Below you'll find gift ideas for rowers, whether novice or master, Juniors or Masters. I'm by no means a rowing expert, but I can certainly give you some input based on my experience! From small gifts and stocking stuffers to medium-sized gifts for your rowing buddy's birthday, to big ticket dream items, I've got a little something for everyone.
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Onward, to the rowing gift ideas!
1. Rowing wrenches. For coxswains, coaches, rowers, or anyone who has to rig boats. I like that that you can choose your team colors from these options. (Regular old metal ones ones available via Amazon, of course.)
2. Rowing patent prints. Etsy has all kinds of great choices.
3. Clip-on hat light. For those dark early mornings, these are non-negotiable.
4. And headlamps are also a good idea.
5. And of course you can never have too many hats. This lightweight, bright, reflective one would be a good choice for those dark mornings.
6. Rowboat salad bowl. Not a racing shell, but a girl's gotta eat.
7. Nuun hydration tablets. These are my favorite to use after a tough workout. Healthier than those sugary, Red Dye No. 5 sports drinks, and they take up far less space: just drop them in water, let fizz, and chug.
9. JL Racing gel seat pad. To make that seat a little softer, or accommodate shorter rowers and/or those with shorter torsos. It floats!
11. Sport wash. Workout clothes can get stinky and this seems especially true with water sports. Maybe only give this to someone if you know they'd like to try this, lest it seem like a hint.
13. Pogies! For sweeping, sculling, or a combo. Keep those hands warm on that chilly, wet oar.
16. Red Rose Crew. A must-read for women in rowing.
17. Nexcare waterproof tape. This is one of my favorite rowing items. It protects, pads, and covers blisters while standing up to sweat and salt water. Lightweight and I've always got a roll in my bag.
18. While we're taking care of those rowing paws, give 'em some extra love with my favorite hand cream. Not greasy, not smelly, soaks in, heals.
19. And sunscreen for the rest of your skin. Er, their skin.
20. If you really want to go for it, there's always a Concept2 erg.
21. And if you're going to do that, might as well throw in this cool device: the Ergstick streams your workout data to your phone via various apps and allows you to see data the erg won't show you. It also saves the data so you can dive into your workouts and dissect them. For the rowing geek or Olympian on your list, I guess.
22. iTunes gift card, so they can pump up their erging library.
23. While you're at it, a gift card to their favorite local coffee shop so they can fuel up after practice. Of course, if you aren't sure of their local place there's always Starbucks.
24. A warm winter hat. Ibex makes great ones, and wool wicks and keeps you warm.
26. If it's the holiday season and you're looking for an ornament, this is pretty delightful.
27. You can never have too much lip balm, but especially during cold weather.
28. Patagonia Nano Jacket. A friend who has one says "So warm, and water beads off it."
29. For a current, former, or future collegiate rower, a hoodie ornament from their alma mater!
30. These oar ornaments (oarnaments?) are cute, too. Best of all, the maker will match your team's design.
31. Coxswain's tool. Good for all rowers, coxswains or not.
32. Rowing socks.
33. Darn Tough makes warm, quality socks right here in the USA. Guaranteed for life. Your favorite rower probably needs a pair: they might wear them in the boat and they'll definitely want them to warm up after practice.
36. The Boys in the Boat. An instant classic. I devoured it.
37. My favorite boat bag. Drawstring, waterproof, roll down top, adjustable chest clip, inside zippered pocket. Multiple colors.
38. My favorite boat socks. Soft cushion, adjustable velcro ankle closure.
39. My favorite leggings to row in.
40. Layering is essential, and I currently like these tops.
41. I just got this on sale, and it's great. It's warm, and the hood is proving so useful in the cold weather. I still wear a hat, but the hood helps cut the wind and occasional splash of water.
42. Waterproof dry bag. So they can keep their phone safe while they photograph the sunrise as their coach yells at them.
43. Justin's Nut Butter Squeeze Packs. Justin's makes outstanding products, and these are a nice alternative to the sugar-based energy gel packets your giftee may tuck into a race day or workout bag. Variety of flavors.
44. Foam roller. Necessary torture.
45. The CBreeze. How cool is this thing?! Pun intended. But seriously, make your own fan by directing the erg's air onto your face. Sign me UP.
And that's a wrap! Thanks for tuning in. Got more ideas? Feel free to add them in the comments!