Picking a unique, well-chosen present that will really make an impact under the Christmas tree is always difficult, but it can be even more so for yachtsmen.So we put our heads together and created a list of 57 perfect Christmas gift ideas for sailors.
We covered all areas of the yachting world and our list includes gifts both large and small. We have something for everyone, from novice yachtsmen to seasoned sea dogs. So ditch the pre-Christmas stress and choose your gifts at leisure.
Our top picks, guaranteed to please every yachtsman
1. Solar panel and charger or solar power bank
Electricity and charging can be a problem on a boat, maybe because we are taking more and more electronics on board. Solar-poweredsolar panels are a fantastic solution. Choose a durable and ideally waterproof panel to use when sailing. A cheaper pocket-sized version of a solar panel is a solar power bank. It displays battery status and can be also be charged via AC socket, so it can be used all year round. Also read about our solar panel test on board a boat.
2. Flashlight and power bank in one
An LED flashlight that never runs down can prove a lifesaver in many situations. Plus it can even be used as a power bank! It charges using the solar panel or via USB. Best of all, you can recharge it using a hand crank, so you are completely independent of an electricity supply or even sunshine.
3. Mobile applications for yachtsmen
A mobile app with advanced functions is guaranteed to elicit smiles around the Christmas tree. We recommend Navionics nautical charts, which even those with the most well-equipped GPS plotter will happily stick in their pocket.
4. Gift voucher for a yachting°com cruise
Not sure what to get and worried you’ll make the wrong choice? A gift voucher from yachting°com is an ideal solution. We can make it out for any amount and the recipient can use it for whatever they choose.
5. Wallet made from old sails
Recycling is in right now and there’s nothing better than owning a wallet or bag upcycled from of old sails that have already served their time at sea. Various original designs can be found, for example, at etsy.com. We like Olde Dog the most.
6. Waterproof socks
Have you heard about waterproof socks yet? This year's tourist hit will be loved by yachtsmen alike. How do they work? The sock is usually made up of three layers. The outer nylon layer protects the middle layer with a membrane and the bottom layer of merino removes moisture and keeps your feet warm.
7. Sailing knife
A real man always carries a knife, but with sailors this is doubly true. You can choose a sturdy knife specifically designed for yachting, or a Swiss Army knife-type tool. This has the advantage of containing general tools which can be used off the boat as well - pliers, cross-head and slotted screwdrivers, knife, wire stripper, bottle opener, toothpick, tweezers, punch, wire cutter and, of course, a corkscrew.
8. Handpresso portable coffee machine for delicious espresso
Coffee lovers yearn for a good cup of proper espresso when sailing. Why not get them one of the popular handpresso machines under the Christmas tree? They can heat the water on the stove and their strong Popeye the sailor man muscles will take care of the pumping up to 15 bars.
9. Photo canvas prints
Do you take photos while sailing? Then get a canvas print or large format print made from your own photos.
10. Remote control sailboats
How to keep a sailor occupied when he can't go to sea? Get them an RC model sailboat. Choose a kit, a wave jumping racer or a nice wooden retro model.
11. Multifunctional yachting watch
Yachting watches are generally designed as multisport watches, so the person you’re buying for can also use it when running or cycling, for example. The watch can be paired with marine plotters or an autopilot, has a built-in ‘Man overboard’ function, or even an anchor watch alarm. They can also be paired with mobile phones, which provides tidal data for the current geographical position and a host of other information.
The sun is really strong at sea, so high-quality sunglasses will make a great gift. Maybe consider some made from recycled plastic. Polarized glasses are ideal.
It’ll shine and keep your hands free on board and on land. Sailors appreciate being able to rely on a high-quality light when things go wrong on the boat and during nighttime trips.
Books and nautical maps
14. Books about yachting and yachtsmen
There are so many books about yachting and yachtsmen. You can choose educational books, on meteorology for example, or one with tips on how to be a better sailor. Yachtsmen can be inspired by novels or real reports from expeditions and voyages around the world. For little sailors choose a children’s book on the subject.
15. Nautical maps, pilots and guides
You can’t go wrong with a nautical map or pilot with detailed information on a favourite destination.
16. Prepaid subscription to a yachting magazine
When a yachtsman can’t be at sea, he can look forward to monthly news from the world of yachting, yachting skills and boat tests, photographs and reports.
17. Ship logbook or a nice sailing book
Delight your sailor with a new logbook or sailing book.
18. Undersea atlas
Lovers of snorkelling and diving will enjoy an atlas of the underwater world. Choose one that is specific to a particular location or their favourite animals.
19. Lecture for sailors
Unique sailing lectures by experienced captains are perfect for every sailor. Choose a quality sailing school nearby and try it out. Yachting lectures are packed full of practical experience and focus on all major sailing topics.
Good clothing is essential for a yachtsman
20. Functional underwear
Clothing made from merino wool is a great choice. It’s natural, functional and antibacterial. It helps regulate body temperature and keeps you warm even when wet. It wicks away moisture and even though it’s wool, it’s really soft and light. You can choose light underwear for summer or thicker, warmer outer layers.
21. Scarf and hat for the boat
Every sea dog values a good-quality and original hat or scarf for protecting them from the wind and cold weather. You can choose a stylish and practical cap for the summer and a thermal, waterproof hat will keep a yachtsman warm in the winter.
A windbreaker is the perfect partner in bad weather. They are breathable, very tough, windproof and waterproof. Even the waterproof zip, stitching, high collar and adjustable tight cuffs will keep out the elements.
23. Yachting gloves
Unprotected hands will take a real battering when working with ropes every day. Whether you end up choosing gloves for everyday use or gloves for cold or extreme conditions, always choose ones made from quality material which fit well and have reinforced grip patches. The shape and flexibility they afford is also important.
24. Yachting shoes
Why does a yachtsman need shoes for yachting? They’re made from material which dries quickly or is waterproof. And the sticky, non-slip, non-marking sole ensures you get around the boat safely.
25. Yachting boots
For fans of more extreme weather, choose yachting boots. They keep feet dry, comfortable and don’t slip.
26. Clothing with UV filters
A Lycra T-shirt with UV filters will protect sailors both big and small on board and in the water. They feel pleasant and breathable and repel moisture.
27. Voucher for a sailing clothing store
A voucher is a great choice if you’re not sure of the size or are worried it won’t suit.
28. Gadget to warm you up when the rum runs out
Warm layers and a jacket are great, but why not get something even better? We have a great tip for you - charcoal hand warmers, commonly used by hunters. They are perfect whilst waiting in a fresh breeze. Choose from other gadgets to help you warm up on board, to keep those icy winds at bay.
Take a bit of yachting home with you
29. Large poster of the sea, lighthouse or boat
A stylish poster with a nautical theme brings a piece of the sea right to your home or office. Don’t forget to get a nice frame. Even kids will like the poster, or you can decorate their entire bedroom with original nautical paintings or stickers.
30. Nautical wall maps
Leave a framed nautical wall map under the Christmas tree and then sit back and bask in the joy it brings. You can check out collectors’ websites and bag an interesting and original historical piece.
31. Personalised photo calendar
Treat your nearest and dearest to a sailing trip every day of the year with a calendar made with their own sailing photos.
32. Good-quality rum or wine
No sailor will say no to quality rum, wine or champagne.
Make a yachtsman happy with some stylish jewellery, an original brooch or pendant with nautical features.
34. Leisure wear for yachtsmen
Yachting apparel has an original style and is well made. A Breton striped T-shirt will always go down well. Look for a T-shirt, skirt or scarf with boats or anchors.
Having fun on the boat
35. ABC snorkel set
Snorkelling is an essential part of every sailing holiday. Good-quality equipment will come in useful when checking the hull or tying up ropes. The mask must fit well, so it’s probably a good idea to subtly get the future owner involved when choosing.
36. Ultra-thin neoprene
Ultra-thin neoprene shorts cling like a second skin. They maintain body temperature and comfort while snorkelling or paddleboarding.
37. Outdoor digital camera and waterproof case
The colourful world under the waves is definitely worth capturing on film. If you opt for the case alone, you must really ensure it’s completely waterproof so you don’t flood your phone or camera. You’ll be able to capture plenty of other adventures with your digital camera, or even take 360° photos.
38. Dive torch
For night snorkelling or sorting out any issues that might crop up at night.
39. Paddleboard (SUP)
Paddleboards have become a real hit on every yacht. You’ll have lots of fun with it even at home on a lake or river and it keeps kids occupied for hours.
40. Folding bike or scooter
A folding bike or scooter doesn’t take up much room on board and is ideal for trips around town or getting around the marina.
A lightweight drone with a camera will take breathtaking shots on every cruise. You can choose an affordable drone for beginners or one with all the bells and whistles for more demanding professionals.
Games are good at combatting sea sickness and low spirits. Pocket editions of well-known games and the popular magnetic versions are best suited to sailing.
43. Multifunctional towel
It meets all the demands of an ambitious yachtsman. It’s small, stowable and dries quickly. It can be used as a shawl, improvised blanket or attractive sarong.
44. Boat accessories
You can choose from a wide range of yachting accessories. You can gift coffee lovers a mug designed to be used on a boat, smokers will appreciate an ashtray and a drink holder will probably have everyone else covered.
45. Waterproof and water-resistant cases & bags
Wet and damp is everywhere on a boat and you can never have enough waterproof bags.
A thermos with hot tea will warm you up on night watch even in rainy weather. If you choose one that’s lightweight and durable, it can equally be used in the city or the mountains.
47. Mobile phone holder
A mobile phone is an indispensable companion on a yacht and a holder keeps it in one place to stop it getting lost.
48. Small pillow for sleeping
A small pillow guarantees a good sleep, even when sailing. You can choose a special ergonomically-designed pillow, which supports the spine.
49. First aid kit
The boat medic will welcome a good first-aid kit. Choose one from high-quality materials and in a bold colour so everyone can find it under stress. It should also be spacious enough, with compartments and efficient internal organization. Choose an empty one or fill in the essentials.
Equipment for salty dogs
50. Dividers or sextant
Dividers are a standard piece of yachting equipment, but your own high-quality pair in a stylish case are sure to delight. An experienced adventurer and expeditionary yachtsman will appreciate a sextant for navigating the open seas.
51. Binoculars or night vision binoculars
Binoculars with a maximum 10x magnification and larger lens are recommended for sailing. For advanced yachtsmen choose marine binoculars, which are waterproof and fog proof. Night vision binoculars push the boundaries of the whole sailing experience nautical miles ahead.
52. Yachting instruments
An advanced yachtsman’s equipment should include various instruments. You can choose an anemometer, wind meter, barometer, compass or even an inclinometer.
53. Life vest and harness
These life-saving bits of kit are also part of the onboard equipment, but they’re not enough for the sporting yachtsman. The latest life jackets are auto-inflatable, so they don’t get in the way and only inflate when you fall in the water. These vests can come with a good-quality harness, or you can get one separately.
54. Handheld VHF radio transmitter
Handheld marine radios are perfect. Choose on that’s lightweight, can float, with a clear backlit display and direct channel 16 selection.
Compasses are popular and affordable. Choose one that is shock and water resistant.
Those who sail frequently welcome quality tools. Rope, multifunction pliers, sail repair kit, paint and scratch repair kit, knives, waterproof tape, duct tape and electrical tape can repair anything.
57. Velocitek - SpeedPuck
The small, yet smart, SpeedPuck combines a GPS speedometer, GPS compass and automatic shift tracking. It’s a firm favourite with racers. There’s even a paddleboard version.
A few tips on how to choose the best present
Finally, we have a few more tips on how to choose the best present this Christmas:
- Leave yourself enough time to prepare your Christmas surprise. If you leave it until the last minute, you may panic and choose the wrong gift.
- Did the person you’re buying for mention if they needed something for the boat?
- Think about how practical your chosen gift is, so it doesn’t get used just once a year. Choose more versatile gifts that can be used all year round.
- Even a small present brings joy if it comes from the heart.
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