12 Awesome Travel Gifts Perfect for Summer on the Coast
Coolangatta is one of Australia’s most-loved coastal destinations and lends itself to exquisite exploration whichever way you turn. Heading into summer, there’s no better time to explore it.
As Christmas is just around the corner, why not use this gifting time to set yourselves up for a summer of exploration? Purchase gifts that keep on giving by choosing items that foster adventure. Fill a bag with all the exploration tools you need and whenever you’ve got the time you can hop in the car and find somewhere new to explore.
Here are our top travel gifts you might like to buy this summer holiday season.
A good beach bag is a must-buy for summer and you can find a good range of stylish ones at Boo Boo’s. Quality counts at Boo Boo’s, which is just as well as a beach bag can get pretty well loaded with things. Straps should be sturdy and the lining easy to clean. Look for a bag with pockets too for storing keys and money when on the beach.
Sunnies are another must for summer and you can never have too many pairs. Head to Just Sunnies and whether it’s fashion or function you’re after, you’ll find it thanks to over 50 quality brands including Maui Jim, Guess, Ray Ban and Oakley. Grab a cheap pair you can keep in your beach bag or an authentic designer brand for everyday use – it’s up to you.
Beach n Beyond is the only stockist of Finch Swimwear, a fabulous locally produced label on the Southern Gold Coast. Designed specifically to suit the local beaches, the range takes print inspiration from around the globe to inject romance and femininity and bring natural tones and textures to life.
A kaftan can be thrown over your swimmers and is a stylish way to stay comfy by the coast. Sunburn Swimwear stocks a range of them, so no matter the personality there’s a patterned print to suit. Choose an exotic print from Milea, a bohemian look by Seafolly, or something glamourous from Jets. Ritzi Boutique offers unique kaftans, handbags, shoes and jewellery for the young at heart and the not so young at heart. Their style is relaxed and comfortable with fashionable designs that can take you from the office to a dinner date.
5. Silver Jewellery
Visit resident silversmith Sarah Roth at Saltwater Silver and work with her to design Mum a one of a kind piece of jewellery. Earrings, necklace, bracelet? Whatever you want can be handcrafted by Sarah and the results are sure to impress!
We all know dads love their gadgets and when spending a day on the coast they probably carry their gadgets in tow. Why not pop into My Screen and ask about protection for his phone or case for his tablet? While you’re there, pick up a car charger to ensure his gadgets stay charged even on those extra long exploring days.
If you want to capture all your memories from your exploration days, pop into Boardriders and explore the range of GoPro cameras. The GoPro Hero4 Adventure Waterproof Camera features improved image quality with 2x faster video frame rates to take GoPro performance to a whole new level.
3. Beach towel
While you’re at Boardriders, take the opportunity to pick up a beach towel for Dad too. Grab a woven Quiksilver Freshness Towel or a hooded towel for hands free fun. You might also like to browse other accessories like hats, wallets, and thongs.
Keeping a spare pair of smart shorts in your coastal travel bag is always a good idea, especially as you’ll no doubt be grabbing lunch or dinner after all that swimming and exploring. Coolangatta Menswear stock a ton of stylish shorts that can be easily folded and kept in your bag for a quick lunchtime change.
For the kids
For the kid taking bodyboarding to the next level, Inverted Bodyboarding is the place to shop. From dropknee bodyboards and intermediate bodyboards to performance bodyboards and bat tail bodyboards, there’s every kind of bodyboard you can imagine. Those just starting out are covered too, with beginner boards and kids boards in a range of styles.
If your kid prefers to be on dry land, there’s plenty of beachside boulevards and skate ramps to practice on up and down the coast. Why not grab a new skateboard from Concrete Lines Skate Shop and check out Coolangatta Skate Park? From cruiser and longboard completes to modern, old school and carver skateboard decks, Concrete Lines Skate Shop have it all.
For the sunsmart teenager, hats don’t get any cooler than those found at Stock & Supply. From beanies and caps to felt hats, Stock & Supply stocks all the brands that matter, including Bondi Speed Shop, Tropical Doom, and Death Dealers. Even if your teenager’s not sunsmart, the headwear stocked here is so cool that they’ll wear a hat anyway.
4. Beach toys
You can never have enough beach toys when you’ve got young kids, and at Nic Nax Discount Variety store you can find beach balls, buckets and spades, boogie boards and inflatables, all at affordable prices. The store also stocks picnic accessories like plastic plates and cutlery, making eating on the go a breeze.
Exploring Coolangatta and the Gold Coast
As you can see from the above, The Strand Coolangatta has everything you need to build your summer exploration kit. It’s even home to TripAway Cruise and Travel, who will be able to offer you great advice as to where to go exploring. TripAway Cruise and Travel have firmly established a reputation in the community for quality, professional and personalised service, and the team would love to assist you in exploring the magnificent east coast.
Have fun and travel safe!