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Gifts for Wild Swimmers

by Beth | Updated: February 16, 2024
Gifts for Wild Swimmers

Whether you know someone dipping their toes into the open water for the first time, or a frequent swimmer obsessed with the health benefits of wild swimming, this guide is full of essential gear and gift ideas they will love.

Written and curated by Giftwell co-founder Beth, who has a lifelong passion for swimming in all waters and in all conditions.

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Swim like a pro

You need a good cap, especially for swimming in winter. This swim cap keeps your head and ears snug in the cold waters. Available in bright orange and pink, so you will be easily spotted in the water!

Swim Research Elite Swim Cap

Designed for open water swimming to provide thermal protection combined with a flexible quick dry thermal lining. Enhanced thermal protection and encouraging water run-off to help reduce windchill.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

I know I am obsessed with C-Skins but this gloves and socks combo is one of the best one I found from the range.

For wild swims in English water below 15°C, having the right gear to avoid that dreaded pins and needles sensation in your extremities is essential.

The aim? To build up your resistance to the cold water and extend your stay in the water.

In general, swimming gloves & socks between 2-3mm thickness are the sweet spot.

These C-Skins gloves & socks absolutely do the job. They’re incredibly flexible and hydrophobic, you will still be a bit wet but the icy chill won’t hit you as hard. Once in the water, they create a snug insulation between the neoprene and your skin.

The swimming socks are like a second-skin, with a split-toe design to make you swim like an aqua ninja.

Swim Research 3mm Sea Swim Glove

Swim glove that has flexible, lightweight, super hydrophobic external lining with mesh skin that reduces wind chill and increases warmth.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

Swim Research 3mm Sea Swim Sock

Flexible, lightweight, super hydrophobic external lining that has excellent multi-directional stretch combined with a flexible quick dry thermal lining. Anatomically structured fit with great durability, protection and comfort.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

My favourite pair of trusty swimming goggles:

Mirror Swimming Goggles

Look like a pro with these Swedish style mirrored swimming goggles. Essential for all weather & types of water.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

Store your essential items into this dry bag.

Swimming Float Dry Bag

A premium durablo, tough, and lightweight very well-made nylon PVC coated open water swimming float dry bag. Very bright and highly visible for safe swimming. Includes premium waterproof phone case.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

Essential Extras

After a swim there’s nothing better than a hot cup of tea. That’s why I adore my Kinto travel tumbler, it keeps my beverage hot all day.

Kinto Travel Tumbler 350ml

Keep your beverage hot or cold all day long in this stylish, sleek and sophisticated Tumbler. Available in a range or colours.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

It’s important to keep your toes warm after a swim, and why not be practical AND stylish.

UGG Women's Droplet Boot

Waterproof white droplet boot. Ready for the worst conditions.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

I store my damp swimming costume and gear in this bag so it doesn’t get everything wet on the way home.

Sandqvist - Waterproof Gym Bag

This practical dry bag is made with water-resistant 100% recycled nylon ripstop with taped seams and plastic buckle closure. Perfect for storing your wet gym towel or lunch box while keeping your electronics or other delicate items in the same bag safe.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

Stay warm and dry

After the swim you’ll need to wrap-up and warm-up. Here are a few of my recent fashionable favourites.

Folk x Speedo, Puzzle Zip Gilet

A super stylish and cosy fleece layer to keep extra warm. There's a sneaky pocket hidden in the back panel, complete with a concealed snap fastening.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

Folk x Speedo, Jacquard Fleece Beanie

This luxurious cosy beanie is made with a textured jacquard wool-blend fleece from Italy.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

Passenger Fairweather Recycled Insulated Gilet

A lighter layer for transseasonal weather, this gilet from Passenger gives plenty of coverage with its longer-length hem. Designed with a zip, it is made from robust fabric that can be easily thrown on over a smart-casual outfit when the weather's being unpredictable.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

Passenger Waves Sherpa Lined Changing Robe

Featuring an all over print, this changing robe from Passenger gives plenty of coverage with its longer-length hem. With a handy hood to shield from the rain and chest and hand pockets to keep you warm, it is made with a super soft, cosy and snug sherpa fleece lining.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

Books and Prints

Get inspired and share the wild swimming passion.

East London Swimmers

Comprises more than 50 colour photographs of swimmers dressed for normal life and in their swimming gear. The images, all taken at the London Fields Lido, are combined with telling personal quotes and together they reveal the secret life of Hackney swimmers who brave all conditions to escape city life.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

London Fields Lido East London Hackney Swimming Print

A colourful print depicting London Fields Lido in Hackney, East London. This piece is a digital print of an original collage by Rosie Paper Art. This print is designed to capture the different textures and shadows of the original paper cut and is signed by the artist.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

North London Stoke Newington Print

A colourful print depicting West Reservoir open water swimming centre in Hackney, London. This piece is a digital print of an original collage by Rosie Paper Art.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers

Watermarks: Writing by Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers

The collection includes an extract from Alexandra Heminsley’s new memoir Leap In and three exquisite pieces by Lynne Roper.

Gifts for Wild Swimmers
Gifts for Wild Swimmers
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