If you’re searching for gift ideas for the divers or water-lovers in your life, or want to show your appreciation to a superhero Divemaster or Instructor, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a collection of the best-selling gifts for scuba divers. From marine animal books to attire made to protect divers from the elements, this list has something for everyone.
No time to waste? Here are quick links to our top 12 best-selling gift ideas for scuba divers:
- PADI Dry Bag
- PADI Limited Edition Parrotfish Rash Guard
- A Scuba Diving Experience
- PADI Unisex Eco Jogger Pants
- PADI X Great White Shark Towel
- To-Go Ware X PADI: Bamboo Travel Utensils
- Shark: Portraits Book
- PADI x Dryrobe
- Creature of the Deep Tee
- Ocean-Friendly Sun Protection
- PADI X Ocean Bottle
- Scuba Diving Tank Key Chain
Alternatively, keep scrolling for a more in-depth look at each of these best-selling gifts for divers.
1. PADI Dry Bag
PADI Dry Bags are both a reliable answer to, “What’s the best gift idea for scuba divers?” and, “How do I keep my gear safe and dry?” They are a must-have item for divers, freedivers and anyone who spends time around watery environments. They come in three different sizes (5L, 15L and 45L) and either black, orange or blue colors. Plus, each bag is made from high-quality materials and sports a roll-top closure for a greater convenience and security.
2. PADI Limited Edition Parrotfish Rash Guard
PADI rash guards are a top-selling gift idea for scuba divers. What’s really great is that they are available in a range of different styles and sizes, meaning there’s an option to suit every in-water adventurer out there. One of the top choices of the moment is this limited-edition PADI Parrotfish Rash Guard. The colorful, fish-inspired design lets you stand out in the crowd. Plus, PADI rash guards are made from recycled plastic and provide UPF50+ protection.
3. A Scuba Diving Experience
It’s easy to see why giving someone a scuba diving experience is so popular. In addition to being one of the best last-minute gift ideas, these courses allow the recipient to discover, rekindle or simply expand their love for the underwater world. Available eLearning courses include everything from the PADI Open Water Diver course to specialties, like Digital Underwater Photographer. You can check out a more in-depth look at how to give someone a scuba diving experience here.
In addition, your local PADI dive shop may sell vouchers for a private Discover Scuba Diving® experience. If you know someone (or a couple or group of friends) who might like to try scuba diving, a Discover Scuba Diving experience is a fun and relaxing way for them to take their first breath underwater.
4. PADI Unisex Eco Jogger Pants
Whether you’re spending the day on a boat or just chilling, these PADI Unisex Eco Jogger Pants provide comfort, protection and warmth. The pants are available in either gray or black and with or without a dive flag above the PADI logo. They feature a moisture-wicking design which helps to keep sweat away in warmer conditions. Plus, they include a drawcord waistband for a secure fit and have two zipper pockets, which are ideal for securely storing smaller items.
5. PADI X Andy Casagrande Great White Shark Travel Towel
Andy Casagrande’s iconic shot of a great white shark features on several of PADI’s most popular gear items, and it’s easy to see why. This shark-adorned towel is a particular favorite, as it features the outstanding image twice. It’s a versatile gift idea, being great for beach days, dive days, yoga, travel and even camping adventures. Plus, the towel is made from Repreve®, a material which contains 80% recycled polyester, and it gets softer with each wash.
6. To-Go Ware X PADI: Bamboo Travel Utensils
A set of travel utensils is a great gift idea for several reasons. In addition to ensuring you’re always ready to eat on the move, this eco-friendly gift lets you avoid single-use cutlery. Each six-piece set includes a fork, a knife, a spoon, a set of chopsticks and a PADI logo-adorned holder. Additionally, the sets are available in three colors and make a great stocking stuffer idea for Christmas.
7. Shark: Portraits Hardcover Book Signed by Author Mike Coots
Know someone who loves outstanding underwater photography and appreciates a great coffee table read? Then Shark: Portraits should be calling to you. This 240-page book perfectly captures the beauty of the often misunderstood creatures. Species inside include tigers, great hammerheads, oceanic white tips, lemons, and of course, great whites. This is definitely one of the best marine books for scuba divers. In addition, it’s an ideal puzzle piece when searching for the best home decor for scuba divers.
8. PADI x Dryrobe
The gift of being warm, dry and protected from the elements is definitely something a diver will appreciate — and a PADI x Dryrobe can deliver this! These don’t-know-how-much-you-need-one-until-you-own-one items feature a waterproof and windproof outer shell and a super-warm synthetic lining on the inside. They are made from 100% recycled fabrics, feature external zip pockets and come in either long or short-sleeve models.
9. Creature of the Deep Tee
A retro, stylish or branded T-shirt is always a reliable choice for a gift. The PADI Gear site has multiple amazing options, several of which can be found in our best apparel for scuba divers gift guide. One of the most popular tees is the Creature of the Deep Unisex Tee, which features a colorful giant squid holding onto a scuba tank. The design can be found on the front over the left chest area and enlarged on the reverse.
10. Ocean-Friendly Sun Protection
It’s a top-selling gift, because everyone needs it! So, give your favorite dive buddy reef-friendly exposure protection to protect themselves from harmful UV rays and to protect the ocean from potentially harmful chemicals. Here’s a selection of some of best-selling options:
- Stream2Sea Sunscreen for Face and Body SPF 20
- Stream2Sea Tinted Sunscreen SPF 20
- Stream2Sea Cucumber Mint Sun Protect Lip Balm
- Reef Sentinel Kit
A great alternative, which can be used alongside the best sun protection, is to cover up rather than slather on. Rashguards and hats, like this Shark Tooth Trucker Hat, offer a stylish and convenient answer to protecting yourself from the sun.
11. PADI X Ocean Bottle
Help your favorite diver show their scuba-pride and avoid single-use plastics with a PADI X Ocean Bottle. This bottle is ideal for taking on dive boats, beach dives or anywhere that your day-to-day adventures go. The vacuum-insulated walls keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, making it an invaluable answer to extreme dive-day temperatures. Additionally, the 500-milliliter capacity bottle is available in either sun orange or ocean blue.
12. Scuba Diving Tank Key Chain
It’s simple, it’s budget friendly and it’s sure to be well received by any scuba diver. That’s why this Scuba Diving Tank Key Chain is a top seller among the scuba community. The USA-made product features a dive tank charm attached to a keychain with intricate details, like a dive flag and O-ring.
Want more popular gift ideas at budget-friendly prices? Check out our collection of the best gifts for divers under $25.
Need More Gift Ideas for Scuba Divers?
If you didn’t find the right gift for your scuba diver, there’s no need to worry. We have several other gift guides filled with great ideas for scuba divers, freedivers and anyone who loves being in or around the ocean.
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