Gifts for a Ship's Captain

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Gifts for a Ship's Captain
Give a nautical themed gift to a ship captain. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Make a big impact by buying a gift that supports a person's hobby and passion. A ship's captain is likely to be passionate about the ocean, ships and all things nautical. When it comes time to give a gift to a captain, seek to give him a ship-themed gift he will truly appreciate.

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Sentimental Gifts

Most captains are sentimental about their ship. Create a model that looks like the captain's ship and give it to him as a gift. Have an artist make a drawing or painting of the captain or his ship. Frame the picture and give it to a captain as a thoughtful gift.

Another fun, sentimental gift is to make a scrapbook to give to a captain. Add pictures of his ship and of him dressed in his captain's outfit. Add pictures of adventures he's been on and maps of places he's been. Use scrapbook embellishments to create a nice presentation.

Useful Gifts

Give a ship captain a useful gift. A canvas tote is an appropriate gift. The captain can use the sturdy tote to carry items to and from the ship. Have a picture of the captain's ship silk screened onto the bag for a personalised touch.

Another useful gift for a captain is an emergency and first aid kit. Though he's likely to have one on his ship, it may be depleted or out of date. Find an attractive, durable box with a lid that seals. Put essential items such as a waterproof flashlight, extra batteries, bandages, first aid cream, some dried fruit or granola bars and a couple of bottles of water.

Decorative Gifts

Buy or create decorative gifts for a ship's captain. Make some nautical-themed throw pillows for the ship's sofa or chair. Choose a patterned fabric that features anchors, stern wheels or another nautical-inspired motif. Cut the fabric into two identical squares. Put the fabric squares together and sew around the edges. Leave a small part that is not sewn and turn the pillow right side out. Stuff the pillow and finish sewing the side.

Other decorative gifts include nautical knick-knacks such as sea shell-themed candles or a coffee table book about boats. The captain can use these items in his home to be reminded of his ship and his time at sea.

Other Gifts for a Ship's Captain

Purchase a ship-in-a-bottle kit from a craft store to create a gift for a ship's captain. The kits typically come with everything you need to create the unique craft including the bottle and the small ship.

Another nice gift for a captain is a custom T-shirt. Silk screen the image of his ship onto a T-shirt for him to wear while on his boat or to wear at home to be reminded about his time at sea. You can also buy a captain a new captain's hat as a gift. Or, create a gift basket full of boat-themed goodies such as decorative items, and the captain's favourite candy or treat.

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