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Holiday Gift Ideas from Shedd Aquarium for Aquatic Animal Fans

Round-up of one-of-a-kind experiences and gifts that give back to the blue planet this holiday season

November 20, 2020

Sea otter Kiana in front of a sign reading Happy Holidays

While looking for the perfect gifts for the holidays, Shedd Aquarium has ideas for all those who love the aquatic animal world. Whether shopping for the future marine biologist and next generation of animal advocates, or the penguin fanatic who became enthralled with the field trips this year, there is a selection of tangible gifts and unforgettable experience available. This season give gifts that give back and support our blue planet for aquatic life here, there, and everywhere by fueling the aquarium’s mission.


Immerse experiences that bring families and friends together, near and far, that no one will ever forget. From virtual explorations of aquatic habitats to behind-the-scenes encounters with animals, have them unwrap the gift of underwater exploration and togetherness.

  • Virtual Aquarium Adventures: Who’s ready to go on an animal adventure? Join Shedd animal experts and take a virtual dive into the world of aquatic animals with Aquarium Adventures!
  • Zzz’s Under the Seas Virtual Slumber Party: Enjoy the fun of a sleepover at Shedd from the comfort of your home. During this virtual evening and morning program, families will meet animals and explore habitats with activities, games and more. The next morning, enjoy your breakfast with the belugas and animal yoga!
  • Virtual Animal Encounters: Come face-to-face with sea otters, penguins, or sea lions in Shedd’s virtual animal encounters from the comfort of your home anywhere in the world. Learn about their unique anatomy and adaptations, connect with an animal care team member, and ask any questions live!
  • Membership: Give a gift to a loved one that is a great deal for them and means a great deal to Shedd! Choose “Buy as a Gift” for recipients to get free admission to the aquarium for a year—they will get the gift now but can choose to activate when they feel comfortable.


If looking for tangible gifts inspired by the animals you love, Shedd Aquarium’s store has moved online to offer everything from animal plushes to stylish and sustainable apparel.

  • Apparel: Shop a one-of-a-kind, limited-time sea otter collection with t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, crewneck sweatshirts or hoodies. The design is also available with special accessories like face masks, hats, and tote bags.
  • Gifts: Give a gift they’ll love year-round! Whether it’s a stainless-steel tumbler, ceramic mug or sea otter plush, there’s something for all ages and interests.

Share your love for the aquatic animal world by giving a gift that helps support Shedd Aquarium. With you by our side, we are able to care for resident animals, create learning programs for families and educators, and take action for animals and our blue planet.

  • Adopt an Animal: Have a special connection with penguins, belugas, otters or turtles? Symbolically adopt one and receive a matching plush! When you symbolically adopt an animal at Shedd, you support our mission and top-quality animal care.
  • Make a Difference Monthly: Looking for ways to simplify your contributions? Consider scheduling reoccurring donations monthly or annually. Save time on set up and start giving on an ongoing basis.

For more information and ideas, find Shedd Aquarium’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide online here.

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