Make A Splash

If you know Canada like I know Canada, you know that the first hints of spring immediately lead to a mental fast forwarding for most Canucks: we’re dreaming of fresh veggies harvested from the garden, donning shorts and baring our pasty legs, and perhaps even planning a trip to the beach or a pool renovation in our yards. Since I’ve got swim season on the brain, I thought it would be fun to round up a few awesome gift ideas for your next poolside (or any body of water) excursion.

PBteen Sea Breeze TotesSea Breeze Totes – $32 each @ PBteen
First and foremost, any gal heading to the waterfront needs a stylish tote bag to keep all of her essentials at hand, and these adorable striped and sequined totes from PBteen fit the bill. Rendered in colourful yet sturdy canvas, you can pick up one of these chic bags in one of four colour and pattern combinations, all of which are perfectly tailored to your beachside ensemble – from nautical anchors to tropical palm trees, no matter what theme your suit or coverup, there’s a cute bag to match. Plus you can even customize these bags with the initials of whomever you’re gifting it to – consider it as a fun birthday gift for your niece (with a swimwear gift card stashed inside) or as a cool gift for a friend that lives on the lake.

The Ultra Fast-Dry TowelThe Ultra Fast-Dry Towel – $29.95 for large @ Discovery Trekking
If you’re spending the day on the sand or by the pool, the last thing you want is a sopping wet towel when you slip in and out of the water. This innovative, moisture-wicking towel from Canadian brand Discovery Trekking solves that problem, by drying at lightning speeds between uses. Available in a huge range of colours and a number of different sizes, this ultra lightweight towel resists sand, provides 97% UV protection, and is particularly great for travelers heading to sunny (and wet) destinations.

Cocktail Caddy Pool FloatCocktail Caddy Pool Float – $137 @ Pottery Barn
Why get out of the pool for a sip or snack when you can simply let this floating snack cushion meander about? Featuring four cup holders and a central bucket, this floating oasis is made from water-resistant marine fabric, for long-lasting durability. Use it to keep treats close at hand, or to stash a hand towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, and other poolside essentials. An awesome choice for a family member that’s just installed a new pool or bought a new home with a pool.

Banzai Grand Slam Baseball SlideBanzai Grand Slam Baseball Slide – $29.99 @ Canadian Tire
If the little ones are too shrimpy (or scared) to brave the actual pool, they can still have fun in the sun with these cleverly designed slip ‘n slide. With a square shape designed to resemble a baseball field, watch as the tykes ‘slide’ their way to the base of their choice under jets of water. You can even use the toy AS a baseball field, thanks to the included ball and bat. The only rule? No running, only sliding! A perfect choice for the grandkids on a hot summer day.

Aqua Di LaraAqua Di Lara Swimwear – From $170
Fun fact: I discovered this brand whilst playing an addictive mobile game called Covet, but it was only while drafting this post that I realize it’s actually a Canadian line. Not that you’d know it – the exotic prints and hotter-than-hot necklines and cuts channel the Caribbean more than the great white north. Whether you’re looking for a figure-flattering monokini or a standout classic bikini or even a sleek coverup, Aqua Di Lara delivers. Plus, you won’t have to run the risk of running into someone else in the same suit as you if you keep this brand your little secret. If you’re iffy about buying a bathing suit for a loved one (understandable), consider covertly introducing them and offering to buy the suit of their choice for a birthday or anniversary gift.

Sea Breeze Tote - Pink STripeFinally I’ve got some news that’s sure to put some spring (or summer) in your step. I’m giving away the super cute turtle & pink stripe tote bag from PBteen (sans customization). If you’re interested in getting ahead of your summer wardrobe planning, here’s how to enter:

1) Tell me in the comments below – which of these poolside essentials would you most love to gift or get? You have till May 11 to share your pick.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around May 12, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry Time: Pin up to all 5 of the fun gift ideas featured in this post – you’ll nab one bonus entry per pin. Please ensure each pin is posted in a separate comment (along with your initial entry comment).




103 Responses to “Make A Splash”
  1. Lori says:

    I love the caddy pool float! It would be great to have our snacks handy and never have to step out of the pool!

  2. Joan G says:

    My grandkids would love the Banzai Grand Slam Baseball Slide – I’ll have to check it out.

  3. Holly says:

    I would love the Cocktail Caddy Pool Float!!

  4. The Ultra Fast-Dry Towels are pretty nifty

  5. cookie3 says:

    The Ultra Fast-Dry Towels would be great to get!! Hint, hint!!!

  6. May says:

    I would love to get the Aqua Di Lara Swimwear!

  7. tammy ta says:

    my kids would love the baseball water slide

  8. Susan T. says:

    I absolutely love that first Aqua Di Lara swimsuit! It is gorgeous!

  9. Taps says:

    The Ultra Fast-Dry Towels are definitely coveted.

  10. Brea H says:

    The baseball slide . . . for my three boys. The best gift I could give them and get for me!!

  11. hugh laing says:

    grand slam baseball slide for my grandson

  12. Bonnie says:

    I would love the baseball slide for the little sweetheart,; that my Daughter babysits for. c

  13. marlene says:

    Sea Breeze Totes – I don;t have a beach tote bag. -> would love to get

  14. Susan says:

    I’d like the Ultra Fast Drying Towel.

  15. Susan says:

    Ultra fast dry towel

  16. Kimberley says:

    I would love the Sea Breeze Tote. And the sea turtle just happens to be my favourite!

  17. Leah M says:

    Love the cocktail caddy pool float!!

  18. Rick says:

    Ultra fast-dry towel.

  19. I like all the swimwear! I would like it!

  20. J. Chan says:

    Banzai Grand Slam Baseball Slide . I’d love to gift it to my nephew.

  21. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d love the The Ultra Fast-Dry Towel. They would be great for summer days at the lake or while camping!

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  27. darlene boyle says:

    sea breeze totes

  28. diane says:

    The Ultra Fast-Dry Towel would be great to receive.

  29. Vicky D says:

    The pool caddy float or the fast dry towels would be fabulous!!

  30. Anne says:

    I like all of these things, the colours and bright logos, from the totes to the towels.

  31. Patricia says:

    I’d really like to have some of the The Ultra Fast-Dry Towels, they are so colorful and summery

  32. Cairine says:

    The poolside essential I would like would be the tote.

  33. Judy Williams says:

    The Ultra fast dry Towels would be a big boon

  34. Donna L. says:

    I love the flamingo Sea Breeze tote.

  35. lyn212 says:

    This is a hard choice but I think I would pick the The Ultra Fast-Dry Towel.

  36. melanie borhi says:

    Turtle bag!

  37. Shelley Nelson says:

    The ultra fast dry towel would be my choice since I hate using wet towels to dry off. Would love something that can dry quickly so it can be used again. Perfect for the pool or the beach

  38. CLC says:

    The ultra fast dry towel is what I need. A soggy towel is disgusting!

  39. lisa bolduc says:

    I would love to be able to rock one of those bathing suits

  40. kathy wilson says:

    sea breeze totes

  41. lisagedak says:

    OOOOH they are all cool! I would love the Cocktail Caddy Pool Float:) Thanks for the opportunity!

  42. Lisa says:

    I love the dry towels!!

  43. Lisa says:

    I would like the baseball slide for my kids.

  44. Melissa says:

    I love the sea breeze totes. Especially the cute one with the turtle.

  45. Elizabeth Nicholson says:

    I like the Ultra Fast Dry Towels.

  46. Monique L.S. says:

    That Banzai Grand Slam Baseball Slide looks like a lot of fun.

  47. Monique L.S. says:

    I pinned the baseball slide:

  48. Anne Derkat says:

    I’d love to have the uultra fast dry towels.

  49. photomum says:

    The grand slam baseball slide looks like fun

  50. Cathy Oppedisano says:

    I’d like to receive the Cocktail Caddy Pool Float – $137 @ Pottery Barn.

  51. lucy kabatoff says:

    sea breeze totes

  52. Edith Rennes says:

    The Ultra Fast-Dry Towels would be wonderful

  53. intensev5 says:

    I would love the Banzai Grand Slam Baseball Slide – $29.99 @ Canadian Tire for my son!

  54. Tricia Dickie says:

    Me…I am a sucker for tote bags! I love the turtle!

  55. mcmc says:

    The Ultra Fast-Dry Towels look like they are very nice

  56. I’m too chicken to wear any of those bathing suits, so I’m going to go for the Quick Dry Towel. They’d be great for a day at the lake.

  57. Megan Young says:

    I really like the Aqua Di Lara Swimwear.

  58. truckerofbc says:

    I would love to see my wife in the swimwear. it looks hot.

  59. debbie f says:

    I would love the Cocktail Caddy Pool Float

  60. darci says:

    I would love the ultra fast dry towel because it would be so handy when we camp and takes up so little room!

  61. lorna says:

    the baseball slide is the coolest!

  62. beewbedard says:

    I love the The Ultra Fast-Dry Towel – for myself

  63. Alison K says:

    Of these poolside essentials I would most love to gift the Banzai Grand Slam Baseball Slide – $29.99 @ Canadian Tire or to get the Ultra Fast-Dry Towel – $29.95 for large @ Discovery Trekking

  64. Jessica Lord says:

    i would love the ultra-fast dry towel

  65. Lorzie says:

    Love the aqua d’lara bathing suits

  66. linnett says:

    The Sea Breeze totes would be nice to have for me lol

  67. diana p says:

    The totes are by far the cutest.

  68. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I love the sea breeze totes

  69. I would most love to give or get the tote bag,,that is super cute 🙂

  70. Nicole Segal says:

    The towels are so useful, and such beautiful colours. They’re my pick.

  71. Lori says:

    I would give the pool pillow floating snack cushion thingy. 🙂

  72. Sherry K says:

    The Ultra Fast Dry Towel would be my choice, I have wanted one for when I travel.

  73. The Cocktail Caddy Pool Float or the Ultra Fast Drying Towels.

  74. Dreena says:

    I’d most like to receive the Sea Breeze Tote – especially the one with the anchor. So cute!

  75. Sara says:

    The grand slam baseball slide – my kids would love that!

  76. Tina L. says:

    The Ultra Fast-Dry Towel would be great for the kids as they are always running in and out of the water.

  77. joyce s. says:

    The ultra fast dry towel.

  78. Sylvia says:

    I like the Cocktail Caddy Pool Float.

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