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Buying gifts for cruisers is hard – we have limited space and tend to live minimalist lifestyles. But, there are plenty of items out there that are great gifts for cruisers!
Dyneema is incredibly useful around the boat, and though it’s expensive, small amounts are often needed for projects. Soft shackles and eye-splices are common projects.
One of the most common items we lose or break on our boat is our sunglasses! A good pair of polarized sunglasses is a great gift for any sailor.
I love these nautical wine charms my mom gave me. They fit perfectly on our plastic wine glass stems and help us tell drinks apart when we have sundowners.
The Bar10der is a great tool to make sundowners and hardly takes up any space. It’s a 10-in-1 bar tool!
We might get invited over to another boat for sundowners and want to bring a pre-made cocktail. Having a spill-proof, insulated tumbler for the dinghy ride over is perfect. Here’s a 10-oz travel cup for sipping or a 16-oz tumbler with a straw.
A great pair of cut resistant gloves will keep your favorite fisherman’s hand safe while processing their catch.
Cutting up your catch makes EVERYTHING smell. I used to just scrub really hard and use a lot of soap and water until someone gave me a special fish-scent-removal soap to get rid of the smell. Now clean up takes so much less time!
For an avid reader, a subscription to Kindle Unlimited means access to over a million titles – including many cruising memoirs.
For an American, Global Entry is a great gift. Next time your cruiser is in the airport they can apply for Global Entry, easing their flights back home.
There are plenty of reference books that are great to have onboard.
Galley equipment is always fun and useful.
A classic weather station is a very generous gift but it is also practical and nautical. We have one onboard, and it’s the only place we have a barometer.
Cruisers use drybags all the time! If I’m just taking the dingy from boat to boat I might use a small one for the necessities. If we’re going to shore with our laptops and other gear, we take our drybag backpack.
A waterproof Bluetooth speaker is a great idea. The speaker can be taken to shore for a bonfire or put in the dinghy for a raft-up.
A classic gift, jewelry can be great if done right. The perfect piece isn’t extremely valuable, and I like pewter because it doesn’t tarnish. I have some lovely jewelry I enjoy wearing that I got as gifts.
Many cruisers opt not to wear wedding bands while cruising, as it can lead to dangerous situations and potentially losing a finger. Now, persons in professions with the same danger often wear silicone rings. You don’t have to choose a color, they come in packs!
Another small, handy gift is a solar-powered portable light. Again, this can be taken to shore for picnics or used on the boat to light up any space.