Lake Erie holiday gift guide

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These Great Lakes map bags are adorable. They're the newest in the line by Spartina 449 Daufuskie Island, which also features Hilton Head, Nantucket and other vacation destinations. $68 for the cross-body bag and $42 for the wristlet. (Pink Perch)

What to get the Lake Erie lover on your holiday gift list?

Honestly, if it says Lake Erie on it, or if it psyches us up for getting out on the water, we’ll like it — even if we can’t use it for months.

We featured a trove of gifts handmade by Northeast Ohio artists. Now, before you finish your shopping, here are a few suggestions for other presents from RocktheLake and friends:

For the boater in your life:

Matching life jackets for the entire family

Cooler and koozies

Flats restaurant gift cards, to give them somewhere to go

Waterproof gear bag

Plastic wine glasses

A navigation system

For the girly girl:

Beach glass jewelry or wall art

A Sea Bag made of recycled sails, particularly the Cleveland exclusively at Lovely Paperie & Gifts

A Great Lakes map tote from Spartina 449 Daufuskie Island, available at Pink Perch in Marblehead

For your favorite angler:

Warm winter gear, including long underwear battery powered foot warmers

Chartered fishing trip

Lures (maybe stocking stuffers?)

A fishfinder for the boat

A camping chair for the pier

For the open-water swimmer:


Safer Swimmer: a neon orange float you can strap to your leg to make you more visible to boats. (Spend a little more for one that’ll keep your cell phone safe.)

Fluorescent swim cap (or maybe one that says, “Mermaid hair, don’t care”)

Waterproof swim watch that tracks distance

For the exercise enthusiast:

A gift certificate to try Rowing for Fitness at the Foundry

Escher sunglasses: Made by Clevelanders and easy to switch out lenses, frames and arms. 

For just about anyone who loves the lake:

Ornaments of lighthouses, sailboats, fishing rods, anchors and more

A trip on the BrewBoat on the Cuyahoga River

A Lake Erie T-shirt from Shore Society, Cleveland Clothing Co. or any of the great T-shirt spots in Cleveland

A scarf from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Store

For kids:

A floating mat: We have one at our cottage, and the kids — and all us adults –play on it all summer long.

Membership to Great Lakes Science Center, which of course is right on the lake.

Waboba ball: It bounces on water! Don’t tell my son, but he’s getting one of these.