2020 Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season, we could all use a little joy—OK, make that a lot!

Mote's holiday gift guide below is overflowing with fun and meaningful gifts that support our mission and the sea. Whether your budget is sardine-sized or whale-sized, you can bring joy to your loved ones and our oceans this season.

  • Need to get into the seasonal spirit first? Enjoy this sweet, silly video from our Mote family: Home for the Holidays

Three Mote staff members stand on a boat and raise their arms to make a heart shape.Give love

The gift: Donate any amount to Mote's ocean-friendly mission. You can even honor a loved one with a gift in their name.

The joy: The buoyant feeling of supporting healthy oceans; the excitement of keeping in touch with our cutting-edge science as it happens; and the bond you strengthen when your gift honors a loved one.

Donate here
Select "Memorials and Tributes" from the Support menu to make a gift in someone's name.

Graphic of Mote Mascot Gilly the Shark wearing a scarf and holding a Mote Membership card in his jawsJoin our family with Membership

The gift: Give your loved ones a Mote Membership—one of the best ways to immerse yourself in ocean fun and learning year 'round.

The joy: Visiting Mote Aquarium for free year 'round, amazing reciprocal deals at other zoos and aquariums, Member-only events and discounts, and more.

Start or renew your Mote Membership

Plush manatee toy wearing a blue, Mote-branded maskHelp them show off their passion for the sea

The gifts: Visit our online gift shop for Mote masks, shirts, drink tumblers, plush toys and more. A wider selection is available in the gift shop onsite at Mote Aquarium.

The joy: As a supporter of Mote's mission, you're vital to our marine research and conservation efforts. Wear your Mote gear to show your passion for our oceans and take pride in being part of something amazing!

Mote's online gift shop

Hand with a turquoise-colord sea turtle bracelet from Ocean & CompanyThrill them with an uncommon gift

The gifts: Our ocean-friendly partner businesses offer sea turtle-tracking bracelets, apparel with spotted eagle ray and sea fan prints, manatee-friendly coffee, cute coral tumblers and other gifts as unique as your loved ones.

The joy: Each gift tells a story of Mote science and conservation focused on amazing animals and ecosystems. The sellers donate a portion of proceeds to Mote.

Shop our partners

Adopt & be merry

The gift: Animal adoption kit with your own personal adoption certificate, letter from the animal's caregiver, photo of your animal, and other goodies depending on adoption level.

The joy: Supporting Mote's resident animals and seeing your loved one's face light up when they read about "their" otter, manatee, shark, sea turtle or other amazing animal.

Adopt an Animal

Picture of a manatee at Mote with the text overlaid: Spark their curiosity with a holiday visit

The gift: Bring your loved ones to Mote Aquarium for an unforgettable holiday—we're open from 9:30-5 p.m. 365 days a year!

The joy: Coming face-to-face with sharks, manatees, sea turtles, otters and crocodilians—and visiting our Savage Ancient Seas exhibit focused on enormous, extinct ocean creatures before it closes on Jan. 3, 2021.

Reserve Aquarium tickets

Give them a license to save coral reefs

The gift: Protect Our Reefs license plate for Florida drivers

The joy: Each time your loved one takes a drive, they'll know that they are driving progress in coral reef science, conservation and restoration by Mote and partners. Coral reefs are essential to the ocean biodiversity but are in steep decline and need our help.

Purchase the plate

Take it easy with Amazon Smile

The gift: Amazon’s charity website, Smile.Amazon.com, donates part of each sale to a worthy cause. Select Mote—it’s easy and free.

The joy: Shopping you would do anyway can support Mote's mission and our oceans, at no cost to you!

Amazon Smile