December 02, 2006
'Tis The Season
Happy Holidays, everyone! If you are like me you have scuba divers on your gift giving list this holiday season. Having problems deciding what to give them? Depending on how much you plan on spending, the options can be limitless! Your local dive shop will have lots of things for you to choose from. Simply ask! If they were trained at the shop, there's a very good chance the staff will know the people on your list. The dive shop will possibly have ideas and suggestions for you about your divers' wish list. In all the years I managed a dive shop, one of the things I always did was keep a list of what people said they wanted. That way when friends or family came in trying to decide on a gift but had no ideas, I could ask a few questions and guide them in the right direction!
For inexpensive gifts, consider a spare dive light, a pair of gloves, a knife, a dry box, a T-shirt, or even a save-a-dive kit. If your scuba friend is planning on going on a trip there's a good chance they have an open balance on the trip. And most dive shops will accept payments for your friend and give you a certificate to present to your friend.
For those wanting to spend a bit more, do some investigative work to find out what size your diver wears and what they need, then make your decisions based on that. Most dive shops will allow for exchanges after Christmas, assuming the item has not been used. Items you might consider are wetsuits, buoyancy compensators, regulators, computers, gear bags, or instruments.
If you are not concerned about the price, consider a complete scuba package, as many dive shops offer package deals. Another option is to pay for a trip your diver has been interested in, or give them a drysuit.
Your friend or relative isn't a diver yet, but interested? Or your diver is interested in learning more? Give them the gift of learning! Scuba classes are often given as gifts, and are always appreciated!
And if all else fails ... There's always gift certificates!
Happy Holidays! and Safe Diving!