2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Sailors

Shopping for a sailor this holiday season? These gifts are guaranteed to bring joy to anyone on your list!

Sailing Alone Around the World

Holiday Gifts for Sailors, sailing books, cruising books, marine books
Buy It NowZenith Press

This classic volume of sailing literature is now available in a gorgeous, full-color illustrated edition. Sailing Alone Around the World is filled with art, photographs, maps, artifacts, and period illustrations, this new edition will be popular with armchair travelers and maritime enthusiasts around the world. Included in this edition are excerpts from those who, inspired by Slocum, also circumnavigated the globe, as well as other well-known sailors, sailing enthusiasts and sailing writers such as Henry Dana, Geoffrey Wolff, William F. Buckley, and Nathaniel Philbrick.
$35; Zenith Press

Big Timber sunglasses

Holiday Gifts for Sailors, boating sunglasses, marine sunglasses, sunglasses for sailors
Buy It NowZeal Optics

Environmentally-focused ZEAL Optics recently launched their Automatic polarized lens, which changes color and tint depending on the sun's brightness. Skiers loved the new technology in goggles and now sailors can try it with the Big Timber and Decoy sunglasses.

Ellen Massey Leonard


Gifts for Sailors, bluetooth speaker, waterproof bluetooth speaker

Don't worry about running out of juice while playing your tunes! The ECOXGEAR EcoCarbon is a Bluetooth speaker that can wirelessly connect to your device and stream music, and it has a USB plug that can be used for charging. The EcoCarbon is also waterproof, floats and has a built-in flashlight.

Helly Hansen's Crew Jacket

Gifts for Boaters, Helly Hansen Jacket, sailing jacket, boating jacket
Buy It NowCourtesy of Helly Hansen

Helly Hansen's Crew Jacket was designed to be worn as a mid-layer under a heavy offshore jacket, but it can be worn alone on not-so-nasty days. The jacket has a waterproof, windproof shell and a cozy fleece lining, and is available in a variety of colors for women and men. As an added bonus, there is plenty of logo-free space (and a hidden zipper) to allow for embroidery of your boat name or burgee.

Hobie Mirage i11s inflatable kayak

Gifts for Sailors, Hobie kayak
It's the lightest-weight, hands-free kayak in the Hobie fleet.Hobie

Explore the anchorage and get some exercise while you're at it in the new Hobie Mirage i11s inflatable kayak. It's the lightest-weight, hands-free kayak in the Hobie fleet. Like the other three kayaks in the inflatable line, it combines Hobie's Vantage Seating System comfort with their patented MirageDrive featuring Glide Technology propulsion.
$2,000; hobiecat.com

DeLorme inReach Explorer

Holiday Gifts for Sailors, location device marine
Buy It NowDeLorme

The DeLorme inReach Explorer would be appreciated by any cruising sailor. This handy device lets the user not only share their location, but also send and receive text messages from anywhere on the globe using the Iridium satellite network.

Miami International Boat Show Tickets

2015 Holiday Gifts for Sailors
What could be better than a day at a boat show? The Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail is happening February 11-15, 2016! Send your favorite sailor some tickets! Visit miamiboatshow.comMiami Boat Show

Musto Women's Essential Micro Fleece

Holiday Gifts for Sailors, womens fleece, marine jackets, boating jackets
Buy It NowMusto

Perfect alone or layered underneath a jacket, the Musto Women's Essential Micro Fleece is lightweight, breathable, and treated with a durable water repellent coating. It features bound hem and cuffs, elastic thumb loops and flat-lock seams.

SailorBags Silver Spinnaker

Best Sailing Gifts: Sailcloth Lunchbox
Buy It NowCourtesy of SailorBags

One of the downsides to sailcloth bags is that it's nearly impossible to keep the Dacron white. The Silver Spinnaker line from SailorBags hides a multitude of sins with its silver ripstop fabric and navy webbing. The soft lunchbox is $29 and can be embroidered.

Madda Fella Menswear

Holiday Gifts for Sailors, boating menswear, sailing menswear
Buy It NowMadda Fella

Madda Fella is a new casual menswear line that's inspired by Key West's laid-back vibe and is right at home on a boat. Consider this "dress-up" clothes for cruisers! Our fave is the "Not all those who wander are lost" T-shirt. Check it out! maddafella.com

Xtra Tuf Deck Boot

Best Gifts for Boaters, best boots, waterproof boots, boots for sailors, boots for boaters
Buy It NowCourtesy of Xtratuf

The new Performance Deck Boot from XtraTuf is a nice middle of the road boot to keep your feet dry - it's a little more comfortable than an average rubber boot with flexible neoprene above the ankle but doesn't carry the hefty price tag of a breathable Gore-Tex number. The rugged soles are non marking and grippy. Two heights and colors are available. $90 (12"), $100 (16"). Make sure to use the size chart as sizes are unisex.

West Marine Third Reef Foul Weather Gear

Holiday Gifts for Sailors
The gear is fully lined, seam sealed, breathable, waterproof and windproof.West Marine

Stay warm and dry in the elements with West Marine's Third Reef jacket and bibs. Available in both men's and women's (shown), the gear is fully lined, seam sealed, breathable, waterproof and windproof. Adjustable cuffs, hand-warmer pockets and even a headphone port keep the jacket comfy on long watches.
$110 (bibs), $130 (jacket); westmarine.com

Mystic Knotwork Nautical Gifts

Nautical Wedding Decor and Christmas Gifts, nautical gifts, gifts for sailors, gifts for boaters
Buy It NowCourtesy of Mystic Knotwork

Sure, lots of sailors can tie a Turk's head. That doesn't mean we all have the time or patience to do it. Now you can give family and friends nautical coasters, door mats and napkin rings without sacrificing your sanity. The hand-tied gifts from Mystic Knotwork are all made in Mystic, Connecticut. Planning a big event? They even do monkey fist table number holders. $16 for 4 Napkin Rings, $18 for 4 Coasters, Door Mats start at $60.

ExOfficio BugsAway

Bug Repellant Clothing: Best Gifts for Sailors
Styles available range from park-ranger-chic to casual.Courtesy of ExOfficio

The clothing in ExOfficio's BugsAway line is treated with Permethrin, an insect repellant that is supposed to work on mosquitoes, ticks, no-see-ums and more. Good for 70 washes (don't dry clean), the fabric feels, looks and smells normal. Styles available range from park-ranger-chic to casual.

Kaenon KLR Collection

sailors sunglasses
Kaenon is now available in 5 colors across 4 styles of frames.Kaenon

Kaenon has upped the style of several of their classic designs by adding a new touch of color with the KLR collections. The proven reliability and performance of Kaenon is now available in 5 colors across 4 styles of frames.

$209-239; kaenon.com

12 Degrees West

Best Gifts for Sailing Women
The bamboo tees are crazy soft; the skirts and shorts are stretchy and water repellant.Courtesy of 12 Degrees West

Women's sailing apparel can sometimes make you feel like a man. That's what Julie Hylton set out to change when she started 12˚West, a new producer of casual sailing clothes designed by and made for women. "We spent a long time focusing on fit," says Hylton. "And we're really proud of what we came up with." The bamboo tees are crazy soft; the skirts and shorts are stretchy and water repellant. The Marblehead Pullover shown here is $85 and features SPF 50 sun protection.