13 Wedding Gifts Perfect for the Couple Who Loves the Beach
One of the most important questions to ask yourself (and your partner!) when you first begin to create your wedding registry is "What realistically fits into our lifestyle?" Why? Because it's so important to choose gifts that you'll actually use in daily life. For instance, if you have a teeny studio apartment, you don't want to register for a large dining room table that'll quickly eat up all of your square footage. Sure, it could come in handy one day, but you can always buy those pieces in the when you move into your first home. If you've entertained maybe once in the past five years, don't fill your registry with serving pieces—instead, ask for a few staples that you'll use now and in the future, then add to your collection as you need to.
Aside from the basics (like towels, new plates, and a better vacuum, just to name a few) think about what you and your partner can actually use right now. One way to do that is to consider what you love to do on the weekends together and then choose gifts that you'll get a ton of mileage out of. If you're beach bunnies who spend pretty much every weekend near the ocean (whether or not it's weather-appropriate!), make sure to round out your wedding registry with a few gifts that'll make your favorite hobby a little more fun.
Although "beach" may not seem like a traditional registry category, there are a ton of products you can register for that will up your beach (or lake) game tenfold. Constantly getting sunburnt despite repeated sunscreen applications? Register for a sturdy umbrella or beach tent. Are your towels threadbare and sun-bleached? Treat yourself to some extra-large, fluffy new beach towels. To help you enjoy your next beach trip that much more, we've picked some of our favorite products that will make your next getaway a little more luxe, convenient, and stylish. Just pack up your beach reading, a few cold drinks, a hat, and you're ready to go.
Yes, it can be seen as rude to blast your music on a public beach, some appropriate-volume tunes are perfectly acceptable. We love this little speaker not only because it's waterproof and compact, but also because it lasts 13 hours with a single charge.
Shop Now: Ultimate Ears "Wonderboom 2" Waterproof Speaker, $99.99, amazon.com.
Keep all those beach beverages icy cold with this nostalgia-inducing cooler. Perfect for everything from seltzers to beers, this brightly colored drink and snack transporter will be your best friend all summer long.
Shop Now: Igloo Picnic Cooler, $68, urbanoutfitters.com.
In case there isn't a lovely breeze off the water, or when the sun just seems to blazing right on you, this cute handheld fan will help you stay cool all day long.
Shop Now: SunnyLife Pineapple Beach Fan, $17, shopbop.com.
Extra-Large Beach Towels
Who needs small, boring beach towels when you can have oversized, colorful ones? Not you! With plenty of room to stretch out and lay out all your various beach snacks and accessories, you'll never go back to "normal" sized towels again.
Shop Now: Ban.do "Beach-Please!" Giant Towel, $38, ban.do.
Glass Water Bottle
Stop buying single-use water bottles and register for some BPA-free glass water bottles instead. You're going to want to make sure you stay plenty hydrated if you're out in the sun all day!
Shop Now: Ferexer Glass Water Bottle, $20.99, amazon.com.
If you're serious about your sun shelter—we get it, those rays can be brutal—then this beach tent is for you. It serves as an easy relaxing area in lieu of an umbrella to make sure your skin is safe from the sun.
Shop Now: Easthills Outdoors Instant Shader, $59.99, amazon.com.
These aren't your ordinary beach chairs. This version is easily packable and light but also very chic. Made with wood instead of the typical plastic, these will last for years instead of a single summer.
Shop Now: Business & Pleasure Co. "The 2-Piece Chair" in Pink Stripe, $149, businessandpleasureco.com.
It doesn't seem like the oversized float trend is going anywhere, so grab your favorite float du jour (we like this orange wheel) and head to the waves for an Insta-worthy beach day.
Shop Now: Ban.do "Float On" Giant Inflatable in "Orange," $58, ban.do.
In case you get bored with lounging on your towel, this classic spin on ping pong (minus the table) is a good way to enjoy more fun-in-the-sun.
Shop Now: Sunnylife Beach Bats in "Watermelon", $25, sunnylife.com.
Yes, it's perfectly acceptable to register for sunscreen! This SPF kit from Supergoop! has everything you need to protect your skin.
Shop Now: Supergoop! The Glow Pros Kit, $49.50, shop.nordstrom.com.
Patterned Beach Umbrella
We're crazy about this retro-style beach umbrella. It's multi-use (meaning you can use it on your patio when you aren't at the beach), and it comes with a matching carry tote for convenience and ease of transport.
Shop Now: Sunday Supply Co. "Salt" Beach Umbrella, $249, sundaysupply.co.
Need a cooler with a little more portability than a hard case version? This retro-inspired daisy and plaid cooler bag will carry just the right amount of drinks and snacks without the heft.
Shop Now: Ban.do "Just Chill Out" Cooler Bag in "Block Party," $34, ban.do.
If you go to the beach regularly enough, it's probably time you got a beach pillow. Laying flat on your towel can start to get uncomfortable if you're reading for a long time!
Shop Now: Sunnlife Beach Pillow in "Malibu", $18, sunnylife.com.