The holidays are rapidly approaching (yikes), and, if you’re like most of us, you may be struggling with gift ideas for those on your list. We’re here to help.
We’ve put together a list of some of favorite products and services for Travelers, Photographers, Scuba Divers and Bonaire Lovers.
For Travelers & Global Nomads
Swatch Watches– I rarely travel without a Swatch watch. The affordable price point means that you don’t have to fret about loss or theft. And the fact that all Swatch watches are waterproof makes them indispensable for ocean lovers. Another plus, many larger airports have a Swatch store, and Swatch offers free battery changes for the life of your watch. This white one is my new fave.
Amazon Kindle Voyage – This is the new device in my arsenal, and I’m in love. Where do I begin? The battery life is incredible. It lasts for weeks. The screen is easy to read, easy on the eyes and user-friendly. And who doesn’t want access to new books at their fingertip?
Elta MD UV Clear Sunscreen, SPF 46 – Whether you are trekking in the Himalayas, Skiing in Taos or sailing the South Pacific, sunscreen is critically important. I go through bottles of this product. It has a high level of protection, yet it feels light and will never cause breakouts.
Dakine Split Roller Duffle Bag – My Dakine bag has not had an easy life. It’s been thrown onto luggage belts in Fiji, rolled through rocks and dirt in the Serengeti and hauled in and out of multiple boats in The Maldives. Yet it has held up like the workhorse it is. And t
ype-A neat freaks those who like multiple organizational options will love its many sections and pockets.
Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarers – These classic shades are now made in a cool folding design that fits easily into your pocket or travel bag.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 – This is hands-down the most critical element of my photography arsenal.
Gitzo 3532LS Tripod – This sturdy carbon-fiber tripod is also flexible and adaptable. We love it for outdoor and wildlife photography.
Think Tank Perception Pro Camera Backpack – This backpack went with me to Tanzania, and it was perfect for my safari needs. Inside it I hauled one SLR body, two point and shoot bodies, two lenses, an underwater housing for my Olympus TG-4, my MacBook Pro and multiple other accessories.
The Underwater Photographer, by Martin Edge – If you want to learn underwater photography or want to perfect your underwater photography, this is without a doubt the book for you.
For Scuba Divers
Henderson Lycra Dive Skin – Whether you wear it alone for snorkeling or under a warmer wetsuit for diving, this dive skin is comfortable and well-made.
Reef Fish Identification Book – These fish identification books by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach have been a crucial part of our library for as long as I can remember. They are a must-have for every scuba diver. They are available for the Pacific and Indian oceans as well as the Caribbean and Atlantic.
Scubapro Spectra Mini Mask – My mask of choice. The low-profile design and smaller size is a great choice for female or smaller divers.
Diver’s Alert Network (DAN) Membership – We faithfully renew our DAN memberships each year. The benefits are numerous and include dive accident insurance, a subscription to Alert Diver magazine and dive safety education. Membership is $35 for an individual and $55 for a family.
For Bonaire Lovers – Our favorite local Bonairean products & services
Cadushy Rom Rincon – This spiced and artisan-crafted rum is made for sipping. Get it while you are in Bonaire. It’s not available anywhere else.
Phish Phaktory Bags – These tote bags are made from recycled sails and materials found in underwater cleanup dives on Bonaire. The bags are cute, sturdy, well-crafted and will last forever. The owners/artists are super cool and truly care about our environment.
Carrying my Phish Phaktory tote at Bonaire’s Carnival
Flaming Flamingo hot sauces, salt and jams – We love these made-in-Bonaire products. Our fave is the mango hot sauce (Steve practically drinks it).
A tank card from Dive Friends Bonaire – Give the gift of air! Dive Friends Bonaire offers a handy tank card for local divers.
Elements Jewelry – Elements dichroic glass pieces made great colorful gifts and souvenirs.
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire hats and shirts – Help Bonaire’s sea turtles and wear cool gear at the same time.
Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire Diver Certification Course – We are both PADI certified Coral Restoration Divers. It’s both fun and important work. Courses are available at Buddy Dive, Harbour Village and Wannadive.
Meredith cleaning the algae from a tree in the coral nursery at Klein Bonaire
Italy in the World, Bonaire – Give a beautiful bottle of Italian wine or a great Prosecco from this boutique and restaurant in Bonaire. We love the Santero 9-5-8 prosecco for a sunset toast.
An extensive wine selection at Italy in The World, Bonaire
Latitude 12° Designs Bonaire Necklace – OK, this is my jewelry design company. I design and create custom jewelry in sterling silver (or the metal of your choice). My Bonaire Necklace is a great choice for showing your Bonaire love. But the choice is yours – all pieces are custom made, and the sky is the limit.
The Bonaire necklace in sterling silver
Custom mermaid necklace in sterling silver
Custom, hand made necklace for the ocean lover, by Latitude 12° Designs
custom bracelet set by Latitude 12° Designs
All of the products mentioned above are products we use and love. We have purchased each of these products (some over and over), and they were not gifted to us or given to us for promotional purposes.