Courtney's Holiday Gift Guide
I don’t know about you, but I still can’t believe the holidays are almost here! If you want to make your holiday shopping a little more ocean friendly this year, this gift guide is for you. Whether you’re looking for something for that beach bum in your life, the dog parent, or that person who seems to have everything, here are some conscious gift ideas from SeaBlue's ocean-friendly marketplace:
For that person in your life who is always at the beach on their days off, here are some gift ideas they’re sure to love.
“I Surf Too” Sweatshirt That Gives Back by SurfearNEGRA
I love giving gifts that also give back. This “I surf too” sweatshirt is so cute and supports an amazing cause! SurfearNEGRA’s organization focuses on bringing cultural and gender diversity to surfing. All proceeds of their products provide funding for girls of color to attend a surf camp in their local community.
Handmade Sea Pendant by Lahlo
For that person in your life that is always dreaming of the sea, this sea pendant is a perfect gift for them! Available in silver and gold, this beautiful pendant is handmade in small batches, ships plastic-free, and 10% of profits are donated to ocean conservancy programs!
Eco-Friendly Surf Wax by Tommy Gunn's Surf Shop
Have that surfer friend in your group? Can’t go wrong with some surf wax! This small batch vegan surf wax by Tommy Gunn’s Surf Wax makes a great stocking stuffer or addition to a beachy themed gift!
Ocean-Friendly Beach Hoodie by Stacia
Having that go-to beach hoodie is a must for any beach bum. This beach hoodie by Stacia is handmade in California using deadstock fabrics or repurposed textiles. They’re shipped using plastic free and compostable packaging too which is an extra bonus!
Do you know someone who is always on the go or planning their next adventure? These gift ideas are travel essentials that will help make their adventures a little more sustainable.
Bamboo Utensil Set by SeaHugger:
I have the reusable bamboo utensil set from SeaHugger that is always on my travel packing list! These are so easy to toss in your travel bag and helps avoid single use utensils while you're out adventuring. Bonus: Proceeds support Sea Hugger’s ocean conservation education programs!
Water Filter Pods by GOPure:
I don’t know about you but when I travel, I always struggle to find filtered water that I can easily refill my reusable bottle. These GoPure Pods are a great solution! These pods purify, protect and preserve up to 264 gallons of water, which is the equivalent of 2,000 refills of a standard size reusable water bottle! Plus it’s so compact making it easy to add in with your travel essentials!
Shampoo and Conditioner Bar + Travel Tin by Green Room Body Co.:
These shampoo and conditioner bars from Green Room Body Co. are seriously the best. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me post about them a few times! I not only love their clean ingredients and minimal packaging, but also love how compact the travel tin is! Such a perfect gift for that travel loving person in your life.
At Home Spa Day:
Whether you have that hardworking someone on your list who could use an at home spa day or you just want to treat someone to some pampering, here are some gift ideas that are great as is or as a gift set.
Candles: I don’t know about you, but I love giving and getting candles as gifts! SeaBlue carries candles from a couple different vendors that are all amazing options:
Bungalow Candle by Stacia:
This Bangalow Candle by Stacia is so beautiful! It’s handmade in California with natural ingredients and poured in small batches to reduce waste. In addition to being made with natural, paraffin-free ingredients, it’s also shipped and packaged using recycled materials.
Ethically Sourced “Me Time” + “Unwind” Candles by Soyful Aromas:
These “Me Time” and “Unwind” candles from Soyful Aromas make the perfect self-care gift for the person in your life who needs some relaxation. Soyful Aromas candles are ethically sourced, responsibly made, and are poured in small batches to reduce waste and energy use. They even use natural aromas and package their beautiful candles in reusable tins and jars!
SeaBlue Exclusive Candle Collection by Shine Lab:
These SeaBlue exclusive candles from Shine Lab are so sustabilly chic and such a perfect gift! Their candles are named after different locations like Malibu, Santa Cruz, and Rockaway! This is such a fun gift to give some a taste of SoCal or a little piece of home. The candle containers are made with hand-blown recycled glassware and topped off with a sustainable cork lid. They also use a natural coconut wax blend, non-toxic fragrance, and 100% cotton wick. It’s shipped using sustainable materials and they even use carbon-neutral shipping routes. Can it get even better than that?
Natural + Organic Radiance and Boost Multi Mask Bundle by JMA Organic:
My at home spa days always feel next level with a face mask! This Detox + Radiance Boost mask bundle by JMA Organic makes a great. On top of using natural, organic, toxic-free, and cruelty free ingredients, their packing is eco-friendly too! Their products are packaged using 90% plastic-free packaging including glass or biodegradable refill packages.They even use packaging made from FSC certified and recycled paper. Good for your skin, and the planet!
Essential Oil Kit by Perfect Blue Alchemy:
I personally have the Essentials Kit from Perfect Blue Alchemy and absolutely love it. This kit comes with 3 essential oils: Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint. They are amazing to use in a diffuser or for a little aromatherapy on the go! Perfect Blue Alchemy’s vegan products are made in small batches with only natural oils and plant essences. They also have other items like their Self-Care Kits and Body Oils (my personal favorite is Hibernate!) that are great gift options as well!
Ocean-Friendly Nail Polish by COCOLUXE BEAUTY:
Nail polish always makes a great stocking stuffer or the perfect addition to a spa-day themed gift! It’s an even better gift if it’s ocean-friendly and that’s what COCOLUXE BEAUTY is all about. Their nail polish is made to be long lasting and durable which is always the best with nail polish. They use cruelty free ingredients made in the USA that are from from Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Camphor, Xylene, Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP), Parabens, Fragrances, and Phthalates. We love clean nail polish that comes in the most beautiful colors!
For the fashion loving person on your list, these ocean-friendly clothing and accessories are for them.
Recycled Leather Backpack by Opus Mind:
These recycled leather backpacks by Opus Mind are so beautiful and are carried in six different stunning colors. These backpacks are designed for durability and by using recycled leather, 90% less water is used compared to ordinary leather processing! They ship plastic free and would make a memorable gift for anyone on your list.
Ethical + Sustainable Clothing by Empulse:
I have been a long time fan of the Empulse’s beautiful designs! Their Beachy Sweaters are one of my personal faves along with their Golden Plant Dyed tees. I love how they use plant based dyes along with GOTS organic cotton, upcycled clothing, or deadstock fabric to make their unique designs!
Handmade Jewelry by Lahlo:
Alright, the jewelry from Lahlo is so beautiful and would make a great gift for your fashion loving friends! Some of my favorite designs are the Pearl Drop Earrings, Dream Chaser Earrings, Pearl Stringer Necklace, and Moon Child Earrings but they are all so unique and beautiful. This handmade jewelry company also donates 10% of profits to ocean conservancy programs!
Plant Based Tights by CLOVO:
I am in LOVE with these plant-based tights by CLOVO. Traditional nylon tights tend to be uncomfortable and tear easily but CLOVOs tights are so soft and durable. They are made using 71% less plastic than traditional tights and are free of microplastics. If you want to learn more about traditional nylon tights vs these plant based tights check out my YouTube video! But seriously, anyone who wears tights would love this as a gift.
Sustainable + Fair Trade Clothing by Vanilla Sand:
If you’re looking for a timeless piece of clothing for that fashion loving person on your list, look no further than Vanilla Sand. From jumpsuits to crop tops, Vanilla Sand has beautiful designs made from fabric that is GOTS certified, 100% Tencel, and PETA vegan approved. It’s also handmade by Brazilian and Portuguese female artisans and is Fairtrade® certified. Plus when you give a gift from Vanilla Sand you’ll also be planting a tree! One tree is planted with every purchase to offset the carbon footprint.
Dog parents always get excited about gifts for their fur babies. Here are a few gift ideas that are perfect for them and their doggos.
Dissolvable Waste Bags with Dispenser by Solubag:
This dissolvable waste bag set is the perfect gift for that dog parent in your life! Solubag's Non-Plastic bags are even better than biodegradable! They are cold-water soluble and completely dissolve in as little as 5 minute which is seriously amazing. This set comes with 1 leash dispenser and 2 rolls of dog waste bags that have 10 bags per role.
Upcycled Fanny Pack by Sailing Kâla:
Having a fanny pack to put your dog treats, extra waste bags, and whatever else you may need is so convenient when you take your doggo out and about! This fanny pack from Sailing Kâla is made with upcycled materials, is designed to be durable and long-lasting, and uses almost zero raw, virgin material is used in production! This upcycled fanny pack (along with other pouch designs they carry) make a great gift for the pet parent in your life.
Ocean-Friendly Air Fresheners by Sea Huggers:
Know that person who takes their dog everywhere they go? This recycled air freshener from SeaHugger would make a fun stocking stuffer for them to keep their car smelling fresh! These air fresheners are made in the USA from recycled cardboard and plastic and come in three scents: Vanilla, Strawberry, or Pina Colada.
Creative Gifts for People Who Have Everything:
Have that person on your list who you just can’t figure out what to get them? Here are some creative gift ideas to consider:
Handmade Ocean Coasters by Ryan Yamashita - Ocean Resin Art:
These beautiful Ocean Coasters are the perfect unique gift for that person who has everything! These dreamy beach coasters are produced in small batches and shipped in 100% biodegradable packaging. Plus, a portion of the proceeds is donated to Surfrider! Who doesn't love a gift that gives back too?
Recyclable (and stunning!) Puzzles by Surf Shack Puzzles:
The puzzles from Surf Shack Puzzles are stunning, sustainable, and designed by female artist, Joanne Ho from New Zealand. These puzzles are made from 100% recycled board, printed using non-toxic ink, and $1 from every puzzle goes to marine conservation initiatives. My personal favorite is the “When in Santorini” since that’s a bucket list destination for me but they are all so beautiful!
Ocean-Friendly Tote Bag by Post Surf Collective:
Whether you’re heading to the farmers market or the beach, this 100% cotton tote bag is so versatile and cute! I love how it’s hand-dyed with plant dyes so each one is unique and one of a kind. Not only does this make a great gift but you can also use it to wrap a gift! It’s a creative and low-waste way to wrap a gift with a gift itself!