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Unique Gift Ideas for Swimming Pool People

If you're reading this, chances are good that you either have a pool in your own backyard or know someone who does. When you know a pool owner, a swimming fanatic, or anyone else who loves spending time in or around a pool, it's hard to go wrong with a pool-related gift. If you're struggling to find the perfect gift for that special person in your life, look no further than this handy-dandy swimming pool lover’s gift guide!

From the fun to the practical and everything in between, keep reading to learn more about this year’s most popular pool and spa products.


It’s actually easier than you think to find a great gift for a swimming pool owner. New gadgets and maintenance technologies emerge every year. Also, the growing selection of cool and comfortable floats and loungers evolves constantly.

Floating Pool Lounge

This list wouldn’t be complete without some cozy pool loungers and floats. First up, we have the Blue Monterey Foam Lounger, which is a popular choice for lasting relaxation in the pool. Luxurious Aqua Cell foam conforms to your body, while the ergonomically designed pillow provides additional head support. The pearlized satin vinyl finish gives this float an attractive, subtle shimmer. Speaking of shimmer, holographic and sparkling pool floats are all the rage nowadays. For example, the Pool Candy Holographic Oyster Shell will have you feeling like pool royalty while soaking up the sun. Whether you're looking for luxurious foam loungers or fun inflatables in vibrant colors, you're sure to find what you're looking for in our Pool Floats & Loungers category.

pool candy holographic inflatable pool lounge float

Pool Organization

pool deck storage and organization

Pool organizers are practical for any season, and they’re great for storing your pool floats, inflatables, towels, and other accessories while not in use. No more worrying about them laying scattered across the deck, no more watching them blow away in the wind, and no more people tripping over them. Your poolside accessories will be stowed away safely, ready for the next use.

Speaking of storage, a portable poolside deck box is a great multipurpose organization tool. This oversized container keeps everything neat and tidy, while also functioning as a stylish bench seat. It’s a great place to store towels, sandals, sunscreen, or any other items you want to keep within reach.

Automatic Pool Cleaner

One of the most desirable gifts on any pool owner’s wish list is an automatic pool cleaner. An item like this never goes out of style, and it saves a tremendous amount of time in cleaning the pool. However, pool owners often won’t buy an automatic pool cleaner for themselves because they’re too busy putting other pool maintenance items first.

If your potential gift recipient owns an above ground pool, they’re certain to enjoy having Wanda the Whale or an AquaBug clean the pool for them. For an inground pool owner, try something like the Kreepy Krauly Classic, or help them upgrade their pool with an energy-efficient robotic pool cleaner. There are above ground and inground automatic pool cleaners for every need and budget. Just make sure you get the right type for your gift recipient’s pool! Robotic cleaners are great for any inground pool, because they don't rely on the pool's pump or filtration system to run. Some can even be managed from a smartphone app, such as the Polaris P965IQ.

automatic robotic pool cleaner

Pool Personalization

Add a touch of sentimentality to the pool area with a custom-made placard. Use a favorite summertime phrase or saying associated with warmer months, such as, “Relax, We Have a Pool” or “Walking on Sunshine.” It’s just a little something to get them thinking about all the exciting days of swimming ahead. Include names on the sign to make the pool a truly personal gift. There are also plenty of funny pool signs available, too. While you're looking for pool signs, safety signage is always a great thing to have for any pool. In The Swim carries all sorts of pool and spa signs for any occasion.

Easy Pool Lighting

sondpex saturn pool light and waterproof speaker

One of the coolest gadgets for backyard pool lighting is the Sondpex Saturn Pool Speaker and Party Light. Available in pink or blue, these waterproof Bluetooth speakers bring the party straight to you. With 4 speakers, an 8-hour battery life, a storage compartment for your phone or keys, and hands-free calling capabilities, it’s one of the most versatile speakers money can buy. Let the speaker cycle through the different lighting colors, or have your light show sync up with the beat of the music playing. It's perfect for both daytime and nighttime swimming.

If you don't care so much about having a speaker in the pool, and you're just looking for multicolored lights and/or a water feature, you can find it with the GAME Underwater Light Show and Fountain. Quickly turn your pool from "BLAH" to "Ooh, ahh!" with one simple floating accessory. This is one of our more popular items, and it has plenty of great reviews!


Backyard Games

If you know someone who spends a lot of time socializing with friends and family in the backyard, set them up with some outdoor games to share. There’s a tower of Wooden Tumbling Tower Blocks, an oversized neoprene Checkers Board, and a number of other games like Washer Toss, Ring Toss, Bulzibucket, Bocce Ball, Disc Slam, and many others. Oh, and did we mention that there’s also a floating Tic-Tac-Toe game? In The Swim carries so much more than just swimming pool chemicals and supplies. We’re your one-stop shop for backyard fun and games, too!

giant wooden jenga game for outdoor play

Patio Accessories

patio accessories including a table, chairs, and fire pit

While we’re on the topic of backyard fun, let’s talk about patio accessories. If the person you’re shopping for already has a nice set of outdoor furniture, you’re off to a great start. For cool evenings and fall weather days, a nice patio heater can help take the chill away and make a space more inviting.

Ready for a movie night? Have one under the stars with an outdoor projector screen. If you’re looking for the most versatile option, take a look at the 20 ft. Onix Venture Group inflatable projection screen. This massive screen can be used near the pool, in your yard, or even at tailgating parties and camping adventures. It sets up in just 5 minutes or less.

Rail Grips

Here’s a gift that not many would think about purchasing, but it’s one that will be appreciated daily once installed. If you have steps or a ladder leading down into the pool, we’re guessing there are probably a set of handrails attached. If that’s the case, then you (or the person you’re shopping for) need a set of rail grips. It's an inexpensive pool accessory that’s just nice to have around. They help to keep the rails cool under the sun's brutal rays, and they also give your hands a little extra grip when wet. When getting into and out of the pool, the last thing you want is for your hands to slip! Rail grips come in a variety of colors and sizes to fit your needs.

pool handrail grips


Inflatable Water Slide

intex inflatable water slide

When you can’t seem to find the right gift for the pool kids in your life, get them something they probably don’t have already — a pool slide! At just a fraction of the cost of the much larger commercial-grade plastic slides, an inflatable pool slide can provide hours of fun for the entire family. Just set it up at the edge of the pool, connect a standard garden hose to the sprayers, and start slip-sliding away!

Fun Pool Floats

No matter what your pool-crazy kids are into, there’s a pool float available just for them. Glitter? Got it. Lights? Yep, we have those too. Motorized pool tubes? You guessed it, we’ve got you covered. From classic floats and lounges to oversized animals and dinosaurs, our diverse selection of fun pool floats will keep the kiddos entertained all summer long. But be careful — the adults might try to claim these awesome gifts as their own!

fun llama pool float

Water Sports

young boy playing basketball in the pool

A little competition never hurt anyone! There are so many pool basketball and pool volleyball sets available to choose from, making gifts in this category ideal for any budget. There are even 2-in-1 combo sets to help you get the most bang for your buck. Just make sure to get the right type, so you can mount it to your inground or above ground pool. For the lacrosse fan in your life, there’s also a floating goal and lacrosse accessories for serious pool tournament play! 

Squirt Guns

It’s not a fun day in the pool if there’s not at least a little bit of splashing and spraying going on. Set your family and friends up with a full set of water guns to cool off with when the summer heat returns. Take a look at our popular Zuru Fast-Fill Water Blaster that refills in seconds, or try out the smaller version, the Micro Fast-Fill Blaster. The Micro version comes in a pack of two, so everyone can play!

zuru x shot water gun

Diving Game

diving game squidivers

For kids who are keen on pool diving games, there are quite a few options available. From simple dive rings and dive sticks to a sunken shipwreck and squirmy Squidivers, there will always be something fun to go searching for underwater. More advanced swimmers will enjoy navigating underwater obstacles like Swim-Through Pool Hoops. See who can complete the obstacle course the fastest!



If you know someone who’s serious about swimming, you can’t go wrong with a quality pair of swim goggles. There are dozens of styles, sizes, and colors to choose from. Clear lenses, smoke lenses, solid colors, tie dye, and even masks with nose protection — no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it at In The Swim.

Aquatic Fitness

For those interested in competitive swimming or aquatic fitness, there are a few accessories that can really help step up your pool game. For example, we often recommend the AquaJogger Swim Belt. This adjustable elastic belt is proudly made in the USA, and is available in blue and purple for adults. Quickly tone and strengthen abdominal muscles and the lower back, while engaging in low-impact exercises and perfecting your swimming skills.

blue aquajogger complete fitness kit


You don't have to break the bank to give an awesome gift to the pool enthusiast in your life. Some of the most popular gifts actually cost less than you might think.

Bluetooth Speakers

altec bluetooth speaker

Whether you’re looking for a cool tech gadget or you’re just looking for a way to bring tunes to the pool, a Bluetooth speaker is just the ticket. With many speakers available in the $10–$50 range, you’re sure to find the one you’re looking for at an affordable price. Some are even equipped with waterproof technology, so you can take them in the pool with you without worrying about water damage.

Toys & Games

In The Swim carries dozens of cool, inexpensive pool toys, games, and other fun activities that anyone can enjoy. Whether outdoors, inside, or enjoying your time in the pool, our huge selection of fun accessories won’t leave you scrambling for last-minute gift ideas. Starting under $5, we’re sure to have the perfect affordable gifts for everyone on your list.

floating pool basketball game

Floats & Lounges

fun narwhal pool float

We’ve already talked about some cool floats and cozy loungers earlier in this post, but they deserve another mention on this list because they’re one of the more economical gift options in our gift guide. There are countless floats and loungers under $50. In fact, many are under $20, and some are even under $10. If you’re looking for a quick and easy gift, you can find an inexpensive inflatable float, raft, or lounger in our Pool Floats category.

Phone Sanitizer

Proper sanitation continues to be top of mind for many in our day-to-day lives. But let’s be honest, here. We often forget to sanitize the one thing we touch the most: our cell phones. With the UV-Turtle phone sanitizer, you can sterilize your phone while it charges. Using UV-C bulbs, the UV-Turtle safely and effectively kills 99.9% of germs on your phone’s surface. It will also sanitize anything else you can fit inside, such as earbuds and jewelry. Just press a button and wait 8 minutes for the sanitation cycle to finish. It's that easy!

uv-turtle phone sanitizer

If you’re still stumped on what to get for your favorite pool people this year, remember that we also carry a wide variety of pool chemicals and maintenance supplies. What better way to get them excited for swimming season than with an all-inclusive Pool Opening Kit? If you have any questions about pool products or need other ideas for gifts, give us a call at 1-800-288-7946. We’ll happily help ensure you’re getting the right stuff for the pool owners in your life.

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