Beach-Inspired Holiday Gift Ideas

Christmas tree on the beach
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The holidays are a time for getting together, sharing memories and, the hardest part, shopping for gifts. To make it easier, we’re sharing some of our favorite island-inspired holiday gift ideas. While a trip to The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel would be the perfect gift, here are some of the next best things for friends and family – or yourself! – who can’t make it to the beach this season.

Beach Cruiser

Think back to your childhood when you woke up to find a brand-new bicycle waiting for you. If there’s one gift that excites people – more than a puppy – it’s a bike. Beach cruisers forego the banana seats of yesteryear and offer a more comfortable, stable and easy-to-ride experience for casual riders and beachgoers. We also suggest picking up a helmet.

Kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboard

If you’ve somehow managed to forget how to ride a bike, maybe kayaking or paddleboarding is for you. Whether you’re gently rolling along the Great Calusa Blueway or paddling the channels and lakes in your neighborhood, kayaking and paddleboarding are great ways to take your mind to the beach – and get a healthy workout. 

Water Shoes

Maybe you’re thinking about biking and kayaking? Water shoes are casual footwear versatile enough for handling wayward water that gets into your kayak and popping on before taking a bike ride to lunch. We wouldn’t spend a day at the beach without bringing along a pair. 

Florida Foods

Did someone say dessert? Tons of foods immediately conjure thoughts of Florida and the beach. Whether you have a Key lime pie shipped from Florida, or you share a box of Norman Love chocolates with someone you’re sweet on, one bite and you can almost feel the sun on your back and breeze through your hair. 

Beach-Scented Candles

Aside from warm cookies and fresh-baked bread, there are few smells as loved as those of the beach. Candles with the scents of salty sea air, citrus fruits, jasmine and other tropical flowers instantly transport you to the beach. 

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