Gael Force’s Top Christmas Gifts

Last Christmas we brought you our top gifts list – this year to save you from tears we are bringing you our top 10 chart-topping nautical and nice gifts to give to someone special.

With just over 5 weeks left until it’s the most wonderful day of the year, the Christmas countdown has well and truly begun!

We’ve created a range of merry little Christmas shops to make your jingle bells rock with inspiration…

Forget Mariah Carey – All you want for Christmas are these…

1. Nauticalia Noughts & Crosses – £12.99

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Did you know that there are 255,168 possible outcomes to a game of Noughts and Crosses? Given that it’s one of the first games you learn, you’ve probably taken a good bash at quite a few of them.

Add some sparkle to this classic game this Christmas and play in 3D with your loved ones! The set comes in naval-style hardwood and brass with a glass-topped compact case.

2. Reeds 2020 Nautical Almanac – RRP £49.99. NOW £36.99 (Save 26%)

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We think this is the ultimate gift bible for ‘anyone who goes to sea’. Reeds Nautical Almanac is the indispensable trusted annual compendium of navigational data for yachtsmen and motorboaters, and provides all the information required to navigate Atlantic coastal waters around the whole of the UK and the entire European coastline from the tip of Denmark to Gibraltar, Northern Morocco, the Azores and Madeira.

This 2020 edition includes 700 harbour chartlets; tide tables and tidal streams; buoyage and lights; 7,500 waypoints; invaluable passage notes; distance tables; radio, weather and safety information; a first-aid section, as well as over 45,000 changes from the last edition! It even comes with a free Marina Guide.

We’ve also got the Eastern and Western almanacs available for 2020.

3. Holebrook Classic Sweater – Black – RRP £136.99. NOW £109.95 (Save 20%)

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What says Christmas more than a Scandinavian classic?

This moss-knitted t-neck sweater with polyester fabric inside of the collar and contrast coloured border is a great addition to your wardrobe and also comes in Navy and Red.

This sweater is guaranteed to keep the sea breeze out with style and class.

4. Nauticalia Storm Cloud – £16.99

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Everyone loves talking about the weather, so we think this gift is a perfect conversation starter…

The story goes that aboard HMS Beagle during the Darwin Expeditions of 1831-36, Captain Robert Fitzroy developed and refined the 18th-century storm bottle.  This involved much testing and observation of crystal formations and resulted in him being able to make a number of weather predictions with a fair(ish) degree of accuracy.

Then, as now, no one is really sure how the storm bottle works. Is it atmospheric pressure, temperature, electrical disturbances…?

You can keep your own records and see if you can confirm or improve upon Fitzroy’s observations.

5. Garmin Striker Plus 4cv Fishfinder with GT20-TM Transducer – RRP £220.00 NOW £189.95 (Save 14%)

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The Garmin STRIKER Plus 4cv fishfinder is the perfect gift for the fisherman or woman in your life. The built-in GPS feature (with CHIRP traditional sonar and CHIRP ClearVu scanning sonar) lets them mark and navigate to waypoints and shows the boat’s speed.

The Quickdraw Contours mapping software creates HD fishing maps of the places they’ve been, storing up to 2 million acres of content with 1-foot contours.

This fishfinder makes fishing a breeze and it’s built to work in any environment. The bright 4.3-inch display and intuitive user interface make it simple to navigate so they are ready for anything on the water.

6. Nauticalia Cribbage Set – £30.99

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Who needs Monopoly when you’ve got Cribbage? For those of you that don’t know, cribbage is a card game traditionally for two players but commonly played with three, four or even more. It involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points.

The hinged lid and base on this set fold out to create the scoring board, which is beautifully made from contrasting strips of light and dark wood, making it a perfect addition to the Christmas games list.

7. Gill Men’s Hybrid Down Jacket – £89.95

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A gift filled with warmth and natural down insulation. Not only does it provide much-needed warmth at this time of year but the outer fabric is also windproof and water-repellent. Even the down itself is hydrophobic water-repellent, meaning bad weather doesn’t stand a chance.

This surprisingly light and effective jacket, also available for women, perfectly combines performance and style making it an essential festive cold-weather outfit.

8. Nauticalia Crab Cushion – £17.49

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This year we have the ideal festive fishy gift – whether you use it as a cushion, pillow, toy or ornament, it’s up to you!  We even have a Shark and Salmon version too.

It’s 25 inches long and is firmly stuffed to give it an authentic shape and appearance. The cushion is made from strong hardwearing polyester with a shiny gloss finish.

It’s also CE tested for toy safety (ages 3 upwards) so you don’t have to worry about that.

Crab it whilst you can!

9. Standard Horizon HX890 Handheld Radio – RRP £233.99 NOW £199.95 (Save 15%)

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Forget about having to try and memorize the owner’s manual – the HX890’s brand new Easy to Operate Menu system makes it one of the most intuitive handheld radios on the market. It also boasts one of the largest displays for its size so there will be no mistaking the information displayed on the screen.

DSC calling, position sharing, waypoint and route navigation, and navigation to DSC distress call can all be performed with just a few simple steps. It also comes with a 3-year waterproof warranty so you know you’re covered!

10. Gael Force Chandlery Gift Vouchers – £10-£50

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Want to save time on Christmas wrapping?  Why not give one of our vouchers as a gift instead.

Vouchers are redeemable over the phone or in-store at our Inverness, Glasgow, and Plymouth branches.

Remember vouchers aren’t just for Christmas – they’re valid for 1 year so there’s plenty of time to use them.


It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas so visit our Christmas shops for more inspiration! We’ve made Christmas easy this year by setting up shops by budget, by ‘who it’s for’ and everything else in between.

Happy shopping!

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