Searching for gifts for boaters that they’ll actually use and love? Here are 31 gift ideas that every boater is wishing for this year.
Whether you’re a boater yourself or know nothing about boats at all, it can be really difficult to come up with gift ideas for people who love boating. What is something they’ll use and love but don’t already have?
We’re here to help you solve that mystery.
From personalized gifts for boaters to functional finds that will make their lives so much easier, these boating gifts are guaranteed to delight all the boat lovers out there.
These gift ideas are great for all your gift giving occasions: Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Retirement and even Valentine’s Day.
Now let’s check out the best gifts for boaters!
GIFTS FOR BOATERS:
1. Non-Tipping Insulated Can Holder
This little product is genius. How does it work? The bottom base is a strong suction cup that sticks to the boat (or other surface) while the can holder attaches via strong magnets on both the bottom of the holder and the top of the base.
Not only does the can holder keep their beverage cold, the suction cup and magnet combination means they’ll never spill their drink again. It comes in a slim can version too!
Best For: the speed demon
2. YETI Backpack Cooler
YETI has justifiably taken the cooler market by storm. This cooler backpack is perfect for boaters because it fits a full days worth of food and drinks, keeps everything cold for hours, and is so easy to transport.
Many boaters will agree that it seems like they never have enough hands to carry all the bags, towels, food, clothes, etc. for a day on the boat. That’s what makes this cooler so good, the backpack feature allows the wearer to be hands free!
Best For: the traveler
3. Custom Zippered Tote Bag
A day out on the boat usually involves bringing lots of food, drinks, towels, clothes, toys, etc. This custom tote bag would be perfect for carrying the day’s necessities.
These bags are made from 100% cotton canvas which ensures they are extremely durable and sturdy. There are three sizes to choose from, six different icons, and three colors.
Best For: the practical one
4. Custom Lake Map
Ok, this might be the coolest gift idea on the list! This wood map can be customized to display any lake, river, or city you’d like. Beneath the wood layer is a beautiful “water” layer that really makes this map stand out.
You can even specify special landmarks with a range of different icons (heart, house, star, etc.) Truly a one-of-a-kind gift idea.
Best For: the sentimental one
5. Funny T-Shirt
On the hunt for a funny boating gift? Every single boat owner would get a kick out of this t-shirt! Let’s just say docking a boat, especially for newbie boaters, is not the easiest task in the world. 😉
Comes in over 20 color options and in both short sleeve and long sleeve versions.
Best For: the funny one
6. Sailboat Catchall Tray
How gorgeous is this sailboat catchall tray? It’s made from a combination of maple, walnut, and cherry woods and would be perfect in a lake house entryway or as a small charcuterie board.
I love the differences in the wood variations. This would definitely be a conversation piece!
Best For: the home decor lover
7. Engraved Tumbler
From coffee to cocktails, these 20oz engraved tumblers are perfect for sipping their favorite boat day beverage. Choose from a classic YETI tumbler or opt for a more affordable option (Polar Camel). Either way, you really can’t go wrong.
Choose from over a dozen fun colors.
Best For: the cocktail drinker
8. Floating Keychain
Searching for small yet practical gifts for boaters? These floating keychains are useful, fun, and affordable! These bright and floating keychains make it easy to see and retrieve a dropped pair of keys.
Both sides are customizable and there are a ton of color and font options.
Best For: the clumsy one
9. Boat Trash Bag
Don’t overlook the importance of a boat trash bag! Keeping things tidy on a boat is important for safety and makes it easy to clean up after spending the day on the boat.
This one fastens pretty much anywhere and holds up to 48 cans.
Best For: the organized one
10. Portable Knot Cards
This portable knot booklet is useful for every boater, especially those who are new to the boating world! It comes with 6 waterproof cards that display the most useful 23 rope knots.
This is perfect to keep right on the boat since it doesn’t take up a lot of room and it’s waterproof. It also comes with a hook to easily attach just about anywhere.
Best For: the new boater
11. Engraved Whiskey Glass
Do you know a boater who loves whiskey just as much as they love boating? These engraved whiskey glasses would make a great gift.
The glasses themselves are such good quality and the design is subtle and classy. These can even be rush ordered if you’re short on time.
Best For: the whiskey lover
12. Waterproof Playing Cards
These waterproof playing cards are perfect for taking on a boat, to the beach, or even camping! They’re durable, 100% waterproof, and easy to wipe clean.
They also come with a clear plastic case for storing. A great gift for any game loving boater.
Best For: the game lover
13. Boat Scuff Erasers
Most boat owners love to keep their boats clean both inside and out. These boat scuff cleaners (essentially marine grade Magic Erasers) remove dirt, grease, mud, marks and more from pretty much anywhere on a boat.
These cleaners contain no harsh chemical so they’re safe for use on almost all boat materials (leather, vinyl, plastic, fiberglass, and more!)
Best For: the clean freak
14. Goodr Sunglasses
These are the ultimate sunglasses for anyone who is active or spends a lot of time outdoors. They’re stylish, polarized, lightweight, and made with non-slip/no bounce materials that seriously work.
The best part? Every pair is only $25-$35 and there are hundreds of awesome styles and colors to choose from. I own and love these sunglasses and have bought many as gifts. I guarantee they’ll love these!
Best For: the cool guy (or girl!)
15. Waterproof Speaker
What’s a day on the boat without enjoying their favorite music? This speaker is 100% waterproof, durable, and portable. And it can play up to 10 hours of music on a single charge.
It features a convenient clip so it’s easy to attach to a variety of objects. The sound quality is amazing too. You don’t have to take my word for it, check out the reviews to see for yourself!
Best For: the music lover
16. Custom Bottle Opener
A day on the boat isn’t complete without a couple cold ones. This custom bottle opener makes a great gift for the boater who likes to kick back, relax, and enjoy a day out on the water.
Choose to engrave the boat’s name, captain’s name, or a small logo on the side. This would also be a great addition to a home bar or man cave!
Best For: the beer lover
17. Waterproof Floating Binoculars
For anyone who loves to admire their surroundings, these waterproof binoculars would make a great gift.
They feature 7x magnification and the bright color helps to locate them in the water if they were to go overboard. They also come with a convenient carrying case.
Best For: the nature lover
18. Boat Coasters
These nautical coasters would make the perfect addition to a lake or beach house. The set comes with 6 coasters and the adorable boat shaped holder.
Whether they’re sipping coffee before a day on the water or enjoying a cocktail after a day in the sun, all boaters will enjoy these fun coasters.
Best For: the lake house
19. Lake Living Candle
There’s something special about time spent at a lake. Enjoying time with family and friends, forgetting about work and responsibilities, and being outdoors are some of the best moments.
This candle could be a small reminder of those special times. The fact that it smells amazing is a bonus!
Best For: the nostalgic one
20. Bungee Dock Lines
These bungee dock lines might just be the best kept secret of the boating world. Everyone knows how frustrating docking a boat can be, but these bungee lines allow you to dock a boat without tying a single knot! They’re the perfect solution for temporary docking, loading/unloading, or tying boats together.
Each end is equipped with a loop that easily hooks onto a cleat, post, or rail. Inside the line is a bungee cord that absorbs shock and stretches as the boat moves. Every boater on the planet will use and love these! They come is three different length options.
Best For: anyone who likes to “work smarter, not harder”
21. Nautical Decanter
Looking for personalized gifts for boaters? This engraved decanter and glass set would make a wonderful gift.
The design is classy and the engraving is such good quality. Choose from ordering just the decanter or the decanter and up to 6 personalized glasses.
Best For: the bourbon fan
22. Personalized Cutting Board
This is such a cool gift idea that literally any boat owner will enjoy (and love to show off!)
These cutting boards can be personalized with the name of a boat and a photo. Just get a profile photo of the boat and the Etsy shop owner will turn it into an engraved image on the board.
Best For: the proud boat owner
23. Personalized Boat Welcome Mat
This personalized welcome mat is a great way to welcome guests onto the boat and keep it clean. The top side is made from 100% soft microfiber while the backing is made from anti-slip material to prevent it from sliding.
Choose from five different color options and two sizes (24″ x 17″ or 34″ x 21″).
Best For: the boat hostess
24. Wine Tote
The perfect boating gift for any wine drinker! This bag holds up to two bottles of wine in a reusable pouch that fits perfectly in an insulated zipper pocket. It even has a spout for easy pouring and enjoyment.
Along with wine, this bag has room to hold everything they need for a day on the boat. Would be great for a trip to the beach or pool too!
Best For: the wine lover
25. Personalized Throw Pillow
This throw pillow is simple and totally adorable. I love the classic anchor design.
The pillow itself is a 16″ square design and can be machine washed if necessary.
Best For: the cozy one
26. Boat Ornament
Christmas is the perfect time to reflect and remember all the wonderful memories made on the boat. This laser cut personalized boat ornament would be the perfect reminder of all the special memories and fun times had.
The ornament can be customized with the boat’s name and ribbon color.
Best For: the holiday lover
27. Oar Coat Rack
From swimsuits and towels to backpacks and hats, this oar entryway rack is perfect for stashing the whole family’s boating necessities.
Choose from three different color options (navy is my favorite!) Each rack is 46″ long and has 8 hooks.
Best For: the boating family
28. Anchor Throw Blanket
Whether they like a blanket for nighttime cruises on the boat or to cozy up in the cabin after a day on the water, this flannel throw blanket is sure to get lots of use.
Made from super-soft microfiber, this blanket comes in two colors (grey and brown) and measures 60″L x 50″W
Best For: the homebody
29. Sailboat Salt and Pepper Shakers
Looking for unique gifts for boaters? Look no further. This adorable salt and pepper shaker set is such a good gift idea for anyone with a beach or lake house.
The shakers are easy to fill and sit inside a cute boat shaped wood base.
Best For: the foodie
30. Boat Hair Don’t Care Hat
This hat would be perfect for the boat, beach, or pool! I love the cute saying, the dad hat style, and the washed denim look.
The quality of the embroidery is so good and it can be adjusted to fit most head sizes.
Best For: the fashionista
31. Floating Sunglass Strap
A day on the water is all fun and games until someone loses their favorite (potentially expensive) pair of sunglasses! This sunglass strap is designed to fit almost any pair of glasses and ensure they never end up at the bottom of the lake or ocean.
The strap’s bright color and buoyancy make it super easy to see and retrieve if it were to fall into the water.
Best For: literally anyone
This post was all about the best gifts for boaters.
Gifts For Boaters:
- Non-Tipping Insulated Can Holder
- YETI Backpack Cooler
- Custom Zippered Tote Bag
- Custom Lake Map
- Funny T-Shirt
- Sailboat Catchall Tray
- Engraved Tumbler
- Floating Keychain
- Boat Trash Bag
- Portable Knot Cards
- Engraved Whiskey Glass
- Waterproof Playing Cards
- Boat Scuff Erasers
- Goodr Sunglasses
- Waterproof Speaker
- Custom Bottle Opener
- Waterproof Floating Binoculars
- Boat Coasters
- Lake Living Candle
- Bungee Dock Lines
- Nautical Decanter
- Personalized Cutting Board
- Personalized Boat Welcome Mat
- Wine Tote
- Personalized Throw Pillow
- Boat Ornament
- Oar Coat Rack
- Anchor Throw Blanket
- Sailboat Salt and Pepper Shakers
- Boat Hair Don’t Care Hat
- Floating Sunglass Strap