12 Gifts Ideas for Boaters

12 Gifts Ideas for Boaters
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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 boaters of all experience levels.

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Best Gifts for Boaters

Here are the best gift ideas for boaters:

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 meet the eye (couldn’t resist the pun). Each will have a specification number that contains the magnification and lens 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 humor from Dave’s experiences.


Boat Grill

Enjoy a BBQ on your next trip with this modified grill that easily attaches to the rails of a pontoon boat. It has a 145″ grill size with drip tray, locking lid, and easy carry handle so it can be stowed away when not in use. This is the ideal gift that can be enjoyed by all the family.


Boating Gifts for Dad

If your dad is boat crazy then one of these nautical themed gifts will go down a treat for birthdays, Christmas or Fathers day. From funny tees sure to put a smile on his face, to practical gifts for life on the water, here are the best boating gifts for dad:

Ship in a Bottle Liquor Decanter

This handmade decanter is a unique gift that’s perfect for any liquor-loving boating enthusiast. 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.


Musto Mens Sardinia Boating Jacket

If you’re thinking of buying boating gear for your recipient, you’ll want to make sure you get good quality, fit-for-purpose items. Coats and jackets are a good idea as they 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 boating.


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.


Boating Gifts for Her

If that special woman in your life is a boating or sailing enthusiast then drop your anchor because you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re shopping for your wife, mother, daughter or just a close friend, these nautical gifts for women will give you the inspiration you need to make the right choice.

Nauti-Girl Mug

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


Women’s Boating Jacket

If you’re thinking of buying boating 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 life onboard a boat with extra freedom for unobtrusive manoeuvring onboard.


Gifts for Boaters Under $100

With boating gear costing an arm and a leg, finding affordable gifts for boaters that are also practical can be a challenge. Here are a few gift ideas under $100 to consider:

Rod Holders

This is a very practical gift for boaters who enjoy a spot of fishing whilst out on the seas. These rod holders can clip onto the side of any vessel and with the 360-degree swivel you can find the perfect position and leave them for a catch. These are highly universal, suitable for boats, kayaks, canoes, and more, plus they accommodate all kinds of fishing rod including spinning, casting, and spincast handles.


SOS Distress Light

Even if your boater only heads out during the day, there are still legal requirements about distress signals that need to be onboard so this next gift will go down very well. This light meets the requirements of the US Coast Guard as being suitable for daytime use and it doesn’t have any pyrotechnics so it’s very safe even with children around.


Gifts for Boaters Under $50

If you’re on a tighter budget, never fear. Here are some cheaper gifts for boaters for less than $50:

Solar Charger for Mobile Devices

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.


Funny ‘What Happens On The Boat’ Sign

This next little gift that costs under $50 will bring a nice smile to any boating enthusiast, after all, you know what they say, what happens on the boat, stays on the boat. 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.