Gifts for sailors

What to buy for the sailor in your life

Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda, July 2014

Oh shit! Is it already Christmas, your fave sailor’s birthday, or some other reason to buy a gift? Sailors have everything they need, more or less. They can always use a bigger boat. But if your budget is less than 5 (or 6 or 7) digits, I got you covered.


Nautical Trivia: Incomplete & specific

Finally, a gift for the sailor who loves ping pong balls, scurvy, and carnivorous snails!

Get it in paperback or PDF

Ok, so full disclosure here: I wrote this book and now I’m plugging it here. I wanted something that both sailors and non-sailors can enjoy alone or together.

Jewellery from CHART Metalworks

Picture credit: CHART Metalworks

Handmade bracelets and other accessories of nautical signal flags.

Price: $30-$165

Nautical jewellery and more

This is so cool! Custom made, one of a kind. Choose your fave sailor’s initials or any other combination of 1 to 3 letters, depending on the piece.

For an extra charge, you can also get it engraved, gift-wrapped, or include a polishing cloth.

Note: This piece takes 1-2 weeks to make, a few more days to ship. If you’re going to be late, go hard.

Taylor Made Eco Blast rechargeable air horn

Picture credit: Taylor Made

Makes 120 dB of sound, rechargeable with an off-the-shelf bicycle tire pump.

Price: $74, including pump

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I’ve had one for years and it still works great. 120 dB is loud, loud enough to remind you that you can’t cover both your your ears with one hand while you’re holding the horn with the other.

Last resort: West Marine eGift card

Picture credit: West Marine

When you should have bought a gift sooner.

Price: $10-250

Order from West Marine

A last-minute gift, the desperate last resort if it’s too late to get anything shipped to your fave sailor on time. Thankfully, online gift cards are instant. The 21st century is good for at least one thing.

At your service

Humbly yours,
Supreme Purser