Wahine Kai Holiday Gift Guide
Updated: Dec 15, 2020
It’s that time of the year again! The holidays are quickly approaching, and most of us are scrambling for that perfect last-minute gift. Covid-19 has turned most of our lives upside down, and shopping certainly isn’t easy this season, with stores and businesses shuttered or at limited capacity. While most surfers already try their best to purchase sustainable, ethical, and environmentally friendly products, this year more than ever, we should also focus on small businesses, artists, and supporting our local communities. With that in mind, we've crafted a list of awesome gift ideas for you that support our ocean-friendly views, and many of them are women (and Wahine) owned!
CocoAloha is the perfect stocking stuffer for the surfer in your life! Most of us are constantly in search of the perfect sunscreen, and all too often, we compromise with something that’s greasy, stings our eyes, doesn’t stay on, leaves us coated in ghostly zinc, or (gasp!) is not reef friendly. CocoAloha is a woman-founded company. Their sunscreen is packaged in environmentally conscious cardboard tubes or aluminum tins, comes in both original and tinted formulas, and is crafted with organic ingredients, making it safe for your skin and the ocean. In addition, they have added exfoliating scrubs, serums, and moisturizing cream to their lineup to keep your surfer skin glowing!
2. Sunday Arvo Surf Club (Wahine owned)
Sunday Arvo Surf Club is a fun shop run by our very own Janina Casanova. Her dreamy prints inspire a nostalgia and charm that reminds us of that classic California surfer vibe. Her shop also sells a variety of fun T-shirts, including the “Average Surfer Tee”, a perfect gift for those of us who are ok with being an ordinary surfer!
3. Wean Green (Wahine Owned)
At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, and make up 80% of all marine debris. Wahine Kai’s very own Melissa Martin helps solve this problem with her local small business, Wean Green, based in Newport Beach, CA. Wean Green’s glass containers are the perfect portable gift for surfers who love to meal prep, picnic, and snack. Their glassware containers cut down on the single-use plastics and ziplocs that we often fall back on, which end up at our beaches and in our oceans. Microwavable and freezer safe, they are also perfect for surf mamas, who need to pack a variety of snacks for hungry groms. Wean Green is offering Wahines 25% off this holiday season, using the code "wahinekai".
4. The Anchored Rose (Wahine owned)
Local artist Angela Rivera S. is an OC Native and Huntington Beach local. Her fun, creative, quirky and colorful shop offers stickers perfect for your hydroflask or bumper, as well as a variety of posters, all inspired by surf culture. For the holidays, she is offering two promo codes. First, a buy-two-get-one-free code for stickers and postcards; this expires at midnight on 12/15/2020, so hurry and enter code "stickers" at checkout. Second, she is also offering a special 30% off code for members of Wahine Kai: enter the code "Wahinekai" at checkout to redeem.
5. Beach Reads: Surf-Inspired Stories By Amy Waeschle (Wahine Owned)
Surfers spend so much time near the ocean, so it’s a no-brainer that most of us love to lounge on the beach post-surf and relax with a beach read. Amy Waeschle is one of our Washington State members, and has written three books that would make the perfect gift for surfers.
Amy Waeschle became a surf addict shortly after catching her first wave. To her, surfing is more of a feeling than a sport, combining the mental quest for exploration with the physicality of riding a wave. Hunting down waves in remote corners of the world, from Morocco to Fiji to Canada, Waeschle has found unique and fascinating cultures that have changed her views and fostered her surfing mission. Chasing Waves is her collection of interrelated stories based on these adventures and a chronicle of her evolution from nervous newbie to self-confident and skillful surfer. Anyone who has ever longed for a daring diversion from day job and doldrums will connect with these tales of wanderlust, vagabonding, and riding the surf.
Dr. Lorna Jacob yearns for something she’s never had: a deep family connection. But when her estranged mother shows up in the ER, she becomes caught in the current of obligation, guilt, and anger. The discovery of a terminal illness forces an agonizing choice: walk away for good or give one last chance to a relationship that died long ago.
A year after her fiancé’s sudden death, volcano seismologist Dr. Cassidy Kincaid barely finishes a brutal week of field work on Volcán Arenal when a call from an estranged family member turns her world upside-down. Cassidy’s stepbrother, Reeve, has gone missing in the nearby party town of Tamarindo. Rescuing Reeve is a twisty tale of suspense and danger. If you like heart-thumping action, exotic settings, and broken heroines, then you’ll love Amy Waeschle’s captivating novel. In addition, Rescuing Reeve is on sale at Amazon for .99 cents for a limeted time!
6. Chelsea Caterina Photography (Wahine Owned)
The perfect gift for this holiday season is capturing memories of your loved ones. Local Huntington Beach photographer Chelsea Caterina is offering her photography services to WK members:
Hi, I’m Chelsea and I’m an active member of Wahine Kai Surf Club. I’m a local photographer in Huntington Beach and I’m offering WK Members a 45 min surf photography session for $50.00. To book a session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind; areas outside of Huntington Beach may require a small travel fee. J To see my work and get to know me, check out my site at www.chelseacaterina.com.
Seea is a colorful and unique swimwear line founded by designer Amanda Chinchelli. This swimwear is designed with comfort in mind, and made with various recycled fabrics. Their surfwear and wetsuits are constructed with YULEX – a neoprene alternative made from natural rubber, harvested from FSC certified sustainable plantations. Seea is based in San Diego, and they use local factories to ensure quality control, as well as recycled and biodegradable packaging. Seea strives to make informed decisions about fabric choice based on the social and environmental ramifications of its production – making this a guilt-free gift for your favorite surfer girl. Don't forget to check out Seea Girls and Mini Seea, for the pint-sized future-Wahines!
Simply Straws is a local, women-owned, small business in Costa Mesa that offers simple solutions to reduce single-use plastics through our reusable straws, utensils, and drinkware. They strive to use their business as a force for good, and are an award-winning certified B Corporation, a WBENC Certified Women Business Enterprise, and a member of 1% For The Planet. For a limited time, Simply Straws is offering all Wahine Kai Members a special 25% discount. Use code "WAHINEKAI25" at checkout. Ends 1/1/2021.
What better gift to give, than a surf experience? Angie, from the Anchored Rose, is a beloved WK surf instructor here. Located at Bolsa Chica State Beach, Tower 25, in Huntington Beach, Caliblu offers lessons to fit everyone. From beginner surfers, to those looking to take their skills to the next level, surf lessons are the perfect fun, zero-waste gift that will create memories for a lifetime. CaliBlu offers members of Wahine Kai a 25% off discount. Take advantage of this offer during the Holidays or year round! Enter code "WahineKai" at check out on the site.