There’s plenty of opportunity for treating a cruising kid to a gift. It takes some thought and pre-planning, but it’s VERY possible. The main take-away here is to make sure to communicate with parents. Below are a few ideas that you might find helpful.
Most baby gear that you’ll find on the boat is more about necessity than fun. There are some things that are handy, but it’s mainly based on parental need, so check with them.
1st Tier Gifts: BIG ones and definitely need parent communication
Kayaks (rigid or inflatable)
Paddleboards (rigid or inflatable)
Instruments (some are affected by salt water and humidity – careful!)
2nd Tier Gifts
QUALITY snorkel gear (mask, snorkel, fins)
Arts & Crafts
-markers, pencils, crayons, paints
Cameras & GoPros (waterproof!)
-the GoPro dome
Climbing harness/swing for swinging through the rigging
Inflatable toys to tow behind the dinghy
-Try to avoid large board games. The boards are very awkward to store. Games that can be stored in a
Sand toys – only a few, not a bucket of them
Wall decals/stickers – needs to be removable but these are great!
Books, or a paid subscription to books
Candies and chocolate
Personal waterproof VHF for when kids go ashore
Fishing setup – make sure to relate it to the cruising area
Resource books on fish or sealife or on area culture
EXPERIENCES – MOST IMPORTANT
Camps on land
Online music class
Excursions – jet skiing, horseback riding, park tickets, city passes
**Ask parents about what’s available in the area. They can ask the locals or other cruisers.
**Remember we don’t have cars – so some taxi $$ would be nice 😉
Don’t forget about shipping details; cost and location are both logistics that need to be taken into account.
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