Christmas Gift Ideas For Kayakers & Canoeists From Robin Hood Watersports

Christmas Gift Ideas For Kayakers & Canoeists From Robin Hood Watersports

The staff here at Robin Hood Watersports appreciate how hard it can be to pick a kayak or canoe related Christmas gift if you don’t actively participate. As paddlers ourselves we can help you select the perfect gift for your paddling friends and family. This blog lists 20 options of varying price.  We’ve included a short overview of each and hope this helps you understand the use and purpose. As always, if you’re not quite sure and want to discuss further please don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can assist you further on your present hunting mission!

£30 and under

Smiley’s Nose Plug - £6.99

Smiley’s nose plugs will eliminate that horrible feeling of water going up your nose, which every kayaker has experienced. A cheap yet super effective present that the person receiving didn’t know they needed. Shop here.

Palm Wire Gate Carabiner - £17

An essential piece of kit that can be used for so many different things. From securing a throwline to towing a boat that needs rescuing, it will not let you down.  Shop here.

Ortlieb PD350 dry bags - From £21

Ortlieb dry bags will keep all the important items dry and secure but won’t break the bank. Strong, light and reliable these dry bags are a piece of equipment a paddler can’t have too many of. Shop here.

Palm Index Neoprene Socks - £29

These thin neoprene socks are perfect for wearing underneath paddling shoes. These are a staff favourite here at ROHO and won’t disappoint. Shop here.

Roofrack Straps - From £7.99

It might seem a silly thing but roof straps are always in short supply and I don't know a paddler in the country that wouldn't be grateful for another set.  Where they all go, we don't know!  The store carries a wide range but we'd go for the Palm Equipment version, which comes in 3.5, 4.5 or 5.5m.  If in doubt go long. Shop straps here.

Aquapac Electronics case - From £26.95

It is important to have a phone with you on the water so you can contact people if needed but also get those photos and videos to remember your day out! The Aquapac Case comes in a range of different sizes, is fully waterproof and is complete with a handy lanyard. Shop here.

£100 and under

Palm Descent Pogies - £55

When the water starts to get cold your extremities are the first thing to feel it. Pogies allow you to have full contact with the paddle (unlike gloves) but still keep your hands super warm meaning full focus can be had on the paddling at hand. Shop here.

Surf Ears 3.0 - £50

Surf ears successfully stop water from entering the ears. Not only can water entering be extremely uncomfortable, it can lead to nasty ear infections which can keep you off the water for a long time. An essential in most of the staff’s kit bag! Shop here.

Palm Paddle Bag - From £85

An ideal present for any serious kayaker. Paddle bags are used to not only protect your paddle, but also you and your mate’s cars when transporting and shuttling! Paddles can be quite expensive and these bags can seriously add to their lifespan. Shop here.

HF Turtle Back Kayak Carry System - £39.99

If you know someone who loves walking their boat into remote places to paddle or is planning a bit of an expedition, the HF turtle is the perfect present. Shop here.

Astral Brewer 2.0 - £115

The Brewer offers more grip than potentially any other kayaking shoe on the market. They’re super lightweight and quick drying making them the ideal present for someone who travels with their kayak a lot. Shop here.

NRS Hydroskin Glove - £39.95

These gloves allow a thin layer of insulation, keeping the hands warm but without compromising grip and contact with the paddle. Perfect for those in-between-weather trips. Shop here.

Palm Quest Kids BA - RRP £49 NOW £41

Keep the kids safe on the water with the Palm Quest Kids Buoyancy aid. This high quality and well fitted BA will go down a treat with the younger paddlers who can’t wait to get on the water. Shop here.

Mystic Poncho Deluxe Explore Changing Robe - RRP £89.95

The Deluxe Explore changing robe is suitable for pretty much any sport that involves getting changed outside or needing to stay warm. Its generous cut and warm lining means the days of shivering in a car park getting changed into a wetsuit are gone! Shop here.


Sweet Protection Strutter - RRP £179

The Strutter is a timeless piece of kit and is the most iconic helmet on the market. Throughout the years, it’s been worn by some of the greats of paddle sports and there is good reason for this. It’s comfortable, light weight and most importantly delivers the highest level of performance protection. Shop here.

Werner Powerhouse - £339

Having been on more ground breaking expeditions than any other paddle, the Powerhouse really is the go to WW kayaking paddle. With a perfect blend of being light weight yet stiff, this paddle will go down a treat! Shop here.

Palm Velocity - £160

If you know someone that’s just getting into Whitewater, the Velocity Cag would be a great present. It features fully latex seals meaning the user will stay dry and comfortable whilst out paddling. Shop here.


Z- Pro Tango 2 Person Inflable Kayak - £419 Now £298

We've had the Tango 200 in our range for a number of years and receive nothing but positive feedback regarding the performance, build quality and value.  This two person boat is equally applicable for solo use, allowing more leg room, comfort and kit storage. Shop here.

Aquaglide Chelan High Performance Inflatable Kayak - From £879

Newly updated, this Aquaglide Chelan is a high performance inflatable kayak that comes in solo, tandem or triple variants, being unrivalled for touring use.  The flat rocker aids efficiency and ensures the boat tracks in a straight line with little input.  Suited to calm conditions, both inland and coastal.  Shop here

SilverBirch Broadland 15/16 - From £1499

The ultimate present for a canoeist. The Broadland range is designed and manufactured in Britain and is made to an extremely high standard. For an extra special Christmas touch, we can fully outfit the canoe with lacing, grab handles and air bags. Shop here.

Gift Vouchers

Perhaps the ultimate gift?  We think so!  Our gift vouchers are available in values of £10, £20, £50 or £100 and can be used against any item in store or online.  The expiry date is 12 months from purchase so there is absolutely no panic to use them. Shop here.


We hope you have found this information useful and the aforementioned items will find their way into many stockings this Christmas.  However, if you require more bespoke advice on a gift for the paddler in your life then please get in touch via phone or email.

Have a great Christmas everyone.

Robin Hood Watersports

01924 444888

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