Five holiday gift ideas for the sun lover
Coolibar's Packable Wide Brim Hat can take a beating. The resilient sun hat is made from a breathable polyester blend that has the look of straw and the strength of iron. Roll, fold and stow it in your suitcase and it won't lose shape. Best of all, the flexible hat is rated 50+ on the ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) scale, which means it blocks out 98 per cent of the sun's harmful UV rays. $30; www.coolibar.com
Keep your favourite mobile device protected from sand to sea with the Aquapac phone case. The transparent UV-stabilized waterproof shell protects iPhones (and virtually any flat-faced cellphone) from water and sun damage. Sound and radio signals easily pass through the casing, so you can make and take calls while floating in open water. The case is submersible to a maximum of 4.8 metres (15 feet), so deep-sea diving is not advisable. $29; www.mec.ca
Sturdier than a beach umbrella and more portable than a full-sized cabana, the MEC Oasis is a perfect place for a midday picnic. The easy-to-assemble lightweight shelter comes with a waterproof shell that shields from gusty ocean breezes and unexpected showers. A mesh door keeps pesky mosquitoes at bay, and side vents allow for air circulation on hot days. $126; www.mec.ca
The UV SunSense wristband takes the guesswork out of sun protection. Strap it on, slather sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) over your body and the band, and watch for changing colours. When the wristband's bright purple hue fades to light pink, it's time to reapply. Pale yellow, on the other hand, means that it's time to get out of the sun completely. $7.44. www.uvsunsense.com
Sunscreen applications are mess-free with Dr. T's Supergoop SPF30 swipes. The pre-moistened mini-towels (think of them as wet wipes with UV protection) come in a resealable pouch that stows easily in carry-ons and beach bags. Super-sensitive skin types need not worry: The wipes are made from a gentle blend of zinc oxide, green tea extracts and vitamin E, and are fragrance- and paraben-free. $34; www.supergoop.com
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