The end of the calendar year always combines a heady mixture of looking back and looking ahead, wrapped in a here-today frenzy of paper, bows, and "What should I get for...?" Today we're taking a look back at some of the highlights for the past year.

Santa Claus boat

Santa Claus comes by boat in many waterfront communities. See how to order this charmer at the end of this post.

Personal Items

"Waterproof" and "keeping things dry" are always important on the water. Here are two items that fall into that category:

And every boat needs a pair of binoculars. Lenny Rudow compares several in The Best Binoculars on Boats: Alpen vs. Bushnell vs. Canon vs. Fujinon vs. Nikon

Fishing neccessories

With an avid fisherman on staff, we've covered a lot of ground in the past year. Here's one of Lenny's many ideas: World’s Best Fishing Rod?

Find more fishing related gift ideas

For the dog lover


Who doesn't like boat-related toys? Here are a few to consider:


For a more personal gift, consider a photo of your favorite boat as a present for its owner. To help make it one worthy of framing, read
7 Tips for Taking Great Boat Photos

Enjoying Time with Family

After all, isn't that what the holidays are really about? Here are a couple of suggestions for ways to spend time together:

Enjoy your shopping, and let us know your favorite gift ideas. And to order the boating Santa pictured above, visit Amazon.

Written by: Carol Cronin
Carol Cronin has published several novels about the Olympics, sailing, hurricanes, time travel, and old schooners. She spends as much time on the water as possible, in a variety of boats, though most have sails.