Great Gifts for paddlers

Whether an avid whitewater kayaker, seasoned rafter or intermediate paddleboarder, your favorite paddlesports-adventure-loving friend will be stoked to get any of the items on these lists of best paddlesports gifts for 2021. We've curated a list of our staff's [and the season's] most-wanted whitewater gear and organized it by price, so you can quickly find the right gift for your favorite paddler. 
We'll start with the Gifts Worth Splurging On, because why not? :)
Then, we'll break it down to Gifts under $100, Gifts $100-$200, Gifts $250-500 and then some Stocking Stuffers and Gifts under $50 and Gifts under $25. 
Yeah, we did some digging, so you can just enjoy the ride!

8 Reasons To Buy an Inflatable Kayak

Great Gifts Worth Splurging On

Jackson Rockstar V Whitewater Kayak
Jackson Rockstar V Whitewater Kayak
Jackson Rockstar V Whitewater Kayak
Jackson Rockstar V Whitewater Kayak
Jackson Rockstar V Whitewater Kayak
Jackson Rockstar V Whitewater Kayak
Jackson Rockstar V Whitewater Kayak
Jackson Rockstar V Whitewater Kayak
Jackson Rockstar V Whitewater Kayak
Jackson Rockstar V Whitewater Kayak
Jackson Rockstar V Whitewater Kayak

Jackson Rockstar V Whitewater Kayak

$1,599.00
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Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit
Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit
Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit
Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit
Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit
Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit
Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit
Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit
Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit
Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit
Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit
Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit
Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit
Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit

Hala Gear Rado Inflatable SUP Kit

$1,399.00
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Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP
Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP

Hala Gear Atcha 96 Inflatable Whitewater SUP

$1,299.00
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STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft
STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft
STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft
STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft
STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft
STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft
STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft
STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft
STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft
STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft
STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft
STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft
STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft
STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft

STAR Slice XL Paddle Cataraft

$2,195.00
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Astral Layla Womens PFD Eggplant
Astral Layla Womens PFD Glacier Blue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpW0ybMYhJw
Astral Layla Womens PFD Eggplant
Astral Layla Womens PFD Glacier Blue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpW0ybMYhJw

Astral Women's Layla PFD

$123.75
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie

NRS Women's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie

$52.95
Big Agnes Women's Torchlight Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Women's Torchlight Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Women's Torchlight Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Women's Torchlight Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Women's Torchlight Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Women's Torchlight Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Women's Torchlight Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Women's Torchlight Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Women's Torchlight Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Women's Torchlight Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Women's Torchlight Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Women's Torchlight Sleeping Bag

Big Agnes Women's Torchlight Sleeping Bag

$224.96
Kokatat Women's OM Dry Top (GORE-TEX Pro)
Kokatat Women's OM Dry Top (GORE-TEX Pro)
Kokatat Women's OM Dry Top (GORE-TEX Pro)
Kokatat Women's OM Dry Top (GORE-TEX Pro)

Kokatat Women's OM Dry Top (GORE-TEX Pro)

$549.00
Astral YTV PFD Hot Coral
Astral YTV PFD Eggplant
Astral YTV PFD Cherry Creek Red
Astral YTV PFD Slate Black
Astral YTV PFD Hot Coral
Astral YTV PFD Eggplant
Astral YTV PFD Cherry Creek Red
Astral YTV PFD Slate Black

Astral YTV PFD

$93.75
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe
Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe

Astral Men's Brewer 2.0 Water Shoe

$86.25
NRS Men's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Men's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Men's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Men's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Men's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie
NRS Men's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie

NRS Men's 2021 H2Core Silkweight Hoodie

$52.95
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat
Immersion Research Old Man Hat

Immersion Research Old Man Hat

$35.00
Great Gifts Under $100
ECOXGEAR Eco Extreme II Speaker
ECOXGEAR Eco Extreme II Speaker
ECOXGEAR Eco Extreme II Speaker
ECOXGEAR Eco Extreme II Speaker
ECOXGEAR Eco Extreme II Speaker
ECOXGEAR Eco Extreme II Speaker
ECOXGEAR Eco Extreme II Speaker
ECOXGEAR Eco Extreme II Speaker

ECOXGEAR Eco Extreme II Speaker

$79.99
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Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress
Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress

Immersion Research Women's Midweight Power Wool™ Sendress

$99.00
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Immersion Research Men's Highwater Hoodie
Immersion Research Men's Highwater Hoodie
Immersion Research Men's Highwater Hoodie
Immersion Research Men's Highwater Hoodie
Immersion Research Men's Highwater Hoodie
Immersion Research Men's Highwater Hoodie

Immersion Research Men's Highwater Hoodie

$79.00
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NRS PTR Kayak Paddle
NRS PTR Kayak
NRS PTR Kayak
NRS PTR Kayak
NRS PTR Kayak Paddle
NRS PTR Kayak
NRS PTR Kayak
NRS PTR Kayak

NRS PTR Kayak Paddle

$69.95
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Cottonmouth Noseplugs
Cottonmouth Noseplugs

Cottonmouth Noseplugs

$9.95
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Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor

Salamander Beak Visor

$19.50
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Great Gifts from $100-$200
Astral YTV PFD Hot Coral
Astral YTV PFD Eggplant
Astral YTV PFD Cherry Creek Red
Astral YTV PFD Slate Black
Astral YTV PFD Hot Coral
Astral YTV PFD Eggplant
Astral YTV PFD Cherry Creek Red
Astral YTV PFD Slate Black

Astral YTV PFD

$93.75
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AIRE 3
AIRE 3
AIRE 3
AIRE 3
AIRE 3
AIRE 3
AIRE 3
AIRE 3
AIRE 3
AIRE 3
AIRE 3
AIRE 3
AIRE 3
AIRE 3

AIRE 3" Landing Pad

$219.00
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NRS 65L Bill's Bag Dry Bags
NRS 65L Bill's Bag Dry Bags
NRS 65L Bill's Bag Dry Bags
NRS 65L Bill's Bag Dry Bags
NRS 65L Bill's Bag Dry Bags
NRS 65L Bill's Bag Dry Bags
NRS 65L Bill's Bag Dry Bags
NRS 65L Bill's Bag Dry Bags

NRS 65L Bill's Bag Dry Bags

$159.95
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Snurfer Nomad Jungle Green Sled FRONT, GREEN, BLACK
Snurfer Nomad Jungle Green Sled BACK BROWN
Snurfer Nomad Jungle Green Sled FRONT, GREEN, BLACK
Snurfer Nomad Jungle Green Sled BACK BROWN

Snurfer Nomad Jungle Green Snow Surfer

$129.95
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Great Gifts from $200-$500
NRS River Bed Sleeping Pad
NRS River Bed Sleeping Pad
NRS River Bed Sleeping Pad
NRS River Bed Sleeping Pad

NRS River Bed Sleeping Pad

$169.95
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Level Six Women's Nova Dry Top 2021 Closeout
Level Six Women's Nova Dry Top 2021 Closeout
Level Six Women's Nova Dry Top 2021 Closeout
Level Six Women's Nova Dry Top 2021 Closeout
Level Six Women's Nova Dry Top 2021 Closeout
Level Six Women's Nova Dry Top 2021 Closeout
Level Six Women's Nova Dry Top 2021 Closeout
Level Six Women's Nova Dry Top 2021 Closeout
Level Six Women's Nova Dry Top 2021 Closeout
Level Six Women's Nova Dry Top 2021 Closeout

Level Six Women's Nova Dry Top 2021 Closeout

$249.00
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Canyon Coolers Outfitter 75 Quart Cooler
Canyon Coolers Outfitter 75 Quart Cooler
Canyon Coolers Outfitter 75 Quart Cooler
Canyon Coolers Outfitter 75 Quart Cooler
Canyon Coolers Outfitter 75 Quart Cooler
Canyon Coolers Outfitter 75 Quart Cooler

Canyon Coolers Outfitter 75 Quart Cooler

$365.00
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Canyon Coolers Outfitter 55 Quart Cooler
Canyon Coolers Outfitter 55 Quart Cooler
Canyon Coolers Outfitter 55 Quart Cooler
Canyon Coolers Outfitter 55 Quart Cooler
Canyon Coolers Outfitter 55 Quart Cooler
Canyon Coolers Outfitter 55 Quart Cooler

Canyon Coolers Outfitter 55 Quart Cooler

$300.00
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More Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

Puffin Coozies

Tired of cans not dressing warm enough or being able to swim back to the boat? Give your beloved beverages the gift of style and safety this year with Puffin Coozies!

Noseplugs

Water: we're made of it, and you know someone that paddles in it. It's definitely a bummer to get water up your nose. Noseplugs help your loved one advance their skills without the risk of getting giardia or sinus infections. 

Drink Holder

NRS makes quality gear for the price, this beverage holder is no different. The covered top on the NRS ClampIT Drink Holder keeps the waves out of anyone's crispy drink.

Shop even more Great Stocking Stuffers here

Great Gifts Under $25

Adventure Vest - Ranger Green
Adventure Vest - Ranger Green
Adventure Vest - Ranger Green
Adventure Vest - Ranger Green
Adventure Vest - Classic Tan
Adventure Vest - Classic Tan
Adventure Vest - Classic Tan
Adventure Vest - Classic Tan
Puffin Beverage Adventure Vest
Adventure Vest - Ranger Green
Adventure Vest - Ranger Green
Adventure Vest - Ranger Green
Adventure Vest - Ranger Green
Adventure Vest - Classic Tan
Adventure Vest - Classic Tan
Adventure Vest - Classic Tan
Adventure Vest - Classic Tan
Puffin Beverage Adventure Vest

Puffin Beverage Adventure Vest

$13.95
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NRS Icon Belt
NRS Icon Belt
NRS Icon Belt
NRS Icon Belt
NRS Icon Belt
NRS Icon Belt

NRS Icon Belt

$18.95
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NRS Pom Beanie
NRS Pom Beanie
NRS Pom Beanie
NRS Pom Beanie
NRS Pom Beanie
NRS Pom Beanie
NRS Pom Beanie
NRS Pom Beanie

NRS Pom Beanie

$24.95
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NRS Dog Collar
NRS Dog Collar
NRS Dog Collar
NRS Dog Collar
NRS Dog Collar
NRS Dog Collar
NRS Dog Collar
NRS Dog Collar

NRS Dog Collar

$15.95
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Cottonmouth Noseplugs
Cottonmouth Noseplugs

Cottonmouth Noseplugs

$9.95
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Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor
Salamander Beak Visor

Salamander Beak Visor

$19.50
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Great Gifts Under $50

ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite
ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite
ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite
ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite
ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite
ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite
ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite
ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite
ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite
ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite
ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite
ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite
ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite
ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite

ECOXGEAR EcoPebble Lite

$39.99
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Ultra Light Paddler Medical Kit
Ultra Light Paddler Medical Kit
Ultra Light Paddler Medical Kit
Ultra Light Paddler Medical Kit
Ultra Light Paddler Medical Kit
Ultra Light Paddler Medical Kit

Ultra Light Paddler Medical Kit

$47.95
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Level Six Prospector Floating Wide Brim Hat
Level Six Prospector Floating Wide Brim Hat
Level Six Prospector Floating Wide Brim Hat
Level Six Prospector Floating Wide Brim Hat
Level Six Prospector Floating Wide Brim Hat
Level Six Prospector Floating Wide Brim Hat
Level Six Prospector Floating Wide Brim Hat
Level Six Prospector Floating Wide Brim Hat

Level Six Prospector Floating Wide Brim Hat

$40.00
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GSI Freestyle Bocce Set
GSI Freestyle Bocce Set
GSI Freestyle Bocce Set
GSI Freestyle Bocce Set
GSI Freestyle Bocce Set
GSI Freestyle Bocce Set

GSI Freestyle Bocce Set

$30.95
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Quick Tips to Make Any Kayak Comfortable

Quick Tips to Make Any Kayak Comfortable

Level up your whitewater kayak and make it a more confident + aggressive boat with these outfitting upgrades

Spring Boating: What do Rafters Really need?

Spring Boating: What do Rafters Really need?

It's time to hang up the skis and reach for your PFD. Make sure you have everything you need for big water season.

Trip Report: Gates of Lodore 2021

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Gates of Lodore 2021 Trip Report, including pre-trip decisions, group gear, boat rigs, food menu, and the big takeaways.