If you are looking for the perfect gift idea for your favorite cruise enthusiast, our elves here at Cruise Talk have done all the surfing for you. We’ve linked up some of our favorite sites with gifts that are perfect for cruisers. We also invite our readers to add any other links in our comments section if you have other great gift ideas to add.
Personalized and Cruise Ship Ornaments
One of my favorite places to purchase ornaments is Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan. I have visited this the “World’s Largest Christmas Store” during several family vacations in Michigan. However, if you can’t get to Michigan, they have a wonderful mail order catalog and website. One of their trademarks is their personalized blown glass ornaments. For cruisers they feature a cruise ship ornament that can be personalized on two sides. They suggested putting first names on one side and the destination and date on the other. However, this ornament could be personalized in any way including the ship name, family name, special occasion, or cruise group name up to 14 characters.
Another website, FamilyOrnament.com also features a cruise ship ornament. Their website allows users to build their own high quality resin ornaments on line. Their family ornament concept features a larger header ornament piece with individual personalized charms hanging from the main piece. For a Caribbean cruise, a shopper could choose a cruise ship header and then individual charms from their ocean themed collection featuring starfish, seashells, reef fish, lobsters, sailboats, lighthouses, and other ocean artifacts. For an Alaskan cruise, the shopper could use the same cruise ship header and then add the charms from the mountain wild life collection featuring moose and bears. Shoppers can even combine elements by adding the dolphin and orca from the ocean collection to complete their Alaskan cruise theme. Family Ornaments also suggests that their custom ornaments can also double as seasonal or year round wall hangings.
Another great site that has a variety of ornaments from which to choose is FunChristmasOrnaments.com. Their site features of variety of nautical and cruise themed ornaments. They feature many different types for ships from modern to traditional, and paddle wheel river boats.
We found one other website that features a personalized cruise ship ornament. CalliopeDesigns features a “claydough” ornament that can be personalized to include the year, name and destination with a more generous character allowance than some of the previously listed personalized ship ornaments.
Theme Ornament Sets
Another way to convey the cruise theme is through ornament sets. Bronner’s has a whole collection of Nautical themed ornaments. This collection includes cruise related items like fish, dolphins, beach chairs, buckets of beer, palm trees, and margaritas. Bronner’s also sells individual animal glass ornaments that could be used to represent Alaska including bears, moose, eagles, whales, Huskies and Malamutes. Shoppers can add to the Alaskan theme by adding items like totem pole and igloo ornaments. Imagine the fun of giving a complete set of these themed ornaments or the giving a new one every year to your favorite cruiser.
Pence Christmas Tree Farm and Ornament Shop also carries a variety of animal themed and cruise related ornaments. Their collection includes a variety of bears, birds, turtles, whales, fish, marine life, cruise ships, dice, playing cards, casino chips, palm trees, seashells and just about anything else you could think of that might be cruise related.
Some cruisers like to bring along a small tree to have in their state room during a Christmas season cruise. I found the ultimate in portable Christmas tree at PacificCentury.net. The pre-decorated tree comes in its own carrying bag, that holds the legs for the table it stands on. Just remove the legs from the bag. Attach them to the table, flip over the “bag” to reveal a beautiful table top tree surrounded by a colorful table skirt. The website says it is perfect for RV’s, Nursing Homes, and Hospital rooms, but it looks like it would also be perfect for those who want a holiday tree in their ship’s cabin.
Variety of Cruise Gifts
One our our readers also let us know about the Cruise Gift Store. They have a variety of gifts for cruisers. They are based in the UK, but will take international orders by e-mail. The Cruise Gift Store carries a variety of cruise themed items like aprons, charms, cruise count down key rings, cruise clothes planners, jig saw puzzles, luggage tags, hand bag hooks, and T-shirts.
Giving a Cruise as a Gift
Many people like to surprise their family with the gift of the cruise. A collection or single cruise themed ornament can provide a great way to present the cruise gift. Rather than having your recipients just open an envelope with the tickets, givers can make the gift giving process a bit more fun. The recipient or recipients could open a series of cruise related ornaments, culminating with a personalized item featuring the name of the ship and the future cruise date. For a simpler process, the gift giver could just include the personalized cruise ship ornament.
We invite our readers to share with us any other sources for cruise lover gifts.