Christmas Gift Ideas for the Men On-board
Christmas Gift Ideas for the Men On-Board
Any dictionary would define a boater as a person who rides on, or operates a boat. But we believe there is more to them than just that. Boaters are people who get to witness the wonders of nature up close. Sometimes they go underwater diving to witness the miracles of Mother Nature and other times; they ride though big waves, or strong winds to reminding them of who’s in more control.
They know how to enjoy the calmness and tranquility of the sea. They understand that smart gadgets are nothing when compared to the great sights they get to witness, the picturesque sunsets and green flashes, the glowing fireworks of clouds at sunset, the star-filled night sky and more. These are the siren songs that call boaters to the water.
So for such special souls, we decided to come up with a list of gifts we believe they would love to open up this Christmas. If you are looking for one, kudos to you, as you have come to the right place. See what we have in store for you below.
UV is intensified when reflected off the water, so it's vitally important that all boating enthusiasts protect their eyes while boating. A good pair of high quality sun glasses will be a welcome Christmas present for any boater. A wide selection of sunglasses is available on Amazon.com. Several "high quality" manufacturers like Maui Jim, Oakley, Ray-Ban, and Persol make sunglasses with a high degree of polarization that specifically target the marine environment.
Shown at left is the Maui Jim "Frigate" model for $329 from Maui Jim. The key feature of the Frigate model is the frames and ear pieces are made from Titanium making them so light you can comfortably wear them all day.
If your friend or partner is more of a fisherman than a boater, there isn’t any gift better than a fish finder. For any fisherman, it is destened to become their prized possession. The best part - - it gets used every time the boater heads out for some big catch in the lake or sea. You can easily browse through hundreds of different models and brands on Amazon.com or West Marine to find one that is a fit for your partner or friend.
They come in all sizes from portable to fully installed and range in price from $100 to $1,000. Shown at left is the Humminbird 410210-1 Helix 5 CHIRP G2 Fishfinder available from Amazon.com for $294.89
Boating Calendars are a bit more on the professional side and a perfect gift for a colleague, or your boss who loves to boat. You can even have one made that comes customized to make them feel extra special this Christmas.
There are wall calendars, desk calendars, Day-Timer® calendars, and more. They cover every boating activity including Sailboating, Fishing, Power Boating, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Naval Ships, Classic Boats, etc. SHUTTERFLY even offers a calendar where the pictures are from your own boat. Every boater will enjoy their boating calendar for a whole year.
Portable Fish Cleaning Stations:
Portable fish stations are loved by those who enjoy live cooking on deck. There are portable folding stations and fully installed station that allow for easy cutting, handling and cleaning of the fish. Many even come with a sink and faucet to wash the fish and built in slots for knives and cutting tools to get you cooking faster.
Shown (left) is a Folding Portable Fish Fillet and Cutting Table with Sink and Faucet for $64.95 from Amazon.com. Any fisherman is sure to enjoy this gift.
Binoculars are certainly one of the most useful tools onboard. They serve more than just one purpose –spotting the fish. They are essential to look for any nearby islands, spot rough tides, Coast Guard stations, lighthouses, buoys, other boats and oncoming rains or storms. Who wouldn’t love to be aware of all that? You guessed it… every boater!
But boaters need special "marinized" binoculars that are clad in rubber or polyester to make them waterproof and with specially coated lenses. There are even "stabalized" binoculars that with a push of a button will stabalize the image even from a pitching deck. A good pair of marinized binoculars start at $250. Shown at left is the Fujinon Techno-Stabi 14 x 40 Image Stabalizing Binoculars available for $1,299 from West Marine.
Towable tubes come in handy when the whole family is on a boating trip. These make for great water sports fun and perfect to give to someone as a Christmas gift. There are many different kinds and styles of towable tubes, but all lead to fun on the water. Airhead make a wide varietyof towable tubes ranging from $50 to $500; shown left is the Airhead AHGF-2 G-Force Two Person Inflatable Towing Tube for $129.99 from Amazon.com. West Marine also offer a full line of towable tubes.
No matter wich towable tube you pick, your family will love it.
Boating magazine Subscription:
If your boating friend or partners spends most of the time turning pages of any boating magazine, how about you pay for the subscription charges of their favorite magazine as a gift? Surely, they will be delighted as they won’t have to pay for one for the next coming year.
Mazazines cover every aspect of boating including newer activities like kayaking, and paddleboarding. A simple Google search will give you a broad list to choose from. Plan it right and the first issue will arrive in December for you to put under the tree.
Many cultures believe that gifting someone a shoe is bad luck. However when they come this good, you can’t help it can you? Help your friend, partner or dad put their best foot forward with the wide selection of deck shoes available on Amazon.com. Or, how about a new pair of top quality flip-flops like Reef, Tommy Bahama, or Teva?
Deck shoes are an essential piece of safe boating gear and should never be compromised. They are specifically designed to avoid slipping on the deck and many are even water-resistant. We guarantee it will bring a wide smile on their faces when they open the box to find a pair for Christmas. Shown at left is the Sperry Top Sider classic two eyelet boat shoe available for $89.95 from Amazon.com.
Whether a frequent or seldom boater, a duffel bag is the first thing that gets on board along with the boater himself. With so many different sizes, styles and designs available, you won’t have trouble finding one for a loved one to gift as a Christmas present. You can even have one customized for a more personal touch.
Amazon.com and West Marine offer "waterproof" duffel bags. Shown at left is the Waterproof Osprey 130 Dry Duffle Bag for $180 from West Marine. Other manufacturers of "Top Quality" duffel bags include: LL Bean; Patagonia; and Helly Hanson. Shown at left is the LL Bean Adventure duffel bag.
Inflatable Paddle Board:
Storage is at a premium on a boat, so rigid paddle boards are hard to store. The solution is an "inflatable" paddle board and Tower Paddle Boards makes one of the best. If your boating friend or partner enjoys paddle boaring, this is your opportunity to surprise them for Christmas with something they will really enjoy.
Shown at left is the 9' 10" Kawasaki Jet Ski Watercraft Edition by Tower iSUP for $699 from Tower Paddle Boards. This inflatable paddle board is made from military grade PVC, inflates to 25 psi, and supports up to 350 lbs. of weight. Because the board is inflatable there is no damage to your boat when/if the board bumps the boat. When deflated the paddle board folds into a compact 3' x 4' stack and weighs only 24 lbs.
This is a sure hit for your paddle board enthusiast.