Are you looking for the perfect present to give the cruise-lover in your life? With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we’d put together this handy guide of cruise-related gifts. What’s more, most of the items that feature on our list are from small, independent businesses so you can buy cruise-related Christmas gifts while shopping local.
Cruise-related card games
Cruise-related card games are the perfect gift for cruise lovers whether they play on board during sea days or at home when missing life on the big blue ocean. Top Trumps: World Famous Ships is an entertaining and educational card game that can be played anytime, anywhere and with up to 6 participants. What’s more, fellow passengers and cruise fanatics can be wowed with newfound knowledge.
Cruise ship colouring book
The world went wild for adult colouring books in 2015 (with over 12 million books sold in the year alone) and popularity is yet to waiver. Adult colouring books are fantastic for mindfulness, relaxation and taking a break from reality. What better present to give to a cruise-loving recipient alongside the perfect pack of pens or pencils? The P&O Cruises and Cunard Colouring Books celebrate the history of each cruise line and have intricate images of ships past and present to colour in.
Whether the recipient is new to cruise or a seasoned veteran, they need a cruise planner. Cathy from the cruise blog portExplore has published several super handy cruise planners. Our favourite is The Cruise Addicts Planner, a brilliant tool for any cruiser, this edition makes it easy to plan and prepare for an enjoyable, memorable and relaxing cruise without forgetting a thing. What’s more, the journal section is great for keeping a record of all cruise experiences.
Cruise ship model kit
Cruise ship model kits are a fantastic way for cruise lovers to bring their favourite cruise ships into their homes (on a much smaller scale, of course!) Both the old (think Titanic) and the new (Odyssey of the Seas) can be found in miniature form and provide a fun few hours of entertainment during assembly.
Cruise ship print/poster
Another great way to bring cruising into the home, cruise ship prints and posters add a pop of passion to any wall. We love this vintage-style poster of a cruise ship in Barcelona and this magnificent mounted print of Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria in Devon.
Nautical-themed tote bag
A tote bag is a very handy accessory for any cruise-goer. Fantastic for days at sea or adventures at shore, a nautical-themed tote bag can be filled to the brim with handy items to keep one occupied (a cruise ship colouring book, for example), entertained (with cruise ship card games) and safe (with a personalised water bottle). Etsy has lots of unique cruise tote bags in all shapes and sizes. We especially love this Let The Adventure Begin canvas bag and this Blame It On The Drinks Package tote.
Cruise-themed eye mask
Another handy item to use while at home or away, a nautical eye mask will aid sleep and leave the recipient feeling refreshed. This padded anchor print eye mask is made from natural cotton and is a lovely stocking filler. As the product description states, “block out the world and dream about beach life with this sleep mask!”
Cruise-themed face mask
Face masks have become a part of everyday life for us over the last year or so. Many cruise lines vary in their approach to face masks, but the majority do require face coverings to be worn while in public areas. These cruise-themed masks will keep one safe while adding a bit of fun.
The anchor is viewed as a symbol of safety and hope. This delicate silver anchor necklace is handmade and features a sweet anchor charm, making it a lovely, personal gift for the cruise-lover in your life.
Cruise ship jigsaw puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles exercise the left and right sides of the brain at the same time, reinforcing connections between brain cells, improving mental speed and improving short term memory. They’re also a fantastic way to pass the time during sea days or evenings at home. This cruise ship puzzle celebrates Queen Mary 2 but can be personalised with your very own cruise ship image.
Cruise ship key chain
This cruise ship key chain will ensure the cruise-lover in your life will never lose their keys. The silver keyring features a cruise ship, ship wheel and anchor (there’s that sign of safety and hope again) as well as an initial charm that can be personalised.
Every cruise fanatic knows that a lanyard is invaluable for keeping key cards safe while on board. A key card is used for a number of things but most notably accessing your cabin and as proof of ID. Etsy has a vast amount of cruise lanyards from independent retailers, so whether the cruise lover in your life adores Royal Caribbean International or Disney Cruise Line, there’s a lanyard to suit.
Yes, passport holders are practical but they don’t have to be boring! This handmade leather passport holder features an embossed world map and gold monogram personalisation. It’s the perfect present for the world traveller in your life.
Personalised luggage tags
Ensure the cruise lover in your life never loses their luggage with a personalised luggage tag. Not On The High Street has a fantastic range of stylish luggage tags, from luxury Italian leather luggage tags to personalised wooden luggage tags. You could even go one step further and buy them a holdall.
Travel money box
A fantastic way for the recipient to save some pennies before sailing off on their next cruise, this hand-crafted ceramic cruise fund money box is both practical and pretty.
Personalised water bottle
A reusable personalised water bottle is an essential item to take on a cruise as it banishes single-use plastics and ensures the recipient stays hydrated during their cruise. These stainless steel water bottles keep drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours and can be uniquely personalised with names, dates and locations - lovely!
Scratch off travel map
Scratch off travel maps are a really lovely way to showcase and document travel memories and places travelled. This Scratch the World map can be personalised to make your present even more unique.
Selfie sticks have been incredibly popular since 2014. They are an excellent travel companion for groups of any size, enabling people to snap away and make memories last forever. Why not pair the gift of a selfie stick with a personalised photo album? That way, images won’t be stuck on a phone forevermore.
If you were to ask any cruise regular which item they always make sure to pack, the chances are they’ll say towel clips. Towel clips are invaluable when relaxing by the pool (especially during a day at sea). These flip flop towel clips from Matalan are super cute and, of course, very practical.
Cruise t-shirts are a lovely way to demonstrate your love for cruising through fashion. They’re also great at keeping the family together and making sure no one gets lost along the way. These customisable t-shirts come in a range of colours and can be personalised to your needs.
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