Best Christmas Gifts For Boaters

This time of year, there’s a question I see asked over and over: “What’s the best Christmas gift to get a boater?”

Most people understand, when you live on a boat you have to be extremely intentional about every single thing you bring onboard. 4 Christmas seasons ago our family prepared to sell almost everything. Downsizing from a 4,000 square foot house to a 800 square foot floating home took careful planning. And the last thing we needed was a pile of new gifts that wouldn’t be practical on a boat.

On the other hand, we love everything about Christmas. It was important to us to keep up the tradition of gift giving and, of course, Santa! Fortunately, Brent had the foresight to know we’d have a long list of ‘needs’ and an even longer list of ‘wants’ once we settled into our new home.

And so, strategically that year, we came up with the best Christmas gifts for our new life on a boat.

In full disclosure, we missed the mark on a few things. Legos proved not to be ideal toys on a boat. On the flipside, ‘marriage savers‘ (headsets) continue to be some of our most used items. Over the last few years, we’ve added TONS of things to our must-have list. As we prepare to celebrate our 3rd Christmas aboard Light & Salty, we’re getting better about knowing exactly what makes the best gift.

Guide to the best Christmas gifts for boaters

FUN GIFTS FOR THE BOAT FAMILY

Paddle Board

Reclining Deck Chairs

Carry All Tote

Inflatable Kayak

Personalized Cutting Board (with Boat Name)

Shatterproof wine glasses

‘NEED’ GIFTS FOR THE BOAT OR BOATER

Marriage Saver Headsets

Life Jackets

Garmin

Fenders

Rechargeable Spotlight

Handheld VHF

Dry Bag

Polarized, Floating Sunglasses

TOP CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR BOAT KIDS

Nintendo Switch

Games

Rip Stick

Consumable Gifts: Art supplies, chalk

Adventure Gift: museum, theme park, zoo, etc. tickets

Gift Cards

MOST USED-ON-A-BOAT GIFTS

InstantPot Airfryer

Single Cup Keurig

Dyson Cordless Vacuum

Hoover Portable Steam Cleaner

iPad For Navigation

Waterproof Speaker

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR BOAT PETS

Apple Air Tag

Apple Air Tag Collars

Non-Tipping Bowls

Pet Life Jacket

Collapsible Pet Carrier

You may also want to consider some of these items, which happen to be some of our very favorite additions to our boat:

Lithium Batteries

Victron Inverter

Starlink

What’s on your Christmas list this year?

You may also enjoy reading:

The One About Holidays On A Boat

Gift Guide For Kids Who Don’t Need More Stuff

Christmas in NYC

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