Celebrate the holidays with us!
This holiday season, give gifts that give back. From virtual and in-person experiences to eco-friendly stuffed animals, a gift with purpose is always a great idea. You'll find something for every aquatic animal lover in your life.
When you shop Shedd Aquarium gifts and experiences, you're giving back to aquatic life.
To receive shipments by December 25, please place orders by December 16.
Gift Meaningful Experiences
Give the gift of an unforgettable experience! They'll never forget the time they got to meet a beluga whale or Zoom call a sea otter.
- Beluga Encounter: Meet the belugas where they live! Standing side by side with a trainer on an underwater ledge, in this 75 minute experience you’ll step into chest-deep water and come face to face with a beluga whale.
- Penguin Encounter: Meet one of Shedd’s penguins! During this 30-minute experience you will be right next to the action. Discover what makes these birds so amazing!
- Shark Feeding Tour: Join the ocean's most dynamic and misunderstood predators — sharks — and other marine predators for brunch on this feeding tour.
- Virtual Otter Encounter: There is never a dull moment while observing and learning about how sea otters eat, swim, vocalize, groom, dive, and play.
- Virtual Penguin Encounter: It’s time to meet the penguins—virtually! Experience a live virtual visit with the penguins that call Shedd home from your home with our Virtual Penguin Encounter.
- Membership: Give a gift to a loved one that’s a great deal for them and means a great deal to us! Choose “Buy as a Gift” for recipients to get free admission to Shedd for a year—they'll get the gift now, but can choose to activate when they feel comfortable.
Gifts Under $25
On a budget? Explore 38 gifts under $25 to find an inexpensive gift for everyone on your list. Perfect for stocking stuffers!
Gifts for Kids
Find gifts for the future marine biologists, veterinarians and mermaids in your life!From "Baby Shark" onesies to plush stingrays, there are so many options for you to pick.
Fun fact! Our plush toys are sustainable with 100% post-consumer polyester fill and no bead pouch.
Gifts for Chicagoans
Have a friend who loves hot dogs (no ketchup), da Bears and has a strong preference on the best deep dish in town? Give the gift of the windy city to people who love Chicago with city-specific Shedd Aquarium merch. We give our merch 4 out of 4 stars, just like our flag.
Gifts for Animal Lovers
Know someone who loves animals as much as we do? Shop gifts and merch for the favorite animal lover in your life. We have merch featuring many of the animals who call Shedd home, from sharks to penguins.
Gifts for Someone Who Has it All
Prefer giving a gift that is symbolic and meaningful?
Honor your shared love for the aquatic animal world by dedicating a gift that helps support Shedd Aquarium. Recognize someone special this holiday season by making a contribution in their name. You can honor someone who has made a difference in your life or celebrate the memory of someone you love.
Give a gift that gives back to the planet! Explore sustainable gifts for the eco-conscious friend in your life. Give them the gift of quality, reusable gifts that reduce plastic waste.
National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey
Discover the world's ocean--from tides and currents to the creatures living in it to the impact it has on our lives, whether we know it or not--in this richly illustrated overview of the life force that defines and sustains our planet, written by world-renowned oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Sylvia Earle.
Available as a presale through the Shedd Aquarium Gift Store. Books will begin to ship on November 16, 2021.
Gifts for the Office
Treat your coworkers to a Private Virtual Experience to celebrate a job well done. Pick between a Virtual Sea Otter, Sea Lion or Penguin Encounter, or a Virtual Shark Feeding Tour. Your whole office will be able to enjoy a gift from Shedd!
Support Us Beyond the Gift Guide
Already shopping on Amazon? Did you know Amazon will donate 0.5% of purchases to the nonprofit of your choice? Just enable AmazonSmile on your account and start supporting our mission and top-quality animal care.
Want to start a fundraiser or create a birthday campaign for Shedd to share with your friends on social media? Just head to your Facebook, click "Fundraisers", select "Raise Money" and then search for "Shedd Aquarium" under non-profits. Happy fundraising!
Our Commitment to Sustainability
Conservation is a
part of our mission, and this extends through our partnerships in the building
and beyond. Our eCommerce partner, Event Network, has made waves in the path to
sustainability from their supply chain and beyond.
- Helped launch the Transitional Cotton Project to help further the growth of certified organic cotton farming. Organic methods have a lower impact on the environment, maintain soil fertility, reduce toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers and build biologically diverse agriculture.
- Partnered with Tentree, a brand with a vision to drastically reduce climate change by planting trees.
Packaging and supply chain:
- Adjusted hangtags to be printed on recycled materials
- Eliminated individual polybags and boxing
- Simplified packaging by reducing plastic waste
- Redesigned toy packaging to remove single-use plastic and Styrofoam
Packaging and supply chain adjustments:
- Saved over 54,000 pounds of plastic
- Reduced freight emissions by 50%
Sustainable alternative offerings:
- 250,000,000 straws saved from us
- 23,836,000 bottles saved from oceans and landfills
- 2,040,000 plastic bags saved from use
- Planted 17,390 trees, or the equivalent of 9 acres of land being restored