Fun Gifts for Boaters

Written by stephanie kelley
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Fun Gifts for Boaters
A model sailboat makes a great gift for boat lovers of any age. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Boat owners are passionate about their boats. For most, boating is more than just a casual hobby. It represents freedom, financial security and plain old fun. Finding a boat theme gift for any occasion will make a boater smile. Consider a useful tote or a personalised gift next time you are searching a fun boating-theme gift.

Canvas Boat Toe Bag

A versatile canvas boat tote bag filled with fun surprises is sure to please the boating enthusiast. Have the recipient's name or the name of his boat embroidered onto a canvas tote bag. Many embroidery shops have boat icons that would also be a nice touch. Fill the tote with fun surprises such as gourmet snacks for the boater to munch on while cruising the waters, a warm throw for cool nights and a boat-themed book to read while relaxing on the boat.

Model Boat

Find a model boat kit that features a similar style boat as the recipients and customise the paint colour to match. Follow the instructions and build the boat model and customise the model by writing the name of the boat on the back. Present the gift in a beautiful box with shredded blue paper to protect your model and to resemble water.

Hand-Drawn Fine Art

If you are a skilled at drawing or painting, consider creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art featuring the boat of the recipient. Take pictures and sketches of the boat for reference for your art piece. If you are not able to draw or paint, hire an art student to create a picture for you. Frame the picture in a beautiful custom-made frame. Smaller pieces may be suitable for hanging in the boat, while larger pieces will be used in the recipient's home or office.

Silk Screened Polo Shirts

Buy a plain white polo shirt in recipient's size. Create art work on a graphics program and save as a .jpg or .pdf file. The art work could be a generic clip-art anchor, a photo of the recipient's boat or a custom graphic you create. Print the art onto iron-on transfer paper from your printer (iron-on transfer paper is available at office supply, big-box retail and craft stores). Trim excess paper and iron the art onto the polo shirt. Small designs over the wearer's left breast often are best with polo shirts.

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