Nautical Gifts for Dad

Nautical decorations and gifts are those that relate to the sea, particularly to sailing, fishing and nautical history. Fathers who are interested in the ocean, boats, sailing, fishing, pirates or navy history may appreciate a nautical gift for Father's Day, birthdays, or other special occasions. There is a wide variety of nautical items available, some of which are one-of-a-kind collector's items.


An authentic compass is one example of a nautical gift that a father may appreciate. Compasses are offered for a variety of prices, and some are antiques with historical significance. Online retailers offer a wide variety of antique compasses, including standard pocket compasses and military compasses dating to the World Wars. Less expensive compasses in attractive boxes are also available. However, it may be best to buy a compass in person, in order to ensure proper functioning and quality.

Brass Bells

Brass bells were often used on ships to signal the crew. They are available in a number of sizes and prices in various online shops or antique stores. You can find antique brass bells, some dating back to the Civil War, online. An inscription is also a nice personal touch.


Nautical telescopes are an attractive and important part of any nautical collection. As noted at Antiques of the, antique telescopes are usually not fit for actual viewing, but they are often rare and very attractive. Modern telescopes actually work and may be more appropriate for dads with a more practical nautical collection.

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