If you know a sailor about to go cruising or want to give them a gift for a birthday, holiday or as a thank you, you may want to find something that lets them know you understand how much their time on the water means to them. If you're not a sailor yourself, you may be at a loss for what they want or need, but with a little creative thinking you can find a personal gift that they'll treasure.
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If you're celebrating the maiden voyage of a new sailboat, consider purchasing a traditional bottle of bubbly to break over the bow. You might consider getting two bottles -- one for breaking and one for keeping. You can even purchase sparkling white wine with a personalised label or perhaps with a photo of the boat on it.
Marina Gift Cards
If you're buying for a sailor about to go cruising, they have likely already purchased all the necessities for the trip. If they're cruising in the United States, get a copy of their intended route and investigate local marinas where they plan to stop. Ask if you can purchase a gift card for your sailor friends. These cards are an ideal way for them to purchase fuel, sundries, or even have laundry privileges along the way.
Knit a Gift
A popular scarf, called the mariner's scarf, is intended for sailors. If you knit, this is an ideal -- and easy -- gift. The neck is ribbed to block the wind, while the ends lie flat under a jacket out of the way of lines and wheels. The Seamen's Church Institute offers the pattern as a free PDF download. This site also has other patterns suited for sailors.
Companies like Land's End offer personalisation of many items, including their outerwear. Even Florida sailors get bone-achingly cold in the winter, and a well-made jacket that's water and wind proof helps a lot. Add a "Captain" before their name on the embroidery for extra points.
Consider getting a custom flag made for the sailor's sailboat. If you're not a sailor yourself, talk to other sailors for an idea of what the sailor you're buying for would like on a pennant or flag.
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