When you have a boater on your gift list, you have a lot of options. Boating can be gear-intensive, so you can't go wrong whether you buy general boating equipment or fishing-specific accessories. Check out some popular goodies your Lund boater will love.
Even if your angler already has a knife aboard, they can always use another addition to their collection. Look for a filet knife with a flexible blade and a non-slip handle, and you’re bound to get it right. A serrated edge on one side is always helpful. There are many brands and sizes of fishing knives to choose from, and they generally come with a self-draining sheath.
Portable or handheld fishing scales are great for checking to see if your catch is legal and how much your angler can bring back home. These scales are pocket-sized, usually have a powered electric display, and often feature a stainless steel hook, data lock, and weight conversion unit. Most units top out at 50-100 pounds and retail for under $25.
Protect your boater’s eyes with polarized eyewear. Sunglasses have a way of going overboard or getting crushed on a seat or deck, so you can never have too many. Look for models with UVA and UVB protection, a lightweight frame, and a protective case for when the fishing is done.
A fishing backpack is a great way for your angler to grab their gear and go—all while staying organized. Most bags have multiple pockets for knives, flashlights, pliers, sunglasses, and more. Some can store four or more small plastic tackle boxes with lures and hooks, and they even have a built-in light, which is great for night fishing.
Vacuum food sealer
Boater gifts aren’t just for use on the boat. When the catch is good, your boater will want to preserve it and pack the freezer back home. A vacuum food sealer will keep processed pieces fresh and protected from freezer burn.
If your boater has been very, very good, a splurge on a trolling motor may be an option. Trolling motors are quite sophisticated these days, some with integrated sonar and GPS units, and there are many brands from which to choose. If your boater has been dropping hints, listen closely to choose an appropriate model or give them a gift certificate to let them choose.
If your boater loves their Lund boat, maybe some apparel would be a good choice. Check out the gear section of the Lund website and select from T-shirts, hoodies, rash guards, caps, and PFDs. You can even opt for branded cushions, soft coolers, drinkware, or a buff (a neck gaiter that provides sun protection).
On-water assistance and towing are available for a boat the same way they’re available for a car. Sign up for an assistance and towing membership with BoatUS or Sea Tow and never be stranded again. These programs offer various levels of membership, so whether you need extra fuel, a jump start, or a tow back to the ramp, you’ll feel secure knowing you’re covered.
There are hundreds of gifts for boaters from stocking stuffers to serious accessories. Even if you shy away from highly personalized gear like rods and reels, there are all sorts of boater gifts that will deliver a thrill this holiday season.