Not sure what to buy the boater in your life? We’ve got 12 gift ideas that are sure to make Christmas plain sailing this year

OverBoard Waterproof iPad Case

With more and more people using iPads for navigation, a waterproof case to protect a tablet is a great gift. This waterproof iPad case has a clear front so you have full use of the touch screen functions, while tightly sealing the case, protecting it from water ingress.
The case is also designed to float, should it be dropped into water and has a heavy-duty shoulder strap, allowing for easy transport.
Price: £29.88
Omnia Holiday Oven
Being on a boat doesn’t mean you should sacrifice the joy of hot meals cooked in an oven. The Omnia Holiday Oven is a great gift for someone who’s passionate about cooking and sailing. It’s easy to use, requires no installation and has been tried and test on most conventional heat sources. Use it to make bread, brownies, baked potatoes and even lasagne!
Price: £39.95
Gill Three Season Sailing Gloves
Kit that not all sailors buy, but could do with, is a decent pair of sailing gloves – making them a perfect gift for the sailor in your life. This pair from Gill are ideal for all seasons, with reinforced grip technology for reliable performance in wet and dry conditions.
Price: £28
Gael Force Boarding Ring Anti-motion Sickness Glasses
Does the sailor in your life suffer from motion sickness? These glasses from Gael Force Marine Equipment could be the perfect solution – allowing you both to spend more time out on the water. Put the glasses on as soon as you develop symptoms and they should take affect after a few minutes.
Price: £49.99
Subscription to one of our boating magazines
Keep your loved one entertained all year round with a subscription to their
favourite boating magazine. From the 1st October to the 31st December,
we will be offering subscriptions to Practical Boat Owner, Motor Boat
& Yachting, Yachting Monthly and Yachting World at a 36% discount!
Click here to subscribe!
True Utility Necklite
This small gadget is great hands-free light source that can be worn around the neck or attached to a pair of keys. The bright LED light is made of stainless steel with a woven neck lanyard and rubber push button.
The slimline light comes with two long life 3v lithium batteries.
Price: £7.99
Musto BR1 Inshore Jacket
If you’re looking to spend a bit more money then this jacket from Musto could be a great gift. The BR1 inshore jacket gives protection for day sailing in coastal and inshore waters providing 100% waterproof and breathable coverage, should they get caught up in bad weather. It can also be worn away from the boat, making it a versatile jacket for other activities such as walking or hiking.
Price: £165
Pocket Monocular
For easy magnification, this pocket monocular is a handy gift that is bound to come in use when doing some offshore sailing. The small size means it’s light and easy to carry around – perfect for any sailor on the lookout for other vessels.
Price: £16.99
IC-M23 VHF radio
Safety on the water is vital, which is why purchasing a VHF radio for the boater in your life would make a fantastic gift. Despite being one of the more expensive gifts we’ve suggested, this Icom VHF radio is the smallest and lightest buoyant handheld, measuring just under 13m in height.
Price: £119.95
Reeds Nautical Almanac 2015
If you’re looking for a gift for a serious boater then Reeds Nautical Almanac 2015 could be great – offering a trusted annual compendium of navigational data for yachtsmen and motorboaters.
The nautical almanac provides all the information required to navigate the Atlantic coastal waters around the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands and the entire European coastline from the tip of Denmark to the Azores.You can buy either a digital or print version.
Price: £29.99 – £60
Vaavud Wind Meter for smartphones
Measuring the wind speed has never been easier with this nifty wind meter from Vaavud. This little gadget works with the iPhone 4 onwards and from the iPad 2 onwards. When it comes to Android, the wind meter so far works with Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 and S3, with on going work to add further models.
The Vavuud app gives you a clear overview of average, actual and maximum wind speed, as well as a real time graph.
Outboard Motor Loc Slot Lock
A practical gift that is sure to keep your boater’s engine secure is this nifty lock from Outboard Motor Loc Ltd. The company’s locks fit a wide range of engines such as Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki, with all performing well in a marine environment. There are a number of slot locks to choose from, depending on the outboard engine itself.
Price: £48.95 – £65.95