24 Gifts For Boaters That Will Make a Big Splash

By Laura Fiebert | Updated: December 9, 2022

    Are you looking for a gift for a boat enthusiast or owner? Anchors up! If you don’t know where to start, we found fun gifts for boaters that will, well, really float their boat. From fishermen to pray boaters, our gift guide has lots of nautical-themed gifts. We cover all ideas, including gadgets, apparel, tools, and equipment.

    Because their boat is their home away from home, they are always looking for new things to make life on board easier, safer, and more comfortable, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find something they will love.

    Check out our hand-picked list of boat accessories and nautical-inspired gift ideas that are great for any boater. From party gear to boating accessories, our gift guide has some awesome gifts for boaters.

  1. Top-Snapper Tool For Boat Canvas Snaps
  2. gifts-for-boaters-snap-toolActive boaters know that attaching and removing a boat cover or boat tip is seldom easy. Fabric shrinks, snaps corrode, and aligning snaps can quickly become a two-person job. The Top-Snapper blade slides over the snap, allowing you to align the snap halves for easy snapping. The longer blade is for fastening snaps from the inside; the shorter blade for fastening snaps from the outside. 

  3. Cheese Board
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    The Mariner Cheese Board makes a perfect gift for boating enthusiasts with its helm-shaped rubberwood construction and four stainless steel cheese tools with rubberwood handles that fit snugly into slots on the board’s side resembling helm handles. Tools include one each: crumbly cheese chisel knife, cheese fork, blunt-tipped cheese knife, and pointed-tip cheese knife—the best holiday gift for those who love to entertain.

  5. Ship In A Bottle Decanter
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    This brilliantly handcrafted decanter with an intricate ship in striking detail will thrill even casual boaters. The decanter is hand-blown and the base is made of mahogany. The decanter aerates as it holds your favorite spirit. The perfect father’s day for any nauticalist. 

  7. Ice Chest
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    Using the same seal technology as the refrigerator, the cooler provides first-class sealing. This ensures that your food and drinks keep fresh for over 72-120 hours. With this on-top bottle holder, you will never need to worry about where to place your bottle. And with a measurement ruler on top, you can measure the size of the fish, and it also has a beer corkscrew which offers big convenience—a great gift idea for those who enjoy a beer or four while boating.

  9. Knots Coffee Mug
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    Are you a sailor, a whaler, or just a good scout? UPG will help get you ship-shape with our How to Tie Knots mug. The mug has a cleat for a handle and comes with a length of rope. As soon as you open the box, you can follow the step-by-step instructions to learn eight classic knots. So what are you waiting for? Pour yourself a hot cup of joe or chai, or cocoa, or hot buttered rum, and practice tying knots you’ll need for sailing, fishing, or earning a merit badge.

  11. Quick Drying Shoes
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    Design with 90% fabric, the Zhuanglin has ultra-lightweight and upper with breathable. It is because of the solid midsole that provides outstandingly lightweight and durability. Plus, the breathable ability from the open mesh in the upper provides the best convenience and airy to your feet. Additionally, it also makes these shoes quick-drying, which is a much cooler and healthier shoe environment.

  13. Boat Erasers
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    These boat erasers effortlessly and magically wipe away marks from all over the interior and exterior of your boat. Add water and squeeze to activate, then wipe away dirt and stains. These sponges do not contain bleach or other harsh chemicals, making them safe on various surfaces and a perfect addition to more intensive boat maintenance supplies. A must for any boater!

  15. Inflatable Kayak
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    The Intex Explorer K2 Kayak is sporty and fun with a streamlined design for easy paddling. The bright yellow color and sporty graphics make the kayak highly visible in the water. Great for experiencing lakes and mild rivers with a friend, this Sports Series kayak is perfect for two adults. Lightweight and compact, this kayak is a snap to assemble and allows you to take the fun of kayaking wherever you go.

  17. Wine Tote
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    A beautiful – and beautifully practical – way to keep a pair of your favorite bottles cool while carrying them safely to the boat, beach, or “BYO” restaurant. Super-thick insulation keeps the interior cooler longer and protects bottles while you’re carrying them. The jaunty, nautical stripes make this a great boating gift for the wine lover.

  19. Floating Cooler
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    The Hydro-Force™ Glacial Sport™ Inflatable Floating Cooler will take your day on the water up a notch ensuring that your drinks and snacks stay cold throughout your day under the sun. This floating cooler also features 4 built-in cup holders for each person to keep their open drinks conveniently close and within reach. The Glacial Sport Cooler is made with Inflata-Shield™ material to prevent damage. This thicker material resists puncture, limits stretching and enhances grip. 

  21. Anti-Spill Cup
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    Wouldn’t it be awesome never to spill a drink again? Yep, we thought so too. That’s why we developed the non-tip, magnetic SquidCup system. It creates a cup holder where you need it, with the power and simplicity of micro-suction cups and magnets. Whether you’re on the water or road, too few or too shallow cup holders will never be a problem again.

  23. Boat Name Cutting Board
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    A great birthday gift for a new boat owner or a sailing or boating enthusiast with a personal touch. Display the engraved side and cut it on your solid side. You get a beautiful piece of home décor and a usable cooking tool all in one. 

  25. Mooring Ropes
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    These dock lines are solid and durable. The 3.5-foot boat rope eliminates the jerking, tugging, and banging on your boat and anchor. 

  27. Garmin Fish Finder
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    This fishfinder series includes a high-sensitivity GPS. You can see your position concerning the waypoints you have marked. Use the waypoint map to view, mark easily, and navigate locations such as brush piles, stumps, and docks. It’s also a great tool for finding your way back to the boat ramp. A portable kit is available to protect and carry your STRIKER fishfinder with GPS, so it’s perfect for kayak, canoe, or ice fishing.

  29. Sailboat Salt and Pepper Shakers
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    This two-piece set of ceramic salt and pepper shakers feature hand-painted watercolor stripes, and the shakers serve as boat “sails” that fit perfectly in the wooden boat base.

  31.  Key Chain Buoys
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    Forget all those boring vinyl-coated floating keychains that don’t float anything and say hello to DriftFish, a high-quality neoprene option that floats a ton more and does it with attitude! This heavy-duty marine key float travels with you everywhere, including watersports, boating, fishing, kayaking, rafting, fishing, swimming, sailing, surfing, kite surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, jetskiing, or hanging in the waves at the beach.

  34. Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
  35. This speaker is made to be one of the toughest Bluetooth speakers. Its resiliency enables even a car to go over it without any damage insight. Certified with an IPX7 waterproof rating, it’s ready to go with you on any extreme water-related adventures. IPX7 enables this device to function fully even if it is submerged in water up to one meter deep for 30 minutes. Perfect for taking to the next big boat adventure.

  36. Row Boat Serving Bowl with Wood Serving Utensils
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    This extraordinary dish is sure to create a splash at your next dinner. The polished aluminum bowl takes the familiar form of a rowboat, complete with “wooden” planks cast along its hull. The boat oars are a pair of serving tools carved from Sheesham, a variety of rosewood renowned for its intricate, marbled grain. Whether you’re serving salad, holding fruit, or simply putting it on display, this bowl is sure to make waves.

  38. Dry Bag
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    Constructed from heavy-duty 500D PVC for high performance, durability, and protection. All seams are Thermo welded shut to provide a watertight seal to ensure your gear stays protected from all elements! The outer splash-proof zippered pocket makes it easy to grab your smaller belongings without having to unroll the top main compartment. Perfect for storing keys, knives, lighters, sunglasses, wallets, or other personal items you need to grab quickly on the go!

  40. Sea Salt Hand Soap 
  41. Inspired by simple Swedish style, made in America. This fresh-smelling Swedish Seasalt hand soap contains aloe and sea salt for a gentle yet effective result. This is a product of a small family business that has been around for 25 years. Makes a great stocking stuffer.

  42. Nautical Bottle Opener
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    Remind that special someone to throw off the bowlines! This bottle opener comes in an adorable gift box, ready to be given away—a great gift for the boat lover who is always dreaming about being at sea.

  44. 438 Days
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    438 Days is the fisherman’s true story of who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting seven thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean. Based on dozens of hours of exclusive interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search-and-rescue officials, the remote islanders who found him, and the medical team that saved his life, 438 Days is an unforgettable study of the resilience, will, ingenuity, and determination required for one man to survive more than a year lost and adrift at sea. It’s a great gift for the book lover and resonates with enthusiastic boat owners.

  46. Yeti Fishing Bucket
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    It’s all-purpose on purpose, so don’t overthink it — if you need some help hauling, bailing, cleaning, or whatever else-ing, turn to the LoadOut Bucket. Wherever we’re getting our hands dirty, we need tools that don’t fail when the job gets tough. And the YETI LoadOut Bucket is ready to get to work. Versatile, easily stowed, and over-engineered to last, the LoadOut Bucket can be hauled anywhere to do nearly anything. 

  48. Fishing Measuring T-Shirt
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    Whether you fish or not, this is the perfect shirt for any outdoor enthusiast. The long-sleeve options come complete with a fish-themed ruler for measuring your fish! Just hold your arm up, hold the fish up, snap the photo and release the beast back into the water! A super unique gift.