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What's a good gift for cruisers/liveaboards?

Hello there -- I know nothing about sailing, so I'm hoping someone here can help me. I've been invited this Sunday to visit some friends who are cruising down the Pacific coast towards Mexico and happen to be stopping near where I live in California. I want to bring them some kind of hostess/boatwarming gift (they just started this particular cruise a few weeks ago) but I have no idea what would be useful or welcome! Can anyone here suggest something? Thanks!
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If they are actually going to Mexico may I suggest pencils, paper pads, crayons, chalk, hard candies and the like for the school children they will encounter or the kids that want to be their "dinghy sitter" for the afternoon.

A bottle of wine from Napa Valley with a dish towel to wrap it in after it has been put into a plastic bag is also nice.

Homemade goodies are also welcome as the sea life routine usually hasn't kicked in because all the grocery stores are still convenient.

Generic postcards with postage are an easy way to have them drop you a line before they leave California and also keep their family informed of their travels. I know nobody uses the USPS anymore but these are keepsake cards and they can be drawn on the front for an artistic flair or adaptation (some of us aren't artists!).

Hope this helps!
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Thanks! Wine is a great idea; I'll do that. I just didn't want to be the person who gave them a totally impractical gift.
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Yea, Sailors love liquor and spirits. For the single salt, a flask would be very nice or a nice bottle of single malt scotch or slow aged bourbon. Couples or women I think wine would be very appropriate and appreciated.
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magazines
paperback books
Mexico tourist guide
specialty foods they might not buy
cookbook
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Spending an evening with friends having a meal and good drinks is always a welcomed gift on our boat. Maybe invite them to your home and supply them with a great home cooked meal.

EDIT. Sorry. I see that you will be visiting them. I would suggest a good wine and some good times. I like the idea above about some gifts for the Mexican kids.
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Scotch, rum , wine and cigars.
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