Postcard Jar cruising

As regular readers of our blog know, we are avid cruisers, and simply love every minute we spend at sea. Cruising is a unique type of vacation, and there are some things we’ve found that really help smooth out the seas while we’re on board. We’ve put together this list of gift ideas that any cruise lover will appreciate having at sea. You should know that some of the links are affiliate links, and that as Amazon Influencers we earn from qualifying purchases.

gift ideas for cruisers

Gifts for cruisers

Eagle Creek Packing SetWe use these sets for every single trip we take, whether on land or at sea. Why? Because they are, in a word, amazing. When we took a four week trip to Italy, we used these and they made the whole trip work. Steve was able to pack 16 XXL shirts in one of the pack-it folders! We first found them at The Container Store but you can also purchase them from our Amazon store. The fact that you can easily pack so much makes this one of our top gifts for cruisers this year.

Maui Jim Sunglasses – Most folks want to cruise to a warm place where the sun is shining. A pair of Maui Jim polarized sunglasses make all the difference when gazing out to sea, plus the right pair can make a fashion statement when your cruiser sips cocktails on the pool deck. If these don’t fit your holiday budget (we saved up for ours), there are lots of other options for quality polarized sunglasses like these

Tote bagWhenever someone heads up to the pool deck or goes ashore for a relaxing day on the beach, they need a bag to carry towels, sunblock and other necessities. This good-looking bag is a super useful gift for the cruiser in your life.

Thank you notesOn all of our cruises, we’ve been impressed by the incredible service we’ve received from the crew. The workers on board go above and beyond to make our vacation time memorable and fun, and we like to show our appreciation for their efforts. Take a box thank you notes along for the crew. We write a personalized note and include a little something extra for those crew members who have worked extra hard to make our vacation memorable.

Coolibar Hat We first found these hats at the Garden Center in Pawhuska. We quickly fell in love with them because they are cool, comfortable, lightweight, really easy to pack, and they offer great sun protection. We wear them both on the pool deck and while ashore and a perfect gift for cruisers.

Sharpie highlightersOk, so might be wondering why someone might need a highlighter on a cruise. Well, it’s simple, really. Every night, the room attendant drops off a paper planner listing the next day’s activities. Ann absolutely loves these little newsletters. She uses the highlighter to mark the activities we want to do the next day to help us remember the times and places of each activity. 

AirPodsCordless, lightweight, and small, a set of AirPods is a great addition to any music-loving cruiser’s packing list. They can use them to listen to their favorite tunes while they bask on their balcony or relax pool deck and know they aren’t disturbing their neighbors. AirPods are also great for a jog on deck or while working out in the gym. This is such a versatile gift, we had to include it on our list of gifts for cruisers.

Magnetic ClipsDid you know that cruise ship cabin walls and doors are made of steel? This means that magnetic clips can be really handy to have on a cruise to organize papers, tickets, and other items and hang them on the wall. This gift for cruisers frees up counter space for more important things, like a bottle of champagne!

Towel bar clipsEvery cruiser knows that storage on a ship is at a bit of a premium. These hooks give more options for hanging towels, swim suits, and more. We took two of them on our last cruise and used them everyday. 

Lanyard – Folks on a cruise only have to carry one thing with them while on board: their room key. Sure, it opens their room door, but it also lets them buy drinks, make reservations, and even purchase items in the shops. Instead of carrying a purse or wallet, many cruisers opt to attach their key to a lanyard so the key easy to carry and handy to use. Plus, the right lanyard is a stylish and fun addition to any outfit, making these great gifts for cruisers. When you purchase a lanyard before your cruise, make sure it comes with an ID badge holder or order one separately. 

More gifts for cruisers

“Life is Just Better at Sea” Postcard Jar t-shirtAvid cruisers will tell you that life is better at sea, so help them share the word with this highly stylish (if we do say so, ourselves) t-shirt that can be worn on land or at sea. We also have a few other cruise designs available such as “My embarkation day shirt,” “My disembarkation day shirt” and “WARNING: I bought the drink package.” Order by Dec. 10, 2019, to get your t-shirt before Christmas. 

Cruise luggage tagsBefore boarding the ship on the first day of a cruise, passengers need to attach luggage tags to their bags so they are delivered to the correct room. Cruise lines provide paper tags so there is a risk of the tag falling off. The cruiser in your life will love attaching this durable, water-resistant luggage tag to their bags and peace of mind knowing their bag should make it to their room without a problem. 

Sun blockAnyone headed out on a cruise will want to bring plenty of sunblock along, making this a perfect gift for cruisers. We are big fans of this Neutrogena sunblock because it sprays on, but doesn’t leave us with a greasy feeling. It is also easy to pack and so far, hasn’t leaked in our suitcase. 

Eagle Creek neck wallet When we travel, especially overseas, we want to keep certain personal belongings safe. This neck wallet from Eagle Creek holds our passports along with the debit/credit cards and cash we’ll need but don’t want to lose. This pouch, equipped with RFID protection, allows your cruiser to walk confidently knowing their valuables are safely tucked under their shirt and out of the reach of a pickpocket. We take it on every cruise. 

Card holder wallet – This handy card wallet from Elevate in Kearney, Nebraska, slips right in a pocket. Steve uses one of these to carry his cruise card around the ship along with a few business cards in case we want to exchange contact information with anyone we meet. He loves the way it keeps everything together and organized. Plus, it’s stylish and helps a great cause. 

European plug adapterThis is both a cruise tip AND a great gift idea. On a ship, electrical outlets can be scarce. Often, there is only one plug for U.S. electrical devices, and one for European electrical devices. But if your cruiser has one of these, they can convert the European one into a plug they can use. They’ll want to be careful, though, as the electricity coming from the European plug will be 220v, so they should make sure their appliance can handle that voltage before plugging in. 

Towel clipsAll of the experienced cruisers have these. The cruiser on your holiday shopping list will love using these handy devices to clip their towel to a deck chair so that it doesn’t blow in the wind. And when they step away from the chair for a quick dip or to get a drink, it lets people know that it is occupied. (Please don’t use these to claim a chair and then leave the pool area. No one likes a chair hog.)

Even more gifts for cruisers

You can check out all our gift ideas for cruisers on our Amazon Influencer page. We also have lists for organized packing, road trip essentials, and decorating with travel.

Do you have other ideas for gifts for cruisers? We’d love to hear them. Share your ideas with our followers in the comments section below.


gift ideas for cruisers

  • Sometimes you find things in your own backyard.⁣
Just up the road from our home in Crete, Nebraska, we found the National Museum of Roller Skating. Our curiosity piqued, we stopped in and took a look around. There we found the world's largest collection of historical roller skates, costumes, and memorabilia. ⁣
It took us back to our childhood and spending time at the roller skating rink (do kids even skate anymore?). We remembered crossing over on the turns for the first time and bending at the knees for "Downtown" by Petula Clark. So many great memories. ⁣
Sometimes, we focus so much on getting away that we forget that we have some really interesting places close to home, as well. The next time you feel a hankering to go somewhere, maybe try going down the street. You never know what treasure you might find and what memories it evoke.
  • This was our Valentine’s Day dessert last year. Chef Kurtess Mortensen at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile created this memorable dish he called “Fat Elvis.” It was a chocolate bread pudding, served alongside banana brûlée and caramelized peanuts then topped with marshmallow cream, homemade peanut butter ice cream, and a candied bacon garnish. We are giddy with anticipation to see what he comes up with tonight! We are budgeting our calories accordingly. 😉
  • “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”
– Lewis Carroll
  • It's been a long winter. I need to see flowers again! Are you with me?Let's talk about these flowers. ⁣
We are often asked about our favorite place we've ever visited. While that question is hard to answer, we almost always mention Tallinn, Estonia, as a contender.⁣
Estonia has an interesting history. Conquered in 1227 by Denmark, it never again enjoyed independence until  1920. That freedom was short lived, however, as the Soviet Union occupied the country in 1940. Finally, in 1991, Estonia regained its independence and has remained free ever since. The country joined NATO in 2004. ⁣
Visiting Estonia, we could see the remnants of Soviet control. Large block buildings dominate the landscape. They are of Soviet Communist design: utilitarian in nature with no thought given to design. They look just like the buildings you've seen in movies about the Soviet Union. ⁣
Now free, Estonians have done what they can to erase the gray days of Soviet control. The Soviet-style buildings are painted bright colors, and flowers abound in the streets. The people are warm, cheerful, friendly, and welcoming. ⁣
Yes, Estonia is a wonderful country, and we can't wait to return.
  • Each year from late February to early April, hundreds of thousands of Sandhills Cranes migrate through Nebraska on their way north to their breeding grounds. It's considered one of the greatest spectacles in nature, so thousands of people come to experience this incredible time.⁣
We traveled to Kearney, Nebraska, one of the best cities for crane viewing, last year. Because the best times to view the cranes is sunrise and sunset, we found ourselves with some free time during the day. It turns out that Kearney has a lot to offer in terms of things to do.⁣
Scroll across our highlights on Instagram, and you'll find the stories highlights we made during our time there. On our blog (link in bio) you'll also find a post we wrote with ideas for 20 things to do in Kearney while you wait on the cranes. ⁣
Put crane viewing on your bucket list. It really is one of the most amazing experiences we've ever had in nature. And don't worry about being bored between sunrise and sunset--Kearney has too much to offer.
  • Sometimes, you find great cocktails where you least expect...⁣
In the Mason City, Iowa, airport, (about halfway between Mason City and Clear Lake) we found a wonderful little restaurant called CAVU-American Kitchen and Coctail Lounge. It's different from any other airport restaurant and bar in the world because it is place so good, the airport becomes the destination.⁣
While there last fall, we sampled a couple of their specialty cocktails. On the left a refreshing take on a margarita, on the right, a cocktail featuring St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur. Both were fantastic and worth a trip to the airport, even if you're not flying anywhere.
  • Learn how to avoid being labeled "that annoying guy" on a cruise ship in a new post on our blog that Steve wrote this weekend. ⁣
You should know that 99% of the people we meet on cruises are nice people and fun to be around. However, it seems like there's always that one guy or gal who just gets under your skin. ⁣
Click on the link to our blog in our bio and see what made of our list of things to do to avoid being "that guy" on a cruise ship. ⁣
Are there some things we missed? Let us know - we'd love to hear from you.
  • The Sandhill Crane migration will be starting very soon, and @visitkearney, Nebraska, is the perfect place to go to witness this amazing sight. ⁣
Because the cranes are best viewed at sunrise and sunset, a good cup of coffee is a necessity. ⁣
During our hosted visit to town last year, we re-caffinated at a couple different coffee shops, including @baristasdailygrind. ⁣
Ann loved the way her coffee was served, with a barista's kiss--a chocolate covered espresso bean sitting in a little cloud of whipped cream. Talk about a great good morning kiss!

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