holiday gift ideasThese 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!

Sol Light Raillight Premium Clamp On Solar Powered
Sol Light Raillight Premium Clamp On Solar Powered

A great idea for enjoying night on the water – at the dock or anchored out on the hook! Clamp this solar-powered portable light to any railing, stanchion, step, ladder or dock box for up to eight hours of light with just an eight hour charge of sunlight. There’s no need to fool with wires and no battery drain! Built-in sensor automatically turns it on at night, plus fixture also includes an on-off switch for manual operation. Dual bright-white LEDs can be seen up to 1/4 mile away. Coated stainless steel finish resists corrosion. Comes with two clamps: one for round railings up to 1-1/4″, and a transom clamp for up to 2″ thickness. Dual 700mA rechargeable and replaceable NiCad batteries. One year warranty. $29.99 at West Marine.


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.

This handheld depthfinder looks where you want it to, when you want it to! The trouble with most fishing sonars is that they can only see what’s in a fairly narrow cone directly under your boat. But the Norcross DF2200PX lets you aim its beam wherever you want to see, like an underwater flashlight, with a range of up to 199′. Just press the button and get real time depth, fish signals that tell you whether there is a target between you and the bottom and temperature (water or air) readings. Special algorithmic programming virtually eliminates false signals. It can even “shoot through” your boat’s hull or thick ice for winter fishing. It’s submersible to 200′ and it floats if dropped overboard. Since you can aim it where you want it, you’ll find fish in places your boat’s sonar will never see. Also great as a range finder for divers. $89.99 at West Marine.

Lewmar Delta Anchor Bottle Opener
Lewmar 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. $20.00 at West Marine.


Weems & Plath Brass Weather Station
Weems and Plath Brass Weather Station

Every boat needs a quality weather station. Keep a watchful eye on time and weather at home, or your office or boat. Clock, barometer and thermometer/hygrometer have heavy-gauge brass cases, precision movements and renowned Weems & Plath quality. They re mounted on a mahogany-finished wood plaque that measures 12-1/2″L x 4-1/4″W. Makes a handsome and practical gift that will be used every day! $199.99 at West Marine.

Speedtech Instruments Skymate Wind Meter
Speedtech Instruments Skymate Wind Meter

Get accurate weather data, anytime, anywhere! Now you can have the weather information you need wherever you need it. The Skymate provides accurate windspeed, temperature and wind chill readings in a convenient design that fits in the palm of your hand, yet stows in a pocket. Rated water-resistant. 8 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ open, 5 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ closed. Includes lanyard and battery. $99.99 at West Marine.


West Marine Tahiti Waterproof 7x50 Center Focus Binoculars With CompassWest Marine Tahiti Waterproof 7×50 Center Focus Binoculars With Compass
West Marine’s top-rated, best-selling binoculars are center focus, waterproof and have a built-in compass! It’s not every day that you can find center-focus in a waterproof binocular, but we made it possible with the binocular that Practical Sailor Magazine rated Excellent and a Best Buy. Multilayer coating allows for transmission of more than 90% of visible light. Anti-reflection coating optimized to your dark-adapted eye allows for improved twilight and nighttime viewing. Fully waterproof, buoyant binoculars are filled with dry nitrogen to stop fogging. Internal compass and range-finding reticule simplify navigation. Padded neck strap and neoprene case included. 27.4mm eye relief 350′ at 1000 yds. field of view Center focus 7 x 50 magnification BAK-4 prisms deliver sharp images and reduce glare. $299.99 at West Marine.

MAGMA 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. $199.99 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. $219 on West Marine.


Swimways Floating Cooler
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!

The colorful Nautical Flags that are used in boating each stand for a “letter” and are a great way to spell out “Crew”, “Captain” or “First Mate”. These shirts, caps, bags, mugs and more are perfect creative gifts for all boaters – power or sail! Shirts as low as $19.99.

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.

Bluetooth Portable Audio System

100% waterproof, and it floats! This rugged, wireless Bluetooth speaker system goes just about anywhere. Acoustically engineered for clarity, crisp highs and clear vocals, this speaker pairs easily with your iPhone, laptop and any other Bluetooth-enabled device using standard Bluetooth A2DP, or connect via the integrated auxiliary jack. Built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery provides up to 10 hours straight of unplugged music. Includes carabiner clip. Suction cup mount sold separately. $99 on West Marine


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.


Catch the big one with this great gift basket presented in a boat shaped gift basket. It’s a great gift for both fishing fanatics or for Dad’s who like to sail the seven sea featuring gourmet snacks and treats to nosh on throughout the day. $49.99 through Amazon.


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)!

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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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