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Top 9 Best Rowing Gifts

Whether it’s for the holidays, a birthday, or another special occasion, finding great rowing gifts can be difficult!

Luckily, I’ve broken down the different gift ideas into my top 9 categories with a few options in each.

These gifts range from rowing books to high-end rowing clothing. I even have some rowing gift ideas for coaches!

This means you should be able to find something suitable and in your price range!

You’ve figured out you want to get your loved one a rowing themed gift. Now it is my job to supply some great gift ideas for rowers and allow you to choose the best one!

Before We Start

You may also have to decide if your rowing gifts will be “crew” themed, for rowing in a scull (boat), or “erg” themed, for rowing on a rowing machine.

People who participate in crew will also use a rowing machine for off-the-water training, so all of these gifts apply.

However, some people may just love using an indoor rowing machine and never train on-the-water. For these people, gift ideas like pogies or outdoor clothing will not apply.

If you aren’t sure what to get, there are plenty of items that are great for both, like a rowing mug, t-shirt, or foam roller! Plus, if you are completely clueless just see gift idea #9.

#1: Rowing Apparel

One of the easiest gifts to buy for someone is a bit of rowing apparel. This can be a rowing t-shirt, socks, tie, or flip-flops. These gifts are everywhere and there are a ton of options.

Here are a few options I like.

Rowing Clothing

Rowing Bracelets

#2: Rowing Books

Books are some of my favorite rowing gifts. They are easy to buy, not too expensive, and have a personal feel to them.

#3: Rowing Accessories

There are plenty of rowing accessories out there but a few of them seem to be the most popular.

If you are looking for a rowing machine gift, then the 2 most popular items are gloves and seat cushions.

You can read my article about best rowing machine gloves or my article on the best rowing seat pads for a few of my top picks. You can also see my #1 picks below:

Rowing Machine Seat Pads

Rowing Gloves

If you are looking for “crew” accessory rowing gifts, then I think sunglasses or pogies are a great idea.

Rowing Sunglasses

Sunglasses can be expensive and difficult to pick out, so a gift card can work well for this idea!

Rowing Pogies

#4: Rowing Clothing

I classify “rowing clothing” as clothes you would wear specifically while rowing.

If the gift is for someone rowing crew and they live in a cold environment, then buying some warm gear is always welcome.

#5: Rowing Tech

There are a few pieces of rowing tech that I see many rowers using.

Nowadays, people are constantly making videos of themselves doing different activities and the GoPro is the most popular. It is also waterproof, which is great for rowing.

A good heart rate monitor is also great for on-the-water training or on a rowing machine.

#6: Rowing Machine

Do you know someone who loves rowing but doesn’t own a Concept2? It may be the perfect opportunity to buy them the #1 bestselling rowing machine on the market.

It is a bit expensive, but this would be the holy grail of rowing gifts!

Concept2 RowErg Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 Monitor
4.9
$1,259.99

The world's best-selling rowing machine. Adjustable air resistance & easy storage. Comes with a device holder for your smartphone. You can't go wrong with this rowing machine.

Pros:
  • Best overall rowing machine on the market
  • Connects with heart rate monitors
  • 5 year frame warranty
Cons:
  • Fan can be too noisy for some
  • Not the cheapest
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06/16/2024 08:39 pm GMT

Read more: Our full Concept2 RowErg Model D review

#7: Rowing Gear for Warm-ups

Everyone who rows or exercises needs to warm-up before starting. This requires a bit of “static” stretching, some “dynamic” stretching, and even a light workout.

The two ideas below can be used in every warm-up and are great additions to have for any athlete.

  • Description:

    Includes:

    • Hollow Core Massage Roller with End Caps
    • Muscle Roller Stick
    • Stretching Strap
    • Double Lacrosse Peanut
    • Spikey Plantar Fasciitis Ball
  • $44.86
Description:

Includes:

  • Hollow Core Massage Roller with End Caps
  • Muscle Roller Stick
  • Stretching Strap
  • Double Lacrosse Peanut
  • Spikey Plantar Fasciitis Ball
$44.86
Description:

Comes with instruction guide and a carry bag.

$9.95$6.59
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These are fairly common items, so there are a lot of different brands and variations. You can search for “Foam Rollers” or “Resistance Bands” and sometimes you can find one with a discount code!

#8: Rowing Gifts for Coach & Coxswain

Sometimes you are buying a gift for a coach or a coxswain and you may be drawing a blank.

A lot of coaches and coxswains can get all the same gift ideas as above. You can also consider a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts gift card for those early morning workouts.

One great idea for coaches is a nice framed picture of the boat and crew for memories. I’ve read this is one of their favorite gifts, along with a nice gift card!

You can also consider a coaches megaphone or a dry bag to ensure everyone’s gear doesn’t get wet.

The megaphone is the best coaches megaphone you can buy and it is a bit expensive. There are cheaper items that will also work well if you just search for “Megaphone”.

#9: Gift Card Ideas

While a gift card may feel like a cop-out gift idea for rowers, it is actually preferred by a lot of people! I feel a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts gift card is great for someone who goes there everyday!

Plus, if you buy an Amazon gift card, you can suggest one of the gifts above and say you weren’t sure what brand or size to buy!

There are plenty of gift cards to choose from and you can actually buy different gift cards on Amazon.

You can even get your gift card sent in a fancy package!

Amazon Gift Card Page

Buy a gift card for Amazon. Other services and retailers are also available, such as Nordstrom, Starbucks, Roblox, Best Buy, Sephora and DoorDash, among others.

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Final Thoughts

Hopefully by now you have a good sense of the different rowing gifts you can buy. There are rowing themed gifts from $10 up to $1,000, so I’m sure you can find something!

Plus, there are rowing gifts for coaches and even personalized rowing gifts to choose from.

I would be happy with anyone of these ideas and I’m sure your loved ones would be as well! If you need any help picking out an item just leave me a comment below.

Also, if you have any other unique rowing gifts that you have thought of please share it in the comment section!

2 Comments

  1. I am looking for a gift for a rower going to college next year. He will be rowing on the team of whichever college he selects. Definitely the “Boys in the Boat” and was hoping to find a pen relating to rowing. You know maybe a Mont Blanc grooved, wooden, or something unique like that for school.

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