If you have a friend or a loved one who is a Navy SEAL, you know he takes great pride in his job as an elite naval officer. There are many gift ideas inspired by the seafaring spirit that are perfect for someone with a strong desire to be the best. From vintage memorabilia to a titanium watch to a trip to the SEAL Museum, the assortment of gift ideas runs the gamut. Choosing one really depends on the recipient's individual taste.
Books, Games or Videos
There is an assortment of cool and interesting multimedia gifts made by a number of companies. USNavySealStore.com sells the Monopoly Board Game: US Navy Edition, The Official United States Navy SEAL Workout book and Navy SEAL Burnout PT Challenge video. Recently published autobiographical books include "Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy Seal," by Chuck Pfarrer, and "The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228," by Dick Couch. These and others are available at major online book retailers.
If the person likes vintage memorabilia, there is a plethora of unique and interesting relics and oddities available for purchase. Consider a vintage recruitment poster, army vs. navy football memorabilia or vintage equipment. There are recruitment posters for navy recruits that go all the way back to 1777 as well as the popular ones from World War I and World War II. Art.com features 52 different prints of historic posters.
For army vs. navy relics, you can find old programs, games on video, black and white photos and ticket stubs and other naval football memorabilia at retailers such as CollectableIvy.com, CollectorsWeekly.com and eBay.com. For vintage equipment, recent auctions on eBay displayed such things as a navy-issued knife from World War II, an American Practical Navigator book from 1939 and a U.S. Navy chart plotting board from the 1960s.
A Trip to The Naval SEAL Museum
Located on Hutchinson Island in Florida, where the first Seals did their underwater training in the 1940s, the U.S. Navy SEAL Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the elite seamen. It details the history of the Naval Special Warfare with many photographs and artifacts such as its two-man submarines, patrol boats and a vintage helicopter. There is also a museum store offering additional gift ideas.
A Weatherproof Watch
A tough, weatherproof watch is indispensable when you are out in the elements. The Luminox watch collection includes more than a dozen models made specifically for the task. There is even a series devoted to Navy SEALS, such as the EVO Navy SEAL titanium dive watch and the EVO Ultimate Navy Chronos watch. Weatherproof watches from other manufacturers include the Superocean Heritage watch by Breitling, the Big Bang Euro 2008 watch by Hublot and the Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller Deepsea watch by Rolex.
Gift Cards to Outdoor Enthusiast Stores
If you really aren't sure what to buy, but now that the person loves all things outdoors, consider a gift card to one of the many gear-specialist retailers. These include Cabela's, REI, Backcountry.com and The North Face.