Here’s the best tip for buying a gift for ANYONE. Don’t wait until the last minute. That’s why we’re posting this today instead of waiting until the gift giving season. Another reason is because there’s never a bad time to give a gift. Whether it’s for your mom on mother’s day or for your honey just to let him know you care… people love to give and receive.
You might think it would be easy to buy a great gift for a diver – you know, with all the gear we need – but it can be a challenge. That’s probably why so many people end up getting gift certificates. And don’t get me wrong. Gift certificates are great. But if that’s what you always get for the diver in your life, it can get a little boring. So, here are some of our best tips for buying an awesome gift for the scuba diver in your life.
1. Go diving with him or her!
If you want to know what he needs, there is no better way than to go on a dive together. This way, you don’t have to try to bring things up in conversation naturally. Your dive buddy will probably voluntarily tell you what she needs. Not because she wants you to buy it, but because that is when she is recognizing that her gear needs to be replaced. Nod politely and make a mental note. This is your super gift!
2. Play it safe
Maybe diving with your buddy isn’t an option. That’s okay. There are a few things that most divers could use, regardless of what they already have. Consider buying a redundant air system (backup air supply) to keep your diver safe at all times. Not only does this gift show that you care about his hobby, but it shows you care about his life in general. Dive gloves are almost always welcome. Even if she has a few pairs, these are likely to get torn eventually. If you want to get fancy, try gifting a set of webbed gloves. If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, consider a backup regulator. This may be something he or she has, so proceed with caution. Wetsuit cleaners and underwater photography accessories also work well for most divers.
3. Get creative
If you aren’t comfortable buying gear for the diver in your life, play it safe and look for something a little more creative. Funny, sweet or kitschy gifts are usually welcomed by most divers. Consider getting scuba diving themed jewelry, mugs or t-shirts. These are also great add ons for a bigger gift.