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17 Gifts For Anyone Who Loves The Ocean

Or be shellfish and get them for yourself.

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1. This numbered print of an idyllic ocean-side scene and the most fabulous sun hat ever.

absolutart.com

It's one of the original artworks you can get at Absolut Art, by artist Carly Kuhn. It (like most of the works on the site), comes in a limited run — in this case, 50 — and supports the artist. Get it unframed for $170 here (and a coordinating floppy hat monogramed for $27 here.)

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2. Candles that will make even the smelliest dorm room or tiny apartment bathroom smell like there's a wave about to break on the shore.

pier1.com, amazon.com

Sometimes, if you can't make it to the ocean, smelling the ocean is the next best thing. Get the jar candle for $18.95 at Pier 1 and the Nest candle for $40 on Amazon.

5. Bath fizzies and a body scrub that smell like the ocean, and body cream scented with sea salt and soothing lavender.

formulary55.com, formulary55.com, formulary55.com

Almost all the ingredients you need to turn your bath tub into the ocean. They're all from Formulary 55: get the fizzies for $6 each here, the body polish for $7 here, and the hand and body cream for $18 here.

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8. And a CD* with recordings of the ocean's waves to help complete the scene.

amazon.com

*Make sure they have a CD player, first. And that you know them well enough to know that they would actually want this. Get it for $12.18 on Amazon. (You can also stream it with a Prime membership, although that defeats the purpose of a wrapped gift.)

9. A re-useable lunch and picnic set so they can bring their lunch without tossing plastic cutlery, paper cups, and a brown bag in the trash can.

lifefactory.com, rechusable.com

Because you don't really want your disposable water bottle to end up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Get the water bottle for $29.99 at Lifefactory (I have a similar bottle in a different color — I throw it around and use it almost every day, and it still has no chips in it, even though it's glass. So imho, it's worth the bucks); the Spork for $4.95 at Rechuseable, and the protected glass container (which is microwave safe) for $17.99 at Lifefactory.

11. A cozy knit sweater or a warm fleece blanket from a company that removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every purchase made.

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13. A globe or a glass dinosaur filled with bioluminescent bacteria that glow in the evening, just like in the real ocean.

uncommongoods.com

You should order these a little early, though, to help them adjust to your particular time zone; and you'll need to follow the directions they come with very carefully. It's not too hard, but you can't simply wrap it up and wait for Christmas morning. Get the globes starting at $59.95 for the small size here, and the dinosaur for $59.95 here.

15. A ring reminiscent of the ocean floor, for anyone who loves to wear chunky jewelry.

16. The Lakes and Oceans poster from xkcd, for that one person who's always saying "oh, there was an xkcd about this..." and loves oceans.

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