Top 10 Gift Ideas for 2017

If you’re looking for gifts for that stingy sailor on your gift list or even if you ARE that stingy sailor and you need some hint-dropping ideas, let me help you out. Following are my top 10 gift ideas this year.

I’ve even made shopping easy for you by linking to each item at where you can order the item and get it shipped right to your door – no driving, no parking, no out of stock problems, no waiting in checkout lines, no hassle. And by shopping with these links, you’ll help to keep this blog free for everyone to enjoy. That’s because I’ll receive a small commission from Amazon when you buy something. It won’t cost you any extra and it helps me to cover the cost of running and improving this website. You wind up giving two gifts for the price of one!

Here they are, the $tingy Sailor recommended gifts for 2017. Click any picture for details or to place your order.

Anchor Bracelet

Here’s an inexpensive gift for that special lady on your crew whether she’s the first mate or the admiral. Made of 3mm nylon cord with a slip knot that easily adjusts to any size, this Silver Nautical Anchor Nylon Rope Bracelet comes in 12 colors, one of which she’s sure to love. It even comes in a gift box.

Silver Nautical Anchor Nylon Rope Bracelet comes in 12 colors

Winch Wench Drink Holder

The Winch Wench is an ingenious beverage holder that fits in any sailboat winch socket. This is the new, improved version made in the USA of UV-resistant ABS instead of PVC and it comes in a printed gift box.

The Winch Wench is not just for bottles and cans, but can also be used to hold other items such as small tools or rigging tape, your favorite bottle opener or small snacks. It’s very portable and easy to store; just lift it out of your winch and stow it away. With one-piece construction and no moving parts to break, this cup holder is sure to give you years of use.

The Winch Wench is designed to fit a standard size insulated coozie (not included). Note that, if your winches are mounted at an angle and not vertical, this will not hold your drink vertical. A full drink container may spill, so drink some first before use.

Winch Wench drink holder. Winch not included.

How to Tie Knots Coffee Mug

Brush up on your knot tying skills while enjoying your favorite hot beverage with the How to Tie Knots mug. It holds 10 oz., is dishwasher and microwave safe, has a cleat for a handle, and comes with a length of rope. The included step-by-step instructions will help you to learn eight classic knots. Why not buy two, one for home and one for the boat!

How to Tie Knots mug. Beverage not included.

Dog Life Vest

Here’s a gift for your four-legged crew member that keeps them safe swimming anywhere. It could also save their life if they accidentally fall overboard. The NACOCO Pet Life Preserver is available in attention-getting orange or green waterproof nylon, polyester, and pearl cotton material that’s comfortable for even the most active pet. 

The built-in handle on the back makes retrieval easy if your pet gets in danger. The wrap-around construction provides a secure fit without causing sore spots from rubbing. Comes in four sizes for chests from 14″ to 38″.

NACOCO Pet Life Preserver. Dog not included.

Teak Binocular Rack

The Whitecap Teak Binocular Rack is made from the finest solid, kiln dried, fully-aged teak lumber certified by the Government of Thailand as harvested from managed forests. It’s crafted in the same factory that has been supplying the North American marine industry for over 40 years. Assembled with high-quality, waterproof adhesive, all screws are countersunk and plugged. Each item is sanded and finished by hand to a rich elegant luster. 

Whitecap Teak Binocular Rack. Binoculars not included.

Catalina 22 Replacement Sails by Rolly Tasker

If you want to give your C-22 captain a very special gift, you can’t go wrong with a new Rolly Tasker mainsail or headsail. These are the same brand sails that I have on Summer Dance and reviewed in Product Review: Rolly Tasker Sails.

Each sail includes these standard features:

  • 5 oz U.S. made Dacron with heavily reinforced corners
  • Wichard-type hanks on the luff for easy, one-handed installation on the headstay
  • Leech line
  • Tell-tales
  • Nylon sail bag
  • Meets Catalina 22 class specifications
  • 2 year warranty

Most popular configurations are available and in stock:

Sail shown darker than actual for illustration purposes only. Your sail will be brilliant white, new sailcloth.

Stingy Sailor T-Shirt

Catalina sailors – like other sailors only cooler. Just one of ten designs available for men and women in various sizes, colors, and garments. Sunglasses optional.

Nothing says you’re a stingy sailor quite like authentic StingyWear. Designed by yours truly and made in the USA by TeeSpring, these are premium short sleeve, long sleeve, and tank tees in your choice of sizes S to 5XL. They’re available in ten different designs, not just the one shown above.

These shirts are printed in batches when enough orders are placed to run the presses. In between runs, you can reserve yours in the next batch. Just click the picture above to go to my Teespring storefront to place your order and for complete details. Get one for yourself, a family member, or a stingy friend who helped you finish that DIY project.

Windscoop Ventilation Sail

The Windscoop Ventilating Sail puts an end to hot, stuffy cabins and sleepless nights. It’s aerodynamically designed to force the slightest breeze down into your cabin to keep you cool and comfortable. All seams are double-stitched. Two battens are sewn into place. The versatile Windscoop can be hung from a halyard, boom, or a roller furling sheet. It fits any hatch or companion-way up to 4 feet (120 cm) wide. No hardware installation is required and it works with most screens. Since the Windscoop has no tie-downs, once you put it up, it will follow the wind direction.

Windscoop Ventilating Sail. Wind required.

Classic Sailing Mystic Seaport Wall Calendar 2018

I really like the vintage black-and-white photographs of yachts from early in the last century. The photography is great but the graceful shapes of the enormous sails back then are stunning. You can start your own collection of classic prints with this high quality, Classic Sailing 2018 calendar. The images, selected from the Rosenfeld Collection at Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea, are accompanied by captions that identify each featured vessel by name, date, location, builder, and the event pictured. Inspiring quotations complement each full-page photograph.

Classic Sailing 2018 calendar

Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual

If you could give only one of Don Casey’s books as a gift, this should be it. Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual combines six core volumes into a single, utterly dependable resource that answers every frequent question, explains every major system, and helps you keep your boat and its components shipshape.

More than 2,500 clear and detailed illustrations guide you step by step through every procedure. Casey’s technical virtuosity, his user-friendly explanations, and Peter Compton’s diesel engine expertise make even the more complicated repairs and improvements easy to understand. This must-have guide saves you time, money, and grief as you learn the fastest, easiest, most effective ways to:

  • Evaluate the condition of your boat or one you’re about to purchase
  • Repair structural damage to your fiberglass sailboat
  • Improve or repair your sailboat’s electrical system
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair your boat’s diesel engine
  • Put a professional-looking finish on your boat’s hull, deck, spars, wood, and trim
  • Make and repair sails, sail covers, dodgers, awnings, sailbags, and bimini tops
Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Scott Weston says:

    Great list Ken. I’ll be looking into a couple of these items. Stay warm. Scott

  2. Kevin Patton says:

    Thanks Ken, several items are now linked from here to my Amazon Christmas list.

  3. Halfpint says:

    I love your list but could really use some new ideas for a stingy sailor in my life who seems to have everything or will make it himself if he has to 😉 Any chance you’ll be putting out a new list soon?

    1. Hello, HalfPint

      I revise the gift list every year before Christmas when most folks are shopping. It sounds like your stingy sailor has most of the material things that he could want. What he probably appreciates more now is time and experiences with the most important people in his life, his family. Try to think outside of the box for something fun that the two of you could do together, no matter how zany. It doesn’t even have to be about sailing. Love expressed through shared experience is the best gift of all. Its something every stingy sailor cherishes and will keep forever 🙂

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