Holiday Guide to Gifting

Bright yellow slide next to calm backyard pool

With the onslaught of online retailers, it’s easier than ever to shop for gifts for pool lovers. What may be more difficult, is stopping, because this is one area where you just may want to shop until you drop!

It is often said that the best gifts are ones you would love to have yourself. So maybe a good place to start is by browsing around to see what catches your eye. Then make a list of all of the pool lovers in your life and start the hunt for something special.

Ready? Set? Blow!

First of all, who doesn’t like inflatables? They can make a really big statement and then, conveniently, shrink back down for storage. There is certain to be one out there for everyone on your list.

At www.ravesports.com, you can go big with a Cosmic Slide Pool Slide, Water Totter see-saws, and even an aqua bar. INTEX makes an 8-ft Inflat-A-Bull; realistic sea turtle, whale, or alligator ride-ons; assorted baby floats, and even a canopy island.

What about a Giant Inflatable Golden Dragon pool float that holds up to 400 lbs! Swimline’s Giant Peacock Lounger or LED Light-up Swan Float might be just the ticket for the bird lover on your list. If you’re looking for something weird and wacky, check out www.kangaroomfg.com/ for blow-ups including a 70” cockroach or an 11-1/2-foot whale, an electric guitar, or a huge high-heel. And what patriot wouldn’t appreciate a 6.5-ft Bald Eagle Pool Raft?!

For a Laugh and a Smile

The SwimWays Singing Gondolier brings the magic of Venice home as it lights up and plays three Italian songs. Multiple traveling-pattern settings allow it to move through any size pool.

Pool Petz creatures float at the surface of the water and add color and whimsy. Up to three-feet long, this quick-drying and mildew-resistant collection includes a shark, jellyfish, stingray, frog, octopus, turtle, or fish. Imagine gifting one of each! Prefer alligators and crocodiles? See www.poolmaster.com for those, as well as stylish outdoor thermometers and clocks, floating solar lanterns, a towel tree, or portable poolside shower.

The Sharper Image (https://www.sharperimage.com) offers inflatable hot tubs, weather-resistant speakers, rolling and floating coolers, mosquito canopies, and even reading glasses designed just for the sun. Zero-gravity chairs, hammocks, a wave rocker, and an orbital lounger round out the seating options.

Fun in the Sun

Stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond (www.bedbathandbeyond.com) have gone way beyond towels. Their Pool & Spa Valet comes complete with wind clips to hold towels in place, shelf for keys, lotion, and beverages, while the Crosley Palm Harbor Outdoor Wicker Towel Valet looks resort-ready. Those who love to entertain would certainly enjoy an Outdoor Aluminum Serving Cart with wine storage rack, towel bar, and bottle opener. And for a truly unique gift, try the Pool Buoy 5-foot floating umbrella and Buoy that offers substantial shade and holds up to five drinks.

Brookstone (www.brookstone.com) is a treasure trove of unique gifts, such as organizers for pool floats and toys; unique pool and spa thermometers; water testers and pool vacuums; the Point Pong floatable beverage pong table; a water-balloon launcher and inflatable rocking see-saw; and an underwater floating light and fountain.

Amazon.com offers a line of swimming pool golf greens and even an Aqua Golf Floating Putting Mat. Floating Golf Greens (www.floatinggolfgreen.com) carries a range of sizes from 3 x 3 to 8 x 12 feet, floating golf balls, green cups, flags, and tee box.

Get Personal

How about personalized pool essentials? At www.personalcreations.com you can find gifts ranging from pool towels to signs, serving pieces, beverage tubs, totes, and stepping stones. Personalization Mall (www.personalizationmall.com) is another source for yard stakes and garden signs, stepping stones, flower pots, wind chimes, doormats, party coolers, outdoor furniture and BBQ accessories.

So let your eyes do the wandering. And put yourself in the recipient’s flip-flops. What would delight you? Now go for it!