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Gift Guide: Beach Blankets & Towels- 11.17.15

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Remember the importance of the Towel in Douglas Adam’s Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? “A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you — daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.” It isn’t so different in every day life, is it?

In holiday shopping and researching ‘things to want’… i kept running into multi purpose, cozy towel/blankets that are ready for everything from laying on the beach, picnicking in the grass, drying off the dog, keeping cozy on the couch… and then some. While trying to decide whether i “needed” a big circular The Beach People beach towel or a cozy indoor/outdoor Rumpl Puffy blanket… i realized i have quite a few others i have and LOVE… so here’s a Beach Blankets/Towels Gift Guide! After all, if it’s snowy and wintry out where you are, they can keep you cozy or heated pool ready… or remind you of beach adventures to come. Or if the beach is your backyard and it’s nice (enough) out - grab one and go relax! Head to the next page to see my picks!

The Beach People make these enticing 5 foot diameter Australian 100% Cotton Roundie Beach Towels. beachpeople.jpg

A favorite since 2009 (see my old feature Surf Monk on NOTCOT) - the Surf Monk Zuma Beach Blanket is one of the softest, comfiest, beach towel/blankets you’ll find - and it has a pocket!! It has held up really well over the years. surfmonk.jpg

Last year i shared a review of Vertty on NOTCOT and Bucky and I still use it regularly… both laying out in the yard and at the beach! See all the colors and options over at VERTTY. vertty.jpg

Also reviewed last year - see Nomadix on NOTCOT. Part towel, yoga mat, beach mat… the Nomadix towels are made from 100% recycled materials. nomadix.jpg

Harder to buy online… but so so good - check out Jennifer’s Hamam in Istanbul. We’ve been using luscious cotton bathroom towels from them (they are huge and cozy!) for years… and their pestamel/fouta towel/wraps are available in such a range of colors and qualities. They were some of the best we found! If you’re ever in Istanbul, the store is worth a stop - it’s filled wall to wall with options. jennifers.jpg

Like a sleek sleeping bag turned indoor/outdoor/everything blanket - there is Rumpl! So so tempting! rumpl.jpg

And JUST launched on kickstarter is the latest product from Rumpl - The Super Fleece! While the Rumpl is more sleeping bag like, the Super Fleece is like your favorite hoodie (technical knit) on one side, and a cozy fleece on the other… AND the knit top has a DWR coating to repel water, debris, and prevent stains. Both Rumpl and Super Fleece can also be tossed into the washer to clean. fleece.jpg

So, this may not look like the usual beach blanket/towel… but on ridiculous cozy surprises - who knew Restoration Hardware Faux Fur Throws and Blankets would be SO COZY! Absolutely perfect to curl up on a chilly night by the fire or on the couch… and no reason why you couldn’t bring it to a chilly beach or camping too! Animal friendly camping luxe perhaps? restoration.jpg

Just thinking through the options… aren’t you ready to curl up camping? lay out on the beach? head out for an adventure and know you’ll stay dry and cozy?

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