HBO (MAX) series Our Flag Means Death is a one-of-a-kind romp over the open water with love-positive pirates who also love fashion. These old-school pirates wave their flags with flair.
This gift guide is for you if you are or love a gentleman pirate.
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1. Pirate Ship Lapel Pins
Ships have long been a beloved figural for costume and fine jewelry designers.
Whether they’re sailboats, luxury cruise ships, Russian fleet vessels, or Spanish galleon pirate ships, they’re affordable and easy to wear.
I’ll always have a vintage pirate ship brooch for sale at minusOne jewelry on Etsy.
What better gift for your groomsmen than a pirate ship lapel pin to signal your brotherhood.
Wear one as an individual OFMD superfan, or as your team’s badge of membership.
2. Silk Pocket Squares
For the most fabulous office attire, Friday night frippery or formalwear, a silk pocket square will always suffice.
A perfect symbol of undying love for your gentleman pirate, they’ll know what you mean.
3. A Front Porch Flag
Forget the rainbow! There’s a new flag in town.
4. Books About Pirates
You may be shocked to learn how many real pirate stories are out there.
The printing press was rolling for these sea farers, and their histories have inspired ever more stories of the pirate life.
As a bonus, the illustrations!
Framed or waterproofed, maps are easy to come by. Find one that illustrates a meaningful vacation spot, or a someday dream home spot signaled with an X.
Or even better, get a work of art by one of my all-time favorite Etsy sellers, Crafterall. She custom-made me a paper cut map of the Finger Lakes over a decade ago.
See if Crafterall has a papercut map of your heartland (or sea).
6. A Piratical Paint by Number Kit
Yes, you can paint a pirate skull by number.
7. A Blanket (Treasure) Chest
Traveling trunks used to be made to look like the treasure chests of old, and these trunks, designed to withstand just about everything, can be found in remarkably good condition.
This shop – English Leather Trunks – has a fabulous selection.
They’re perfect for blanket at the end of a bed.
8. A Letter Opener
Why give someone an actual dagger, when you can give them something (hopefully) much more useful?
Vintage letter openers in so many styles and aesthetics abound…
9. A Ship in a Bottle
Whether you find an antique model ship, or find a new nut to shell out your money to, ships in bottles were and remain a Thing.
People love this stuff.
This shop – Nautical Ship in Bottle on Etsy – has an entire fleet of them.
10. A Taxidermied Sea Gull
Yes, you can give someone a taxidermy sea gull.
There are so many reasons why you wouldn’t, but all you need is one reason why you should.
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