December seems to sneak up on us every year and with it comes the never-ending shopping list. Finding unique gifts for friends and family that already seem to have it all is challenging, which may be the perfect opportunity for you to think outside the gift-wrapped box and shift your focus to green gifts.

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre has compiled options that has something for everyone, and makes the season of giving–and wrapping–a little more sustainable. These gifts are truly unique and have a minimal impact on the environment.

1. Give the Gift of Membership

Purchase a gift that keeps on giving for 365 days a year. With a Vancouver Aquarium membership your family and friends can discover and explore aquatic wonders all year round. Annual memberships include unlimited Aquarium admission, exclusive events and additional discounts and benefits. Buy an e-Gift Card online or call the membership office today (604-659-3526) to get started.

 

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2. Adopt an Animal

Aquadopt kits allow you to symbolically adopt a beluga, frog, sea otter, seal, or shark. Each Aquadopt Kit includes a certificate of adoption, fact booklet, collector card, plush toy and a tax receipt. For a limited time only the sea otter kit comes with a special magnet of rescued sea otter pup Rialto. Symbolic adoption helps us care for the animals at the Vancouver Aquarium, and helps fund our many conservation, research and education programs. Aquadopt Kits are available at the Vancouver Aquarium gift shop and online.

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The killer whale adoption package directly supports groundbreaking research and conservation of B.C.’s wild orca whales. Photo credit: Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard.

3. Adopt a Wild Killer Whale

With options to support either a family of killer whales or an individual whale, gift givers will be directly supporting research and conservation of an iconic B.C. species. Each symbolic adoption package includes a certificate of adoption, a newsletter, ID photo and biography of your selected whale, a USB flash drive featuring sounds from B.C.’s killer whales, and more. Visit http://killerwhale.vanaqua.org to adopt a killer whale today.

4. Stop by Our Gift Shop

The Vancouver Aquarium gift shop is also a one stop shop to find animal-friendly and green gifts. Choose from a number of sustainable gifts like handmade scarves made with soft, recycled alpaca wool, or pine beetle bowls made of salvaged wood. Even little ones can go green with a wooden fish puzzle packaged in a reusable carrying case. Visit the Gift Shop during Aquarium opening hours or shop online to discover all the amazing green gifts we offer.

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The pine beetle bowls are handmade using wood salvaged from trees that have been devastated by pine beetles.

 5. A Lasting Gesture

Give that special someone a personalized gift that keeps aquatic life diverse and flourishing by making a donation in their name. Donations are unique and sustainable gift options–perfect for the loved ones in your life who are passionate about animals and the natural world. In addition to feeling good about your gift, you will also receive a tax receipt. As part of your gift you can send a personalized card or e-card to the person you’re honouring.

Gift givers and their recipients can feel good knowing that this season they’re contributing directly to the Aquarium’s the conservation, research and education efforts by choosing to give a green gift this holiday season.

Aquablog post by James Narvey, assistant membership manager at Vancouver Aquarium.

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