holiday gift ideas

These cool and unique boating themed gift ideas are perfect for holiday gifts or any special gift occasion for a boater

If you love boating, you love anything nautical or boating related as a gift.

From the latest boating tech gadgets to boat accessories that make life easier or more fun on the water, every boater appreciates thoughtful and creative boat gifts.

Here are some creative ideas for nautical inspired gifts that are sure to please your boating friends or family… or you!

solar powered rail lightDavis RailLight Premium Solar LED – Auto ON/OFF w/Rail Mount & Quick Clamp

Fast charging, solar powered light with four bright white LEDs.

Stainless Steel Body, round clamp to fit railings on boats, RVs.

Review: “I’ve used this light on my boat for the last 3 years as an anchor light. It works great! It comes on when it’s dark and helps minimize my battery use when I’m on anchor.”

Available on Amazon for $47


This Boating sign is 4″x18″ and made with an exterior grade PVC plastic and printed with the best inks in the industry. Perfect for outdoor use for over 5 years or will look great inside. No rusting or fading indoors or out. The sign come with round corners and 2 holes for easy mounting. Only $8.99 at Amazon.

Depth, Temperature, Fish, Light… The Handheld Sonar System FX is the most versatile handheld marine tool ever produced. Not only will it produce instant depth readings from 2.5 to 199 Feet (.7 to 60 M), in 1/10th precision, but at the flip of a switch the display will give real time temperature (water or air) and fish readings. SideScan Fish Detecting Sonar – There is no guessing where the drop-offs are or where the fish are hiding. One flip of the switch allows you to scan an area for drop-offs, ledges, or hiding fish within 199 Feet (61 Meters). High Output L.E.D. Flashlight: Another flip of the switch will illuminate the high output Xenon light. Use it to see underwater while diving, find channel markers at night while boating, or attract fish while night fishing.

anchor bottle openerLewmar Delta Anchor Bottle Opener

This scale-model of Lewmar s Delta Anchor in mirror-polished stainless steel is the perfect nautical lid-lifter for cracking open bottled refreshments afloat or ashore.

Review: “Very cool addition to the galley. The only problem is constantly answering the question “Where did you get that?”

Available for $20.00 at West Marine


weather stationAmbient Weather WS-GL025-CM Porthole Weather Center with Temperature & Humidity, Barometer, and Quartz Clock

The rich, solid wood framed mahogany weather station measures temperature (in °F and °C), barometric pressure (mbar and inHg) and humidity (percentage).

The alloy porthole bezel with zirconium PVD finish will never tarnish or discolor. The case is made of brass, and the opening port is made of a high quality alloy. The hinged bezel has a beveled lens and screwdown fastener. This allows access to the movements for winding, battery change over or adjustment without removal from the bulkhead. Can be wall mounted or stand free.

Available for $93 on Amazon.


cabo gas grillMAGMA Cabo Gas Grill

Essential gear for summer cooking out on the boat – a Cabo Gas grill is a great gift idea for boaters.

Get all the advantages of backyard grilling on your boat with a stainless steel grill that is made for a marine environment. Best of all, it folds up and stows away easily when you are done.

Available for $219.99 on West Marine (note: this is very often on sale at a lower price!)

 MAGMA 10 Piece Nesting Cookware Set

Who has room for a full set of cookware on a boat? These heavy-duty, 18-10 mirror-polished stainless steel cooktop and ovenware sets store in less than 1/2 cubic foot of cabinet space. Each set includes three saucepans (one each 1 1/2qt., 2qt. and 3qt.), two lids (one fits all three sauce pans and one fits both the stock pot and sauté pan), a 5qt. stock pot, a 9 1/2″dia. saute pan, two removable handles and a convenient “bungee” storage cord. The pots and pans have triple-clad stainless steel-aluminum-stainless steel bottoms, which are perfectly flat for even heat distribution.

Available for $179 on West Marine

Have your drinks nearby when you are anchored out on your boat with this floating cooler.

Inflatable, and portable with a built-in carry bag, the cooler holds ice and drinks in the center with cup holders around the outside for easy access to drinks. Just tie a rope to your boat cleat or ladder so it doesn’t float away!

Available for $24 on Amazon

West Marine Go Anywhere Seats

Ever sit on your bow or your swim platform and wish you had a cushion to be more comfortable?

The Go-Anywhere Seat 2 features durable, UV-resistant, 7oz. polyester fabric that is urethane coated to prevent moisture absorbtion. Comfortable inner cushioning is supported by a powder-coated steel frame with heavy-duty, five-position ratcheting hinge. A handy mesh pocket in the back keeps suntan lotion and magazines at the ready.

Available for $99 on West Marine

waterproof speakersECOXGEAR Ecoslate Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers

EcoSlate is IP68 waterproof certified (it is fully submersible), it is UV protected, dirt and dust proof and even floats in the water. ECOCONNECT feature allows for streaming of Bluetooth wirelessly to two EcoSlates at the same time creating incredible stereo sound. The speaker is complemented by rugged corner bumpers, integrated LED flashlight (200 Lumens) with 3 levels. Built-in Rechargeable Battery with 12+ Hours of Play Time, stream up to 100 ft, LED flashlight, integrated Siri® Voice Control for Iphone®, iPad®, & iPod touch®, Backlit Control Buttons for Night Viewing, Two Universal Screw Mounts for Mounting or Hanging and USB Port for Charging other devices.

Available for $99 on Amazon


Waterproof and Floating iPhone and iPad Cases
For boaters that like to have their iPhone or iPad devices on board (for pictures, texting, or even using apps for navigation) these cases are a great idea to protect your devices in case you drop them in the water! Includes cost comparison between West Marine and Amazon for different models.

SUP Paddleboard Package 

A larger version of the Lil’ Billy model, Big Bro makes for a confident cruiser that’s equally at home on flat water or wave riding. This board is made for larger novice riders up to 240 lb. and intermediate/expert riders wanting a stable platform for improving their SUP skills. The elevated rocker handles chop while the removable tri-fin configuration maneuvers through flat water and surf with ease. Comes with fins, paddle, board, leash and bag. $899 on West Marine.


Navigational Compass Nautical Theme Wall Clock
This WatchBuddy Wall Clocks with a navigational compass nautical theme makes a great gift for boaters. Combining beauty and functionality, this clock is a wonderful home wall decor accent to bring personality and fun to any room. Only available online – $19.95 through Amazon.


Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Drinking Bottle
Made of high quality 18/8 stainless steel, there are no liners like with aluminum bottles and Hydro Flasks are completely safe and BPA free. This double wall insulated bottle is lightweight, which is great for afternoons out on the boat. The mouth is the perfect size for ice cubes, but not too big to cause you to spill down your shirt. You can put the beverage of your choice in these bottle, hot or cold, and know that they will stay that way for hours. $15.90 – $25.37 on Amazon.

Jack Goes Boating – DVD and CD Soundtrack
This special edition DVD contains a bonus CD featuring music from the Jack Goes Boating soundtrack. Jack (Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, making his directorial debut) and Connie (Amy Ryan) are two single people who on their own might continue to recede into the anonymous background of New York City, but in each other begin to find the courage and desire to pursue a budding relationship. As Jack and Connie cautiously circle commitment, the couple that introduced them, Clyde (John Ortiz) and Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega), confront their own unresolved issues, and each couple comes face to face with the inevitable path of their relationship. Based on the acclaimed Off-Broadway play of the same name, this unconventional romantic comedy is a tale of love, betrayal, friendship and grace. $29.99 at Amazon.

Christmas Ornaments for Boaterschristmas ornaments boaters

Check out this collection of Christmas tree ornaments with a boating or nautical theme.

Ornaments are a perfect add-on gift or stocking-stuffer for boaters!

personalized boat giftsPersonalized Boating Gear

Everyone loves to see items personalized with their boat name. You can even choose a yacht club or marina name. From shirts to bags and other boating gear, these personalized items make a great gift for a boater.

Boat Gift GuideBoat Gift Guide

Shop our new Boat Gift Guide and browse products in an appealing “Pinterest” style format.

Because there are many ways you may want to shop – by recipient, price or even a specific type of present (like Christmas stocking stuffers) we put together several gift guides you can shop for boating & nautical gift ideas.


For other unique nautical gift ideas for boaters, also check out these posts:

Personalized Boating or Nautical Gifts
Best Boating or Nautical Gifts for Boaters Online
Creative Boat Gift Ideas for Boaters
Best Boating Christmas Tree Ornaments

Still not sure what gift to get? A gift card from Amazon can be delivered via email in any amount and can make a great gift for any boater (or anyone)!

Shop Amazon’s Gift Cards – Perfect Anytime

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Diane Seltzer

Founder & Editor at My Boat Life
Diane is the founder of as well as the boating lifestyle site for kids She is also active in the boating industry, serving as the marketing director for a marine sunshade product, SureShade, and founder of Marine Marketing Tools, a collaborative site for sharing marine marketing best practices. Diane is also the author of the children's book The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl.

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