vinyl boat drink labelsCool boat gear and nautical gift ideas for smaller or inexpensive stocking stuffer presents for the boater on your Christmas gift list

Looking for some gift ideas for a boater? This collection of Christmas stocking stuffers features a variety of boating gift ideas that are perfect extra present for your favorite boater.

Whether you are looking for a useful boat gear idea to make boating easier or more convenient, or you just want to get a fun nautical themed gift, these are great add-on stocking stuffer ideas you can buy for a boater.

West Marine Brass Bulkhead Bottle OpenerWest Marine Brass Bulkhead Bottle Opener

A polished brass bottle opener is handy for use on the boat (if you have a good place to mount it) or at home for use at a nautical themed bar. For less than $20 it comes complete with a nice blue gift box from West Marine!

Boat Suction HandleSeateak Quick Grip Handle

This suction handle is definitely “handy” on a boat with many uses… its great for steadying yourself to clean a boat hull while anchored out, and it also works great for an extra boarding handle that you can easily attach anywhere on a fiberglass boat for extra support boarding. For only $15 at West Marine it is a very useful gift for any boater!

Speedtech Instruments Skymate Wind Meter

Speedtech Instruments Skymate Wind Meter

A great little gadget for boaters, paddlers, hang gliders or other outdoor sport enthusiasts, you can get wind speed and temperature readings on the LED display of this wind meter that includes a lanyard and lithium battery. On sale for the 2012 holiday season at West Marine for $79 (regularly $98)

Lewmar Delta Anchor Bottle Opener

A mini version of the popular Lewmar’s Delta Anchor in a stainless steel bottle opener. An inexpensive and fun gift for a boater available at West Marine for $20

Davis Instruments Key Buoy

This key buoy is WAY cooler than the ugly foam floaties they give away at the local beer store. If your keys fall in the water it inflates a 14″ bright orange marker tube that extends out of the water for easy pick-up. You may want to pick up a few if you have 2 engine keys on-board. Great bargain for only $7.99 at West Marine.

Hides H2O Floating Eyewear Retainer and Case

These H2O eyewear retainers are more than just sunglass straps… they are made of high buoyancy neoprene tubing and fit securely in place on your sunglass frame. Best of all if you drop them in the water they float! Available in several different colors on Amazon for only $10-12 depending on the color you choose.

Two-in-One Grab and Go Slip-On Coasters and Wine Charms Set of 6. Wine Glass Markers, Glass ID Coasters

For your wine lover on-board, LOVE this idea of non-slip wine glass coasters. They slide onto the bottom of your wine glass (good for real or acrylic wine glasses) to keep them from sliding when you set them down on a cockpit table. The colors also work great to remember which glass belongs to you! Only $10.99 on Amazon.

Boston International Wine Charms, Nautical Flags, Set of 6

Very cool hand painted nautical flag wine glass charms to mark glasses. These are beautifully hand-crafted and make a great gift for on the boat or at home. Stainless steel wire loops accented with bright and durable resin ornaments and colored beads. Buy them on Amazon for $14.

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Reusable Vinyl Drink Labels – Nautical Flag Theme By MyDrinkLabel

Another fun way to mark your drink, these reusable labels stick onto any surface – like a beer bottle or a wine glass. The nautical flag theme with different messages like “I require assistance” make them a lot of fun to use having drinks with friends. Only $7.99 on Amazon.

DeckMate 6-in-1 Boat Tool

Want instant access to six of your most commonly used boating tools? You want the DeckMate Boat Tool! On one end, the DeckMate includes two universal deck plate keys, a boat shackle key, a flat head screwdriver, and a 1/4″ hex head driver. On the other end, you’ll find a zipper/toggle pull and a bottle opener. No other boat tool offers a deck plate key, boat shackle key and four other handy tools in one package. The two ends are joined by an ergonomically designed, rubberized handle that accommodates both right and left handed users and won’t slip in wet conditions. A well placed lanyard loop is built into the handle so your DeckMate will be ready at a moment’s notice. Only $18.95 on Amazon.

Chums Floating Keychain

Whether you are on the lake or going down the river; the Floating Keychain will be your salvation. It fits nicely around your wrist and still floats your keys if they decide to go for a dip.

This is also great way to carry a key if you are going our on your jetski or dinghy and just need to bring one or two keys with you. I also like that the orange color is easy to see in the water. Only $6 on Amazon.

boat gifts under $25More Stocking Stuffer Ideas

For more stocking stuffer gift ideas,
check out our Boat Gift Guide: Boating Gifts Under $25

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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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