31 Outstanding Nautical Gifts For Boating Enthusiasts

    Ahoy there, First Mate. Welcome aboard! Are you looking for something for the Captain, perchance? Be it their birthday, Christmas, a new boat, a new beach house, or a simple thank-you gift– we’ve got nautical gifts that’ll spark joy in every boater’s eyes!

    What are some fun nautical gifts?

    Perhaps they love residing by the ocean, dreaming of adventures on the high seas. Maybe, they adore beach cottage chic. Or they’re a big fan of Moby Dick. No matter, let us help you find that gift that’ll stir their deep blue soul.

    From ship wheel cheese boards to hammerhead bottle openers, shelves made out of boats, and ice cube trays. Sextants and bookends and flasks, oh my! There’s even a life jacket for their wine bottle and some very stylish socks.

    Here are our favorite nautical gifts for all sea lovers, pirates, mermaids, boat captains, or beachy home decorators in your life.

  1. Ship Wheel Cheese Board
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    The Mariner Cheese Board makes a perfect gift for boating enthusiasts with its rubberwood construction and four stainless steel cheese tools with rubberwood handles– that fit snugly into slots on the board to resemble helm handles. Tools include a crumbly cheese chisel knife, a fork, a blunt-tipped cheese knife, and a pointed-tip cheese knife. 

  3. Life Preserver Wine Cover
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    Ahoy, all wine drinkers! The Life Preserver Wine Bottle Cover adds nautical flair to any seaside picnic or maritime-themed table setting. Shaped like a traditional life vest, it will surely put a smile on the face of any boater, beach lover, or lake enthusiast. It makes a great gift for Father’s day or your favorite ocean-loving hostess. 

  5. Compass Leather Journal
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    Designed to be a cherished keepsake, you can use this stylish refillable writing journal for years. The sleek faux leather cover is padded and feels lustrous in the hands, with classic debossed artwork on the cover. The sewn binding lays flat, and a colorful ribbon bookmark keeps your place.

  7. Nautical Origins Book
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    Our everyday speech is peppered with sailors’ language—so this book is the perfect companion for etymology lovers, factophiles, ocean dreamers, and the conversationally curious. Three Sheets to the Wind features 200 words and expressions that are nautically inspired, with 100 original illustrations and excerpts from the great novels of Melville, Forester, and others. 

  9. Badass Whiskey Decanter
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    This unique handcrafted, lead-free decanter bears a handcrafted ship in striking detail, transporting you to the beauty of the ocean. The dispenser is rust-resistant and leak-proof, and a tight-fitting glasses stopper keeps your drink fresh and flavorful. The set comes with two whiskey glasses, making it the perfect gift for a whiskey lover.

  11. Lobster Rope Doormat
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    Each rope mat is multi-colored and one-of-a-kind from The New England Trading Company, as seen on NBC’s Today. They’re handwoven in Maine using recycled Maine fishing rope and are extremely durable, weather-resistant, and fully reversible.  It is an authentic way to preserve a piece of Maine history. 

  13. Coffee Table Book
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    Showcasing cutting-edge underwater photography from the world’s leading marine and nature photographers, The Life & Love of the Sea is a breathtaking visual tour of the ocean’s great diversity and seascape. Readers will experience dramatic coastlines, barrier reefs, island chains, and the ocean’s spectacular ocean power through a stunning wave photography collection.

  15. Anchor Ice Cube Tray
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    It is easy to add personality to any beverage with this ice mold. Surprise your guests with anchor ice cubes to keep their beverages chilly. The mold is made of flexible yet durable silicone, allowing ice to pop out easily. Plus, you can also use it for nautical-themed chocolates and desserts! These make perfect stocking stuffer Christmas gifts.

  17. Tide Times
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    Tide Timers are a perfect gift for boat and coastal homeowners, fishermen, swimmers, surfers, and beachcombers. They offer a simple, reliable way to keep track of the tides. Each tidal day has 24 hours and 50 1/2 minutes, so tides don’t occur at the same hour each day. The red ball hand conveniently shows –at a glance – how many hours until the next High or Low tide in your area. 

  19. Salt and Pepper Shakers


    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09JVCDWGT/?tag=giftlablist08-20This two-piece set of ceramic salt and pepper shakers features hand-painted watercolor stripes, and the shakers serve as boat “sail” figurines that fit perfectly in the attractive wooden boat base.

  21. Brass Sextant
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    A sextant is an instrument used to measure the angle between any two visible objects, primarily to determine the angle between a celestial object and the horizon, known as the altitude. A common use of the sextant is to sight the sun at noon to find one’s latitude. This solid brass sextant can be used for basic observation or as a gorgeous collector’s piece.

  23. Nautical Coasters
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    These fun and eclectic anchor coasters come in a set of four and add a nautical touch to your space. Actually made of ceramic – with a weathered rustic wood look – they’re the ideal piece for nautical enthusiasts, sea lovers, and classic beach decor.

  25. Iron Bookend Set
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    These old-fashioned nautical-themed bookends are made of iron using the sand casting method, so they are really solid pieces. This method also helps accentuate the delicate details, so when you use them in your home, you have a fully functional and beautifully defined piece. The perfect gift for book lovers or marine and ocean enthusiasts. 

  27. Personalized Cutting Board
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    This is a great birthday gift for a new boat owner or sailing enthusiast. They can display the engraved side and then cut on the solid side– it’s a beautiful piece of home décor and a usable cooking tool all in one! Made from 100% natural bamboo, it’s stronger, lighter, and more sustainable than traditional hardwoods.

  29. Porthole Flask
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    This nautical-themed flask is designed to resemble a porthole, allowing for an easy view of the contents. Crafted from polished stainless steel with a glass window, the flask is a stylish, practical, and unique gift. Carry up to 4 ounces of beverage and see immediately when a refill is in order. A screw top keeps contents secure and the container leakproof.

  31. Driftwood & Sea Glass Chime
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    These glass wind chimes are handcrafted in Bali by local artisans using sandblasted glass and found wood pieces, each one an original. Glass makes a gentle tinkling sound when the wind blows and is lovely in the garden or entryway. It also doubles as great beach cottage decor.

  33. Nautical Glassware
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    When you’re out on the sea, a glass wine chalice just isn’t cut it! Come together and celebrate with these acrylic stemless wine glasses. They won’t shatter or tip as easily as stemmed glasses. They feature a bright red and white lifeguard float with the text ”life saver” and make a great casual gift, party favor, or picnic glass.

  35. Smart Sock Set
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    Menswear can sometimes feel a little limiting. Say goodbye to boring colors, minimum patterns, and zero personality. Happy Socks seeks to spread happiness to the world through a colorful variety of high-quality socks and underwear. Like with this nautical design set– it is sure to impress all men.

  37. Nautical Knot Mat
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    Another great entryway piece, this classic rope-design doormat brings nautical vibes to your abode before guests even enter. It’s environmentally friendly and made from 100% bio-degradable materials. It would look great indoors, outdoors, or on a boat. 

  39. Dish Towels
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    These dish towels are absorbent and durable, made of cotton material, and reminiscent of traditional flour sacks. The set contains three nautical-themed prints and makes a great hostess, wedding, or housewarming gift (home or boat! )

  41. Nautical Wall Hanging 
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    This hanging wood fish ornament is handcrafted of premium wood and wrapped with a fishnet! The rustic wooden fish come with an easy hanger and make great wall decor for an entryway, kitchen, bathroom, or nautical-themed room. They’re an especially fantastic housewarming gift idea for family or friends who are beach lovers.

  43. Rowboat Serving Dish
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    Guests will love snacking on dockside delights from this aluminum sailboat on your tabletop. The four hull sections can hold nuts, candy, relishes, olives, or whatever else floats your boat! The creative cargo includes paddle-like spoons made from Sheesham wood and a built-in napkin holder in the mast.

  45. Pirate & Mermaid Dish Towel
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    Say it with sass with this cheeky screen-printed dish towel!  The blue and white cotton dish towel reads, “A Salty Pirate Lives Here… With His Beautiful Mermaid,” complete with mermaid, pirate, and ship images. This has Dad’s gift written all over it.

  47. Poop Deck Sign
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    Ideal for “signposting” in a boat, boathouse, lake house, or any room featuring a nautical theme, this brilliant brass sign informs everyone what room lies behind. With a textured background and polished framing, the distinctive bathroom decor will bring a laugh to any unsuspecting recipient who loves boating or the sea.

  49. Romantic Keychain
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    The Anchor is a symbol of hope, steadfastness, strength, and stability. Paired with the quote, “In high tide or low tide, I’ll be by your side,” it turns into a beautiful gift for loved ones. Available in black or silver.

  51. Pillow Set
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    A nautical set of cushion covers in classic red and blue, these accent pillows come in an 18×18 size and are sure to rescue any boring room. Perfect for a beach house or boat! (Hot tip: select cushion inserts around two inches larger for fluffy, filled-out pillows.)

  53. Boat Shelves
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    This cute boat shelf set is the perfect decor gift for ocean-themed bathrooms, living rooms, or nurseries. The wood boat decoration will add a nautical touch to your home or beach house, featuring a decorative fishnet, starfish, and seashell. 

  55. Anchor Necklace
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    This nautical necklace is a perfect piece of men’s jewelry for those who love the sea. It features a silver-plated anchor pendant on a stainless steel chain with clasp closure. And you can choose from various lengths between 18 – 24 inches. 

  57. Tic-Tac-Toe Board Game
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    This beachy Tic Tac Toe game is definitely a decor conversation piece. And a functional game! The set comes with 9 pieces: 5 white starfish and 4 white sand dollars made of durable resin. This original take on the classic xo game is perfect for any coastal room and would look especially great as coffee table decor – ready to play when you are!

  59. Bottle Opener
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    Nautical doesn’t have to be all about boats! For example, you can’t go out to sea without coming across some extraordinary sea life. Like a Hammer Head shark, perhaps. This little zinc version is actually a bottle opener and corkscrew in one– use the whole piece to open bottles or remove the hammerhead’s “head” to reveal an easy-grip corkscrew. 

  61. Cleat Coat Rack
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    This cleat coat rack is a piece of nautical decor that’s both wall art and a supremely functional hanging system. These pieces are handmade by a small business and are original and eye-catching. You can customize it with anything from three cleats up to eight cleats in length.