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harbor seals Astrid and Webby Adopt-a-Seal package with two stuffed animals
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Top 9 Eco Friendly Holiday Gifts that Give Back

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Holiday Gifts that Benefit The Marine Mammal Center, A Non-Profit that Rescues and Rehabilitates Marine Animals

Show your loved ones you care this holiday season with help from our 2020 Eco Friendly Green Gifts that Give Back Guide. It features sustainable gifts that are good for the planet and perfect for the people in your life who are (or aspire to be!) environmentally savvy. 

Not only are you helping the planet with these green gifts, but your purchase also supports medical care for our patients, which has helped us to rescue more than 23,000 marine mammals since 1975, and advances global ocean conservation.

Order online by November 24 for delivery by the first night of Hanukkah, and by December 4 for delivery before the last night. For delivery before Christmas, order online by December 11. Shopping at the last minute? Purchase a digitally downloadable Adopt-a-Seal® and print at home!

harbor seals Astrid and Webby Adopt-a-Seal with two stuffed animals

1. Gifts that give back for the distant loved one:

Adopt-A-Seal®

While it may be tough to get together with loved ones this holiday season, you can still send a thoughtful gift that will make them smile. When you symbolically adopt harbor seal pups Astrid & Webby (or one of our other popular patients like a sea otter, sea lion or dolphin!) your purchase will give back, providing the food and medical care sick and injured animals need to return home for the holidays. You can also personalize the adoption certificate that features Astrid & Webby’s photo and story!

2. Environmentally friendly gifts for the foodie:

A set of bamboo utensils to use instead of plastic

This to-go set of bamboo utensils includes a fork, knife, spoon and chopsticks, and comes in a convenient case (choose from six different colors!) made from recycled plastic bottles. You’ll find that this eco friendly gift is perfect for anyone who loves restaurant leftovers or taking their meals on-the-go. Be sure to check out these other on-the-go food items like this aluminum water bottle or these reusable food wraps.

bamboo utensil set in multi-color cases
set of five mesh produce bags and one bag with apples in it

3. Sustainable holiday gifts for the shopper:

Reusable produce bags that help cut down on single-use plastics

Practical and easy to bring along, these reusable produce bags are BPA-free and feature a drawstring top to keep your items secure. When not in use, they can easily be stored in a larger grocery bag. Now the shopper in your life can shop 'til they drop knowing they are helping eliminate hundreds of plastic bags from the ocean and landfills.

4. Ocean conservation gifts for the ocean lover:

A whaley cool tank top that shows off what they care about

If your loved one is crazy about the ocean, they’ll be thrilled when they open their gift and find marine mammal swag inside. This whaley cool tank top is designed and printed by a small business in San Francisco. And while it is certainly perfect for sunny day, it pairs great with this comfortable hoodie, creating the ultimate lounge-day outfit.

tank top with whale design and the words The Marine Mammal Center
sea otter in kelp holiday cards

5. 100% recycled cards for the relatives: 

A set of recycled holiday cards

You can send an otterly adorable card to your loved ones this holiday season. This set of 10 cards is printed on 100% recycled paper. And better yet, these cards are holiday-neutral, featuring an illustration of a playful sea otter and a simple message of happy holidays and a joyous new year. Be sure to check out other marine animal holiday cards!

6. Marine biology gifts for the aspiring scientist:

A poster showcasing marine mammals of the California coast

This dazzling poster is a must-have for any marine mammal enthusiast! Illustrated in meticulous detail by an award-winning marine mammal illustrator, this poster showcases over 30 types of marine mammals found along the California coast. The aspiring scientist in your life is sure to feel inspired with this hung on their wall!

poster titled and featuring Marine Mammals of the California Coast
navy socks with sea lions and the words The Marine Mammal Center

7. Ocean gifts for the lounger:

A pair of sea lion socks to cozy up in

Snuggle up and show your love for sea lions with these fun socks. This special design is only available at The Marine Mammal Center! Made with cotton sourced from the United States, these socks will keep your loved one warm and stylish. Don’t miss our other exclusive sock design featuring harbor seals.

8. Marine biology gifts for the family:

A 1,000-piece marine animal puzzle for at-home fun

Entertain yourself and your family with this intricate marine mammal puzzle. A Pacific coast scene featuring whales, dolphins, turtles and more will come to life as you put together this 1,000-piece puzzle made of 100% recycled chipboard. Be sure to check out other indoor-friendly activities, like coloring pages, books and more.

National Geographic puzzle of a Pacific Coast scene
trio of harbor seals

9. Gifts that give back for the one who has everything:

A gift and eCard in their honor

This is the perfect gift that gives back for someone who doesn’t need more stuff. A gift to The Marine Mammal Center in honor of your loved one has a big impact on ocean conservation. Send a personalized eCard with your donation and let them know they gave a second chance to marine mammals. You can even schedule your eCard to be sent immediately or on a specific date!

BONUS!

Round out your collection of marine animal gear with a protective face mask.

You and your loved ones can stay safe and stylish with your very own marine mammal face mask. Choose from a range of ocean-themed prints, like sea otters, dolphins, sea lions and more!

mask with sea lions and The Marine Mammal Center logo
An open calendar with marine mammal imagery

BONUS!

Start off each month of 2021 with a smile with a marine mammal calendar.

Featuring a new patient story each month, this marine mammal calendar is sure to inspire you. It was designed by one of our long-time volunteers and is packed with cute photos and insights into the Center’s work.

A purchase of any of our Eco Friendly Green Gifts that Give Back will help to support global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

Browse all of our gifts that give back to help save seals, sea otters, sea lions and other marine animals.

Yes, I want to save a life!

Yes, I want to save a life!

You’ll be giving sick and injured animals the best possible care at the Center’s state-of-the-art hospital. With your gift today, you are giving a patient a second chance at life in the wild.

  • $35 You'll buy food for a hungry animal
  • $45 You'll provide life-saving medical care
  • $65 You'll make second chances possible

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