The Best Gifts For Swimmers

Smiling swimmer in indoor pool adjusting goggles
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While most see swimming as a summer-only pursuit, for the dedicated, it is a year-round compulsion requiring daily trips to the pool or plunging into a pond or the sea.

This obsession can become a bit frustrating for those who aren’t as devoted to a dip, with plans put on hold and sleep patterns disrupted to enable the serious swimmer to get up early to complete their training.

But come Christmas time, it does have its benefits. Like buying gifts for runners and cyclists, purchasing presents for swimmers is a piece of cake. A swimmer will always appreciate more gear, and there are always new releases they can’t wait to get their hands on.

While obvious gifts include swimming watches, goggles and changing robes, there are plenty of other options if the swimmer in your life already has these big boxes ticked. To help you navigate these choppy waters, we’ve picked our favorite gifts for swimmers this winter, and grouped them into different categories, with options to suit all budgets—from secret Santa stocking fillers to serious budget-blowers.

Swimming Watches

While these are our favorite picks, check out our round-up of the best swimming watches if you need more inspiration.


Looking for even more eyewear options? Our best swimming goggles selection is jam-packed with recommendations.

Changing Robes

Gifts For Pool Swimmers

Gifts For Outdoor Swimmers

Charlie Allenby

Charlie Allenby is a journalist with a passion for pedalling. He contributes features and buying advice about cycling, and is Coach’s dedicated turbo trainer reviewer. He is also Coach’s chief whey and casein protein powder tester, trying as many brands as possible.

Charlie’s first book, Bike London, is out now. He has written for The Guardian, The Independent and BikeRadar, among others. 

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