Ready to dive into your Christmas shopping? If you’re looking for a gift for a swimmer but aren’t sure what to get them, you've come to the right place. From inspirational books to fuzz-lined changing robes, you'll find options to suit all budgets in the list below...
1. Tide + Seek One Piece, £65
Swimming costumes don’t have to look boring. Jazz up someone’s swimming attire with a funky print, like this gorgeous ‘Bubble Gum’ number from sustainable swimwear brand Tide + Seek. Choose from bikinis and one-pieces, in everything from bright geometric patterns to pastel-coloured designs.
Founded by Cornwall local Samantha Thomas, the brand has made its 30-piece collection using 100 percent recycled material (Repreve), a fibre derived from recycled plastic bottles. The cossies are designed to stay put even in Cornish surf – so are ideal for everything from wild swimming to lengths in the local pool. Winner!
2. Dryrobe, from £75
Everyone from Great British Swim world record setter Ross Edgley to Women’s British Surfing Champion Lucy Campbell has been seen wearing one of these after emerging from the water. Windproof, waterproof and lined with synthetic lambswool, dryrobes will save you when you get out of winter water and really feel the cold bite. They are also great to get changed under before a race, or if you want to jump in the car and get home without changing. Offering warm and fast changing in any climate, these will make any outdoor swimmer’s Christmas wish list.
3. Taking The Plunge, £18.95
For an inspirational book on outdoor swimming – jam-packed with practical tips, enticing images and awesome stories – look no further than Taking The Plunge. Penned by two wild swimming enthusiasts, Anna Deacon and Vicky Allan, the book is an ode to al fresco dips. It's full of advice on getting started, such as what kit you need and where to go, and how to find 'your pod' to keep on swimming with, even in colder months. There’s also an excellent chapter on how to stay safe, including things like keeping cold water shock at bay, and sighting while swimming front crawl.
4. Speedo Recycled Cap, £13.50
Up your green credentials by buying the swimmer in your life an eco swimming cap. This one from Speedo is made from recycled materials so ticks all the right boxes, yet it still looks great in the white and grey mottled tone. Unlike flimsy caps, it’s super durable, so it will last for many a pool session, while helping to protect hair against chlorine. It won’t snag your hair, and you can fit even the longest locks comfortably underneath it. A great stocking-filler.
5. SurfEars Earplugs, £44.95
There’s one item that’s sure to improve your loved-one’s swim session: earplugs. Blocking water out from the ear canal can help prevent infection – and the dreaded swimmer’s ear. You want a pair that fit snugly and don’t allow water in. Even better, a pair that will also let sound in. Enter SurfEars. Popular with surfers, but just as useful for swimming, they come with changeable parts so you can customise them to your ear. You also get a removable leash (so you’re less likely to lose them in open water) and pocket-sized storage case.
6. Red Original Quick Dry Microfibre Towel, £25
All swimmers need a decent towel to dry off with – and this option from Red Original does the job nicely. Made from soft microfibre fabric, it absorbs four times its own weight in water and dries much faster than a standard beach towel. Despite being big enough to wrap around your whole body, it’s also super light and compressible, packing away neatly with an integrated strap. It also features anti-bacterial and anti-odor properties, keeping the towel fresher for longer. Perfect for everyone from beachgoers to commuters.
7. Speedo Fastskin Proton Wetsuit, £140
Anyone serious about open water swimming needs a great wetsuit. Not only do they keep you warm in chilly conditions, trapping a thin layer of water inside that gets warmed by your body, but they also make you more buoyant and streamlined. Available in both a male and female version, Speedo’s Fastskin Proton suit is light, flexible and shaped to give you a sleeker profile in the water. The neck design prevents water from entering, while the reverse zip at the back makes it easier to take off at speed for triathletes in transition. The perfect gift for strong swimmers looking to up their game on race day.
8. Nike Swim Vapor Mirrored Goggle, £27.99
For a high-performance goggle, look to this mirrored design from Nike Swim. Its lenses are large and curved, maximising your field of vision while underwater. They also have a soft, comfy seal against the skin, and you can change the size easily across the nose bridge to customise the fit. The mirrored lenses help block UV rays and reduce glare – ideal for using both indoors and outdoors. Available in five colours including black and purple, these are top-notch goggles for comfort, clear vision and performance.
9. Nabaili Swimmusic V1.1 Waterproof MP3 Player, £24.99
No matter how much you – or your loved-one – enjoy swimming, there’s no doubt that those endless lengths can get a little bit monotonous. But add some music and your time front crawling through the lanes will soon fly. This reasonably priced waterproof MP3 player can be used in up to two metres of water. The earbuds are hooked to keep them snug and there's a clip to keep the cord tidy. The only thing left to do will be to choose a playlist for those watery workouts…
10. Lomo Swimrun Backpack Tow Float, £25
This tow float is ideal for triathletes, or anyone venturing into open water swimming. As you swim, it attaches around your waist and acts as a marker and float that’s highly visible to boat users thanks to its bright orange colour. It doubles up as a dry bag – so you can stash your belongings inside without worrying about them getting wet. Triathletes can also use it for their run – removable backpack straps are included. A good-value, versatile gift that’s a must-have for open-water swimmers.