Science, Tech, Math › Animals & Nature 9 Gift Ideas for Ocean Lovers Need to get something at the last minute? Share Flipboard Email Print Herman du Plessis / Getty Images Animals & Nature Marine Life Marine Life Profiles Marine Habitat Profiles Sharks Key Terms Amphibians Birds Habitat Profiles Mammals Reptiles Insects Forestry Dinosaurs Evolution View More By Jennifer Kennedy Marine Science Expert M.S., Resource Administration and Management, University of New Hampshire B.S., Natural Resources, Cornell University Jennifer Kennedy, M.S., is an environmental educator specializing in marine life. She serves as the executive director of the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation. our editorial process Jennifer Kennedy Updated January 18, 2020 Do you know someone who loves marine life or nature? Check out this gift guide including some unique items, many of which can be purchased at the last minute or online. You could delight the marine enthusiast in your life even more by combining some of these items into a marine-themed gift basket! 01 of 09 Donate to a Charity Reef gardener attaching corals to artificial reef, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia. Wolfgang Poelzer / Getty Images If your marine science lover is already swimming in ocean-themed objects, a donation to a marine life charity in the recipient's name is a great gift. There are organizations out there that are large and small, focused broadly on marine conservation, and narrowly on helping particular species or regions. Just a few include the Ocean Conservancy, the Coral Reef Alliance, and Oceana. 02 of 09 Gift a Gift Membership മിഖേല് / Getty Images Consider gifting an individual or family membership to a local aquarium or science center. Your recipient will remember your kind gesture every time they visit! This gift is especially good for families. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums offers a listing that will help you select the right membership for the ocean lover in your life. 03 of 09 "Adopt" a Marine Animal Whale shark and divers, Wolfe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Michele Westmorland / Getty Images A virtual adoption of a marine animal such as a whale, seal, shark, or seabird is a great way to make a tangible difference. Major groups such as the World Wildlife Fund and Oceana offer such options through their websites. You'll likely get an adoption kit with an adoption certificate and a detailed life history of the animal you've adopted. This is a great gift for kids, who are often thrilled with the idea of having their "own" marine animal! Bear in mind, however, that "adoptions" of marine animals are symbolic rather than literal. An adoption kit may include a photo of a specific animal, but don't expect to hear updates about that particular creature; after all, they are wild animals that are in constant motion! 04 of 09 Give an Interaction With Marine Life Justin Lewis / Getty Images If your gift recipient is adventurous, you could give them a gift certificate or offer to accompany them on a trip to view marine life. Depending on your location, you might choose from such options as a whale or seal watching trip, snorkeling or scuba diving tour, or swim-with experience featuring any of a variety of sea creatures. Try to support responsible, eco-friendly operators when making your purchase. You could accompany your gift with a field guide listing the species they might see on their trip. 05 of 09 Marine Life CDs and DVDs Photo from Amazon Give a CD of marine life sounds, such as a CD featuring whale songs, or a DVD about marine life (the Discovery Channel Store has many), perhaps accompanied by a book about marine life. 06 of 09 Marine Life Books Photo from Amazon There are a variety of books about marine life, ranging from fictional stories to non-fiction, science-based books, and coffee table books. Some of the best include "World Ocean Census," which features beautiful images and accounts of exciting, innovative research, "Voyage of the Turtle," with great information on leatherback turtles, and "The Secret Life of Lobsters," an extremely fun read about lobster biology and research. 07 of 09 Binoculars Ulrike Schmitt-Hartmann / Getty Images Maybe you know someone who is just getting into observing marine life such as whales or seabirds. If so, binoculars would be a great gift, especially when combined with an informative field guide. 08 of 09 Marine Life Calendar Photo from Amazon There are lots of calendars out there that feature beautiful images of marine life, many of which are produced by non-profit organizations, so your purchase will help further their work. 09 of 09 Marine Life Gifts for the Home Photo from Amazon Other great gift ideas include artwork, marine life sculptures, stationery, jewelry, and shells or shell-themed decorations or housewares. There are lots of options here! Nautical designs are trendy lately, and you can often find things like towels, soap holders, glasses, and tableware that have a marine life or nautical theme.