7 Gifts Under $100 for Boaters
You don’t have to spend big to put a wide smile on the face of a boater. Plenty of options are out there in the $100-or-less price range for gifts that most boaters will love. Here’s a look at seven gifts under $100 for the boaters in your life.
- Oversized tote bag
- Lunch box
- Release flags
- Waterproof Bluetooth speaker
- Spotlight lantern
- Dry bag
- Underwater camera
1. Oversized tote bag
Getting stuff to and from the boat is a constant need, and one of the best ways to do it is in an oversized tote bag. These bags can hold a lot of items, but they’re also easy to fold up and stow in a small space—making them perfect for use on a boat.
Lands’ End makes a wide selection of tote bags in various sizes and styles that cost less than $100. Some even have pockets and zip tops.
2. Lunch box
Everybody likes fresh food, but not everybody has a big cooler onboard. If that’s you, a Yeti lunch box can be a great gift at less than $100. This lunch box is insulated, keeping hot food hot, and cold food cold, and it’s water-resistant to withstand any splash or spray that makes its way on board. This lunch box is also tough enough to be hosed down for cleaning along with the rest of the boat’s gear.
3. Release flags
Got someone in your life who loves to fish? Then check out these release flags from Guy Harvey. They’re well under $100 apiece, and they let the boater show off whatever species of fish got caught on the boat that day.
Flying the flags upside down indicates that the fish was caught and released. Guy Harvey makes these flags for blue marlin, dorado, sailfish, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, roosterfish, and several other popular species.
Pro tip: Boatsetter fishing is the go-to platform for anglers to rent everything from bass boats or pontoons to fish freshwater to center consoles or skiffs to fish saltwater from inshore to offshore. Follow BSF on social media—tag #BSCatchoftheWeek for a chance to be featured!
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4. Waterproof Bluetooth speaker
Many boaters like to take their tunes with them, and a waterproof Bluetooth speaker is one of the easiest ways to make the music happen anywhere. SoundGuys keeps a running list of the best Bluetooth speakers for less than $100 from reputable brands such as Bose and JBL.
The site lists characteristics such as the speaker’s IP rating, which tells you just how water-resistant it is. Also, compare and contrast battery life to get a long-lasting device.
5. Spotlight lantern
Boaters who are out at night know you can never have enough ways to light up the water and see what’s in front of the boat (or behind it, or off to the side…). West Marine sells a 700-lumen spotlight lantern for less than $100. This light is rechargeable, water-resistant, and has a high-low function for different levels of light. It also has hooks on it so the boater in your life can hang it pretty much anywhere.
6. Dry bag
A dependable, well-made dry bag—one that can be trusted to keep the items inside fully dry—is a great gift for any boater. Mustang Survival offers dry bags in several sizes for less than $100. If you go with the smaller sizes, you can get two for less than $100.
The biggest dry bag in this price range has a 35-liter capacity. These are roll-top bags made with welded construction methods and reinforced taped seams to prevent leaking.
7. Underwater camera
Yes, finding a good underwater camera for less than $100 is possible. B&H sells a couple of models from Minolta in that price range (and in some really fun colors). For example, the Minolta MN30WP which shoots 21-megapixel still images.
These cameras can take a dunking down to at least 10 feet below the water’s surface, making them great for a boat day.
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Kim Kavin has been on boats in more than 50 countries and islands, including in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, South Pacific, Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. She grew up learning to steer a ski boat and Hobie Holder at her grandfather’s lake house in New Jersey, and went on to spend time aboard everything from America’s Cup racing sailboats to submarines.
Kim is a PADI-certified scuba diver and animal lover who always enjoys a good, long look around a coral reef. Her award-winning writing and editing regularly appears in national marine magazines and on leading websites. In her early years, she was a Dow Jones editing intern and a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. When she’s not writing, Kim can usually be found hiking northwest New Jersey’s beautiful park trails with her adopted shelter mutt, Ginger.