Are you looking for a gift for someone who already has everything or, perhaps, you’re determined to reduce waste this holiday season? Maybe there’s a child or friend on your list who has a keen interest in all things aquatic?

Look no further – the Vancouver Aquarium has just the gift for you.

Instead of sharing a gift that comes in a box, give the experience of aquatic wonder with a membership to the Vancouver Aquarium.

In addition to directly supporting our aquatic conservation efforts, members receive unlimited admission for a year, express entry, exclusive discounts, invitations to members-only events and more. With over 50,000 living creatures and a variety of seasonal features, every visit promises a new discovery, and we’re open 365 days a year. New for 2013, give the gift of membership with an online gift card and have an electronic gift card immediately delivered to your inbox. Learn more here.

If you’d like a direct hand in our research efforts, consider supporting killer whales, one of B.C.’s most iconic animals, through the Vancouver Aquarium Killer Whale Adoption Program.

Funding research is a great way to help protect killer whales, and individuals of all ages, or even entire families, can get involved. It’s also a gift to Planet Earth, since giving an adoption package helps reduce waste. Find out how to adopt a killer whale today here.

If more traditional gifts are desired, the Vancouver Aquarium’s Gift Shop proudly offers environmentally-responsible sustainable choice products, which are easily identified by their big green stickers.

These products are made from organic or biodegradable materials, use minimal packaging and can be recycled or reused. A few are highlighted below.

Cuddly Cute WoolBuddy

Cuddly Cute WoolBuddy

  • WoolBuddy
    • Developed by a story artist and art teacher, WoolBuddy is an arts and crafts gift that allows you to make your own stuffed animals. Featuring a variety of animals, WoolBuddy comes pre-made on keychains or in wool felting kits.
  • Alkemie Jewelry
    • Alkemie Jewelry offers an environmentally and socially responsible line of products forged from 100 per cent reclaimed metals. All designs are manufactured by hand.
  • Creative Kids Wood Puzzles
    • Made from recycled materials and printed with eco-friendly ink, a Wood Puzzles set includes a 98 per cent recycled board and jigsaw puzzle, all in a reusable tote box. These floor puzzles are designed to support and enhance early learning skills.

The Aquarium’s Gift Shop is open 365 days of the year, including on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which should help last-minute shoppers find the right gift in the nick of time.

The Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life. Proceeds from purchases directly support our conservation, research and education programs.

 

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