If you know a boater, you know it’s not just a hobby but a lifestyle.
Maybe it’s the thrill of the throttle, the drama of sailing the waves, or the serenity of gazing at the stars. Whatever it is, a boater’s love for all things nautical makes those gift-giving occasions a splash!
So, if one of your favorite captains has a birthday or other special occasion coming up, check out our list of great gifts for boaters! It’s sure to provide you with plenty of ideas and inspo for how to delight your boating enthusiast.
Gifts For Boaters That Will Make Waves!
1. Wireless Bluetooth Smart Fish Finder
If your boat owner is into fishing, this high-tech fish finder will make a great addition to his tackle box. Its Bluetooth capabilities allow him/her to use their smartphone to map underwater structures, record water temperatures, mark common fishing hot spots, and much more.
2. GoPro HERO9
The latest iteration of the GoPro line, the HERO9 records everything an outdoor water sports enthusiast could want.
Aside from amazing clarity and stability, this GoPro is waterproof up to 33ft. It’s perfect for underwater exploration or capturing extreme wakeboarding and waterskiing fun from a first-person perspective. It’ll also live-stream all the action to friends online.
3. Custom Boat Name Towels
Sunbathing on the bow never looked so good! These cool personalized towels are handmade from a thirsty cotton/poly blend and feature a textured backing to help prevent wrinkling and slippage. Better give him a few. It’ll quickly become the favorite towel on the vessel.
4. Port And Starboard Nautical Cufflinks
The perfect boating gift idea for the boat lover with style!
Quick nautical lesson: port is on the left when facing forward on the boat, starboard is on the right. If he’s been known to host a dinner or two at the captain’s table, these cufflinks will fit right in with the occasion. Handmade from solid sterling silver.
5. Wave Necklace
For the queen of the waters, this graceful wave pendant comes in yellow gold, silver, and rose gold. Choose the pendant’s karats and if you’d like to include the chain, or give her the pendant alone.
6. Map Tide Clock
If your favorite boater is more at home sailing on the sea than walking on dry land, this unique tide clock will measure the tides’ timing in areas with daily high and low tides. Customize the clock with a map of the coastline where he dwells, and it’ll count the hours until high or low tide. Made from marble and cast iron.
7. Wake Photo Print
The gentle slosh of a wake on calm water is music to the ears of a boating enthusiast. When he’s not out there, this gorgeous print will transport him back. Great to hang at home or in the office where he can daydream about fresh air and blue waters. A choice of seven sizes and frames is available in a variety of colors so you’ll be able to ensure the print matches his decor perfectly.
8. I’d Rather Be Boating Sweatshirt
Yep, that about sums it up. This cozy sweatshirt comes in red, navy, and black and is available in sizes S-2XL. When boating season is over, at least this sweatshirt will be there to keep him warm.
9. Custom Lake Cribbage Board
This is a wonderful boat gift idea for a houseboat or those who stay on their boats for extended periods. Crib is the perfect game to pull out when it’s too cold and rainy to get back in the water! The cherry wood board is etched with a map of his favorite lake (more than 4,000 lakes are available) and complete with topographical detail.
10. All-Weather Notebook
Who doesn’t use a notebook? Whether it’s for recording phone numbers, notes, or any other type of useful information, this waterproof notebook is perfect for the boat. Even its paper is waterproof, and you can still write on it with a standard pencil or waterproof pen.
11. Personalized Pillow
Whether it’s out on the boat or at home, this customizable nautical pillow with the name of his boat will fit right in! It comes in 3 sizes and features a hidden zipper. The case is machine-washable.
12. Lake Map Tumbler
Perfect for that sunrise cup of joe on the lake. A detailed map of your boater’s favorite lake wraps around this stainless travel-sized tumbler – an homage to the place he’d rather be any day of the week. A wide selection of lakes are available for customization options.
13. Towable Inflatable Hot Dog
If you’ve ever spent summers on the lake as a kid (or adult), you know how much fun it is to tube off the back of the boat! This giant hot dog tube accommodates up to 3 riders and features non-slip cushioned handles.
Those of us who’ve been thrown into the lake with a nose full of water can tell you how important it is to hang on! It features bright red and neon yellow colors for optimal visualization so the one towing won’t lose sight of his passengers.
14. Heavy Duty Cooler Bag
For the boating day-tripper. Whether it’s on the river, the lake, or the beach, this is the perfect cooler bag to keep their food and beverages cold all day. It can fit up to 32 cans complete with ice and features an adjustable shoulder strap and padded carrying handles. Available in silver and olive green.
15. Wireless Solar Charger
This solar charger is a super handy gadget to have anywhere you spend time in the great outdoors. It’s small, wireless, and charges up to 4 iPhones and/or Samsung Galaxy phones simultaneously.
You can use a USB C charger or set it out in the sun to recharge with the built-in solar panel. It also features an LED flashlight with 3 flashing SOS modes.
16. Waterproof Speakers
The JBL waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker is THE perfect boating speaker. You can leave it out in the rain or even submerge it in water, and it’ll keep on ticking. It also has linking capabilities to other JBL connect+ speakers for a surround-sound experience. Quick charging, it’ll play up to 12 hours of music to keep the party going all day!
Get A Daily Dose Of Vitamin D
My father-in-law is an AVID boater. He’d spend his whole life on the lake if he could get away with it.
If there’s anything he loves more than his boat (and I’m not sure there is), it would be sharing summers on the lake with friends and family.
We’ve had so much fun grilling under the stars, shooting off fireworks, teaching my kiddos how to swim, and jumping huge wakes on the jet ski, just to name a few. Full disclosure: the waves may not have been that huge. But it seemed like it at the time.
Whether they’re the boat captain of a sailing ship, yacht, pontoon, speed-boating, or even a kayak, get your favorite boater the perfect gift to reflect how much they love spending time on the open water.
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