Five Fun Gifts To Kick-Start Summer

May 2016 Product Web Exclusive

Spring into summer with some cool gift ideas! These fun and unique products will make greeting the season a blast for you and your fellow houseboaters.

Cloud Nine Pillow

This premium SoFloat Pillow is ideal for catching some sun, reading, or taking a nap on the lake in ultimate relaxation. The Cloud Nine Pillow is made from durable fabric resistant to fading and comes in charcoal or blue stripe options. The soft touch fabric is very buoyant and stable and includes inner mesh bags that hold the polystyrene beans inside, eliminating the risk of bean spills. A large mesh base lining lets the Cloud Nine Pillow fully dry but the material is water and weather resistant for maximum time on the water. Though it doesn’t include beans (they recommend buying 300 to 350 liters of beans per bag), it does come with stainless steel ring grips so you can anchor to your houseboat. You can find it for $200 at

Single Quick Pop Maker

If you or your fellow boaters can’t get enough popsicles in the summertime, this is the perfect gift! You can make up to three pops in just seven minutes with the Zoku Single Quick Pop Maker, all without electricity. How does it work? Put the unit in the freezer for at least eight hours, poke sticks into the molds, pour in your favorite chilled juice, yogurt, or filling, and watch them turn into popsicles before your eyes! The only downside is you can only make three at a time. BPA and phthalate free, the Single Quick Pop Maker sells for $24.99.

The Two-Person Sandless Beach Mat

Dubbed “the beach mat that is impossible to cover with sand,” the Two-Person Sandless Beach Mat comes with two layers of patented woven polyurethane that act as a one-way filter for getting rid of sand as soon as it falls onto your blanket. Also strong against dust, dirt, and water, the edges of the mat are bound to help it stay flat on the ground. Metal D-rings per corner also enable you to use ground stakes (not included) on especially windy days. The Two-Person Sandless Beach Mat folds up to fit into a travel bag, measures six feet by six feet, and costs $59.95.

Universal Waterproof Case Dry Bag

If you regularly take pictures on your phone but worry about bringing it to the lake, the Universal Waterproof Case Dry Bag by Tech Vendor is just the thing for you. It fits all smartphones up to a 6-inch diagonal size (certain big screen phones need to remove the protective case) and can also protect your credit card and money while fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, or snorkeling. The clear window on the front and back sides makes it easy to still take pictures, videos and access anything else with the fully functioning touch screen. IPX8 certified waterproof for up to 100 feet, the case also protects against snow and dirt and comes with a neck strap for convenient carrying. The Universal Waterproof Case Dry Bag sells at places like Amazon for just $7.99.

Wireless Floating Pool Speaker

The Audio Unlimited PoolPOD will let you bring your music literally onto the lake or hot tub. Fully waterproof, wireless, and immersible, the PoolPOD is powered by 900MHz Phase Loop Lock circuitry and gives you a clear signal up to 150 feet away. The transmitter works without any line of sight limitation, so walls or other obstacles are no issue to the sound quality. Simply plug in your iPod, computer, stereo, MP3 player or any device that has a 3.5-millimeter or RCA output to enjoy your favorite play list. The volume, powers, and mood light controls are on the speaker, giving you convenient control wherever you’re relaxing. You can buy the PoolPOD on Amazon for $25.99 with free shipping.

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