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Holiday Gift Guide: Top 10 Chic Sailing Gifts

Holiday Gift Guide: Top 10 Chic Sailing Gifts

Looking for the perfect gift for your stylish sailor? We’ve got you covered.

holiday gift guide: avel and men backpack

Avel & Men crafts a sophisticated nautical backpack that is a great way to carry your passion for sailing with you. Photo: Avel & Men.

Passionate about sailing and design, French sailor Xavier Broise founded Avel & Men with his sister Agnes for urbane sailors. The brand, which means “wind and rock” succeeds in creating luxurious and sophisticated leather and carbon fiber gifts we love, particularly the Backpack. Crafted of supple yet sturdy leather, it was the thoughtful nautical details that really won us over.

holiday gift guide: avel & men backpack

Avel & Men’s Backpack features creative nautical details: a Dyneema handle, carbon fiber branding and a pressure map lining. Photo: Avel & Men.

They so beautifully capture the sailing lifestyle with a handle made of high tech sailing rope Dyneema, a stylish carbon fiber plate and an exclusive nautical pressure map lining. This wonderful boutique company is less than a year old, so a great opportunity to #shopsmall. The backpacks are made and shipped from France, so make sure to order by December 8 for Christmas delivery.

 

holiday gift guide: louis vuitton america's cup

We’re in love with the Louis Vuitton Victory Boat Stole, which was created to celebrate the 35th America’s Cup. Photo: Louis Vuitton.

America’s Cup 35 is just around the corner and what better gift for a fan than something from the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Collection? There are so many wonderful things, but we’re particularly fond of the Victory Boat Stole celebrating the yachts that won the oldest trophy in international sport.

holiday gift guide: louis vuitton america's cup

The Victory Boat Stole features designs of past America’s Cup winning yachts. Swoon. Photo: Louis Vuitton.

Printed with technical drawings of yachts winning previous editions and made from a blend of cotton and linen, it’s perfect for this summer, either at the yacht club or on site at the America’s Cup in Bermuda. The line features many collectable and fun items; you’ll want to check them all out.

holiday gift guide: north sails lynn jacket

North Sail’s Lynn Jacket is nautical sportswear with an edge. Photo: North Sails.

Long recognized for innovative sail making, North Sails is doing the same for urban wear now. With former executives from Gucci and the hot Scotch & Soda brand helming the apparel division, the result is nautical sportswear with an edge.

 

holiday gift guide: helm jacket

North Sails Helm Jacket would look equally at home on a Paris runway. How fabulous would your sailor guy look in this? Photo: North Sails.

We love the detailing on the stylish Lynn Jacket and Helm Jacket. A passion for life on and around the water has merged with high fashion aesthetic for a versatile, fun line with a just a touch of whimsy. Traditionalists fear not, there is still plenty of preppy pieces, but it’s exciting to see North Sails producing such imaginative designs.

hermes-chaine-d-ancre-necklace

Beautiful and iconic, Hermes timeless Chaine d’Ancre necklace never fails to inspire. Photo: Sail Couture.

 

Beautiful and elegant in it’s simplicity one of our favorite pieces of jewelry, the Hermes Chaine d’Ancre (anchor chain) necklace. Amazingly versatile, it’s as perfect worn over a simple t-shirt as with a dressy gown.

holiday gift guide: marine cufflinks

The anchor chain also inspired the Hermes Marine Cufflinks. Photo: Hermes.

Our founder loves the design so much she has both the necklace and the bracelet. It’s available in different weights and silver or gold. The 1930s classic is sure to charm your sailor girl. Hermes also features the iconic design in many men’s pieces, the cufflinks are a particular favorite.

 

holiday gift guide: avel & men key fob

Avel & Men’s Keyholder features a branded carbon fiber plate. Photo: Avel & Men.

holiday gift guide: avel & men personalized key fob

The leather side of the Avel & Men key fob can be personalized with boat number, name, monogram and more. Photo: Avel & Men.

Searching for something techie, chic and personalized? Look no further than Avel & Men’s Keyholder. Their signature carbon fiber plate covers the top of the fob and the bottom is leather which is customizable with boat name, number or monogram – making a most unique and thoughtful gift. Each one is handcrafted in France, so make sure to order by December 8th for Christmas delivery.

holiday gift guide: tiffany anchor bracelet

The Tifanny anchor charm and bracelet. Who doesn’t enjoy opening one of those blue boxes? Photo: Tiffany & Co.

 

Ah, who doesn’t enjoy opening gifts in that iconic blue box… A casual, sporty bracelet option from Tiffany & Co. is their sterling silver Anchor Charm and Bracelet. The bracelet and charm can be worn alone or stacked with other bracelets for a more dramatic look. We love the twisted anchor charm catches the light as it suspends from the bracelet.

holiday gift guide: jo malone

Jo Maone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt is the gift of the beach in the winter. Photo: Jo Malone.

Is someone longing for those long, lazy summer sailing days? Give the gift of a warm sea salt breeze with Jo Malone’s Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne. This wonderfully subtle beachy unisex scent conjures waves breaking on a windswept shore with the earthiness of sage and fresh, mineral notes of sea salt. It’s bottled joy and our favorite new fragrance.

holiday gift guide: veuve clicquot

Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame is a perfect gift on many levels. Photo: Veuve Clicquot.

Champagne is always a welcome gift and one that never disappoints is Veuve Clicquot’s legendary La Grand Dame. Luxurious, festive and fun, La Grande Dame features an exclusive blend of eight historical Grand Crus. It is a most elegant and complex champagne with a perfect symphony of flavors, toasted peach and fig mingling with chalk and cedar. All this delivered in a beautiful bottle featuring the house’s iconic anchor logo.

holiday gift guide: assouline

In the Spirit of St. Barths makes a great gift, upgrade with a pair of tickets there for an even bigger smile. Photo: Sail Couture.

Luxury lifestyle publisher Assouline has perfected the art of the coffee table book. They so perfectly capture the essence of each subject and they have a topic for everyone on your list. A few favorites are the best selling In The Spirit of St. Barths, Chic Stays, The Italian Dream: Wine, Heritage, Soul and the exquisite Bekon of Cowes: The Art of Sailing. For the ultimate gift, present the book first, followed by a pair of tickets to experience the subject firsthand!

holiday gift guide: rolex

And, if your sailor has been very, very good this year, a Rolex of course. The Rolex Submariner’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 1,000 feet, provides optimal protection from water, dust, pressure and shocks – ideal for an active sailor.

holiday gift guide: rolex

Not only do we love the design and quality of Rolex timepieces, but we also appreciate how they support the sport of sailing. It’s always such a pleasure to see see these watches timepieces awarded at prize giving ceremonies at the worlds finest regattas.


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