Holiday Gift Ideas for Pool Owners
If you haven't started thinking about holiday shopping yet, don't panic! There's still plenty of time to find the perfect present for the pool owners and swimming enthusiasts in your life. You might be scratching your head, wondering what would make a great gift for someone who loves swimming. But you're in luck — there are MANY options available, and we've included gift ideas for every age and spending budget. So let's dive right in, shall we?
Here are some of this year's most popular pool gift ideas:
Awesome Stocking Stuffers
For the avid swimmer in your life, you can't go wrong with a brand-new pair of swimming goggles. From fun to functional, Leslie's carries a wide array of quality goggles for any purpose. Needing fun, colorful eye protection for young swimmers? The Bling2o Unicorn Rainbow Goggles or the Bling2o Shark Theme Goggles are sure to be a hit.
Looking for gifts for a competitive swimmer? A fresh pair of Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Mirrored Goggles will help them up their game. With dozens of colors, styles, and sizes to choose from, you can't go wrong with a pair of swimming goggles from Leslie's.
Looking for a small or inexpensive gift that fits inside a stocking? Grab some dive toys! Individual sets start under $10, or you can snap up a complete assortment of seven different sets for $20. There's also the popular Shark's Cove Sunken Treasure and Shipwreck dive games to really test your diving skills. No matter which style you choose, these low-cost pool toys are something the whole family can enjoy. You can easily turn diving toys into a competitive group activity. To up the challenge, try setting up an obstacle course using swim-thru rings.
Inflatable Drink Floats
When you're floating in the pool on a hot summer day, nothing cools you off faster than an ice-cold, refreshing beverage. But let's face it — NOBODY wants to leave the pool to go and get one. Why not keep your drink with you in an inflatable drink float?
Many Pool Candy inflatable pool float animals come with their own matching floating drink holders. However, you can also buy these drink holders separately, such as with the 2-pack flamingo drink floats. This gift is one that can be shared! Not only are these fun drink floaties a great way to keep hydrated while in the pool, but having a unique drink holder is a perfect way to claim which one is yours during your next big pool party.
Zuru X-Shot Nano
The smallest in the X-Shot line of water guns, the X-Shot Nano packs a mighty punch in such a small package. Unlike other water guns, its Fast-Fill action refills the water reservoir in as little as one second. You'll spend more time spraying, and less time reloading! For only $7, you'll have friends and family looking forward to an epic water fight when the pool reopens in a few short months.
We also carry the larger X-Shot Water Warfare. While the big one might not fit inside a stocking, this fun pool gift will most definitely fit under the tree.
Whether outside, poolside, or walking around inside, a high-quality, comfortable pair of flip-flops or cruise sliders is an absolute must. Leslie's carries dozens of color and design variations, and most are only $20. From plain and simple to uptown chic, you'll find the perfect pair to match any personality on your gift-getting list.
A number of options are available in store, but you'll find the biggest selection in our online catalog. Check the in-store inventory online to see if your local Leslie's has your favorites in stock. If not, a complimentary Pool Perks membership will get you free online shipping with your purchase.
For all the season's most sought-after gifts, check out the official Leslie's Holiday Gift Guide online.
Fun Poolside Gifts
Cool Pool Floats
You can never go wrong with the gift of an awesome pool float. With so many options online and in store, it's easy to find something for everyone on your list. Plus, the selection changes each year, so it's really easy to find a cool new float that your gift recipient doesn't have yet. From classic inflatables to vibrant sparkling animals, we carry just a little bit of everything for floaters young and old. Cartoon characters, sports team memorabilia, giant pizza slices, LED lights, holographic finishes — you name it, we've got it.
Motorized Pool Floats
Speaking of cool floats, have you seen the latest in pool comfort?! Motorized pool floats and loungers are the best way to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the water, and they make amazing gifts. Don't just float, DRIVE around the pool. Soak up the sun, move over to the shade, or get a 360º view of your surroundings at the touch of a button. The powerful dual 66-watt motors included with the Pool Candy Splash Runner are ideal for pool use. You can even take it with you for a fun day at the lake. Its high backrest, lower back support, broad armrests with cup holders, and extended leg area ensure maximum comfort for passengers up to 300 pounds. OR, new this year, enjoy that same battery-powered fun with the Pool Candy Unicorn Motorized Float. If unicorns aren't your thing, we have the motorized T-Rex and Flamingo versions, too!
Inflatable Hot Tub
Want to enjoy the benefits of a spa or hot tub, but don't want to spend thousands of dollars to get one? We have an idea — just get an inflatable hot tub! The pool might be closed for the winter, but you can still enjoy the water with one of these. The gift of relaxation is one that keeps giving! Hot tubs, like the one pictured, can seat up to four adults comfortably, making them perfect for entertaining friends and family, also. Don't forget to enhance each warm and bubbly soaking session with your favorite bottle of spa aromatherapy. Pssst...aromatherapy bottles make great stocking stuffers, too!
Fun & Games
Whether in the pool or out, no backyard gathering is complete without a fun game or two. From traditional water games to tailgating favorites, Leslie's has dozens of fun recreational items and innovative games to choose from. Maybe you're looking to slam some hoops with a pool basketball set. Or perhaps you've been eyeing a corn hole set or a game of washer toss. If you're looking for something a little more unique, such as a floating golfing green or a giant balloon dog sprinkler, we've still got you covered. Take a look at all the cool things we have to offer in our Toys and Games category. You can also stop by your local Leslie's store to see for yourself.
Backyard & Patio Accessories
Here's an idea that's just as much fun as it is practical. During the cold off-season months, the last thing on anybody's mind is swimming in the pool. But even when the weather is chilly and the pool is closed, that doesn't mean you can't make the most of your backyard space. Besides, no one wants to stay cooped up in the house all winter! Make the winter months just a little more bearable with the gift of a few backyard accessories.
To keep the patio area nice and toasty, invest in a fire pit or patio heater. There are many stylish options to choose from, and many have a modern aesthetic that fits right in with any backyard theme. Don't have anywhere to sit around a fire pit? Take care of that with some cozy seating, like the Everest Adirondack Chair. Patio looking a little cluttered? Upgrade your space with some simple storage options, such as the Keter Sumatra Deck Box. Ready for a movie night? Try hosting one with a giant inflatable projector screen. No matter what your outdoor entertainment area needs, you're sure to find it in our Backyard and Patio category.
Although this one could technically fit under the backyard and patio section, we thought it deserved its own spotlight. Besides, what's a pool party without some good tunes?! Every pool owner needs at least one powerful waterproof speaker to use outdoors. Bonus points if that speaker is Bluetooth enabled and can pair up with other speakers! You'll get all of this and more with the Sonic Boom 2, the ultimate speaker for outdoor entertainment. With up to 20 hours of battery life and the ability to pair up to 50 speakers together, this speaker is designed for all-day entertainment. Oh, and did we mention this waterproof speaker also FLOATS? Yep. That settles it — this is the perfect poolside speaker.
Help reduce chlorine use in the pool, decrease maintenance time, and leave the water feeling softer with the gift of natural pool mineral systems. Installation of a Jacuzzi JMCS or Nature2 Express mineral cartridge is fast and easy, and each cartridge will last for up to 6 months of active use (or the length of a pool season). When the cartridge is all used up, it only takes seconds to replace it. Used correctly, mineral systems can cut chlorine use by up to 50%. You'll have water that's gentler on skin, eyes, hair, and swimming suits. In addition, you won't have to worry about unpleasant chloramine odors coming from the pool. Mineral systems are the most popular alternative sanitizer, because they're easy to maintain. They also have a much lower upfront cost and ongoing maintenance expense than a saltwater chlorine generator or an ozone system.
Variable Speed Pool Pumps
Here's a useful pool item you might even consider gifting yourself — a variable speed pool pump. Variable speed or "VS" pumps offer numerous benefits to pool owners. From the improved filtration efficiency, quiet operation, simple programming, and, most importantly, the massive energy savings, you can't go wrong with upgrading your pool system to one powered by a variable speed pump. As an added bonus, Jacuzzi variable speed pumps are eligible for our free Equipment Protection Plan, an extended warranty provided exclusively to Leslie's Pool Perks members. Not yet a member? No worries! It's free to sign up.
Although the upfront cost of a variable speed pump can be somewhat high, the energy savings alone can usually pay for the pump within a pool season or two. To see exactly how much money you could save by replacing your single speed pump with a variable speed model, check out our energy savings calculator.
You may have heard about solar pool covers or solar rings before. But do you know how much good they can do for a pool? Solar rings and covers work to reduce evaporation, which conserves both water and heat energy, and also helps cut down on chemical losses. They're especially popular in the early and late weeks of swimming season because they help to transfer some of the sun's heat energy into the water. Because of this, solar products are great for extending swimming season by a few weeks in the spring and fall.
Solar rings and covers also help increase heat retention and boost pool heater efficiency to save on energy costs. These are one of very few pool accessories that will pay for themselves over the course of a swimming season. When given as a present to a pool owner, it's almost the same as putting cash in their pocket.
Automatic Pool Cleaner
Give the gift of time this year with an automatic pool cleaner. Pool cleaners are something pool owners don't know they're missing out on until they've used one for a season. Automatic pool cleaners take most of the work out of routine pool cleaning, leaving more time to enjoy the pool instead of maintaining it. Not sure which pool cleaner to gift? That's OK! We put together a handy Pool Cleaner Buyer's Guide to help you dig through all the features of some of the most popular cleaners on the market today. Your nearest Leslie's store can also help answer questions you might have about specific types and models of cleaners. Our top picks this year? The Jacuzzi JCRX and Polaris VRXIQ+.
What's the one thing no pool owner can go without? You guessed it — pool maintenance chemicals. At the end of each pool season, old pool chemicals are often disposed of so fresh chemicals can be purchased for the upcoming season.
If the pool people on your shopping list haven't already bought their new chemicals for the year, help them out with an assortment of essential water balancers or some water testing supplies from Leslie's. A bucket of chlorine tablets or a box/bucket of pool shock will be important for maintaining a safe and sanitary pool next season. To help with weekly maintenance, a bottle of Perfect Weekly provides three benefits in one convenient application — enzymes, phosphate removers, and a liquid solar cover to conserve water and energy. If your gift recipient has already started counting down to Pool Opening Day, help that day go smoother with the gift of a Pool Opening Kit.
The Ultimate Gift: A New Pool!
If your family's above ground pool is looking a little old and dilapidated, you might be thinking about upgrading to a newer model. Or maybe you're looking to become first-time pool owners, and you can't wait to surprise the family with a swimming pool of your very own. Whatever the case may be, if you're buying the ultimate gift this year — a new swimming pool — it's probably not going to fit underneath the tree. Not to worry! Whether you're investing in a hard-sided pool or a soft-sided pool, there are a number of fun ways you can gift the pool and make it a memorable holiday moment.
Planning the Big Reveal
If you set up "Elf on a Shelf" scenes during the holiday season, you might drop subtle hints in the days leading up to the pool gift exchange. One day it might be the elf sunning in a lounge chair or a mini pool float. The next day, the elf might be diving into a sink or admiring their new swimwear in the mirror. It might even get caught riding a floating rubber ducky in the bathtub. Or it may act as the lifeguard for a whole flock of floating duckies. The options are endless. Get creative, and have some fun with it!
Another option is to wrap a single smaller gift for each member of the family. In those packages, include fun pool-related items like goggles, flip flops, swimsuits, beach balls, printed towels, pool floats, dive toys, sunscreen, pool signs and fun summertime sayings, or even a framed photo of the swimming pool you're getting. What might start out as confusion will quickly turn into excitement as your family eventually puts the pieces together.
Want to draw out the anticipation a little more? Set up a scavenger hunt! The first gift is a clue, which leads everyone to the next location with another clue. Include clever riddles, pool-related items, or whatever else you think might add to the excitement without giving away the surprise. The more challenging the clues, the better!
If you've been able to hide the pool installation from everyone, you can eventually lead them outside for the big reveal. Or, if the pool isn't set up yet, the final gift might be an envelope with a photo of the pool you purchased. You could also lead them to a pool-sized outline in the yard with a gift wrapped pool item and final clue inside. You might even invite the family to break ground on the new pool site. No matter how you break the news, the pure joy that follows is sure to make you grin from ear to ear.
Looking for even more great gift ideas? Shop the official Leslie's Holiday Gift Guide to find the perfect items for everyone on your shopping list.