Great gifts for sailors

Great gifts for sailors

With the festive season or birthday around the corner, here are some gift ideas for the sailor in your life, which will be sure to have him or her excited for the next sailing holiday.

A Good Knife

A good quality sailing knife makes a great gift for a budding sailor. Make sure that it can cut through sails and ropes. Brands like Buck Solo knife and Wichard are known for their sailing knives.

Foul Weather Gear

A good set of foul weather gear is a great gift for any both novice and experienced sailors. A must have, even for summer sailing holidays, waterproof gear should be highly visible and comfortable. If your budget does not allow for the full suit, you can invest in some waterproof gortex socks – nobody likes cold, wet feet!


Durable, comfortable and lightweight shorts for sailing that can be worn on and off the boat make a thoughtful present for someone keen on sailing. Some great baggie brands are Patagonia and Endura


A durable, economical pair of sailing glasses is a great accessory for the serious sailor. Make sure they have a good UV protection. There are a few brands made especially for boaters that cut glare from the sea and repel water and salt residue. Even better if they float! Some reliable brands are Fisherman’s Friend and Gill.

Waterproof casing for phones

The advance of technology means that, these days, your smartphone is your GPS, weather forecaster, route planner and emergency device, so protecting it while on a sailboat is essential. There are a variety of excellent and durable cases for every phone on the market. If you are going to get a waterproof case for your mobile device, you may want a special charging cable too. Extra long and hardy cables are available, with the added bonus of being tangle proof. These allow for waterproof phone charging when used with a compatible case.

Subscription for a Sailing Magazine

For both novices and more experienced sailors, what better way to keep up with the goings on of the sailing world than a yearly subscription to a sailing magazine. Keep your sailor up-to-date with this useful and informative gift.

Pack away Hanging Toiletry Bag

Keeping track of toiletries a  boat can be tricky. With a hanging toiletry bag, you have all your essentials in one place. Look at what Newport sailing bags has to offer

Emergency Sail Repair Kit

For the hands-on Mr. or Ms. Fixit, these kits are gifts that get the job done. Fast action repair kits for the boat are handy on a sailing trip, especially to more remote areas. A good brand to start with is Brainbridge.

Sailing books

There are a variety of excellent sailing books which are a thoughtful gift for the sailor who reads. From coffee table books to sailing guides to dream destinations, for anyone who loves to charter a sailing boat and head for the open seas. stocks a wide range to suit all tastes.

Microfibre towel set

An excellent item for sailing and beach holidays is the micro-fibre towel. Lightweight and packable, these towels dry in an instant and are easily washed, even on a boat. This is a practical present for the first time sailor or the salty sea dog.

If your gifts are already wrapped and you are searching for stocking fillers, there are many a fun treat to be found on sites like Amazon, eBay and Etsy from mugs to T-shirts and more to ensure that the sailors in your life kitted out and ready to weigh anchor.


By Merryn Wainwright

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