Sunday, April 21, 2024

The 2020 Ocean Christmas Gift Guide


‘Tis the season to start thinking about what to get for the divers on your gift list. Although many of us are land-locked this holiday season, there’s plenty we can do to continue caring for our beloved oceans from afar. has some ideas that are sure to keep you and yours on Santa’s “nice” list.

The 2020 Ocean Christmas Gift Guide

American Seas: Exploring the National Marine Sanctuaries: A Photographic Exploration
American Seas: Exploring the National Marine Sanctuaries: A Photographic Exploration

American Seas: Exploring the National Marine Sanctuaries: A Photographic Exploration

Get inspired and learn something new between the beautiful pages of America’s Marine Sanctuaries: A Photographic Exploration. Published by Smithsonian Books in partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, this incredible full-color hardbound book takes you on a tour of the wonders of the USA’s protected waters. As an added bonus, it just came out in October, so it’s a pretty safe bet they won’t already have a copy.

Price: $34.95 USD/£26.35 GBP/€29.55 EUR


Guardians of the Ocean
Guardians of the Ocean

Clothes With A Conscience

For those that are enthusiastic about fashion with a purpose, there are tons of worthy non-profits with appealing apparel that your purchase will support. Shop Shark Allies, Shark Angels, or Sea Shepherd for clothes with a conscience. You can find anything from beanies, masks, and t-shirts to swimsuits and hoodies. You’re sure to find something great, no matter the size of your budget.

Price: Various

BUY NOW – Shark Allies, Shark Angels, or Sea Shepherd

DeeperBlue Official Clothing Line Freedivers
DeeperBlue Official Clothing Line

DeeperBlue Official Clothing

Speaking of clothes, did you know that DeeperBlue now has its own line made from natural materials, powered by renewable energy, and shipped in plastic-free packaging? One of our favorite conservation-minded picks — the Plastic-Free Beach Towel. Whether you’re into scuba or freediving, shopping for a man, woman, or child–we’ve got something you’ll love.

Price: $40 USD/£30.33 GBP/€33.78 EUR

BUY NOW – DeeperBlue Official Clothing


Stream2sea Conscious Explorer kit

With most of the world social distancing, solo and socially-distanced outdoor activities are experiencing a huge boost in popularity. Whether you’re diving, snorkeling, hiking, or hang-gliding, you’ll need protection from the sun. Ocean lovers love Stream2Sea’s line of body products that include reef-safe sunscreen, and also lotion, shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizer and more. No matter where you live, what you put on your skin washes off in the shower and ends up in the ocean, and with Stream2Sea you can do your part to protect marine life every day. The Conscious Explorer kit has a little bit of everything for the conservation-conscious diver on your list to try.

Price: $25.75 USD/£19.53 GBP/€21.74 EUR

BUY NOW – Stream2Sea

Fourth Element 'Gulper' Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Fourth Element ‘Gulper’ Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Oceanpositive Gulper

What if you could give a present that would be used every day, and help the Earth just as often? Great news! Reusable water bottles will help your giftee stay hydrated and keep them from having to buy plastic bottles ever again. Our favorites have double-walled vacuum insulation that will keep your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks hot. One to look for is the Fourth Element OceanPositive Gulper.

Price: $35.95 USD/£27.26 GBP/€30.36 EUR

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Adopt a Sea Turtle
Adopt a Sea Turtle

Adopt a Marine Animal

Another great way to remember your loved ones during the holidays is to adopt an animal in their name. At the World Wildlife Foundation, you can adopt a marine animal, including vaquitas, turtles, narwhals, great white, hammerhead, whale sharks, dolphins, and many more. Adoption kits are available at different price points depending on the species. They contain information about your chosen animal, as well as other gift-worthy materials, and the $55/$100 kits even come with a plushie!

Price: $25 USD/£18.96 GBP/€21.11 EUR |  $55 USD/£41.71 GBP/€46.44 EUR | $100 USD/£75.83 GBP/€84.44 EUR

BUY NOW – WWF Adoption Kits

Socks That Protect The Ocean
Socks That Protect The Ocean

Socks That Protect The Ocean

Give the gift of warm feet this year, with Conscious Step Socks that Protect the Ocean. With each pair of these organic-cotton, vegan, fair-trade socks, a portion of the purchase will be donated to Oceana, a non-profit devoted to influencing government policies to protect and restore the ocean. There are versions specific to turtles and sharks as well, so you can get a different pair for everyone on your list!

Price: $14.95 USD/£11.34 GBP/€12.62 EUR

BUY NOW – Conscious Step

Bureo Gift Combo Pack
Bureo Gift Combo Pack

Bureo Gift Combo Pack

Another great company to check out is the Colombia-based Bureo. They work with local communities to incentivize the collection and recycling of discarded fishing nets, turning them into a material called NetPlus®. Then, they partner with companies like Patagonia, Humanscale, Carver, and Costa to turn it into cool products like skateboards, sunglasses, hats, ergonomic desk chairs, and even a special version of Jenga!  We recommend the Gift Combo Pack.

Price: $99 USD / £74 GBP / €83 EUR

BUY NOW – Bureo

Girls That Scuba Hoodie
Girls That Scuba Hoodie

Last but not least, we have to give a shout-out to our friends at Girls That Scuba. They have over 70 branded products, including an EarthAware organic GTS tote bag that donates 10% of its profits to the charity Plastic Oceans, a sustainable GTS hoodie and sweatshirt, and a whole collection of plastic-free items.


  • Tote Bag: $9.22 USD/£6.99 GBP/€7.78 EUR
  • Hoodie:$52.73 USD/£39.99 GBP/€44.53 EUR
  • Sweatshirt: $48.78 USD/£36.99 GBP/€41.19 EUR

BUY NOW – Girls That Scuba

This year let your holiday-shopping budget do double-duty, with gifts that will help our oceans and delight your loved ones. Conservation and stewardship are truly gifts that will keep on giving for generations to come.

Erin Durbin-Sherer
Erin Durbin-Sherer
Erin began diving in 2012 as preparation for a trip to Hawaii and before the year was out she'd left her old life behind to work in the dive industry full-time. When she's not out exploring the deep and collecting c-cards, you might find her making art or working on her master's thesis in cultural anthropology at San Diego State University. Erin is an Associate Editor with


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