It's that time of year again and we know that shopping for that perfect gift for that special sailor in your life can get tricky. Holiday gift guides can seem redundant, and what do you get for the person who has everything? After all, we know that when it comes to cruising, two is one and one is none. Not only do most sailors have one of everything they could need, it isn't unheard of for them to have two of everything they might need! In this gift guide you will find new ideas to keep the captain and the first mate happy, and the crew safe.
1. Pussers Rum Gift Set
What better way to say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" than with rum? There is no better way!
PUSSER RUM GIFT SET $29.95
2. Swag from your favorite YouTube Sailing Channel
If you like to binge watch specific sailors on YouTube to discover sailing tips, or just to follow in their journey, why not give something back and support their channel by purchasing some cool branded gear for your loved ones?
SAILING HAPPY TOGETHER - WARRIOR SAILING
3. Silicone Rings
Your gold wedding band might prove to be a bit dangerous while sailing, and if you are an active swimmer, diver or snorkeler, why risk losing your beloved band to the ocean? A silicone ring is a great alternative to the real deal while spending time at sea.
GROOVE LIFE SILICONE RING 3 FOR $60
4. Sea Bag for her
Designed and sewn in Maine, USA, Sea Bags are born as sails and transformed into nautically inspired totes and accessories that bring sailors great happiness. Theses products are upcycled from used sails, making these handbags as ecofriendly as they come!
NAVY ANCHOR BAG $120
5. Dry bag backpack for him
Always a great gift to any one who spends time on the water! Buy one with the roll top feature to ensure that, even if submerged in water, the contents of the pack will remain bone-dry. Travelling? Just fold it up, compress it down and stuff it in a larger duffle bag.
DAKINE CYCLONE ROLL TOP 32L BACKPACK $99.95
6. Subscription to Navionics
New to sailing? Give the gift of detailed nautical charts, wherever they may go! The Navionics App subscription comes with a plethora of features to ensure that your passage planning is safe and efficient.
NAVIONICS US & CANADA $21.99
7. Clip on cupholders
Any boaters knows that no matter how many cup holders are on a boat... it's never enough! Give the gift that keeps on giving and allow your boating friends to bring cupholders anywhere they go onboard!
VARIOUS CLIP ON CUPHOLDER OPTIONS FROM WEST MARINE
8. Electric bug swatter
We have all experienced the annoyance of flies in the galley and in the tropics, they just seem to become more of a nuisance day by day. So why not eradicate the issue with an electric fly swatter and enjoy the zapping sound of freedom.
USB ELECTRIC SHOCK SWATTER LAMP $37.99
9. Reef friendly sunscreen
A stocking stuffer that is good for the environment. If you know someone headed on a reef-themed sailing, scuba or snorkel excursion, or even just to a beach in a region that’s home to coral habitats, lessen their environmental impact by using a sunscreen that skips ingredients known to be harmful to reefs in large quantities.
SUN BUM ORIGINAL SPF 50 SUNSCREEN $15.99
10. A hammock
We've all see the classic vacation pictures of a hammock hanging from the boom of sailboat. Why not let your sailing friends turn this epic photo op into a reality with a hammock session allowing them to achieve full relaxation? No sailboat? No problem! All you need to hang a hammock are two trees, two poles or two of anything that are both sturdy and in close proximity.
ENO LIGHTWEIGHT HAMMOCK $49.95
11. No tie boat shoes
Boat shoes have a tendency to not hold up as long as we'd like, and when you are in a bind and need to throw on some shoes to jump up on deck, you need something that slips on quickly to help get the job done. We have found a light, breathable and comfortable solution:
OLUKAI NO TIE BOAT SHOES $99.95
12. The Boat Galley Cookbook
If you've spent time aboard a boat, you know that cooking in a galley is a much different experience than cooking in a proper kitchen, and eating well while crossing oceans is not an easy task. Give the gift of The Galley Cookbook and supply your beloved galley slave with 800 recipes and essential tips for cooking aboard.