Sailing Stocking Fillers - Nautical Playing Cards and Flashcards
You can't be sailing all the time. So for those annoying in-between-bouts-of-sailing moments, you can keep yoursailing loved one happy by distracting them with a card game. These decks are perfect sailing stocking fillers:
Vintage Yachting Poster Playing Cards
Yachting on Lake Union Playing Cards
Nautical Flags and Their Meanings Waterproof Playing Cards
Flags and Their Meanings Flashcards
UK & Ireland
Pocket Sized Sailing Games
Quikky Going About
Quikky Wind's Up
It might seem weird to buy sunblock for sailors at Christmas (unless you live in Australia or New Zealand), but it is now recognised as a hugely important part of a sailors kit, and it is often overlooked. A present like this can go straight in the kitbag and be there when it is needed in the summer months.
I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on sunblock, but from what I've found out, you need a minimum of SPF 30, and should be aiming for 50+. Many experts reckon that much in excess of 50 is excessive and unneccessary.
These are the most popular sunblocks for sailors based on my research, but there are probably many others that can do the job well.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 55
Neutrogena do a wide range of sunblocks, so for different SPFs or different options, click here
Coppertone Sport Sunscreen
For lots more sunscreen options from Coppertone, click here
Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen
Hawaiian Tropic Sport Suncream
La Roche Posay SPF 60
Other La Roche Posay Sunscreens are listed here.
Sailing Pocket Knives and Tools
It should go without saying that you need to be careful when buying a knife for someone. But it is especially important to note that you can be breaking the law just by carrying one of these knifes. For instance, it is illegal to carry a knife in public without good reason - and just because you think you have a good reason does not mean that the law will agree.
All that said, a knife can be an important safety device for dinghy sailors. We've all heard stories or experience getting tangled in ropes, and there are times when a knife might just save your life.
Think carefully before buying, and if necessary contact your local police to find out their views on how you should store and carry your knife.
Leatherman - Wave
Leatherman - Wingman
Spyderco Atlantic Salt Rust Free
Sailing Bottles and Flasks
Eat. Sleep. Sail
Keep Calm and Sail On
Flowfold Sailcloth Wallet
Hotshot signal mirror with float and whistle
Sailing Tea Towels
International Code Flags
Sailing Tea Towel
Every boat needs a good wind indicator, but they frequently get lost, broken, bent, "borrowed" or clipped off by another boat. These are the best wind indicators for dinghy sailors, and they make a perfect gift.
Hawk Marine Mark II Wind Indicator
Little Hawk I
Perfect for Optimist and Topper sailors, this wind indicator is designed to go at the mast-top. Lightweight and accurate, with minimal drag.
C-Vane Wind Indicator
Perfect for Sunfish and Laser sailors. The design means it is far less likely to get hooked by another boat's mainsheet and lost forever. This forum has useful information for getting the most out of your C-Vane.
A more traditional-style mast-top burgee. Light, responsive and easy to see.
Wind Indicator Flag / Burgee
What Christmas would be complete without a pair of socks as a gift?
You can go for useful or humorous, but your sailor's feet need never be cold again.
Port and Starboard Socks
Sperry Top-Sider Women's Liner Socks 2-Pack
Sperry Top-Sider Men's Salty Socks
Gill Thermal Hot Sock
These books are great sailing stocking fillers - they're small, cheap and fun. I especially love the first one - it's a great little gift for a sailor.
If you're looking for something that might actually be useful for your sailor (rather than just entertaining) then head over to our sailing library for loads more advice and suggestions.