10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Boaters
Was it the snowman sweater complete with the 3-D carrot nose? Or maybe it was dog-shaped slippers? Or the camouflage blanket with sleeves? You’ve probably received at least one holiday gift that made you cringe a little when you opened it. So, to all of you who have a boater on your holiday gift list, pay attention! Become a great gift-giver by checking out these 10 holiday gift ideas.
- UV-protection clothing or swim shirts. You may have wondered why some boaters wear long-sleeved shirts in the summer. The answer is simple: They’re trying to prevent sunburn, premature aging and skin damage that can come from too much UV exposure. What was once a limited selection of mostly fishing shirts, UV-protection clothing now comes in many styles and sizes, and can be found at sporting goods stores, many popular men’s and women’s retail stores and online.
- Rain gear. Every boater needs quality-made rain gear to keep on board in the event of foul weather. When selecting rain gear for a boater, make sure to do some research and choose a brand that is known for quality. Choose a bright color (think red and yellow) to make them easier for other boaters to spot in a downpour. And look for a brand that has corrosion-resistant zippers, especially if the boater spends most of his time in saltwater.
- Multi-tool. A multi-tool can make a useful stocking stuffer gift for a boater. Good multi-tools are constructed from high quality materials that resist corrosion and rust. When buying a multi-tool as a gift, check the manufacturer’s warranty. Some multi-tools come with a warranty that spans several years.
- Headlamp. No matter the age of the boat, chances are it’s going to need some minor repairs every now and then. Headlamps are very useful when a boater is working in a dark space. They light up hard-to-reach engine compartments and dark hatches, while freeing up the boater’s hands to do the repair. Most headlamps come with an adjustable elastic band that stretches around the head, but you can also find headlamps that are built into a hat.
- Inflatable life jacket or belt pack. Most boaters have the “standard issue” bright orange life jackets in case of emergency, but why not get them an inflatable life jacket or belt pack they could comfortably wear all the time? Inflatable life jackets are light-weight and come in a range of colorful designs. They are also great for those who canoe and kayak, as they’re very portable and allow a full range of motion when paddling.
- Smartphone life jacket or dry case. Sure, they make waterproof cases for your smartphone, but what if you drop it overboard? Does anyone really want to waste a gorgeous day on the water free-diving the mucky bottom? Save your boater friend the trouble with a smartphone life jacket. It might look a little silly, but they won’t be laughing when their smartphone takes a plunge.
- Nautical-themed insulated cups. A good insulated cup will keep frosty beverages cold and hot liquids warm. This is a wonderful thing for boaters who want an ice cold beverage on a hot, sunny day or morning coffee in a cool, quiet harbor. They come in a variety of nautical-themed designs, offer lids, straws and other add-on features. And they’re often customizable if you’d like to have a set made with the boat’s name.
- Soft-sided cooler bag. While they don’t replace the need for a large, hard-sided cooler, soft-sided cooler bags are great for boaters. Why? They make food and beverage transport from car to boat to beach and back so much easier! Gift one of these to your boater friend, and they’ll soon be snacking with ease and style.
- Fishing starter kit. Has your boating buddy got the fishing bug? Show him or her the way with a fishing starter kit. All you need are a few basics: a rod and reel combo, line, hooks and bait. Check out TakeMeFishing.org for some basic how-to info, along with fishing license information and places to fish in your area.
- Gift certificate to nearby marine supplies store. When in doubt, a gift certificate to a nearby marine supplies store should do the trick. Boaters always need something for their boat — tools, trinkets or tackle. A gift certificate won’t go to waste.