50 Christmas Gift Ideas For The Cottage

It`s that time of year, some would say it is the “Hap-Happiest time of the year…” Yup, it`s the Christmas shopping season and with that in mind, we have put together what we call the Most Definitive List Of Christmas Gifts For The Cottage so far. ***NOTE:Gentlemen:PLEASE READ THE NOTE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE ADDRESSED TO GENTLEMEN****

Cottage Christmas Gifts

1. A Cedar Rocking Chair

What cottager or camp owner worth his or her salt wouldn’t want a couple of these Lakeland Mills Cedar Log Rocking Chairs on the front deck overlooking the lake. Comfortable, sturdy and with a strong measure of cottage country style, a couple of these chairs would be perfect.
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2. A Cottage Book

A long time favorite around here, this handy book makes a great stocking stuffer for the cottager. Packed with info about cottage water supply systems and septic systems, this is a great reference book.
Country and Cottage Water Systems: A Complete Out-of-the-city Guide to On-site Water and Sewage Systems, Including Pumps, Plumbing, Water Purification and Alternative Toilets

3. A Chainsaw

Who wouldn’t like to find a chainsaw under the tree on Christmas morning? I mean really, a great tool around the camp and perfect for cutting up the tree after Christmas. Provided your Christmas tree is not artificial….
This chainsaw is a good all purpose size, especially for around camps and cottages. A 16 inch bar will cut through most any tree you want to cut.
This is from one of the most popular chain saw manufacturers, Husquvarna. This is the Husqvarna 440E 16-Inch 40.9cc 2-Stoke X-Torq Gas Powered Chain Saw

4. A Portable Camp Stove

A portable camp stove is always handy at the camp or cottage. Great for corn boils or as a cooking back up if the electricity goes out. This is one of the nicest camp stoves Coleman makes, it is the Coleman PerfectFlow Insta Start Grill Stove

5. Binocular

Something that comes in handy at the camp, cottage or on the boat are binoculars. Great for watching an eagle flying over the lake or girls in bikini’s on pontoon boats. Every cottager needs at least one pair of binoculars like these Bushnell H2O Waterproof/Fogproof Porro Prism Binocular, 10 x 42-mm, Black

6. A Telescope

Along the same lines as binoculars, a good telescope is a wonderful thing at a cottage. You can spend endless nights stargazing, looking for UFO’s and staring at the man on the moon with a telescope like this BARSKA Starwatcher 400x70mm Refractor Telescope w/ Tabletop Tripod & Carry Case This is a gift the whole family will enjoy.

7. Solar Lights

Because I am essentially scared of the dark, I believe there is no such thing as too many lights, especially solar lights. Old Lonesome Larry says my place looks like an airport at night, well, that is because I am expecting a flying saucer to arrive and I want to appear welcoming. You can too with a set of solar lights like these Moonrays 91380 Payton-Style Solar-Powered Black Plastic LED Path Light, 10-Pack Not only good for helping aliens to find your cottage, they are also helpful on the dock, or along the path from your neighbor’s camp so you can find your way home at night.

8. A Flashlight

Speaking of lights, these Dorcy flashlights make great stocking stuffers for cottagers, campers and boaters. They are lightweight and waterproof and inexpensive, the Dorcy 41-2510 4 LED Carabineer Floating Waterproof Flashlight

9. A Book for Dummies about Boats

Is there a new powerboat owner or operator on your Christmas list? If so, this book will make a perfect Christmas gift, practical, inexpensive this is Power Boating For Dummies

10. Mask and Snorkel Swim Set

Introduce someone to snorkelling and you have introduced them to an entire new world to explore under the water in your lake. A swim mask, snorkel and pair of swim fins will provide endless fun as well as an interesting hobby. There is a lot to see under the water in your lake. This would make a great gift idea for the swimmer in your family. Snorkeling Scuba Dive Snorkel Purge Edgless Mask Fins Gear Set,

11. A Two-Way Radio

Keep track of your kids or your husband with a set a of two-way radios. These are great for the whole family, whether as a boat to shore communication, or for calling the kids home for supper. Handy to have around the camp. Motorola MH230TPR Giant Rechargeable Two Way Radio 3 Pack, FRS/GMRS

12. A Floating Swim Island

A great Christmas gift for the whole family, this is the sportsstuff Cabana Islander floating fun made from heavy-Gauge PVC Construction
with a Detachable Wind-Resistant Nylon Cabana Shade Top and a
Patented Speed Safety Valve for Fast Inflation and Deflation. This floating cabana has a center swim porthole and a boarding platform and anchor system. Who wouldn’t want one of these?

13. A Boat Captain’s Hat

Who is the captain of your cottage boat? Show them your respect for their navigation and boating prowess by outfitting them with a Captain’s Cap but don’t be surprised if they make you salute.

14. A T-Shirt

Every captain needs a first mate, so why not outfit your first mate with a t-shirt that acknowledges their importance aboard your boat. This is the
First Mate With Attitude Womens T-shirt

15. A Floatation Jacket

Make the boater in your life happy and keep them safe with a stylish and functional Stearns Boating Flotation Jacket This Waist length style jacket features a front zipper with storm flap, fleece-lined collar
This boating jacket combines a tough, durable nylon shell with the lightweight safety of ultra-soft Suisse Aire floatation foam to keep the wearer’s head above water if they happen to go overboard.

16. An Emergency Radio

If you have ever been stuck at the cottage when the power has gone out, you know how nice it is to have a radio so you can find out what is going on in the rest of the world. That’s when having a hand-crank emergency radio like this Etón American Red Cross ARCFR160R Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger really comes in handy. Anyone and everyone will appreciate receiving one of these as a gift, especially cottagers and campers.

17. A Book About Docks

Do you know a cottager who is planning to build a new dock or wharf in the Spring? If you do, this handy reference book, The Dock Manual: Designing/Building/Maintaining by Max Burns is the perfect gift. The Dock Manual is all about planning, constructing, and maintaining residential docks on rivers, lakes, and oceans.

18. A Splitting Maul

If your cottager likes to burn wood, they will enjoy receiving a new splitting maul like this Truper 30958 8-Pound Splitting Maul featuring a sturdy 36 inch fiberglass handle.

19. A Loon Clock

Cottage owners usually enjoy things with an outdoorsy theme, and what could be better than a clock with a picture of loons on it like this Wildlife Wall Clock of Common Loons Modern Wall Clock by CafePress – Silver

20. A Loon Pillow

Keeping with the loon theme, how about a throw pillow featuring a picture of a loon, a lovely accessory for a cottage couch. This is a Common Loon Throw Pillow by CafePress

21. A Loon Relaxation CD

In winter, one sound that cottagers miss is the sound of a loon calling on a northern lake. But you can fix that with this CD featuring uninterrupted, ambient sounds of nature including loons in the morning with daytime birds in the background, a late afternoon summer thunderstorm, and the late night calls of the loon with crickets, frogs, owls, whip-poor-wills and other nighttime critters in the background.Fascinating Loons: Alluring Sounds of the Common Loon

22. A Moose Calendar

A calendar is always a nice gift, they make great stocking stuffers. What could be better for a cottage calendar than one featuring pictures of the majestic moose? Moose 2013 Wall Calendar

23. A Cottage Magazine Subscription

For the cottager who has everything, how about giving them the gift that keeps on coming, 7 times a year, a subscription to Cottage Magazine. You can order a subscription here: Cottage Magazine

24. A Board Game

Camp Board Game is a game where both children and adults can play and learn fun facts about the great outdoors. The game is designed to grow with the player, starting at level one questions, which are primarily identification of animals. As the players increase in their knowledge about the outdoors, they grow into the higher level questions. A fun and educational game where parents and children can play against each other to get to camp first. Game includes 1 game board, 199 game cards(400 questions and 99 fun facts), 1 decoder, 8 game characters, 1 die, 16 level cards and 1 compass card.

25. A Field Guide To Trees

For the cottager interested in the outdoors and nature, and what cottage person isn’t, how about a book to help them identify the trees around the camp. This is A Field Guide to Eastern Trees (Peterson Field Guides) a handy reference book for around the camp, cottage or in the woods.

26. A Tilley Hat

Do you have a cottage family member who is an adventurer at heart? They will love living their outdoor lives wearing a genuine Tilley Endurables T4MO Eco-Airflo Hat,Khaki/Olive,7.5 These are practical, stylish hats that offer protection from the elements while still looking good and I like to think, making a statement. Get one for everyone in the family and let the adventure begin!!

27. A Kayak

Wondering what to buy for the cottager camper who has everything? Well provided “everything” doesn’t include a kayak, you could give them a Lifetime Manta Tandem Kayak with Paddles and Backrests (Yellow, 10-Feet) This one fits up to three people, has some storage room in the bow and is designed to provide good tracking and stability. Just look at the fun these folks appear to be having on their Lifetime Kayak.

28. A Mini Bike

If you have someone in your life who has been particularly good this year, how about asking Santa to bring them a Baja Motorsports 196cc MB200 Mini Bike I’m told these inexpensive mini bikes have a top speed that exceeds 25 MPH, so keep that in mind before you buy one for a younger person. This might be something more practical to buy..um…a 53 year old man.

29. A Motorized Wheel Barrow

OK…so how can we do without one of these at the cottage? Imagine the “stuff” you could haul around. In fact, with this Troy-Built gas powered motorized wheel barrow you can haul around 500 pounds of stuff, six cubic feet. That’s quite a bit of “stuff”
Troy-Bilt Pack Horse 500-Pound Capacity 6 Cubic Foot 190cc Briggs & Stratton 650 Series Gas Powered Wheelbarrow

30. Whitetail Deer Etched Mirror

This is a 20″ octagon wall mirror featuring a lovely etched picture of whitetail deer, a unique gift idea that comes ready to hang. This will provide years of enjoyment to the owner, let’s face it, who doesn’t like looking in the mirror? You can order one here: Framed Mirror With Whitetail Deer Etched

31. A Fish Finder

The fisherman or woman on your Christmas list is going to love receiving a new fish finder under the this year’s Christmas Tree. This particular fishfinder is the one I use on my pontoon boat, it is the Humminbird PiranhaMAX 170 4-Inch Waterproof Fishfinder and Dual-Beam Transducer Works great, I like it.

32. Big Bobber Cooler

Speaking of unique gifts, how about a floating cooler that looks like a giant fishing bobber? This is a cool…um….cooler….that will be fun to have at the cottage or in the pool or in your fishing tackle box….provided it is a big fishing tackle box..This is the Byers Big Bobber Floating Cooler, Model# 1701

33. A Stunt Kite

It’s always fun to fly a kite and at the cottage, over the wide expanse of the lake, is a great place for kite flying. But not just any kite flying, how about “stunt kite flying” You can amaze your friends with your kite flying prowess. Practice in the winter over the frozen lake and show off your kite flying stunts come summer. Your friends will be amazed, at least until you crash your kite into someone’s boat canvas top. Prism Quantum Stunt Kite, Fire

34.Woman’s Camp Moc’s

Gentlemen if you are wondering what to get your best camp girl, how about a pair of camp moccasins from L.L.Bean. Handsewn leather moccasins that she will love, great for around the camp. These camp moc’s look great with a pair of jeans or shorts, comfortable, practical and yet so stylin’
Women’s Handsewn Moccasins, Camp Moc

35. Boat Rope

Most cottagers and in particular boaters love rope. They know that you cannot have enough rope in all kinds of lengths and sizes. So for that hard to buy for cottage boater, why not give them some rope like 100 feet of soft 1/4 inch nylon rope, perfect for the dock and the boat. Koch 5210836 Twisted Nylon Rope, 1/4 by 100 Feet, White

36. Keyed-Alike Padlocks

Have you ever suffered from the pain, itching and embarrassment of too many locks and different keys for each one? Well your problems are solved with a set of four keyed alike padlocks. Yup, four padlocks, one key is all you need. I switched a lot of the locks around the camp to these keyed alike locks and have been happy I did. One key is all I need to carry. These are great stocking stuffer for the cottage owner in your life.
Master Lock 3008D Keyed-Alike Padlock, 3/4-Inch Shackle, 1-9/16-Inch Wide, 4-Pack

37. Waterproof Digital Camera

A digital camera is always a nice gift. But for a cottager a waterproof digital camera is even better. Great for around the dock and on the boat. It’s also small enough to slip into a fly fishing vest to capture a picture of those trophy trout. This is the Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Orange)

38. Personalized Cottage Sign

How about this? A personalized cottage sign, something that will make any cottager very happy. This durable 19″x 24″ x.5″ wooden sign is made to order and features a framed edge made of real milled poplar.
Personalized Cottage By The Shore Custom Wooden Novelty Sign

39. A Small Television

I know that for some folks the idea of having a television at the cottage is…well…a sin. But for others having a television at the camp is a life saver, especially on those rainy days that turn into rainy weeks. That’s when it is nice to have a distraction, catch up on the news or watch your favorite television programs. These days a small flat screen television is an affordable option, like this Coby LEDTV2326 23-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV/Monitor which in addition to being a television also doubles as a computer monitor.

40. An Emergency Kit

It’s always good to have an emergency kit on hand, both at home and at the cottage because you never know when one might be needed. This year why not buy one as a gift for the cottage so when you are there, you are prepared.
Ready America 70385 Grab `N Go Deluxe 4 Person Backpack

41. A Cabin Journal

Cottagers love to keep a journal where they record their visits to the camp, visitors, weather, wildlife sightings and more. This is a spiral bound journal that is 7.5″ x 9″ and has 200 pages just waiting to be filled.
Up North, A Cabin Journal – Dark Green Hard Cover

42. A Pair of Muck Boots

Guys if your girl likes to get down and dirty in the muck, what could be a better gift for her than a pair of womens MuckBoots. These are The Original MuckBoots Women’s Tack Classic Limited Edition Boot

43.Barbecue Tools

If the cottager in your life also likes to barbecue, how about a Cuisinart 14-Piece Deluxe Grill Set that includes chef’s spatula, grill tongs, silicone basting brush, 4 pairs of corn holders, cleaning brush and extra brush head in a deluxe aluminum storage case.

44.A Barbecue Apron

Speaking of barbecues, how about a man’s apron that says, “I Make Things Sizzle”
Yeah…well…humor him ladies….He really believes that he makes things sizzle even if the truth is he makes things fizzle…
Men’s BBQ Apron – I Make Things Sizzle (Black)

45.A Barbecue Cookbook

If the barbecue is a bit daunting for your man, but he still wants to be the one flipping the burgers, perhaps he could benefit from a little barbecue learning and who better to teach him than Betty Crocker!! This is the Betty Crocker’s New Outdoor Cookbook: Picnics, Boat Trips, Camp-Outs, Barbecues

46.A Mountain Bike

A bike is always fun around the cottage, especially nice for touring the back country roads and lanes. This mountain bike will be particularly nice for that as it is top of the line and a 2013 model. Diamondback 2013 Recoil 29’er Full Suspension Mountain Bike with 29-Inch Wheels (Black, 20-Inch/Large)

47. A Beer Bottle Fishing Lure

Most people who love to fish cannot have enough fishing lures and fishing equipment. In fact, it is usually the fisherman or woman who is hooked long before the fish. With that in mind, everyone will enjoy having a beer bottle fishing lure in their tackle box even if it is more for show than for go. This is a Busch Beer Bottle Fishing Lure 4″ that will delight the fishermen in your life this Christmas.

48. 30 Fishing Lures

As I mentioned in #47, fishermen never have enough fishing gear. So help them out with 30 fishing lures, surely they will be successful nimrods if they hit the lake armed with 30 lures…surely…you can even arrange to have these gift wrapped when you order them.
30 New Casting Spoon Spinner Fishing Lure for Northern Pike, Salmon, Walleye, and Largemouth Bass

49. Chest Waders

Cottagers and campers who have places on the water can always use a pair of chest waders. Not necessarily for fishing. Chest waders are handy for putting in the wharf in the cool waters of early Spring or taking it out in late Fall. They are also handy for working on the water pump foot valve if you draw water from the lake. And, they can be handy for checking on your boat’s exterior without taking it out of the water and finally…they are great for fishing. And they are kind of fun to walk around in….don’t take my word for it, Lonesome Larry wears his pretty much from April to November and possibly longer…rumor has it he doesn’t wear pants underneath…but that is just rumor.Hodgman Mackenzie Nylon/PVC Chest Wader With Cleated Soles, 11


Whew….made it to 50. It’s amazing that with my well known and documented micro short attention span, that I was able to get this far….so now finally, here is number 50 of our fifty…wait..just a sec…oh look ! A donkey in a boat! Cool!!…um…now where was I ??

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NOTE TO OUR GENTLEMEN READERS: While this definitive list of 50 great Christmas gifts for cottagers is quite complete and does include gifts for members of both sexes, remember…jewelry is always the best idea. While camp mocs and rubber boots for your lady might be nice, don’t just order her a pair of muck boots and call it a day….jewelry is always a safe purchase. While there may be a few, not too many women are going to choose a gas powered wheelbarrow over a diamond necklace. Just saying…..

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