How many shipís models with sails that catch nothing but dust can anyone really want? Alternatively, having given their sailing friend or relative a shipís model last year, this year they might plan the surprise of a calendar, a set of coasters, a lamp, belt, shirt, or some jewelry or other trinket with a nautical theme.
It hasnít been scientifically verified, but, as unlikely as it seems, there are probably at least a few sailors who have other interests in addition to sailing. And it is a near certainty that most sailors would much prefer to be out sailing rather than contemplating images of a nautical nature cluttering the walls, shelves, desks, fireplace mantles, and other surfaces at home.
Non-sailing gift-givers may be clueless, but sailors donít have to display artificial smiles and murmur feigned gratitude on Christmas morning. Start planting hints now and you might recapture the same glee you had as a child when there were more packages with intriguing rattling sounds, or hard edges and heft than there were flat, soft boxes that clearly contained sweaters and socks.
Hinting can pay off. Last year, after dropping some remarks about having more lighthouse calendars and shipís models than I could really use, my in-laws exercised their ingenuity and presented me with a caverís lightóa flashlight mounted on stretch bands that fit around the head, leaving the hands free. This proved great for reading in the bunk at night and for docking and anchoring in the dark.
- Docking line A spool of docking line will make a fine, big, puzzling package, and almost certainly get the sailor down to the dock the next day to replace chafed lines.
- Charts Whether itís a chart of local waters or a distant place that can only be dreamed about, a sailor can never have too many charts. While the tubular shape of a rolled up chart may make the contents easy to guess, exactly which chart is inside will be a mystery until the package is opened.
- Books This may require some snooping to determine what the sailorís bookcase already contains, but there are plenty of classic works available that are frequently updated, such as the Annapolis Book of Seamanship, as well as annual updates of cruising guides and tide tables. Sailing reminiscences, cruising adventures, and how-to books are churned out regularly, and there may be gaps in the collection of one of the fictional nautical series by Patrick OíBrian, Alexander Kent, or C.S. Forester. Even a blank book, such as a captainís log, or handsome binder with sleeves for keeping documents dry, can be sure to get a lot of use.
"Aside from a bigger boat, the gift most sailors really want is time, time for them to go sailing, and the time for their friends and loved ones to come along."
- Gadgets and stuff Even if the sailor already has a particular item, a second one can always come in handy when the first one falls overboard, or it can be tucked away in a ditch bag. Such items can make great stocking stuffers, like wind gauges, pocket knives, fids, sail twine, varnish brushes, hand-held compasses and depth-finders, flashlights, pocket mirrors, whistles, air horns, dividers, waterproof tip sheets for everything from navigation to bird identification, sailing lessons, and games and charts on software and CD-ROMs, and on and on.
Significant others who want to go to a little more trouble can delight their sailing partners in a number of ways, not all of them expensive: What to get the sailor that has two of everything? Aside from a bigger boat, the gift that most sailors really want is time, time for them to go sailing, and the time for their friends and loved ones to come along. Thatís not something that fits beneath a tree. It belongs out on the open water under the sun or the moon with a fresh breeze. Suggested Reading List
Finally, after exhausting the possibilities for gifts that will make for satisfyingly hard or heavy or strangely shaped packages, there are some soft goods that will please sailors.
What to get the sailor that has two of everything? Aside from a bigger boat, the gift that most sailors really want is time, time for them to go sailing, and the time for their friends and loved ones to come along. Thatís not something that fits beneath a tree. It belongs out on the open water under the sun or the moon with a fresh breeze.
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