Products, People, Places and Things Representing the Best in Coastal Living

Products, People, Places and Things Representing the Best in Coastal Living.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Nautical Gift Ideas for Christmas Gift Giving...Perfect for All Occasions

Skipjack's selection of nautical belts are a perfect gift for the nautical enthusiast and perfect for all occasions!

Are you searching for the right nautical gift for holiday gift giving? How about for that "hard to buy for" person on your shopping list! We've hunted all over the world wide web in search of the best new nautical/coastal inspired gifts available today and have also included a few nautical classics. Here's a selection of seriously sea worthy nautical-inspired gifts that you should consider- perfect for Christmas and all other gift giving occasions.

Pictured above: The nautical signal flag belt is from the collection of nautical themed belts available at Skipjack and is a perfect gift for all occasions for both men and women.  $24.95. Follow the link here to: Skipjack Apparel

Step-Thru Electric Bike from Tommy Bahama

Love riding down the beach with the wind at your back, but dread the ride back? Our premiere beach cruiser has an electric motor to help you power up hills, race into the wind and cover long distances — the battery provides enough power to travel approximately 40 miles per charge! With top speeds reaching 20 mph, you can reach your favorite beachside destination in minutes.

Deluxe finishing details include padded leather handgrips, contoured padded seat, disc brakes and a bell... ding ding! Retails for $2,675.00.  Visit Tommy Bahamas website at: Tommy Bahama

We've also chosen from Tommy Bahama's hostess gifts and entertaining, the marlin bottle opener, sure to please the salt water fisherman on your list. A matching serving tray is also available. Retails for $38.00.  Visit tommy Bahama website at: Tommy Bahama gifts.

Tommy Bahama marlin bottle opener.  A perfect nautical themed gift for all occasion.

Another great gift idea are these seafaring nautical cuff links from Scrimshanders in Newport, RI. Solid brass cufflinks that have been gold plated to prevent tarnishing. This is the same setting I use with my ivory sets only these are set with a polymer reproduction of a ship. Scrimshaw by Brian Kiracofe.  1/2" x 3/4". Retails for $25.00. Visit their website at:

Scrimshawed cuff links is a great nautical gift for all seafaring dads. From Schrimshanders, Newport,RI.

Perfect for the yachtsman on your shopping list, is Chelsea Clock's new nautical Carbon fiber flag clock in chrome.  The Chelsea craftsmen have been designing and meticulously building some of the world's most exquisite time machines since 1892. This new bezel clock is a sophisticated marriage of nautical style and elegant watch design, the Carbon Fiber Flag Clock features a 4.5 inch face, sport hand, a precision etched dial and enameled nautical flags representing numerals one through twelve. Durable carbon fiber material adds a unique accent to the clock dial. Forged solid brass, chrome finish. Traditional screw bezel. Two year warranty. Retails for $450.00. Visit the Chelsea Clock website at: Chelsea Clock Company.  You can also see a selection of new, vintage and antique Chelsea clock and barometers at Skipjack: Chsea Clock and barometers at Skipjack

Chelsea Clock's new nautical Carbon fiber signal flag clock in chrome.

A great nautical gift for the female sailor in your life is Barbara Vincent's sterling silver sailboat collection. Necklaces are available individually with five different sailboats to choose from or the total collection on a 20 inch sterling silver snake chain with bead dividers. Pendants can be purchased separately at $44.00 each and sterling silver chains are available in 5 different lengths starting at $24.00.

The Barbara Vincent sterling silver nautical sailboat jewelry collection.

These eight inch square nautical coaster murals are perfect for the sailor or lover of the coast in your life! The nautical chart of your choice is printed across the 4 coasters for a stunning and unique mural effect. With depth information and the outlines of hidden sandbars, nautical charts reveal safe passage to sailors. To the casual viewer, they evoke seaside memories and dreams of open water. Select your map from the options boc and artisans in New England will create a cork-backed, four-tile marble coaster set that reproduces a local chart.
The coasters are made from imported marble - carved from large marble blocks, no two tiles will ever be alike. Variations in coloring, small fissures and tumbling all add to the beauty of this natural stone.  Retails for $49.00. You can find these at the National Geographic web store at : National Geographic.

These eight inch square nautical coaster murals are perfect for the sailor or lover of the coast in your life!

Boating sunglasses are an essential piece of nautical equipment, whether you are competitive, a fisherman/women, or just go out occasionally for that fun weekend with your friends. When your out on the water the last thing you want to be doing is squinting or being blinded by the sun and that is why boating sunglasses are so important to your enjoyment.

Hobie produces some of the best sunglasses on the market today. Exceeding the standards of world champion watersport athletes, the Heritage Series features our highest quality thin, lightweight and durable Borosilicate Glass HydroClean polarized lenses, set in carefully crafted frames of Grilamid TR-90 and hand-finished Italian Zyl. The Heritage Series also features precision flex hinges for a custom fit and extra durability on some models. Megol Nose pads and megol Temple tips on some models as well. Each style in this series reflects Hobie’s uncompromising commitment to quality, innovation and design. Hobie has always stood for the highest quality polarized lenses available. With the addition of their new revolutionary HydroClean Plus™ and HydroClean™ lens coatings you get unmatched vision on and off the water. Retails for $170.00. Visit Hobie's website at:  Hobie sunglasses.  And if anyone asks, you can add this to my list!

Hobie's Heritage Glass Series- "Seabright" is a perfect gift for boaters and beach boys too!

Here's a great nautical gift for the fisherman in the crowd. The Humminbird Fishin' Buddy & Portable Fishfinder from Humminbird brings you the best in quality and performance to maximize your angling experience. The140c Fishin' BuddyFishin' Buddy Series.The 140c Fishin' Buddy offers a 256 color TFT 320V x 240H 3.5" display, Down and Side looking sonar with 1000 Watts PTP power output. The ultimate in portability, with an ergonomic clamp mount designed to use nearly anywhere. No rigging, wiring or transducer to mount. Retails for $249.49. For more information on this product and dealer listngs, go to: Hummingbird products.

A great fisherman's gift. The Hummingbird's 140c Fishin'. BuddyFishin' Buddy Series brings in the fish!

We will be posting other nautical/coastal gift giving products soon, so make sure to come back and visit us again. Your comments are always appreciated and please let us know if you have a recommendation or are dissatisfied with any of these items or companies. Have a great holiday season! Coastal Creations & Design.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Nautical Lamp Shades: Chart Your Course with a Navigational Chart Lamp Shade

Navigational chart nautical lamp shades- the perfect product to dress up your nautical decor.

Nautical chart lamp shade on buoy lamp
Looking for an easy way to dress up and personalize your coastal/nautical interiors? Well here’s a style secret used by designers to create local interest to the finely-fitted nautical room. Replace your old lampshades with a custom-made nautical chart lampshade using a navigational chart from your local or favorite coastline. You can select from 1,000-plus U.S. coastal and Great Lakes nautical charts created and updated by NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration). Nautical chart lampshade not only create a great look to your room, but also becomes a point of conversation as you study the lighted charts, similar to viewing a terrestrial globe! Visit the NOAA site by clicking on this link to find the right nautical chart for your local waters.

nautical chart nightlight
Skipjack offers custom nautical lampshades constructed in our own design center located in Olde Towne Portsmouth, VA. We use only the highest quality materials including authentic NOAA navigational charts. Each shade is trimmed with a muslin-colored grosgrain ribbon and features a washer top for attachment to any standard lamp. We can duplicate the size of your existing lamp with the only limitation being the size of the navigational chart. Visit our website by clicking on this link for additional information and costs of producing your custom nautical chart lampshade. We also produce a nautical chart nightlight and offer a great selection of brass and hand-made nautical lamp finials to adorn your favorite lamps.  Click here to nautical lighting and lamp shades.

Skipjack's nautical lamp shades is the perfect accessory for the nautical themed interior.

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