to British Canoeing’s Members Hub here.

Waterproof Trail Maps

Go Paddling Maps. Gifts for paddlers under £20

  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

Shepaddles stickers. Gift ideas for under £20

  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

Water bottle gift for under £20

  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

Hot water bottle. Gifts for paddlers under £20

  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!

Playboater Rack Guard

Roof rack guard. Paddling gifts for under £20

  1. RRP £19.99 avaliable from most paddling shops. Find your nearest paddling shop here.

The Playboater Rack Guard is a convenient and easy way to keep your craft safe when stored on a roof-rack. The guard has been designed to work without a padlock, by means of a rigid plastic ball that is shut into the interior of the vehicle. Either through the boot or door, so there’s no need to worry about looking after an extra key. The guard can also be combined with a padlock so you can secure one or more craft to a fixed object such as a lamppost.

Head torch

Head touch gift for under £20

  1. £14.99 from Alpkit

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.