Ditch the cotton sweaters, cookbooks and fruit cakes. Your dive buddy is looking for you to come through and get him or her the ultimate scuba diving holiday gift. Get the ideas flowing with these great holiday gifts for scuba divers.
Sealife Super Macro Lens
Get tack-sharp stills and videos at close range — from 3.5 inches to 7 inches — with SeaLife’s Super Macro Lens. Compatible with the Micro HD and 2.0 cameras (as shown), the Super Macro can be attached or removed underwater. The lens features two optical elements with a broadband anti-reflective coating. A rubber-armored exterior protects it against shock and the lens port from scratches.
Price: $99 (lens only); sealife-cameras.com
PADI eLearning Gift Pass
Now here’s a good way to get some more dive buddies. Gift your families and friends the gift that keeps on giving: a scuba diving certification. With an eLearning gift pass, you can get started on a scuba certification on your own schedule.
Price: starting at $169; padi.com
Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition II
Because your dive buddy is worth it — and so is the Great Barrier Reef. Oris will make a donation to the Australian Marine Conservation Society, funded by sales of the watch. The watch features a stainless- steel case, automatic winding with a 26-jewel movement, ceramic minutes-scale top ring, and Superluminova numerals and hour markers.
Price: $2,300; oris.ch
Cressi Finisher Knife
This sleek knife offers a stiletto-style blade made from 420-J2 stainless steel. It comes with a lower full-length edge, upper serrated edge, line cutter and spear point. The slim handle has a contoured, over-molded body, and the sheath offers a push-button release.
Price: $60; cressiusa.com
The lightest and thinnest e-reader yet, the Kindle Oasis is perfect for scuba divers who like to read and who spend a lot of time on airplanes getting to their dive vacations. We wish it was waterproof; otherwise, this is a nifty, zippy device.
Price: $290; amazon.com
Backscatter’s FLIP4 Three Filter Kit for GoPro
If your favorite dive buddy is shooting with a GoPro, he or she needs the FLIP 4, which makes changing filters and lenses a snap. The machined aluminum mount installs easily on the GoPro Hero 3, 3+ or 4, and works with the full range of Backscatter FLIP filters and lenses.
Price: $99 (includes shallow, dive and deep filters); backscatter.com
Light & Motion GoBe 500 Search
The 5.2-inch GoBe 500 Search has a concentrated 8-degree spot that can cut through the murk in low-viz conditions. With a 500-lumen output and a burn time of two hours on high, this little powerhouse is sure to please someone on your list.
Price: $200; lightandmotion.com
Sherwood Scuba Vida Mask
Despite its teardrop-shaped lenses, the Vida is a low-profile mask that also manages to deliver an expansive view. With its ergonomic nose pocket, the Vida is a thoughtful gift for any diver who struggles with equalizing.
Price: $70; sherwoodscuba.com
It’s been 35 years since Save the Manatee Club was created by the singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham to raise public awareness about the threats to manatees and their aquatic habitat. With support from you, the agency can continue to make a big difference. Funds from the Adopt-A-Manatee program go toward efforts to help protect manatees and their habitat.
Price: $25; savethemanatee.org
Each sock monkey is handmade by Missy Wanamaker, a stay-at-home mom of two, with all new materials including knit socks, hypo-allergenic fiberfill, buttons, ribbon, and more. Missy’s Monkeys meets CPSC requirements and creates original Rockford Red Heel Sock Monkeys as well as new novelty patterned, super-hero characters, licensed sport teams, Mini Monkeys, and many more fun designs.
Price: Sock monkeys retail from $14-$84; available at Etsy