Sustainabiity

Holiday Gift Guide

By Ingrid on 12/6/20

A sustainable holiday gift guide written by Ingrid Hilbink, Kathryn Foster, and Caitlin Mahoney

The 2020 Ocean First Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are approaching quickly, and it’s time to buckle down and start crossing off the gifts for all the special someones on your list. It has always been important to support small businesses, but given this year’s events, it is more important than ever. Shopping small & local this year could be the difference between your favorite business making it to 2021. Here are our gift ideas that support our small business as well as some fellow B Corps and sustainable brands we love.

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Gifts from Ocean First

At Ocean First, we have plenty of items that can make perfect gifts for the ocean enthusiast in your life! From new scuba gear and next level equipment, to travel for 2021, to starter kits and gift boxes for anyone in your family.

  • Gift Card Promo (get $100 and pay $80): You are awarded with more bang for your buck and let them choose their own adventure! 
  • Ocean First Gift Boxes: Check out our new Ocean First themed gift boxes. Carefully crafted by our knowledgeable staff, choose one of the 4 gift boxes: diver box, snorkeler box, pop culture box, and the Ocean First schwag box.
  • Con-Ed Courses: This is the perfect gift for your dive buddy! Give the gift of knowledge & an experience you both will remember. At Ocean First, we believe that even the most experienced divers still have something to learn. From now until Christmas, take advantage of our BOGO con-ed class deal: buy one class, get another for equal or lesser value for FREE. Offer ends 12/25/20. View our courses online here and then give us a call or stop by the shop to purchase.
  • TIDES Kids’ Programs: Get your child out of the house and into the water exploring the underwater world! Give the gift of our TIDES programs that include marine science and scuba diving.
  • Club Aquarius Family Membership: You asked, we listened....we are now offering a Club Aquarius Family Membership.  2 Adults and 1 child for $255 (regularly $285).  Each additional child will be $75!
  • OF Merchandise: Quick and easy gift ideas for that special someone who loves all things Ocean First! Anything from t-shirts to pint glasses, hats to hoorags - we have it all!

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Sustainable Gifts for your Partner, Friend, Roommate, or Family Members

Gifting for the holidays can be a challenge for a sustainably conscious guru. We’ve taken care of the background research for you as we’ve put together this list of brands that use sustainable ingredients, products, packaging, and are for a good cause! 

  • Cocokind Skincare: sells nontoxic and sustainable products, and the tubes for all their products are made out of sugar cane. Order online through their website or you can find their products at Target or Whole Foods.
  • Lush: is a body and skin care product brand. They use eco-friendly holiday packaging and are ahead of the game with alternatives to plastic.
  • Everlane: makes sustainable clothing. They use exceptional quality materials, ethical factories, and radical transparency when sourcing and making their products.
  • Bite: is a sustainable toothpaste brand that makes concentrated tablets of toothpaste  and packages in reusable and sustainable containers.
  • Parks Project: is a sustainable clothing brand that gives back to national parks. They make their clothing from quality materials, and donate proceeds to fund projects to help keep our national parks thriving.
  • ChicoBag: is a company that produces bags, pouches, travel products, face masks, and more! By producing these reusable and sustainable products, you can help cut down on plastic pollution and marine debris, which we know are serious and growing problems.
  • Your Super: is a fellow B Corp that makes superfood powders for smoothies, drinks, baked goods and just about anything else you can think of cooking! They use organic and holistic ingredients that are good for you and the ones you care about most! 
  • Sand Cloud: sells towels, clothing, water bottles, sunglasses, socks, hats, backpacks, metal straws, and more! They are made from sustainable materials, and they even give 10% profits to go towards marine conservation.

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Gifts for the Home

There are many brands that make sustainable products for your home. Below is a list of a few brands and products that are wonderful items for your house, while helping you become more sustainable and keeping our planet clean!

  • KHALA & CO and Bees Wrap are companies that make food wraps made from organic cotton dipped in beeswax to store and preserve food in a sustainable way. 
  • Refill Revolution is an amazing place for your home needs located in Boulder! They refill bags, soaps, oral care, and more without the plastic waste. And look to Zero Market for the same needs, but located in Denver!
  • Blueland is a company that makes organic cleaning supplies in reusable sustainable packaging.
  • The Earthling Co is a brand that has any product you need, from hair, skin, and pet care, to kitchen and bathroom supplies.

Gift Wrapping

One step you can take towards a zero waste holiday is the wrapping you use! Gift wrapping turns into incredible amounts of waste after the holidays, and one way to cut down on waste and live more sustainably is to find alternative eco-friendly gift wrapping options. The linked blog has many great methods and items that can be used for gift wrapping.

This holiday season, support locally and give gifts more sustainably! Happy holidays!

 

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