Every year, we all face the same conundrum: what do you get people for the holiday season? Everyone already seems to have everything, and unwanted gifts just wind up in the trash. This year, rather than giving another boring pair of socks give gifts that make a difference.
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is your stop for truly unique presents that are both memorable and meaningful. Here are our top picks for holiday gifts that are green — and sure to delight:
1. A gift for the entire year
Membership can be enjoyed 365 days of the year. Choose this gift for a family member or a friend and let them immerse themselves in aquatic amazement all year round. Their membership helps to support many conservation, research and education initiatives of the Vancouver Aquarium.
2. Adopt an animal
This year, there is a multitude of animals to symbolically adopt. Choose between the loveable sea otter, beluga, shark or seal Aquadopts or give all four! Each comes with a huggable stuffy, certificate of adoption, fact booklet, collector card and tax receipt. Fans of these charismatic critters will love this gift more as it helps to care for the real animals at the Aquarium and in the ocean.
3. Wild killer whale adoption
Give a gift that directly supports one of the most iconic animals along the B.C. coast, the killer whale. The Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program can make your gift recipient a key partner in the research and conservation of these magnificent animals. You can select an adoption package and a specific whale that suits you and your loved one. Each package will include a certificate of adoption, ID photo and biography of your selected whale, a CD featuring sounds from B.C.’s killer whales and you’ll get updates in our annual newsletter.
4. Think global, shop local
Red, green and gold are more than just traditional holiday colours, they also indicate which items in the Aquarium Gift Shop are Canadian made, sustainable, or made in B.C. Visit the Gift Shop to find a variety of items from toys to clothing, home décor and sparkling jewelry.
5. A lasting gesture
Make a donation to the Aquarium in honour of a friend, relative or colleague this holiday season. You can also pay tribute to someone special by donating in their memory. There are many options for giving a gift in someone’s name. You can join a giving circle, support an exhibit, or become a monthly donor and select which priority area your gift will support. Visit our website to find a way that works for you and your honoured recipient and help support ongoing conservation and research programs that protect our delicate ecosystems.