Whether for Christmas or a birthday, you may wonder how to please a scuba diving addict. You came to the right place; here is a selection of the best gifts for scuba divers. This gift list is based on my favourite items. I personally own them, and I’m sure it will make another scuba diver happy. Let me guide you through different gift ideas to fit both your budget and the profile of the scuba diver you want to treat.
My top 4 ideas of gifts for scuba divers
Here is a summary of my list of ideas of gifts for scuba divers, with the profile of the diver and the level of budget to spend:
- A scuba diving coffee table book: for holiday planning maniacs – low budget
- The best lightweight scuba diving fins: for seasoned globetrotters – medium budget
- An innovative dive computer: for advanced divers – medium/ high budget
- A waterproof case for his or her smartphone: for social media addicts – medium/ high budget
I also added some other ideas of gifts for scuba divers from the product reviews on my blog.
A scuba diving coffee table book
Best gift for the holiday planning pro
Books are an excellent choice of Christmas gifts for scuba divers. I have an extensive collection of scuba diving travel books at home. My favourite one remains “100 diving sites“. I bought it at Kuala Lumpur Airport for almost nothing on my way back home after my divemaster training. It has remained the book I always consult before any trip project. It mainly focuses on recreational tropical diving, but it also features a good number of cold-water diving destinations too.
I love the way the information is organised with beautiful large pictures. The map at the beginning of the book is convenient for seeing where all the best scuba diving sites are. It’s just crazy how cheap this book is now. It’s the best value-for-money gift for small budgets!
Here are a few other ideas from my personal library:
- “Ultimate diving adventures“: the perfect complement for advanced divers. This book focuses on more technical dives with the details of the best wreck dive sites in the world but also adventure dives, including animal encounters or challenging scenic dives (not many books mention St Kilda in Scotland, where you can dive a tunnel crossing below an island).
- “The place to be today“, by Lonely Planet: This is my reference book to check for marine animal migrations or cultural festivals all around the world. I also like reading it randomly to pick new ideas based on where I’d like to travel.
The best lightweight scuba diving fins
Best gift for the seasoned globetrotter
I couldn’t travel anymore without my Aqualung Storm fins. When you rent fins, you usually end up with big, ugly, cramp-giving fins! This is why scuba diving fins were among the very first pieces of equipment I bought for my scuba gear. I had three other pairs before, and the massive advantage of these is their compact size. They are also very light, making them the traveller’s best friend.
These adjustable fins can be used with or without booties, and the strap at the back makes them easy to put on. I used them in the Galapagos, and I can tell that even if they are shorter, they are very efficient fins. Thanks to their shape, they also perform well with frog-kick. This a great and useful Christmas gift for scuba divers at a reasonable price.
An innovative dive computer
Best gift for the advanced diver who is scuba diving frequently
If you are looking to spoil someone, a good dive computer is the best gift ever. Without getting in the insane price zone, I think my Aqualung i330R computer offers the perfect balance: a colour screen computer and complete functions, including freediving and nitrox modes. My favourite feature is Bluetooth connection with a smartphone to use the Diverlog+ app. Thanks to the app, you can see a curve showing the depth at every minute of the dive.
If you are looking for a cheaper option, the Aqua Lung i100 is currently the best choice for beginners. It includes both Nitrox and Freediving modes, which is quite rare for entry-range dive computers. Another key budget-friendly feature is the fact that the diver can change the battery and avoid high maintenance costs each year.
A waterproof case for his or her smartphone
Best gift for the social media addict
Thanks to continuous progress in the quality of smartphone cameras, it makes more and more sense to want to use one’s smartphone underwater with a diving phone case. It will greatly depend on the smartphone, but for instance, iPhone users can get results that are far better than any GoPro. The only thing is, since the prices of our smartphones are always getting more expensive, you want to make sure of the quality of the waterproof case. This is why I recommend the Divevolk SeaTouch 4 Max.
Other ideas to spoil a scuba diver
You can also check some other cool ideas from the product reviews on my blog :
- A diving bag that is adapted to the type of travel of each scuba diver
- The best scuba diving regulator on the market if you have a comfortable budget to spoil your loved one.
- A reef-safe & plastic-free sunscreen to protect the oceans, maybe the cheapest gift you can make with the greatest positive impact
- 15 ideas to become a more responsible diver
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