With the holidays coming in hot, now is the time to finalise your Christmas shopping. We know some of you are super organised and have everything wrapped and gift-tagged already, but for those who aren’t so on top of things and thrive on last-minute pressure or just have a few last people to buy for, we have you covered.
Our Christmas gift guide for yacht crew is here to help inspire you when buying gifts for crew mates, guests, and loved ones back home. We included a bunch of options to accommodate a range of personalities and budgets. Hopefully, we can help reduce some of the stress of holiday gift-giving. Consider this a small gift from us to you.
Gifts for Crew Mates
For superyacht crew working through the holidays, Christmas day can feel just like any other day onboard, and for some, it can even feel a little lonely, being so far away from home and loved ones. Having presents to open on the day can add a little extra Christmas cheer and help boost the mood below deck. So, whether it’s a secret Santa amongst the whole crew or your gift-giving to a close friend onboard, we’ve got some gift ideas for the entire crew.
For Photography Nerds & Selfie Queens
The new Polaroid Now, and Upgraded Now+, are great point-and-shoot cameras that print instant photographs that can be kept and displayed on cabin walls to remind you of good times, loved ones, and happy moments. The Instax Mini Evo and Instax Mini LiPlay both take digital photos and can create instant digital prints. They even print photos directly from your phone’s photo library. Think a camera’s unnecessary? The HP Sprocket is a mini printer that prints credit card-sized photos directly from your phone, perfect for cabin walls, journals, and purses.
A personalised camera strap could make a perfect present for crew mates who take photography a little more seriously. Etsy literally has hundreds of options, from hand-made embossed leather straps to brightly coloured macramé straps. They have straps to suit a range of tastes and personalities. Do they need somewhere to store their equipment? Not On The High Street has a range of camera bags in varying designs, colours, and materials that can be personalised with messages, names and initials.
Cabin Must Haves
We know that sleep patterns can easily be disrupted on superyachts, with cabin mates on varying shifts and some not having the luxury of natural light to awaken them when sharing cabins without portholes. Bring a little light into someone’s life by giving them a Lumie. A Lumie wake-up light provides the gift of sunlight. A gradual brightening light gradually rouses you from sleep, so you feel naturally more awake and energised. There’s also a sunset setting that slowly dims and helps send you into a restful sleep.
The perfect gift for any cabin mate is Loop Earplugs. These earplugs help filter out background noise while still allowing users to stay present. There’s no danger of not hearing alarms or wake-up calls, but they will help to lower annoying background noises such as engine sounds and noisy cabin mates.
Keep the cabin neat and tidy with a wireless charging pad like the Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 Fast Wireless Charger or the Samsung Wireless Trio Charging Pad. These rid the need for multiple messy wires and allow you to charge all your devices in one neat place. For the gift of power on the go, an Anker PowerCore III Wireless Power Bank will keep even a sneaky gamer powered up all day long.
Wireless headphones are undoubtedly the best thing to happen since sliced bread, but their downfall lies in the fact that they’re not compatible with everything. The Airfly Pro Wireless Transmitter plugs into anything with an audio jack and allows you to connect via your Bluetooth headphones. Easily connect to your bunk TV, gaming devices, gym equipment, and even aeroplane entertainment. They can even pair two headphones at once, allowing you to share audio with a friend.
A thermal cup or flask is the perfect accessory for any crewmate. We know there’s not always time to finish that perfect cup of coffee, and keeping a cold drink ice cold can seem impossible on a hot day. Thermal bottles and mugs can keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours, perfect for stashing inside a deck locker or keeping it next to your bunk.
We know there’s never enough space in cabins and bathrooms, so having all your toiletries, makeup, and bathroom products organised in one easy-to-grab compact case is really the only way to live. Give the gift of bathroom organisation to your favourite crewmate this season with a hanging cosmetic or toiletry case.
The North Face Base Camp Voyager Duffle 32L is the perfect backpack for friends who love to travel. With a drink holder, laptop sleeve, enough room to easily pack for a long weekend, and made from water-repellent material, it’s the dream travel companion. It’s also the perfect carry-on size, so there’s no need to book extra luggage.
Gifts for Superyacht Guests
Choosing the right gift for yacht owners or charter guests can be tricky. What do you buy people who seemingly have everything? Hartnack & Company handcraft bespoke portfolios, binders, and boxes which could be the perfect way to present photo books showcasing recent trips, the yacht build and launch, car collections, or anything they hold dear. They also offer personalised leather office goods, such as leather notebook holders, valet trays, and keepsake boxes.
Luxury pens like the Santos de Cartier Ballpoint Pen are useful, thoughtful, and stylish and can be personalised with engraved initials to add a personal touch.
For those with a large budget, a custom model of the yacht would be the perfect gift to any yacht owner. Companies like Model Ship Master in the US or Scale Modern Western in the UK produce intricate and high-quality models of superyachts, sailing yachts and other vessels that would look beautiful when displayed pride of place on any mantle, desk, or display shelf.
The FunAir Yacht Golf is another great option for gifting to golf-loving yacht owners. A fun addition to the yacht that they can enjoy time and time again, alone or with friends and family. It’s a hugely in-demand product right now due to its versatility and easy set-up. Tether your golf greens at varying distances from the yacht to challenge any skill level and let the fun begin. The EcoBioBalls are made from fish food and will degrade in the ocean, causing no harm to aquatic life and the whole kit packs away super small for easy storage.
Gift for Loved Ones Back Home
Buying for loved ones at home is always tricky when you’re not there to do the gift-giving. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to buy presents online and have them gift-wrapped and delivered in time for Christmas.
Festive hampers are a generous way to treat loved ones by taking off some of the festive cooking pressure. Treat them to a luxury breakfast with M&S’s Champagne Breakfast Crate, and let them indulge in cheese or a red wine and charcuterie board. For the day after, give the gift of relaxation with the Apothecary Time For You Gift Set, which contains candles, diffusers, fragrance oils and room sprays. Over on the Rituals site, every gift set bought online comes with free delivery, a complimentary gift of a mini Savage Garden Kitchen Set, and the option to add a personal message.
The Fortnum & Mason Christmas gift selection is always packed with a sleigh load of truly special gifts. They cover all basis with everything from extra special food hampers, advent calendars, crackers, games, greeting cards, puddings, and preserves. Only your nearest and dearest are worthy of their superior advent calendars that include extravagant countdowns featuring beauty goodies, food, spirits and liqueurs, tea, and chocolate. There’s even a musical gramophone advent calendar. Their range of nostalgic Christmas-themed jigsaw puzzles will keep any avid puzzler busy for weeks. Or entertain the entire family with their Escape From The Starline Express Game or Hygge Trivia Game. Lastly, spruce up any dinner table with their decorative Culinary Concepts Stag Wine Bucket.
Keep your loved ones at home cosy and warm this season with a gift of slippers. Treat them to a pair of fluffy Uggs. There’s a range of styles to suit everyone’s taste, so whether they’re a fashionista or somewhat more traditional, you’ll find an Ugg to match. For the adventure-loving men in your life, The North Face make some pretty cosy-looking slippers that will keep even the hardiest of adventurers toasty.
Staying on the keeping warm theme, an indulgent dressing gown should be on everyone’s Christmas list. Gift them a Brown of London gown if you want to make them feel like true royalty. They make luxury, high-quality dressing gowns, bathrobes and smoking jackets for both men and women. You can even have them monogrammed for that extra special touch and make them feel like true royalty.
If your loved one is not a fan of material objects or is someone who seemingly has everything, treat them to an experience instead. Red Letter Days have a whole host of experiences that can be redeemed and booked by the recipient for a date that suits them. There’s everything from spa days, sky diving experiences, hotel breaks, afternoon tea, driving experiences, theatre tickets, white water rafting, stadium tours, flying lessons, hot air ballooning… The list is endless.
We hope our gift guide has managed to inspire you this gift-giving season. We’d love to hear any more gift ideas you may have and how much your loved ones loved the gifts you gave them. Let us know by emailing us at [email protected] or connect with us on social media.