With Mother’s Day approaching, it’s time to celebrate the nautical women in our lives with gifts as special as they are. Whether she enjoys cruising, is a dedicated angler, or simply loves to spend time on the water with family and friends, I’ve assembled a list of the top 12 Mother’s Day gift ideas that are sure to make her feel loved and appreciated on her special day.

However, as a guy, I must admit that I am often bewildered by the female “species” and don’t always give the best gifts.  So, to overcome this deficiency, I reached out to the women of my waterfront community for ideas.  Many of the gift ideas that follow are the result of their suggestions and I have referenced their names throughout this article.

With that, here are my top 12 gift ideas in no particular order.

Please note that I have included links to some of the products referenced in this article for your convenience.  If you click on a link and buy something, BoaterInput will receive a small commission to help defray some of the cost to maintain this site. 


Credit for this idea comes from Tyler and Kyle H. who say that the BOGG Bag is the hit right now.  And, judging from the number of reviews and high ratings on Amazon, I think they are onto something.  Whenever we head out on the lake, we (actually, my wife) pack a lot of stuff for a day on the water.  This might include towels, sunscreen, snacks and personal items.  This hugely popular bag has room to accommodate a lot of stuff and Mom will look stylish caring it.  Plus it is waterproof.

Beach Towel

Whether you are laying out on the boat or drying off after a refreshing dip, you can’t go wrong with a beach towel.  What I like about this oversized microfiber beach towel is that it is stylish (and you have your choice of different designs) and comes in a handy pouch.  That way, you can just leave it on your boat until you are ready to use it.  They come two per pack and are currently on sale at Amazon.

Women’s Rash Guard/Sun Shirt

Here in Texas it gets REALLY hot in the summer.  You don’t want to wear a lot of clothing yet you still need to protect yourself from the sun.  This sun shirt is the perfect answer.  It provides 50+ SPF and UV protection and the fabric is designed to keep her cool and dry.  Plus it is quick drying so she can wear it even when cooling off in the water.  However, you guys will need to know her size.  I can’t help you with that one ;)

Wiley X Polarized Sunglasses

This suggestion came from my wife Lisa.  When you are on the boat, you are exposed to a lot of bright sunlight and reflections off the water.  Over time, this may cause eyestrain and even damage your vision.  Getting a quality pair of polarized sunglasses is essential.    For this reason, I purchased a pair of Wiley X sunglasses for myself earlier this year.  What I love about them is that they are stylish, greatly reduce glare, and are even ANSI Z87+ safety rated.  This means the lenses are shatterproof and will protect against impact from flying objects.

Best of all, Wiley X is now offering 30% off for BoaterInput subscribers and readers through May 13th.  Be sure to use the offer code WXMJ30.

Thank you Myles and Alicia for offering that!

Floating Strap for Sunglasses

Have you ever jumped into the water only to realize that you were still wearing your expensive sunglasses? This has happened to us twice in one season as we watched some nice prescription sunglasses sink to the bottom of the lake.  To keep this from happening to you, Tyler H. recommends this floating sunglass strap.  They will not only help keep your sunglasses on your head but should also keep them afloat if they happen to fall off.  Think of this as a fairly inexpensive insurance policy for your eyewear investment.

BrüMate Winesulator

What could be better than a sunset cruise on a warm summer evening?  Doing so while enjoying your favorite bottle of wine.  Credit for this idea comes from Paulia M. who mentioned that these are great because they keep the wine cool and you don’t have to take glass on the boat.  It is also shatterproof and comes with its own funnel to help with filling.

Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers

When you are cruising around the lake or pulling up to a beach, it is nice to bring along some tunes to help her relax or enjoy the moment.  These bluetooth speakers provide excellent, long-lasting, sound and are waterproof.   Plus they get excellent ratings on Amazon.  Thanks to Tyler H. for the suggestion.

Booe Waterproof Backpack

Is she someone who likes to bring along a tablet or some books to read on the boat?  If so, you will want something to protect those items along with your phone and other valuables and keep them nice and dry.  Robin H. recommends the Booe backpack.  It is 100% waterproof, submersible and even floats.  Currently sells for $199 on the company website.

booe backpack

Inflatable Dog Boat Ramp/Dock

I remember how our dog Norman used to love coming to the lake with us when he was young.  And when we got into the water, he wanted to be right there with us. However, getting him back in the boat was no easy matter and if you were not careful, you could end up with a lot of scratch marks across your body.  Alicia F. recommends this inflatable ramp for all you dog Moms out there.  It attaches to your boat and makes it easy for your furry family member to come and go as he/she pleases.  Plus it is portable and can hold dogs up to 220 lbs.

Bathing Suit Cover Up

Do you like to stop at a restaurant after a day of boating?  Rather than looking for a place to change, get her a bathing suit cover up to throw over and she should be good to go. Unlike many others, this particular cover up is longer in length and is machine washable for easy care.

Women’s Water Ski Gloves

If the Mom in your life is the active sort who enjoys skiing, wakeboarding or wakesurfing, then you will want to get her a pair of ski gloves.  My wife and I never ski without them.  Besides helping your grip, the best part is that the rope won’t burn your hands when you are getting the rope ready for takeoff.

Floating Drink Holders

After a hard morning of skiing and wakeboarding, there is nothing we enjoy more than finding a quiet bay and chilling on the water with our friends while enjoying a cold beverage.  And with these clever donut-shaped neoprene drink holders, you can even do it hands-free.  They come three per pack.

Saddle Floats

For those of you counting, this is actually a “bonus” item because the “Top 13 Gift Ideas” didn’t sound quite right.  On those hot summer days, it is nice to just jump in the water and cool off and relax.  But treading water is not my idea of relaxation and wearing a life vest isn’t all that comfortable.  That is where these handy saddle floats come in.  Not only do they keep you afloat, but they enable you to suspend upright so that you can easily converse with your friends or family.

There you have my top 12 + 1 gift ideas for Mother’s Day.  Special thanks to the women of Brown’s Landing for their helpful gift ideas.

Which item was your favorite?  Do you have any other gift suggestions?  Please let me know in the comments section below.

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About the author

Jerry Mona is an avid boater and angler and long-time boating industry insider. With over three decades of experience, he is often considered to be the leading research expert with boaters and has helped numerous manufacturers and trade associations to understand the needs, wants, attitudes and behaviors of boaters. He now shares many of his insights about boats and boaters for free on his BoaterInput.com website.

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