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Top Eco Friendly Holiday Gifts that Give Back

November 7, 2023
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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 2023 Eco Friendly Holiday 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 all proceeds from your purchase also support medical care for our patients, which has helped us to rescue more than 24,000 marine mammals since 1975 and advance global ocean conservation. 

Order online by December 1 for the best chance of delivery before the last day of Hanukkah, and December 8 for the best chance of delivery before Christmas.

Shopping at the last minute? Your purchase comes with a downloadable gift IOU to give your loved one while they wait for their special present to arrive. Find more gifts that give back on our Last-Minute Gift Guide.

Please note that some orders may arrive later than expected due to delays outside the Center's control, such as high mail volume or weather. We appreciate your support and patience.

Adopt a Past Patient

1. Elephant seal Bilbo – help the next animal in need when you adopt a past patient. You’ll receive Bilbo's story and have the option to upgrade to a gift package that includes a plush.  

2. Harbor seal Bogey – get Bogey’s story plus your choice of a small or large plush when you upgrade to a gift package. Your adoption will give the next patient a second chance.   

3. Northern fur seal Poppy – Poppy’s hopeful story will put a smile on your loved one’s face. Upgrade to a gift package to receive a plush and children’s book with your certificate.

4. NEW! Sea otters & sea stars holiday cards – printed on 100% recycled paper, this set of 10 cards is perfect for sending a sea of love to friends and family this holiday season. 

5. Coral sea life holiday cards – delight your loved ones with these quirky marine-themed greeting cards printed with soy and vegetable-based inks.

6. Fair-trade humpback whale ornament – this one-of-a-kind handmade ornament will add a unique flair to any holiday décor. 

7. NEW! Balsa wood sea lion ornament – handcrafted out of sustainably harvested balsa wood, this lightweight and whimsical ornament is a fair-trade product. 

8. 2024 calendar – your loved one can head into the new year with inspiring patient stories and cute animal photos to look forward to.

Earth-Friendly Home Goods

9. An organic cotton beach towel – these towels are not only fun and eye-catching but they're also lightweight, sand-resistant and eco-friendly.

10. NEW! Eco dryer balls 3-pack – replace single-use dryer sheets with these reusable, organic and cruelty-free wool dryer balls. Available in two fun designs, these will keep your laundry feeling soft and fresh.

One-of-a-Kind Apparel

11. Marine mammal-themed socks – snuggle up with fun sea lion, harbor seal or whale patterned socks. These designs are exclusively sold at the Center’s Gift Store.  

12. NEW! Organic cotton beanie with cork tag – friends and family can show off their ocean love with this extra soft beanie made with 100% organic cotton.

13. Organic cotton sea lion sweatshirt – designed and printed by a San Francisco small business, this sweatshirt features one of the city’s most iconic animals: the sea lion. 

14. Organic cotton sea otter t-shirt - featuring an illustration of a sea otter face so realistic it could be a photo, this t-shirt is sure to turn heads.

15. Vintage sea lion long-sleeve t-shirt – made with 100% cotton, this classic look is a fan favorite. 

16. Youth decade sweatshirt – our one-of-a-kind decade design was initially created in honor of The Marine Mammal Center’s 10th anniversary and remains our most popular design more than 30 years later.

Planet Conscious Jewelry

17. Wood logo earrings – lightweight and eco-friendly, these earrings symbolize a deep love for ocean conservation.  

18. Seaglass whisper earrings – made with recycled glass and sterling silver, these elegant earrings bring beach and shore vibes while keeping our ocean pristine.

Fun & Learning for All Ages

19. Pacific Coast puzzle – get the whole family in on the fun with this intricate 1,000-piece puzzle made of 100% recycled chipboard.  

20. Marine mammal poster – discover more than 30 species of marine mammals found along the California coast with this dazzling poster. 

21. Ocean life puzzle – dive into a colorful ocean scene containing tropical fish, coral, marine mammals and more with this 300-piece puzzle.

22. You Are My Baby: Ocean – two books in one! Turn the pages of the little book nestled inside the bigger book to match the baby ocean animals to their parents. 

Stocking Stuffers & Small Gifts

23. Decade keychain – keep your keys together with this one-of-kind keychain featuring sea lions.

24. Harbor seal clip – this seal-y awesome key chain will add a friendly flair to anyone’s backpack, lunchbox or keys.

25. Sea lion sticker – brighten up a notebook, binder or laptop with this sea lion sticker that was designed and created by a local San Francisco small business. 

26. The Marine Mammal Center gift card – can’t decide what to get your loved one? A gift card to the Center’s Gift Store is the perfect way to give them exactly what they want.

Bonus! You can name a whale in honor or memory of a loved one

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This is a unique opportunity to name a whale while supporting the conservation of these gentle giants. With your support of $2,500, your name or your designated honoree’s name will be added to a humpback whale’s record in Happywhale, a worldwide whale sighting database used by organizations, institutes and researchers. Explore other ways to donate in your loved one’s honor.

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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