Holiday Gift Guide
Save Santa the Carbon Reindeerprint!
Give Local this Holiday.
The Holidays are around the corner yet again, and we all know what that means: BUY! GIVE! SHOP! CONSUME! WRAP! UNWRAP! SMILE POLITELY! THROW AWAY 6 MONTHS LATER!
Just kidding... we know you're better than that. You wouldn't be reading this blog if the holiday consumption rush didn't give you a little jolt of climate anxiety.
So, in honor of saving Santa’s natural habitat and in hopes of a brighter future in 2022, here's a few tips on rethinking holiday giving this year:
Lighten Santa's load: Giving less isn't grinchy, it's green! While we have yet to crunch the numbers on Santa's carbon footprint, no doubt the lighter the sleigh, the better. Reduce, reuse, recycle... with an emphasis on reduce. When it comes to gifts, size doesn't actually matter anyhow - it's the sentiment (and usefullness) that they'll remember.
Support Santa's Elves: Santa is the O-G of supporting small businesses (that's right, Elves aren't seasonal contract workers, they're independent small business owners), and we could all take a page from his book. Small business are the backbone of our economy, drive innovation, empower creators and enrich communities. What's more, people love when presents have a fun founder story behind them!
Make it worth Santa's while: If Santa's going to contract nine magical mach speed reindeer to fly around the planet, it better be for a gift worth the trouble. Give your loved ones something they will actiually love and use. They'll thank you, and so will the planet. They don't need another holiday-themed coffee mug set (trust us, they really don't). They do need fun things they'd buy themselves anyhow, like plastic-free shampoo or tooth tabs.
Leave Santa to surf 364 days of the year: We all know Santa hits the beach for his well-deserved Spring/Summer/Fall Break. That sun-bleached beach beard doesn't lie! Ocean-friendly gifts help ensure that Santa's vacay waters are free of micro-plastics and harmful contaminants. It also ensures that all you good boys and girls can enjoy the same, 365!
With that, we give you SeaBlue's annual Holiday Gift Guide. Warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season, full of gifts that matter, gifts that incite joy, and gifts that give back to our oceans!
For the little grom in your life:
There is no gift like the gift of inspiration! Our treasure trove of kids’ reads will inspire the next generation of Stephanie Gilmore’s and Greta Thunberg’s. Plus - getting them hooked young ensures that one day you’ll have minions to drive you to the beach well into your golden years.
For the “just one more” surf buddy in your crew:
We all know that “one last wave” really means “10 more mediocre waves” or (worse) one more hour waiting for The. Perfect. Wave… so here are some ideas to keep your “just one more” wave buddy from burning up out there in the lineup.
For the friend whose vacation got postponed. Again:
Whether they’re an essential worker or an expendable worker, over-employed or underemployed... sometimes you just need to relax, unwind, and invest in mental health. Here are some favorite ocean-friendly me-time catalysts: