25 Cruise Gift Bag Ideas that Are Fun to Make, Give and Receive

25 Cruise Gift Bag Ideas that Are Fun to Make, Give and Receive

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Are you looking a unique gift idea for cruisers? Surprising someone with a cruise gift bag full of useful cruise essentials is a great idea!

Cruise gift bags can also be nice to give if you’ve planned a group cruise for friends and family. If you’re getting married or renewing your vows on a cruise, a cruise gift basket placed in everyone’s cabin will be so appreciated!

In this post I share some ideas for what to put in a cruise gift bag, as well as how to surprise someone with the gift of a cruise.

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Cruise gift bag filler ideas

How to Gift a Cruise

If you want to surprise someone with a gift of a cruise, there are some fun ways to do this.

  • Print out a personalized cruise ticket
  • Purchase a cruise ship ornament for the Christmas tree & surprise the family
  • Create a cruise scavenger hunt where the last cruise reveals a cruise
  • Give a cruise related gift such as snorkel gear with a cruise gift card
  • Gift a fun cruise theme t-shirt ie. “Jones Family Cruise 2022”
  • Give a cruise book as a gift, with a “cruise ticket” printed out
  • Buy a cruise line gift card

If presenting a gift card or cruise as a gift, these “Oh Ship” cruise themed cards are a must!


What to Put in a Cruise Gift Bag or Basket

While nothing is better than the gift of a cruise, getting cruise items in a cruise gift basket comes pretty close. While I mention gift baskets, you can be creative and create a cruise gift bag that will be practical and fun!

Personally, I like the idea of a using cruise tote bag or backpack, which can be used both on the cruise for shore excursions and port days.

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Cruise Gift Bags – Beach & Tote Bags

Here are 3 great beach and tote bags that will make a great base for a cruise gift bag.

Mesh Beach Bag

This mesh beach bag is perfect to fill with flip flops, reef friendly sunscreen, aloe vera, a waterproof phone case and more!


Recommended: Mesh beach bag (see several color options on Amazon here)

Nautical Anchor Tote Bag

This nautical tote bag with zipper is great to go from shopping to beach on a port day! Fill it with some favorite cruise cabin essentials and more.


Recommended: Nautical beach tote bag (check over 2000 Amazon reviews here)

Mesh Beach Backpack

For those that like a backpack, this mesh backpack with a turtle design is perfect. It also folds up into a small pouch – a space saver for cruise travelers!


Recommended: Mesh beach backpack (check price & designs and colors on Amazon)

Cruise Gift Bag Filler Ideas

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Fun cruise gift bag items from Amazon

Here are a few unique items that make great filler ideas for cruise gift bags. This list of consists of packing essentials and other cruise and travel items.

1.  Cruise Lanyards

2. Flip Flops

3. Bathing Suit Cover Up

4. Cruise Compliant Power Strip with USBs



5. Magnet Hooks

6. Magnet Clips

7. Beach Towel Clips

8.  Towel Bands

9. Microfiber Beach Towel

10. Seabands

11. Reef Safe Sunscreen

12. Aloe Vera Gel

13. Lip Balm with SPF

14. Waterproof Phone Case & Lanyards

15. Luggage Tag Holders

16. Tide to go

17. Downy Wrinkle Release

18. Travel Size Laundry Packets

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19. Cruise Nightlight

20. Reusable Straws

21. Collapsible Water Bottles

22. Hand Sanitizer Wipes

23. Cruise T-shirt

24. Water Shoes


25. Crew Thank You Cards

26. Highlighters

27. Snorkle Mask

Cruise Gift Bag Tips

  • If you’re making several gift baskets or bags, don’t feel like they need to all be the same
  • You may want to include travel size versions of some products
  • Balance pricier items with less expensive items
  • For holiday cruises, include a Santa hat or other holiday theme gift

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Final Thoughts on Cruise Gift Baskets & Bags

Cruise gift bags are such fun and practical gifts to give cruise travelers! Whether you want to surprise someone with the gift of a cruise or create a cruise themed gift basket, there are many items in this post that cruisers will love.

Have you ever surprised someone with a cruise or given cruise themed items as a gift? Please let me know in the comments below.

Happy Cruising!


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