More than three dozen gift suggestions should help you start — or wrap up — your holiday shopping. Good luck.
We know it feels like only weeks ago we were wishing each other a happy July 4, but the holidays are almost upon us. If this news is a surprise to you, perhaps you haven’t been to a big-box store recently. As the holidays draw ever nearer, they bring with them the pressure to buy the right gifts, and there is an inversely proportional relationship between the closeness of the big day and the pressure associated with shopping: GRH = A x T x TL. (Gift receiver happiness is equal to Appropriateness (times) Thoughtfulness (times) Timeliness.)
You no doubt have a boater or two on your list. Perhaps you’re the boater on someone’s list. Either way, our compilation of products is sure to satisfy your inner Santa or widen your wish list. From stocking stuffers to year-making big-ticket items, we have something — or many things — you’ll find to your liking. Read on.
Our first and best item, naturally, is a subscription to Boating World. Get someone new started or extend someone’s existing subscription. A three-year (27 issues) subscription costs $15.97, so you can be generous to multiple folks.
For the Boat
A boat is an owner’s baby, and as such, it gets spoiled appropriately. While he has certainly purchased many things to make life on the boat better, there is always room for a well-thought-out gift. We have nine suggestions sure to fit right in.
Hook and Loop Cupholder TackleWebs.com
AQ-SWA8-1BT Subwoofer AquaticAV.com
Jump Starter 44 MyWeego.com
Marine Kettle 3 Gas Grill MagmaProducts.com
Team Boat Hook DavisInstruments.com
Trace Theft Monitor FindMeSpot.com
Gen 4 FF12 LED Underwater Lights Aqualuma.com
Milennia MIL-MR70BT Receiver ProspecElectronics.com
Journey Rearview Camera HyndsightVision.com
For the Boater
Boaters are always glad to receive something for their boat, but sometimes it’s nice to get something for oneself. Don’t forget the actual boat owners on your list. If they’re on the nice list, reward them with something cool.
Bluetooth Heated Insoles ThermaCell.com
Motu Sunglasses CostaDelMar.com
Boss Sunglasses WileyX.com
Key Buoy DavisInstruments.com
Rapid Deployment Survival Bracelet SurvivalStraps.com
CoolSwitch Shirts UnderArmour.com
For the Watersports
Fanatics Surfing or being pulled behind the boat is a great thrill, and the nice thing is people don’t have to be accomplished to enjoy it. We found some items that will help everyone get involved, and a couple of extras, too.
Wrap It Up Fasteners WestMarine.com
Board-Mounted Speaker StickySounds.com
Quest Soft Cooler CanyonCoolers.com
Pro Drybag 45L SubtechSports.com
Nomad Wake Longboard SlingshotSports.com
The Thing Kneeboard ConnellySkis.com
For the Angler
Anglers are fairly single-minded: catch fish. You can definitely help them do that, and we have some suggestions to make it happen. But if you have a fishing fanatic who doesn’t do a great job keeping the sun at bay, we have suggestions for that, too, and those gifts might be the ones that get used a lot.
iBobber Bluetooth Fish Finder ReelSonar.com
Fish Head Shorts Shop.Grundens.com
Tactical Fluorocarbon P-Line.com
UVX Mask BuffUSA.com
Garage Door Rack CobraStorage.com
Trapper Dropshot Hooks TrapperTackle.com
Women’s PFG Bonehead II Shirt Columbia.com
For the Furry Crewmembers
Boat dogs are fun to have around, and most of them take to water like boating writers take to free buffets. Help them stay safe and look sharp with dog collars, life vests and helpful boarding ramps.