Gifts Ideas for the Boaters and Sailors in Your Life

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Are you buying a Christmas or birthday gift for the nautical fanatic in your life? Whether your recipient already owns a boat, or they just can’t wait for that annual yacht trip, we’ve got you covered with this complete list of gifts for sailors and boaters of all experience.

At this point we should point out the difference between a boater and a sailor so you don’t land in hot water with your gift. A boater is someone who drives a boat with an engine, whereas a sailor refers to someone with a sailboat or can also be a person who works on a commercial or navy ship. Most of the nautical themed gifts are suitable for either but it’s worth bearing in mind.

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Sailing Ship Liquor Decanter


This handmade decanter is a unique gift that’s perfect for any liquor loving sailor (is there any other kind?!). The decanter is ideal for whiskey, scotch, rum or any other drink. it can even be filled with wine. The frosted glass plugs ensure a tight seal so the alcohol is properly preserved. This is a gift sure to leave a lasting impression.

Marine Binoculars


Binoculars, or a monocular, are essential equipment for any activity at sea. Believe it or not, there is a lot more to binoculars that meets the eye (couldn’t resist the pun). Each will have a specification number that contains the magnification and lenses size. For marine use, look for 7×50 and ideally waterproof. These Aomekie binoculars are a good mid-price option as they’re waterproof, have night vision and a good spec for sailors.

The Impractical Boat Owner Book


This light comedic take on the world of boating won’t give you any sailing tips or teach you about maintaining a boat, but it will certainly lighten up your day with observational humour from Dave’s experiences.

Funny Sailing Mug

Funny Sailing Mug

A funny mug is always a great idea and when it comes to sailing related quotes and puns, there are so many it’s hard to be shore which is best. This one was our personal favourite but check out Etsy for tons of options.

Musto Mens Sardinia Yacht Sailing and Boating Jacket


If you’re thinking of buying sailing gear for your recipient, you’ll want to make sure you get good quality, fit for purpose items. Coast and jackets are a good idea as it can get windy on board, so make sure you get something waterproof. Musto is a respectable brand for nautical gear and this jacket has been purposefully designed for yacht sailing and boating.

Crazy Sailing Man Travel Mug


This funny 16oz travel mug with removable lid is a fab gift for any ship-loving dad and is sure to  get a chuckle or two. The double wall insulated stainless steel body is suitable for hot and cold drinks.

Solar Charger for Mobile Devices (Anker)


Most boats have battery banks to provide electricity for everyday items and some have generators too, but for those that don’t a solar charger can be a lifeline item to have on board. Look for a higher watt for more powerful devices, at least 15W for fast charge smartphone. Anker is a popular and very reliable brand for chargers, so we’d always recommend using them.

Boating Magazine Subscription

Practical Boat Owner

A magazine subscription is a great gift for any boating enthusiast for light reading and to keep up with industry affairs. Two great monthly titles are Practical Boat owner and Motorboat and Yachting.

Practical boat owner is the UK’s no.1 boating title ideal for anyone who has or is thinking or buying a boat, whereas motorboat and yachting is a popular publication full of destination inspiration and latest innovations specific to motorboats.

Nauti-Girl Mug


Oh buoy, you can’t deny a good nautical pun when you see one. This 400ml Nauti-girl mug is perfect for taking on board or using at home.

Personalised Captain’s Cushion

Captain cushion

This beautiful linen cushion is a great home décor gift for any boating or sailing enthusiast. It features an anchor design and can be personalised with the recipient’s name making a beautiful keepsake.

Adrenaline Experience Day

Adrenaline Experience Day Sailing

If the recipient doesn’t own their own boat, then this could be the perfect gift. The ultimate adrenaline gift box from red letter days has access to over 400 experiences across the UK including a clipper yacht sailing experience, 007 powerboat adventure, full day sailing on the River Orwell and more. There are also track days, sky diving and other activities if they want to try something else. This voucher includes 2 people.

Anchor Design Navy Tie


This luxury men’s tie is perfect for any formal occasions or casual office wear. The light blue anchors look classy against the navy tie and will match most shirt colours and combinations. The dry clean only tie has a smooth hand feel giving a premium look.

Women’s Sailing and Boating Jacket


If you’re thinking of buying sailing gear for your recipient, you’ll want to make sure you get good quality, fit for purpose items. Coast and jackets are a good idea as it can get windy on board, so make sure you get something waterproof. Musto and Helly Hansen are respectable women’s brands for nautical gear and this jacket has been purposefully designed for yacht sailing and boating with extra freedom for unobtrusive manoeuvring onboard.

Sailing Neck Warmer/Scarf


This high quality neck warmer will keep your recipient nice and warm on the high seas. Soft lightweight material, perfect for breezy weather or can also be used as a fashion accessory back on land. One size fits all, suitable for men, women and children.

‘What Happens on the Boat…’ Funny Sign


You know what they say! This small wooden FSC certified plaque is a funny little gift for boat owners and lovers. It comes supplied with rustic twine rope for simple hanging and looks great in any room of the house (or boat).

Anchor Phone Case

Phone case etsy

Your recipient can show off their favourite nautical hobby with one of these cool anchor design phone cases, suitable for iPhone, Samsung and Huawei.  Made from a high quality soft gel as standard or you can request a hard plastic version.