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Old 08-12-2011, 02:06   #1
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Christmas Pressies for the Sailor Who Has Everything

I love HWMO, but he is very difficult to buy presents for. He has everything he needs, for which we are truly thankful.

But it gets annoying... if I buy him clothes he won't wear them (I think just cos I chose them) even though all the one he has are a disgrace!

He says his ideal present would be nothing - but hard as I try I just can't do it... it's a selfish thing, but I love and need the spirit of giving thoughtfully. So, what could he want that is cheap, thoughtful and useful?

Hint: His favourite hobby is sailing. Don't know if that'll be much help?
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How about a set of splicing fids? Or big panels of sail repair tape? Turtle Mats for the bottom of the companion way, or a Camping Toaster? If you're looking for something more local, The Sultan Center has some quality Inverters in stock at the moment and Ikea has some decent LED lights.

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How about a set of splicing fids? PT.
Got a dozen left from when we had the shop
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Or big panels of sail repair tape? PT.
Got - but good idea, you can't have too much!
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Turtle Mats for the bottom of the companion way, PT.
What are they? We have rug rats....
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or a Camping Toaster? PT.
Brilliant idea. I'll get one for me, otherwise he'll say I only want it fr my marmite on toats anyway

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Re: Xmas Pressies For The Sailor Who Has Everything

It doesnt matter how experienced we are at the skills needed for sailing, skill fade is a problem. A set of the flip cards for lights, sound signals, and manoeuvres for IRPCS is a neat little present that can help a long watch go more quickly.

A good pair of binoculars with compass

a sextant and/or the appropriate tables for calculating position
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I love HWMO, but he is very difficult to buy presents for. He has everything he needs, for which we are truly thankful.

But it gets annoying... if I buy him clothes he won't wear them (I think just cos I chose them) even though all the one he has are a disgrace!

He says his ideal present would be nothing - but hard as I try I just can't do it... it's a selfish thing, but I love and need the spirit of giving thoughtfully. So, what could he want that is cheap, thoughtful and useful?

Hint: His favourite hobby is sailing. Don't know if that'll be much help?

Sounds like he is trying to tell you he does not need more "stuff". If you are living on a boat you definitely don't need more "stuff". If he does not already have one how about a Kindle e-reader:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: GIFTS FOR BOATERS: Amazon Kindle
Saves alot of space because he could load thousands of books in the space taken up by one paperback. If he already has one how about a lighted cover for it and/or an Amazon gift card so he could load it up with books HE wants.
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I love HWMO, but he is very difficult to buy presents for. He has everything he needs, for which we are truly thankful.

But it gets annoying... if I buy him clothes he won't wear them (I think just cos I chose them) even though all the one he has are a disgrace!

He says his ideal present would be nothing - but hard as I try I just can't do it... it's a selfish thing, but I love and need the spirit of giving thoughtfully. So, what could he want that is cheap, thoughtful and useful?

Hint: His favourite hobby is sailing. Don't know if that'll be much help?
A bigger boat. Never fails to please.
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I love HWMO, but he is very difficult to buy presents for. He has everything he needs, for which we are truly thankful.
OK, so he has everything he needs but does he have everything he wants. Even if he says he does, is it really true.
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He says his ideal present would be nothing - but hard as I try I just can't do it... it's a selfish thing, but I love and need the spirit of giving thoughtfully....
So do both - give him nothing - of material wealth - but give him something of yourself in a metaphysical sense. Of course I don't know what that could be but surely you know something about yourself that you could offer to give or change or whatever that would make him feel more complete than he knew possible.

Maybe a huge gift wrapped empty box containing nothing but an explanation that even though you find it difficult not to give a gift, you are willing to suffer your personal pain and anguish of not giving in order that he receives exactly what he wants.

But maybe some red and green socks (port & stbd) and white hankies will be easier and will suffice!
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A bigger boat. Never fails to please.
Done. Twice. But not for xmas. The first one was for Valentine's, ten years ago... we launched on Valentine's Day, and the new sails arrived night before tied with strips of red spinnacre fabric tied in pretty bows!!!!

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Maybe a huge gift wrapped empty box containing nothing but an explanation that even though you find it difficult not to give a gift, you are willing to suffer your personal pain and anguish of not giving in order that he receives exactly what he wants!
Done.

This is soooooo hard.

Oh, we had an iPAD2 so we could get ibooks, but my mother is 'looking after' it...
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I love HWMO, but he is very difficult to buy presents for. He has everything he needs, for which we are truly thankful.

But it gets annoying... if I buy him clothes he won't wear them (I think just cos I chose them) even though all the one he has are a disgrace!

He says his ideal present would be nothing - but hard as I try I just can't do it... it's a selfish thing, but I love and need the spirit of giving thoughtfully. So, what could he want that is cheap, thoughtful and useful?

Hint: His favourite hobby is sailing. Don't know if that'll be much help?
Ahhhh... HWMO sounds like a kindred spirit....
Men buy clothes for comfort (once past the peacock stage 12-40)...
thats why we don't like women buying our clothes...
anyone species who suffers high heels and the resulting ugly deformities, corsets and other tight fitting body shaping wear that restricts breathing, walking, functioning.... we don't like your taste...
on us......
I don't like 'Everyone else is so I'd better' presents anyway...
I'd much rather a spontaneous impulse gift outa the blue... rather than a 'They bought me W's worth pressie so I'd better go for X...' spirit that Christmas's and B'days inspire... the two nightmare front runners of the year...
closely followed by Easter when we happily encourage kids to be pigs....
And before we start with the 'Bah.. Humbug... Scrooge...' stuff.... remember one thing... Your teaching your kids that lying is a GOOD THING... and a Religious Right as well... and Greed is to be encouraged...
So stop whining about whats happening to the world.. you made it...
Rant Over....

Every man loves a really nice knife....
get one of your Arab friends to take you down the bazaar and find him a beautiful yet functional blade he can use....

Oh... also I was raised in a Muslim country... explains a lot...
much more practical...
gifts... more often than not is CASH.....
folk give what they wish and YOU buy what YOU WANT.... not someone else...
The greatest Gift in the World.. Freedom of Choice..
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Ohhh whadda gift!

Does he like to read? How about an e-reader, or an IPad he can put nautical apps on?
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I just got a Kindle Fire and recommend it. Great for the boat. Download books, TV shows, and Movies and watch them later. It is an item that creates LESS stuff. I know there are other ways to get content, but that little Kindle Fire is pretty sweet and cost $200.
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My daughter asked if there is anything I want for Xmas or should she wing it.
I sent her in the direction of a Magma pot set that are on sale.
A knife in a shealth with a marlin spike is a nice inexpensive gift and something of a personal nature.
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Go to Defender Marines online catlogue im sure you may see something to give you ideas
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Flashlights. You can never have too many flashlights (that's torch to you Brits). I really like the waterproof diving lights for the boat. UK mini Q40 LED is a nice pocket size.

I have read about some expensive, ultra bright lights, halogen and LED that also look very cool.

But do I recall that you guys were in the diving business? So maybe you already have plenty of dive lights laying about. In that case, never mind.
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A custom-printed coffee mug with a great pic of your boat might be nice to have.
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I love HWMO, but he is very difficult to buy presents for. He has everything he needs, for which we are truly thankful.

But it gets annoying... if I buy him clothes he won't wear them (I think just cos I chose them) even though all the one he has are a disgrace!

He says his ideal present would be nothing - but hard as I try I just can't do it... it's a selfish thing, but I love and need the spirit of giving thoughtfully. So, what could he want that is cheap, thoughtful and useful?

Hint: His favourite hobby is sailing. Don't know if that'll be much help?
I have everything I need and I surely don't need more "Stuff". In fact, I still have gift Polo Shirts and other "Stuff" still in their gift boxes from years past of Birthday, Christmas et al presents that this year are going to others more in need (we're finally clearing "Stuff" out!).

However, one gift that I am always happy to recieve is a Gift Card either for West Marine, Lowes or Home Depot that allows me to pick up supplies and materials I need when I need them. That, plus a nice bottle of Wine, is a very good/useful gift. Next most useful are the sports T-Shirts from Sports Authority. They are made of a material that wicks moisture away from one's body. My wife gave me three of these for my birthday and to my surprise, they actually work very well but with work on the boat, replacements are always necessary/welcome.

FWIW...
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