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Old 24-06-2009, 17:04   #1
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My Imagination Has Run Out - Need Ideas!

OK, first- I'm not asking what I should get my wife for her birthday. I'm looking for ideas from cruisers who have picked up something unique and useful for use while cruising.

So her birthday's coming up, and we'll be full time cruising. Jewlrey is out, we don't keep in on board or wear it while cruising. And besides, were 'broke' cruisers. Space is at a premium, and we have a rule that everything must have at least two uses.

Last year our most favored son (it's a rotating honor among the three of them) got us one of those 'adapt to all shapes' flexible/twisty camera tripods. Small and quite handy. And cheap. And besides, nothing says 'I love you' like a tripod.

So, any ideas that you could provide, on something you gave or received that worked out really nice while cruising. Something kind of unique as well as useful? I was considering a new watermaker membrane, but I really don't want to sleep out in the cockpit with the bugs again this year. Thanks.

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Old 24-06-2009, 17:10   #2
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Year before last I got my girlfriend a new winch handle. One of the Lewmar one touch. She loved it, finds it very easy to use.
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Old 24-06-2009, 17:50   #3
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I bought Christine a new outboard motor, so she doesn't have to row.
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Old 24-06-2009, 17:50   #4
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A beautiful myerchin knife
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A nice love letter would be great to
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Old 24-06-2009, 17:59   #5
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Dear ocean girl, I don't allow sharp knives on board, after I bought christine an outboard motor for her birthday
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Old 24-06-2009, 18:04   #6
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ha ha ha.
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Old 24-06-2009, 22:32   #7
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If she is a reader, how about a good reading light?
Ya, I know, I'm not very good with gift Ideas.

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A sea Kayak!

Underwater Camera.

deck Shoes

Scuba lessons

Expensive Sunglasses

A Magic Bullet.

Pretty dry sacks.

Binoculars

Bath Towels with the boat name monogrammed on them.

A new Puppy!

Decorative baskets

Sun hat.

Fishing Pole

Snorkel Gear.

A real pretty teak box that she can store little things in....Fill it with bath items.
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My wife says, in this order : a Swiss Diamond frying pan (so easy to wash up), some classy bed sheets etc. if not these, then you can't go wrong with some of her favourite perfume. Regards, Richard.
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Old 25-06-2009, 05:19   #10
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A square frying pan - available in UK for yachts

A leatherman wave

A special roll-up for jigsaw puzzles so that they can be started and then put away without losing what has been done, and without taking up lots of room
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A Kindle. Over 2000 books in a hand held reader...we love ours
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In the past Linda received and really liked:

A pink Mustang inflatable PFD
Boat clothing with the boat name on it
Any hand made soaps, lip gloss or hand creams - handmade is important
Silly - but she really likes her LED headlamp
good binoculars - hers are the best on board

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Thanks for these great gift ideas! I am always looking for something out of the ordinary when I wish to buy a gift. You posted some unique suggestions.
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Does she have a good set of weather gear">foul weather gear?

Most women are more sensitive to cold because of their smaller body masses. (Their surface area to volume ratio is higher in general). My wife had no idea what a nice difference a synthetic underlayer, a fleece middle layer and a good outer layer makes until I got that for her. Plus I bought gloves, dinghy boots, thick synthetic socks, a balaklava and a hat. It cost me around $500 bucks for all that but the value of not having her complain about being cold....priceless.
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