Holiday Gift Guide for Surfers

Are you shopping for a Christmas/Hanukkah, holiday, or birthday gift for that special surfer in your life? You’ve come to the right place!

Surfers may be some of the easiest folks to shop for. We don’t need much to be happy other than some waves and some stoke. Luckily, there are some easy things you can buy to help towards those ends.

Here are some highlights for our top picks for surfer gifts.

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas

First, here is a quick list of some smaller items than can make some excellent stocking stuffers for the surfers on the nice list.

Top Gift Ideas for Surfers

1. GoPro Hero8

The GoPro Hero8 is the best camera for surfing. It’s waterproof out of the box and is compatible with a wide range of mounts and straps that make filming yourself surf super easy.

Being able to watch yourself surf can be an excellent way to improve, and it’s always fun to show everyone how good (or goofy) you look.

2. Indo Board Balance Board

Indo Boards are the original balance trainer for surfing. This is a great way to practice balance when you can’t get in the water. And it makes idle time at home a lot more fun.

3. Hamboards Pescadito Skateboard

Another great out-of-the-water surf trainer is a skateboard.

Hamboards, a surf-skate company that appeared on Shark Tank a while back, has a variety of board designed specifically to mimic the flow and motions of surfing.

Whether you’re landlocked or just need something to do when the surf is down, a skateboard is an excellent choice.

4. Waterborne Surfskate Trucks

Continuing the theme of “surf training,” these skateboard truck adapters can turn any skateboard or longboard into a surf-skate.

These mount to the deck and your trucks to give you a flowy carvey feeling so you can practice your turns and carves.

5. Dakine Indo Surf Hat

A proper surf hat can be a lifesaver. Whether you’re out for a long, sunbaked summertime session or the sun is at the angle where you can barely see the sets coming, a surf hat is the way to go.

The Dakine surf hat is lightweight and comfortable. Plus it floats!

6. COR Surf Bamboo Surfboard Stand

A surfboard stand is another great gift. This bamboo single board stand from COR surf is a great way to display and store your favorite board.

7. Pro-Lite Session Day Bag

So many unnecessary surfboard dings happen outside of the water – usually going to and from the beach. A quality board bag is like an insurance policy for your surfboard.

Pro-Lite makes some of the best surfboard bags out there. The Session Day Bag is a good choice for everyday use and car travel. They’ve got more heavy duty options for airline travel as well.

8. Sticky Bumps Surfboard Wax

Every surfer needs some wax! This is a gift that they’re guaranteed to use, and they can never have enough. Just pick the correct water-temperature rating and send them a box of bars.

9. Wave Arcade Gray Whale Migration Hoodie

Wave Arcade Gray Whale Migration Hoodie

Looking for something more unique? Pick up some Wave Arcade surf apparel like the super comfy Gray Whale Migration Hoodie.

Be sure to get your orders in early (before December 10th to make sure if arrives before Christmas).

10. Wave Arcade Surf Maps & Surf Art

Wave Arcade Surf Spot Maps

Our selection of surf art is another excellent gift. You can’t go wrong with our Surf Map collection.

We’ve got a variety of surf spot maps for a range of regions all around the U.S. styled in 4 different colorways.

Pick out the region where they live, grew up, or like to vacation, and you’ll help them keep the stoke alive when they can’t be at the beach.

Be sure to get your orders in early (before December 10th to make sure if arrives before Christmas).

Need more ideas? Check out our latest reviews and recommendations of the best surf products.

Gifts Not to Buy Surfers

We should also cover some things you probably shouldn’t surprise them with.

Don’t surprise your surfer with:

  • A surfboard.
  • Fins (if you don’t know what find of setup they use).
  • A wetsuit.

Unless you’ve figured out exactly what they need or are looking for, there’s just too much room for error here.

Stick to the gifts in this guide and you’ll be safe.

Gift Guide for Surfers

You really don’t have to break the bank to get a good gift for a surfer. Check out these recommendations below for some inspiration.

Surf Accessories

There are plenty of surf accessories that can make the life of your surfer a little easier.

But, watch out! There’s plenty of bogus surf accessories out there too.

Some decent surf accessory gifts include:

Find some more ideas for surf gear and accessories gifts.

Surf Wax

Surf wax is something that every surfer needs and goes through regularly. It’s always nice to have some backup bars.

Some surf wax is a great stocking stuffer or small gift too, ranging from about $2 to $5 a stick.

Grab a basecoat bar and surf wax that matches the temperature range of where they surf.

Check out our reviews and recommendations for the best surfboard wax and options for some eco-friendly surf wax.


Sunscreen is another essential item that your surfer needs.

Get them a nice, quality mineral-based sunscreen or zinc for their face.

You’ll want to look for something that’s ocean/reef-friendly, water proof, high SPF, and won’t run into their eyes.

See what we think is the best surf sunscreen.

T-Shirts and Apparel

Who doesn’t like some high quality surf clothes?

Luckily, this gift is an easy one.

Head on over to the Wave Arcade surf shop to pick up some groovy surf gear including t-shirts, hoodies, and more.

Unlike what you’ll find at your local discount department store, Wave Arcade t-shirts have soul and are printing with eco-friendly inks on comfy, sustainable materials.

Shoot, while you’re at it you should probably get one for yourself too.

Surf Art

Artwork can be another great gift for surfers.

When surfers aren’t surfer, most of us like to think about surfing. Having some surf-related art to hang on the wall is a great thing to have around.

Wave Arcade is here to help in that department as well. You can find some of our surf art here at or over at our Etsy shop.

Find a variety of surf map, art prints, and coffee mugs to keep the stoke alive out of the water.

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