Inside the Beach Bag: Kids Edition
Many families are headed out for their vacations this time of year, squeezing in a few more weeks of pleasure before it’s back to school time. If you have family or friends who are heading to a beach, lake, or even pool with kids, here’s a fun, summery gift that is sure to be appreciated: Put together a beach bag that will ensure their little ones have everything they need to hit the sand and water. It’s one less thing for busy parents to do, and kids love things even more when they are presented as a gift, not a “necessity.” And there’s a bonus: Because these beach bags are so cute and colorful, you don’t even need wrapping paper, fancy tissue, or a gift bag. Just add a bow and it’s all set.
For their littlest beach bum the Stephen Joseph Crab Beach Tote ($20) is light enough for them to tote around plus it comes with a five-piece kit of sand-friendly toys. For older kids the Roxy ‘Pinch It Up’ Beach Bag ($32) is perfect for girls.
Every kid is going to need sun protection! Choose a gentle one, and look for something labeled “water resistant.” Don’t forget to toss in a hat like this floppy canvas sun hat from Gap Kids ($11.99) and sunglasses for extra sun protection.
Also add personalized kid-friendly beach towels ($24.99) to dry off after swimming. Kids love stuff with their names on them so this is a practical gift that they’ll love.
For the kids who can’t sit still, here are my favorite outdoor toy picks that will fit perfectly in their bag for fun on land or in water
- Busy Butterfly Flyer ($14)
- Kids’ Speedo Aqua Quest Snorkel Set ($20)
- Bling2o Swim Goggles ($22)
- Kids’ Animal Footprint Toy Sandals ($35)
- Ringstix ($15
- Piece of the Beach Kit ($14)
This is just about all they’ll need to make the most of a day at the beach or pool … sand in the bathing suit is up to them. Mom will thank you for packing up at least one of the bags that she has to schlep to the shore.
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