Depending on your budget, you’ll find lots of options below, from clever kit for the boat, to marine clothing, nautical accessories and beyond.
As sailors ourselves these are all things we would love to receive, so have a browse and hopefully get Christmas presents for a sailor ticked off your list today.
(ps - this is not a sponsored post in any way - they're all products that we really liked and thought you would too! The 'buy online' links we've included are just to help you out, we're sure you could also find these items at other retailers.)
Maritime history puzzle
Choose from ten WW2 puzzles, including maritime scenes, from specialist company Bellica.
The range includes two Atlantic convoy scenes and a depiction of action over the Normandy beaches, all featuring the work of award-winning artist Keith Burns. These 1000 piece puzzles come with an explanation of the scene, and are sure to keep your sailor entertained over the holidays.
A seaming palm is used for sewing seams and patches — in general, lighter sail work.
This sailmakers seaming palm is made by W. Smith & Son, a family business that was started in Redditch in 1835.
Available for right or left hand. Made in leather.
The Nautical Puzzle Book
The National Maritime Museum has packed this fascinating book with hundreds of questions, alongside a mix of maps, world games and trivia.
These clever compact LEDs stick to the underbelly of each bladder on a lifejacket, using the large fluorescent surface as a diffuser to maximise the visibility of the flashing light.
Once activated, the Lume-On provides up to two hours of intense flashing light. They add very little extra weight, have a smooth profile so will not chafe the bladder, and are very simple to retrofit to most lifejackets.
RRP: £14.94 per pair
£20 - £50
Sealskinz Bobble hat
Keeping your head warm and dry is essential if you want to enjoy winter sailing. This waterproof hi-vis Sealskinz Bobble hat is a great way to achieve that, while making sure you can be spotted easily. It is water and stain repellent, with a Teflon coated acrylic outer fabric and micro fleece inner lining.
Unbreakable wine glasses
Whatever the condition of the sea (or of your guests!) these smart polycarbonate wine glasses are virtually indestructible. Choose from this bee design, or a pheasant design.
£26.50 for six
Wichard Offshore Knife
Wichard has produced knives in Thiers, the French home of knife making, since 1919. Their Offshore Knife with a single blade is a great entry level sailing knife, which has remarkable cutting power and a stainless steel blade.
Anchor bottle opener and corkscrew
A charming anchor design that is both a bottle opener and a corkscrew - perfect for the galley!
GIll Neoprene Winter Glove
Sailing with cold hands is rubbish - a good set of sailing gloves make the world of difference. These are insulated, water resistant and have a good grippy palm. They’re also soft and malleable, so your fingers can easily manage fiddly tasks.
£50 - £150
Stay warm and look cool in a proper fishermans jumper. Available in navy/cream (pictured) or cream/blue, they’re knitted in a traditional Norwegian double medium stitch style from 100% pure new British wool.
Zhik Sailing Boot
The Zhik High Cut boot has a supportive ankle strap, a moulded rubber sole to improve grip and a quick lock lacing system, so it’s easy to get on and off. 4mm neoprene construction with 2mm rubber upper means it is suitable all year round. Sizes start at UK adult 5.
Standard Horizon HX210E
This affordable 6W waterproof and buoyant handheld VHF is compact yet feature packed. The lithium battery-powered radio has chunky keys, a bright backlit screen, a water-activated strobe and an integral FM radio.
Quba Rigging Sailcloth Barrel Bag (small)
All sailors need a decent kit bag. Made from durable sailcloth with sturdy handles and a detachable strap, the Quba range offers a great looking solution. The small (pictured) is 38L, but other sizes are available.
Elliot Brown RNLI Special Edition Watch
For every RNLI special edition watch bought, Elliot Brown is paying £35 in support of the charity.
Elliot Brown’s RNLI Canford watch is the product of a partnership with the charity and uses nautical features including the RNLI rope and anchor logo. Underwater pressure tested to 200m, this is definitely a watch that will keep up with all adventures.
Men’s and women’s versions £365.
Garmin inReach SE+
Uses the Iridium satellite constellation to provide an affordable way to keep in touch when offshore.
It allows you to send and receive SMS text messages to any mobile phone, email address or other inReach device, anywhere in the world. Also provides live online tracking and email, and can also be synced with a phone and operated through an app.
Garmin Quatix 6
The latest generation of Garmin’s sailing smartwatch adds optional Bluechart g3 cartography enabling it to function as a standalone plotter.
It can also be used to interface with Garmin chartplotters and instrument data, as well as controlling autopilots and on-board entertainment. The Grey with Captain Blue Band is pictured, with two other titanium versions available.
Waterproof Splash Drone 3+
A fully waterproof quad copter which floats. The drone is not only designed to carry a GoPro, but has a payload release feature for carrying and releasing other items, including safety gear.
Lots of different options available, the full package being the SAR2 (pictured) with two extra batteries, comes with a specially designed ‘rescue buoyancy sausage’. It provides live and recorded footage, plus the ability to carry up to 1.2kg.
Prices start at £1265.00 (up to £2301.15 for the full SAR2 package).