Stuck for a gift idea for the sailor in your life? We choose the best Christmas gifts for sailors which are guaranteed to put a smile on their face on 25 December

Stuck wondering what to buy for the sailor or sailing enthusiast in your life? Picking the right Christmas gift for a sailor can be tricky, so we’ve picked out the best gifts for sailors as chosen by the Yachting Monthly team!

We have searched through our best-on-test boating gear of 2021 and 2022 to pick the perfect gift for the sailor in your life. Everything included in this list is something the editorial team – passionate sailors all – would like to receive as a gift, so you can be sure that this is a list of truly useful and interesting gifts for sailors and cruisers.

Not everyone is on the same budget, so we have sectioned our gift guide by price, you can skip to each section below.

Best sailing gifts under £100
Best sailing gifts £100-500
Best sailing gifts £500+


Best Christmas gifts for sailors under £100

Merino Wool Buff

Off on a Christmas day hike? Buy the person you love a merino wool buff. It will be truly a gift that keeps giving.
It packs light in a bag, doesn’t make your neck feel sweaty and your loved one can breath into it all day without gassing themselves on coffee breath.
Merino is a natural fibre that is non allergenic, can be machine washed and doesn’t stink.

I have 7 buffs or so in various thicknesses and I wear them all, year round. Plus if I receive a new one for Christmas, it doesn’t matter that I already have one, these things are like socks. You can never have too many.

Buy it now from Amazon

Ticket to the Moon Original Hammock

What better way to get you through the winter evenings than imagining lazing in a hammock on your own boat? Made in Bali, Indonesia, Ticket to the Moon hammocks are free of PFCs and other harmful chemicals, and are ethically made.

Constructed using skin-friendly OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 parachute silk nylon, they are designed to be light and portable, and come with a 10-year guarantee, and their own pouch.

Buy it now from Amazon

Gerber EZ Out Rescue Knife

The Gerber EZ-Out is one of our favourite sailing knives, and has featured at the top of our knife group gear tests due to its cutting ability; it scythed through Dyneema halyard, webbing or polypropylene line in seconds.

The 7.8cm-long single blade has a rounded tip, and is easy and safe to open one-handed. The blade locks well and is easily returned via a push point on the rear. At 73.7g, the EZ-Out Rescue is very light and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Buy it now from Amazon

Victorinox Skipper Pro

The best knife and multi tool I ever had. The Victorinox Skipper knife lives close at hand at all times. It’s been invlauably useful and quite simply one of the best presents I was ever given by my dad and he’s bought me some amazing gifts over the years. This one has literally saved my life at least once. Especially that time I bought a bottle of wine that had a cork and I needed a corkscrew in a field miles from anywhere late at night.

Mine has lasted in excess of 10 years now. It’s been a marvellous gift.

Buy it now from Amazon


Tribord Floating Sunglasses Polarised UV Protection

Decathlon’s designers have developed these Tribord glasses for sailing and nautical activities.

Floating glasses with polarised category-3 lenses for 100% UV protection filter out glare from the surface of the water.

Practical if dropped, they float.

The wraparound style protects your eyes from all directions.

Available in black with electric blue lenses or with petrol blue frames and matt black lenses.

Buy now from Decathlon


Orca Bay Sandusky Leather Deck Shoes

Featuring a machine washable Nubuck upper and off-white rubber siped sole, that is non-slip and non-marking, this is a comfortable but stylish deck shoe from Orca Bay.

Other features include a cushioned EVA heel cup; hand stitching; rawhide leather lace and rustproof eyelets.

When washing, the technique is to put the shoes into a washing bag or pillow case, use a mild detergent – Maximum 30 degrees.

After washing, stuff with paper to retain shape and allow to dry naturally.

Available in a range of colour options, and both men’s and women’s versions.

Buy it now from Amazon UK

Chatham Men’s Sperrin Boat Shoes

An autumnal twist to Chatham’s classic boat shoe, the Sperrin is made from soft leather and features antibacterial performance cushioning so you could wear them without socks when the weather gets warmer. The sole also has shock absorption, which promises comfort no matter what surface you walk over.

This rugged shoe has three-eyelet laces, side lace and contrast stitching detail. The heavy cleated sole has flex and grip, which is especially useful on wet pontoon surfaces or decks. It is available in tan or dark brown and in sizes 6-15. A women’s version is also available in tan, sizes 3-8.

Buy it now from Amazon

BioLite Alpenglow

I absolutely LOVE my BioLite lantern. It has a bright white light, which easily can be switched to an amber light. Shake the lantern and it will switch over to flickering candle effect. Toggle through the light settings by clicking the button and then shaking it for an alternative setting.

It has a long battery life and is USB charged. It can also act as a small powerbank too as it has two USB slots, one for charging it and one for something external.

The hanging hook is also really useful and the state of charge can be seen with a row of little lights that gradually reduce in number until the unit dims to let you know its time to charge it.

It comes in either a 250-lumen intensity or 500 lumens, and takes 3 hours to recharge. It has an IPX4 rating so it can withstand rain and splashing. It also features a useful fold-out hook for hanging from the boom or inside the saloon.

Buy it now from Amazon

Best Christmas gifts for sailors from £100-£500

fitting and adjusting with Anna

Baltic Safety Athena Women’s Fitted Lifejacket

An inflatable lifejacket developed to achieve the best possible fit for women.

Placing the 33G CO auto inflation valve horizontally under the bust gives the slimline lifejacket a better fit.

This neat and flexible 165N jacket is fully adjustable. It comes with padding for extra comfort and an airy mesh lining.

Athena is also lightweight, easy to put on – you don’t have to thread it over your head – and easily closed with Velcro and a quick-release buckle.

Available in one size for 40-120kg, and a chest width of 70-140cm.

Colour options: white/pink, navy/white, and black/grey.

Buy it now from Crew Safe

Spinlock Deckvest

This is the sixth generation of Spinlock’s Deckvest design, and came top in our best lifejacket test earlier this year. At 1.3kg, it is heavier than some other lifejackets, but is comfortable.

It has a sprayhood and can be fitted with a small stowage pocket for a personal locator beacon or a knife. It is available to buy with a standard harness or with an easily reset harness release system, which enables the wearer to disconnect from the safety line by releasing a lever behind the soft loop safety line attachment point of the lifejacket harness.

Buy it now from Gael Force Marine

Spinlock Essentials chest pack

I have this pouch fitted to my deckvest lifejacket, as can be seen above, I often keep snacks in it. It’s supposed to hold more important things like a sailing knife, a personal locator beacon and other things to help you survive in an emergency, I consider food an essential and chocolate especially so. I managed to fit 15 mini sized snack bars in it. That’s enough for me and crew morale on a long night passage.

Frankly it’s one of those gifts that keeps giving.

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Exposure RAW Pro headtorch

Great gift for the dark winter months, as reviewed in our headtorches group test (YM May 2023), with an outstanding red light function that offers three levels of brightness, so you won’t ruin the night vision of anyone onboard while reading in a darkened cabin or peering up into the rigging.

The charge status is easy to read on the end button as it will momentarily glow the standard traffic light green, amber or red to let you know its remaining power level.

The head band, meanwhile, has reflective lettering on it to help make it a great deal easier to find in the dark. USB rechargeable, robust and very waterproof.

Buy it now from Amazon

Garmin InReach Mini 2

For the adventurer in your life, give them the gift of track and traceability. From hiking the Appalachian trail to sailing offshore out of sight of land. There’s a whole array of ways this little device can help you and the ones you love to communicate and feel a little bit safer with it’s SOS capability.

It does require a subscription after purchase but you only need to activate that when the device is going to be used. It really is a tiny device with a mighty capability.

Buy it now from Amazon 


Helly Hansen Foil Jacket

This sleek sailing jacket is made with recycled materials. The HP Foil Sailing Jacket is lightweight, at just 575g, with a 3-layer, waterproof/breathable Helly Tech Performance construction in combination with PFC-free, water- repellent treatment to keep sea spray out.

Extra features include a high-vis packable hood, adjustable cuffs, two hand pockets with brushed lining, a one-hand adjustable hem and a D-ring for a kill cord. All seams are fully sealed. It is made from recycled fabric made up of reused plastics that would have become marine debris.

Buy it now from Helly Hansen


Lewmar’s Epsilon anchor, boasts a unique winged design with a concaved fluke; ballast-tipped keel

Lewmar Epsilon Winged Anchor

Lewmar’s Epsilon anchor, awarded Super High Holding Power certification by Lloyd’s Register, boasts a unique winged design with a concaved fluke and ballast-tipped keel.

It has the same self-righting geometry as its predecessor the Delta, with self-launching characteristics and a sleek bow profile.

For 20-90ft yachts. In galvanised or stainless steel.

Buy it now from Marine Superstore

Cobb Premier Air Charcoal Barbecue Grill

The award-winning Cobb is a versatile barbecue as it can roast, bake, fry, boil and smoke food too. It has an insulated surround guard which means it is cool to
the touch and won’t damage sensitive surfaces, and gives peace of mind to anyone nervous about barbecuing onboard.

Just a few charcoal briquettes will give a cooking time of up to three hours. The Cobb’s design means fat and oil drain off into a reservoir so it doesn’t create the smoke and spit of conventional barbecues. It is completely portable and comes with its own carry bag.

Buy it now from Amazon

Silva Eterna Navigator 3 Binoculars 7 x 50

A popular choice in our review of marine binoculars (YM Summer 2023), this bright and rugged nitrogen-filled pair proved to have excellent optics and a robust casing that will stand up well to being slung around whilst on passage then stowed away in a crowded locker.

The YM test team found that the anti-glare coating, in particular, worked extremely well on the water. Comes with an extra wide neck strap, lens cleaning brush, four protective caps, and a carrying case. Available with or without the option of a built-in compass. 

Buy it now from Amazon

Standard Horizon HX890E VHF

This waterproof (IPX8), floating handheld VHF with DSC comes with a built-in GPS receiver and FM radio. As well as transmitting at 6W, 2W or 1W, there is a Group Monitor feature for the continuous tracking of up to nine other vessels. The 66- channel WAAS/GPS receiver displays your current position, which it attaches to a DSC distress call automatically if activated.

At 2.3 inches, the display is large and clear, and the menu system is straightforward to use. It floats and has a water-activated, sequence programmable emergency strobe. A 1800mAh Li-ion battery comes with the radio for extended use, plus 240Vac or 12Vdc chargers, plus a pack for alkaline batteries.

Buy it now from Amazon

ACR ResQLink 400 is a buoyant Personal Locator Beacon that does not require any subscription for use and fits into the palm of your hands

ACR Resqlink 400 406MHZ GPS Buoyant PLB

Small but resilient, the ResQLink 400 is a buoyant Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) that does not require any subscription for use and fits into the palm of your hands.

With three levels of integrated signal technology – GPS positioning, a powerful 406 MHz signal, and 121.5 MHz homing capability – the ResQLink 400 quickly and accurately relays your position to a worldwide network of search and rescue satellites.

Additionally, a built-in strobe and infrared strobe facilitate night-time, or other low visibility, rescues.

The ResQLink 400 is easily activated in an emergency situation: deploy the antenna, press the on button, and the beacon will guide rescuers to within 100 metres or less of your position.

The unit is supplied with multifunction clips.

Features include a multi-constellation GPS receiver (GPS & Galileo GNSS); Strobe and Infrared Strobe; 5 year battery life; 24+ hours Operational Life; Self Test & GPS Test function.

Buy it now from Amazon UK
Buy it now from West Marine

Haswing Osapian 55 electric outboard

Winner of the best budget buy in our electric outboards gear test this year, the Haswing Osapian 55 trolling motor has five forward speeds, three reverse on a twist grip throttle, with a promised 55lb thrust. The motor is well engineered with an anode behind the prop, and a spare in the box.

The shaft slides providing for transom heights up to 62cm, 360° rotation, and 10 tilt positions. Excellent value for money for anyone wanting to do short trips.

Buy it now from Amazon

Best Christmas gifts for sailors over £500

Best Christmas Gifts for Sailors: Musto MPX GORE-TEX Pro Offshore Jacket

Musto MPX Gortex Offshore Oilskins

The Musto MPX Collection was improved with an updated fit for 2021, with the jacket getting a darted sleeve construction for enhanced articulation, whilst the trousers were redesigned with a 200g reduction in weight.

Articulated knee and seat reinforcements combine a full spectrum of motion with enhanced durability.

Constructed from cutting-edge 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro fabric for remarkable waterproof, windproof and durable protection, that’s also incredibly breathable to keep you comfortable in all weather.

The jacket features a heat retentive grid fleece lined funnel and hood pod with a highly protective, adjustable spume.

These offshore waterproofs are available in black, blue, red and ‘platinum’ grey.

Buy it now from Musto

Garmin Quatix 7 Watch

The Quatix 7 is a fantastic piece of kit for anyone who loves sport and specifically sport that involves being on and around water. But it is an all round genius wearable that allows a huge range of monitoring activities, including your health as well as practical functions to control and interact with marine tech.
Massive thumbs up on this from me, I love mine and feel undressed without it.

The watch is compatible with Garmin marine instruments as well as the usual smart phones.

Buy it now from Garmin 

Ocean Signal rescueME PLB3

Small yet powerful unit combining AIS, GPS and a 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), which won last year’s prestigious DAME Award. Just 20cm long and light enough (190g) to fit into your lifejacket, it can project visible spectrum and infrared signal lights. Also sports Return Link Service (RLS) technology which provides the casualty with clear, morale-boosting, confirmation that their distress signal has been received and passed on to the nearest search and rescue services. 

Comes with a well-illustrated instruction manual and Near Field Communication app so you can test it using your mobile telephone. Five-year battery life and no need for an additional subscription.

Buy it now from Amazon

Steiner Navigator 7×50 marine binoculars

Possibly the best marine binoculars money can buy. Slightly lighter than the vastly more expensive Commanders, these Navigator pro binoculars have fabulous optics and a really clear and easy to read built in compass with compass light.

I was gifted a pair of these for Christmas several years ago and I am thankful everytime I’m on passage and readh for them . They are one of the best presents I ever received. Second only to the Sailing knife my dad gave me.

Buy it now from Amazon

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