Let’s just call this the alternate (or Renegade) Gift Guide for Sailors and Lovers of the Sea. Our editorial team has been combing the best shopping sites to find great gear for sailors. We’ve got a few suggestions for holiday gift giving that perhaps you’d not normally consider. For the cruiser, racer and/or wooden boat devotee, we suggest:
Heels For Your Dockside Hottie
Men, have a racer-chaser-boho-hottie who meets you at the dock post-regatta right before the parties? She needs whale heels from Thom Browne’s spring 2019 collection. Not heard about Browne? Neither had we, but OMG!!, have you seen his Cruise 2019 line? (Had to get our Instagrammer-voice shout out).
8 Bulbs Not Included
All hands on this octo-light. Guess how many sailors it takes to change the light bulbs.
Men Like Mermaids
World cruisers will love crashing into these beauties. Invite the ladies aboard and they will likely stay for a long time. Cheap liveaboards, gals will not complain about your cooking and won’t drink your beer.
Listen Up, Solo Sailor
An enduring favorite, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” could be a perfect gift for round-the-world single-handed sailing pals like Dame Ellen MacArthur, Istvan Kopar, Tracy Edwards, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Jean-Luc van den Heede.
What’s Your Point?
Here’s one for friendly yacht club and feisty beercan racers who’d like to get a point across—whether to mates onboard or peers on other boats. Accent your middle finger and hold it up to share. An attention grabber full of style and surprise, its unstated elegance perfectly punctuates the moment when you decide you really don’t need headsail trim suggestions from a know-it-all crewmate.
Best Bookcase By Far
On a budget? Bet you could broker for a broken boat and build your buddy a bookcase. Better yet, buy a busted baby boat that’s bifurcated, and build big bookend bookcases. Found this one for around $150 USD from etsy maker jmgillespiecom.