Whether you’re planning a family vacation for spring break or you just want to surprise mom and dad with something they can use on their tropical getaway this summer, you might want to consider gifting them swimsuits. Sure, it’s unexpected—but it’s also something they’ll love because they can get so much use out of it! Whether they’re going to the beach or splashing in the hotel pool, they’ll love the comfort, style, and practicality of these five options.
Tankini swimwear isn’t just stylish—it’s also super comfortable and so flattering! Mom is sure to be delighted by this choice, especially if it’s been a while since she last purchased a bathing suit and is ready for something new and a bit more updated. The beauty of the tankini is that it provides modest coverage, yet still offers the convenience of wearing two pieces. That’s key if she likes the idea of mixing and matching her tops and bottoms to create new looks throughout spring and summer.
More importantly, tankinis are available in a wide range of styles and colors. There are high-neck styles that offer a more conservative look and blouson silhouettes that conceal the tummy. Underwire tankini tops provide optimal support for larger busts. With so many different varieties, you won’t have a problem selecting a style that mom will love.
Sun protection swimwear is an especially important choice for moms and dads who could use a little assistance in that department. Maybe they’ve been sunburned one too many times, or maybe they’re sticklers for wearing sunscreen—as they should be! You can further their cause by surprising them both with suits that have a built-in ultraviolet protection factor, or UPF.
This rating measures the strength and quantity of the potent ultraviolet rays that can pass through the fabric. The highest rating is 50, which means only 1/50th of those damaging rays will penetrate the material. UPF suits are highly versatile, and there are many varieties available for both men and women. From casual trunks and comfortable rash guards for him to one-piece UV suits for her, you can easily find a style that will fit and flatter your parents.
Beach cover-ups are an excellent gift idea if you aren’t quite sure of mom’s size but want to give her something that she can wear throughout the season and beyond. Cover-ups are entirely forgiving, flow beautifully, and look timeless. She’ll love wearing it this year, and you can bet it will make repeated appearances for years to come.
When selecting a style, think about her general wardrobe choices. If she’s more of a conservative dresser overall, then she’ll love something that provides more coverage without her having to sacrifice comfort when it’s hot outside. A light and airy dress cover-up is a great choice in that case, especially if it has short sleeves and a V-neckline to provide ventilation. If she’s all about easy, breezy style and open to different silhouettes, consider giving her a sarong — she can wear it multiple ways, such as around her waist or draped over her shoulders. There are also cardigan-style cover-ups that fall below the hips to provide essential coverage.
Sure, he may own a fairly decent pair of men’s swim trunks. But you’ll serve your dad well when you surprise him with a suit that’s designed specifically with his comfort in mind. Think about the countless options and features that set modern suits apart from the rest. There are adjustable waistbands that make it easy for him to tighten for a more snug fit or loosen for greater comfort. There are jewel tones and neutral shades.
Some styles are lengthier than others, too. If he prefers a little bit more coverage, consider a pair of shorts with a longer inseam. You can even experiment with patterns! Maybe he’s the type who doesn’t turn his nose up at a bold tropical-print shirt when he’s in someplace beachy — or even when he’s just at the lake down the street. In that case, your dad is likely to be pretty happy with a bold colorblock pattern or quirky print that sets his shorts apart from others he’s owned in the past.
If your mom is on the shorter side, consider giving her a petite bikini or one-piece swimsuit that will add some flair, style, and color to her warm-weather wardrobe. These styles are strategically cut to flatter the petite frame while adding some fashionable elements to the equation.
Whether she loves bright colors or favors something understated, you’ll find a great option that helps her feel her best. Some styles even lend the illusion of length! Look for sleek vertical lines that add some height and fun details like side shirring and surplice wraps, both of which are highly flattering.
If swimsuits aren’t an easy purchase for your parents, consider something equally useful but easier to choose, like a rash guard or a beach towel. These options are must-haves for fun in the sun, and you can trust they’ll use them throughout the season.