My husband has one of those BIG birthdays coming up…40! Yep! I’m really excited to celebrate with him, but he is so chill and low-key about it. He really doesn’t want a big party bash or any sort of spectacle. And! He is really hard to shop for, other than maybe tools. But after so many holidays of tools, I need to move on to something else also useful, but fun. I’ve been keeping a running list going of different ideas for the year of 40.
But, in all, I came up with gifts which would be super fun for him as a sailor and overall outdoor enthusiast. With our big trip in mind, I tried to pick things which would be fun and useful now, as well as while cruising aboard.
*Note, these gifts are not necessarily masculine! But, I did make the list with my husband in mind as his birthday is coming up.
Gifts for the Outdoor Lover
Leatherman Tread Bracelet
A friend of ours was wearing this last month, and I was so enamored by it. It looked so cool on his wrist, and it is just so clever!
If you don’t think your guy is up for the awesome Tread bracelet, a good quality multitool goes a long way, and is useful for just about every outdoor activity.
I have a Garmin multi-sport watch which I love. Less specific to triathlon, and just more in line with being outdoors. It has a heart rate monitor, GPS, and a multitude of trackers depending on what activity he’s doing.
Okay, okay, so I just showed him this watch, and he is so in love with this idea for a watch, more so than the Vivoactive watch. I think he might just like sailing…
Jeremy had a pair of Gill sailing gloves from his sailing days at the Naval Academy…they lasted quite a few years, much longer than my off-brand pair I bought when we lived aboard.
Okay, so I don’t think Jeremy has ever owned a flask, but I can definitely see it coming in handy while traveling! I think he would like this map one.
Travel MugContigo SnapSeal Byron Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug, 20oz, Monaco
Again, this is one of our favorite travel mugs. It keeps his coffee hot for a ridiculously long time. Great for on the boat, camping, or just out and about.
Okay, so this isn’t necessarily an ‘outdoor’ gift, but for my coffee drinking hubby, he would love this.
Biking, hiking, running, hydration is key!
Keeping things dry when you’re on the water is important! We use ours when we sail, as well as kayaking or just a day at the beach.
Yeah, so we live in upstate New York, in an older home with wood floors. Slippers are a must. I love these. They have outdoor soles on them. Maybe not so outdoorsy, but durable and necessary in winter!
Quick Drying Underwear
We both have ExOfficio quick drying underwear. They are comfortable and for camping or sailing, they wash up and dry fast!
So he has a pair of these Trifosi sunglasses, and he loves them. Wears them for cycling, running, and sailing. Different lenses can be bought and interchanged.
At the campsite, on the boat, at the park or a bbq, I think the hammock will be a favorite.
So while bean bag toss, or corn hole, isn’t exactly ‘action and adventure,’ it is played outdoors, and is surprisingly a lot of fun for the family, or a group of friends. And look how portable this is! It would pack up easy for a road trip or camping trip.
Now, I have 3 people in my household who would LOVE to have a drone, all for different reasons. This one is NOT a child’s toy, obviously. But there’s no denying they are super cool.
Books for the Sailor and Outdoor Enthusiast
World Cruising Destinations by Jimmy Cornell
I think any of Jimmy Cornell books would be amazing, there is quite a list to choose from!
Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
Standard “must read” for dreaming of sailing the world.
The Sextant by David Barrie
I just finished this, it was a really interesting read!
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
NOT sailing. Scaling Mt. Everest!
Taleisin’s Tales by Lin and Larry Pardey
Lin and Larry Pardey are another must read for sailors. But even if sailing the world isn’t your gig, or his, they have great adventures!
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
This is a inspiring, historical read on Shackleton and his crew surviving against all odds in the most remote and dangerous place on Earth.
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