Ocean Gifts - Sustainable gift guide for ocean lovers

Fourth Elements new Oceanpostive rashies - are they on your gift list?
Fourth Elements new Oceanpostive rashies - are they on your gift list?

Looking for a gift for a scuba diver? Whether it’s for a birthday, a religious holiday, or a “just because” gift, underwater obsessives can be tricky to buy for. Luckily, we’re here to let you in on all the awesome ocean gifts that any sealife lover would be ecstatic to receive. Whether it’s gifts for ocean environmentalists, gifts that help the oceans, or gifts that can be worn in the ocean, we’ve got something to suit every person and every budget - and as any ocean lover would appreciate, we’ve chosen them all with sustainability in mind. And, what more, we've even put in some virtual gifts for those divers you aren't able to physically see at the moment! 

Virtual gifts for ocean environmentalists

The most sustainable gifts of all are virtual ones as they don’t involve handing over a physical item. If you’re gifting to a passionate ocean environmentalist they’ll likely love one of these sustainable options, some of which will help them on their mission to save the ocean.   

 

Donation to a Marine Charity

 

For an ocean lover, you can’t go wrong by giving a donation to a relevant ocean-saving charity in their name. Many of these conservation charities offer the opportunity to give a membership as a gift, anywhere from a few months up to a year, and these memberships often come with perks including access to conservation magazines, online seminars and content, or updates on conservation in their area. 

 

We love the work of the Marine Conservation Society in the UK, and they run an Adopt a Turtle programme which any turtle lover would be delighted to receive as a gift. In the US, the charity Oceana runs a similar adoption scheme with the option to adopt a huge variety of creatures - from clownfish and sea turtles to manatees and blue whales.  

 

Give a conservation course

 

If the ocean lover you’re gifting to is a scuba diver, what better gift to give than a scuba diving course to further their education? Most dive schools will allow you to purchase a voucher for a specific course, so find a dive school in their local area and choose a suitable conservation-related course that caters to their interests. These will vary hugely depending on location and certification agency, but courses could include coral propagation, shark awareness, turtle conservation, or learning how to conduct clean up dives and use the findings to campaign for change - the possibilities are endless! By choosing a dive school in their local area, you’ll also be supporting the local diving community, too. It’s worth mentioning that some of these courses can be land-based and therefore also suitable for non-divers. 

 

Girls that Scuba Membership

 

We’re obviously slightly biased, but we think any ocean lover would be thrilled to receive our Girls that Scuba Membership card as a virtual gift. For a one off payment members will receive lifetime access to a huge assortment of discounts and perks - from savings with hundreds of dive operators in locations around the world, offers on liveaboard packages, to awesome discounts on well known scuba brands and dive lifestyle companies. Lots of the other gift ideas within this article include brands featured on the GTS membership, so read on for a taste of the discounts on offer! We also do Girls that Scuba gift vouchers so you could also send someone a voucher that they can spend on whatever they like!

Wearable gifts that help the ocean

With ever-advancing fabric technologies, there are lots of incredible brands to choose from if you’re looking for a clothing or wearable gift for an ocean lover. Here are some of our favourites! 

 

Recycled swimwear

 

Every thalassophile (can you tell we’re running out of ways to say “ocean lover”?) needs some swimwear to be able to frolic in their favourite place, and what better than a bikini which also does good for the oceans? The phrase recycled swimwear perhaps doesn’t conjure up the best image, but don’t be fooled, these styles are bang on trend and there’s something to suit everyone. 

 

If your giftee likes to share their love for the ocean loud-and-proud with ocean themed designs, check out Sea Morgens stunning styles. Their stylish, comfortable bikinis and swimsuits come in an array of designs from manta rays to seashells, and they minimise their environmental impact by turning their offcuts into complementary scrunchies and face masks.

 

For something slightly more classic in design, Deakin & Blue builds it’s products on a basis of being “transformational” - from transforming the industry by championing regenerative materials, to transforming the way women feel about their bodies when wearing their products. We love their supportive designs and innovative sizing. GTS Membership Card holders can get 10% off both Deakin & Blue and Sea Morgens.  

 

For styles which are truly one with the underwater world, Waterlust creates awesome designs in sports-bra style tops, rash vests, leggings and shorts. All of their prints are designed from patterns found in marine flora and fauna, and each style supports scientific projects in aid of the creature it features. 

Surface interval clothing

 

If you’re after something for your sea-loving friend to wear on land, we’ve got you covered too. Our Girls that Scuba tees and hoodies are sustainably sourced and shipped plastic free, and even if your gift recipient isn’t a scuba diver our whale-y awesome sustainable sweatshirt is sure to be a crowd pleaser. 

 

Recycled eyewear

 

Who would have thought that even sunglasses could be made to do some good in the world? Sunglasses are a classic gift, and Waterhaul have quite literally turned ocean trash into treasure by regenerating ghost fishing nets into stylish yet practical eyewear. Their products are “intercepted from oceans, redesigned for adventure”, and we couldn’t agree more that their styles are perfect for any ocean adventurer. Girls that Scuba membership holders get 10% off.

 

Sustainable wetsuit

 

If you’re really looking to splurge on a present, look no further than the Fourth Element Surface wetsuit. The 4/3mm suit is “grown, not made” from certified sustainable rubber, and is designed to work for any and all water activities, from freediving and scuba to surfing and open water swimming. We also love the rashguards in their Ocean Positive line which are made from 85% recycled materials, and GTS membership card holders can receive 10% off.

 

 

AND they've just released their new winter collection with new and improved women's sizes - we LOVE the new designs! Check them out here 



Sustainable gifts for sealife lovers

If wearable and virtual gifts aren’t ticking the boxes for your gifting needs, every lover of the ocean would appreciate a gift which will help them to live their life a little more sustainably. Here are some awesome eco-friendly options which either help us do better by our oceans, or feature a fun ocean-theme!

 

Stream 2 Sea products

 

Switch up the standard body-product gifting and swap it for a sustainable travel kit of reef-safe sunscreen and body products by Stream 2 Sea. Their products are tested reef safe to prevent the damage to our aquatic environments caused by traditional sunscreens, and they’re packaged in sugarcane resin as opposed to virgin plastic. Stream2Sea available in UK and Europe here.

 

Ocean themed zero waste products

 

Many ocean lovers are some way along their zero-waste journey, so why not make their day by gifting them some ocean themed tools to help them out? Our sister site, A Waste Free World, has a whole section dedicated to products for scuba divers, many of which feature adorable underwater motifs and patterns. We particularly love the whaleshark beeswax wraps, designed to replace harmful clingfilm, and the gorgeous orca scrubbies which prevent the damaging microplastics from conventional kitchen sponges making their way into our waterways. 

 

Put together a zero waste kit

 

Continuing on the theme of zero waste or low waste living, consider putting together an everyday zero waste kit for your ocean lover to carry around. A reusable water bottle, coffee cup and cutlery set carried in a reusable tote is an awesome way to reduce the waste created by single use takeaway items. Check out Australia based Senda Essentials for a pre-made set if you want to keep it simple - GTS members get 10% off.  

Scuba Diver Plastic Free Gift Set 

 

Looking for an eco-friendly gift for somebody who has yet to go plastic-free? Going plastic-free is easier than ever with our plastic-free kit perfect for scuba divers! Full of reef-safe ocean saver products any scuba diver will love! 

Plastic-free starter kit includes:

 

  • Stream2Sea Leave-in Conditioner 
  • Stream2Sea Reef Safe Shampoo and Bodywash
  • Stream2Sea Reef-friendly Mask Defog
  • 5 x Plastic-free hair ties
  • Girls that Scuba tote bag

Calling all ocean lovers - what’s the best sustainable gift you’ve ever received? Share this list as a not-so-subtle hint of the gifts you’d love to receive, and continue the conversation in our Girls that Scuba Facebook group to let us know what sustainable gifts we’ve missed out on!


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