Are you looking for a nautical themed wedding, birthday, anniversary or Christmas gift? Perhaps you’re attending a bridal shower on the coast and you’re not quite sure what to bring. Our 2016 nautical gift guide is here to help you pick out the perfect present.
Recycled Lobster Rope Doormat: These authentic Maine-made doormats add a unique nautical touch to your home. They’re made of 100% recycled lobster trap rope that otherwise might end up in a local landfill.
Sea Bags: Accessories Made of Recycled Sails: Sea Bags are another Maine-made nautical gift idea. Each item is made of recycled sails and stitched with traditional maritime techniques to create truly unique pieces. You can even have your Sea Bag accessories custom made with your own designs and patterns.
Monkey’s Fist Door Stopper: These monkey’s fist door stoppers add a nautical touch to the interior of your home.
Buoy Bat: Buoy bats take your traditional Wiffle Ball bat concept and incorporates a little nautical flair.
Chart Metalworks: Each Chart Metalworks jewelry piece is custom made to include a specific area of interest (hometown, school, etc.). These make great graduation and retirement gift ideas as well for both men and women.
Customized Life Ring: Have a custom made life ring complete with the recipient(s) name.
Nautical Bookends: There are a variety of different types of nautical bookends that you could give as a gift. We simply love this whale set, how cute would this look in a baby’s nursery?
Ship’s Wheel: When all else fails, a replica ship’s wheel can make an excellent wedding or anniversary gift. They look great mounted on a wall or displayed on a bookcase.
Nautical Door Treatments: While some homes traditionally display a spread bald eagle above their garage doors or front door, why not give a nautical themed ornament to display in this fashion.
Nautical Bell: Ship’s bells are one of the most recognizable and traditional nautical gifts. Fortunately, there are many different options for purchasing these bells in 2016. You can even have them etched with a person’s name (or specific date) to create the perfect customized nautical gift.
Decorative Compass: These make great desk ornaments or “paper weights”.
Nautical Flags: You can’t go wrong with nautical flags. Hang them from the ceiling, mount them to the wall, hand them off your flagpole. No matter what you do with them they’re a perfect nautical gift.
Buoy Birdhouses: This particular model is available through L.L. Bean but there are many different styles and companies that make them.
Nautical “Coffee Table” Books: Coffee table books are an excellent way to accentuate your nautical style and make excellent gifts. I recently picked up an amazing picture book chronicling the history of the Hinckley Yachts Company for $20 at a local book store (Original price was $100).
Nautical Statues: Little statues of fishermen or seafarers also make great nautical gifts.
Nautical Picture Frames: Newlyweds can never have enough picture frames. There are many great nautical picture frames available in this gift category.
Antique Ship Posters: One of my favorite pieces of nautical memorabilia is antique cruise liner posters. Especially the Art-Deco ones of the 1920’s and 1930’s. You can find amazing reprints of these posters on eBay for very reasonable prices.
Maritime Museum Memberships: Maritime Museum memberships make great gifts and go a long way in helping to preserve our maritime heritage.
Decorative Rowing Oars: While they can be cumbersome to transport, decorative rowing oars can be a great gift idea.
Tidal Clock: As the name implies, tidal clocks tell you whether its high-tide or low tide based on the movement of the moon around the earth.
Nautical Weather Instruments: These instruments make great conversation pieces and provide handy information about the weather (temperature, humidity, etc.).
Gimbaled Brass Lantern: These gimbaled yacht lanterns add a touch of “nauticalness” to anyone’s home.
Sky Map App for Smartphones: Sky Map is a great app for smartphones that helps you immediately identify the stars and planets at night. It’s great for teaching kids about the solar system and makes a great gift.
Nautical Chart Accessories: One of our favorite nautical gift ideas are lamp shades made of actual nautical charts.
Nautical Movies: You can’t go wrong with nautical movies.
Authentic Coal from Titanic: Own an actual piece of history. This coal was recovered from the Titanic’s final resting place in 1994. It is the only authorized piece of actual memorabilia that is available for sale.
American Practical Navigator (Bowditch): The American Practical Navigator, otherwise known as Bowditch after one of the book’s major contributors, is the perennial navigation book that is standard issue for virtually any professional mariner starting out in the industry. You’ll probably never read it, but it looks great on a bookshelf and is filled with amazing information about navigating ships.
Ship Models: Need I elaborate any more on this?
Bosun’s Call (Whistle): These bosun calls (boatswain’s whistle) were used back in the day of sailing ships. They make great gifts ideas for children as well.
Nautical Buoy Wind Chime: These nautical buoy wind chimes are made in Maine and can be ordered to replicate the actual tone of various buoys in service around the country.
Nautical “Porthole” Clock: Another great nautical gift idea to display in your home.
Maine-made Nautical Fishermen Sweaters: These nautical Maine-made wool crew neck sweaters are designed in the traditional Norwegian style.
Nautical Pillows: These make great maritime accents for your home.
Custom Nautical Charts: One of the easiest nautical gift ideas we use is framing the chart of a specific area that has a special meaning for the recipient. For example, if you’re giving a wedding gift to a couple, you could frame a chart of the area they met.
Please feel to leave your own nautical and maritime gift suggestions in the comments below.