It can be hard to keep customers interested in boating during that time of year when nearby lakes are more likely to be used for ice fishing than pleasure cruising. But you can can still use the season to your advantage by pitching boating products that make great gifts and stocking stuffers.
In fact, even if you're located in a warmer area, it's still always a good idea to appeal to holiday shoppers. To that end, here are some of the items most likely to appear on a boater's holiday gift wish list.
Astronauts have the Space Pen for writing in zero-gravity conditions, and boaters have Rite in the Rain products for taking notes in wet weather conditions. The company produces a wide range of waterproof notebooks, as well as loose-leaf and wide-format papers which can be easily written on with pen or pencil, or even be put through most non-inkjet printers. With the smallest notepads starting at just $3.95, and two-packs of all-weather belt-clip pens going for $12.95, these products can make for great little stocking stuffers.
For many boaters, keeping their notes dry is of secondary importance to the task of keeping their beer cold. Corkcicle makes thermal cups and coolers that will do just that. The $19.95 Arctican slips over 12-ounce aluminum cans and keeps them three times colder for three times longer than the average foam can cooler, while the screw-top Canteen bottles come in four different sizes, ranging from 9- to 60-ounces.
If a cheap pair of sunglasses accidentally falls overboard, you may not launch a rescue mission. But when an expensive or prescription pair is subjected to a premature burial at sea, the situation can feel genuinely heartbreaking. Fortunately, such tragedies can be avoided with a set of Chums retainers, which are sort of like a cross between a life preserver and a glasses chain. Starting at just $6.99, the lightweight latex tube slides easily onto the arms of glasses and keeps them afloat if they happen to fall in the water.
Though Yeti is probably best known for its hard coolers and bottles, the company also makes a variety of excellent dry bags that any watersports enthusiast would be delighted to find waiting for him or her under the tree. The Panga 50 is the smallest of the duffels, measuring 10 inches in diameter and 24 inches in length, and its compact nature makes it perfect for casually hauling a few essentials on a beach trip. The bag is also submersible and easy to carry, thanks to convenient handles at both ends and shoulder straps that allow you to wear it like a backpack. With a $299.99 price tag, this is the kind of gift you get for a true loved one.
Though it's not quite as fancy as the company's other products, Yeti also makes one of the best buckets around. With a retail price of $39.99, the 5-Gallon LoadOut Bucket makes a practical, polyurethane gift for any boater who is in need of a new bucket for handling cast nets, rubbish, bait or any other type of gear.
Providing the items on this boater's holiday gift guide is one way to guarantee customer satisfaction. Another way is to provide them with comprehensive financing options. To learn more about becoming an Aqua Finance partner, reach out today.