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Gift Ideas for Cruisers & Sailors


Last Updated on December 4, 2020 by Amy

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 exceptional gifts for cruisers!

For the Active Sailor

Dyneema is incredibly useful around the boat, and though it’s expensive, we often need small amounts 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.

For Happy Hour

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.

For the Fisher

Every fisher loses lures, and they are constantly on the lookout for good ones. Try a cedar plug or a squid jig.

A pair of cut resistant gloves will keep your favorite fisher’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!

Digital Gifts

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 gift that says ‘come home more often’. Next time your cruiser is in the airport they can apply for Global Entry, easing their flights back home.

Physical Gifts

There are plenty of reference books that are great to have onboard. Or, you can give digital or physical copies of our favorite cruising memoirs.

Galley equipment is always fun and useful. David gave me this amazing color-changing sailing mug for my birthday one year!

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 a great gift 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.

What are you buying your favorite cruiser this year?

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  1. Hi Jeff,

    Happy to share some of our spreadsheets with you and congrats on your Helia. We’re jealous that your wait is shorter than ours! Where are you going to be keeping your boat?

  2. Starry Horizons,
    Merry Xmas . It’s been a lot of fun following your adventures so far , we also are picking up a FP Helia 44 end of April
    2014 , well done and keep the spread sheets rolling ( I may need to see them sometime , spreadsheets are not one of my strong points)
    Have a fantastic new year and happy sailing
    Re: Jeff

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