10 seafood-themed gifts to wrap up 2017
Tis’ the season for gift giving, and once again SeafoodSource has you covered with its annual Gift Guide of seafood-themed gadgets and goods sure to please any industry fan on your list. Take a look at the 10 newly-selected seafood gift ideas for 2017 via the graphic below, and be sure to access in-depth product descriptions for each item underneath the break.
Interested in even more seafood gift inspiration? Consult SeafoodSource’s 2016 Gift Guide for a further 10 ideas.
1.) Alaina Marie's Lobster Claw Collection — Totes, wallets and clutches featured in Alaina Marie’s Lobster Claw Collection take inspiration from lobstermen’s bait bags, boasting similar marine-grade PVC-coated poly mesh material and brass grommets in their construction. All products are hand printed and sewn in Maine, where designer Alaina Marie was born and raised. Marie created her “utilitarian line” of bags and clutches with the concept of sustainability and Maine’s enduring lobstering business in mind.
“Taking the concept of sustainability, matched with a little creativity, I created a utilitarian line of clutches that are fashion-forward for any modern girl, yet completely durable and practical for everyday living,” Marie wrote on her company’s website.
- Pink Claw and Navy Tote (pictured): USD 170, EUR 144
- Pink Claw and Navy Wine Tote (pictured): USD 45, EUR 38
2.) Lobster claw tools for the golf course and beyond — Handy products from The Brass Foundry are sure to distract your golf buddies while you’re working on your swing, or serve as a fancy addition to the toolbox. The claws come out in a fun way on items such as hammers (pictured), golf clubs (pictured), and goblets, all designed by Brass Foundry founder and lead sculptor Richard Remsen. A metal-working and glassblowing facility constructed in a former blueberry processing plant in Maine, The Brass Foundry naturally progressed into creating lobster claw novelty items after numerous requests from locals, Remsen said.
“The claw items are a response to people coming into the shop and saying ‘We really like your abstract sculpture, but what does that have to do with Maine?’” Remsen recalled regarding the initial creation his claw products.
Available products include:
- Lobster Claw Hammer: USD 200, EUR 169
- Lobster Claw Putter: USD 250, EUR 212
3.) Bureo skateboards — The skateboards developed by California-headquartered company Bureo aren’t made with the typical glue, wood, and nylon composites — instead, the sturdy deck on each board predominantly consists of recycled fishing nets from Chile’s Net Positiva program.
The team at Bureo started creating and selling its skateboards in an effort “to find innovative solutions to prevent ocean plastics.” Each board prevents more than 30 square feet of plastic fishnets from entering the ocean, Bureo said, with purchases providing support for local Chilean fishing communities.
A pelletizing process is employed by the company to render the recycled fishing nets down into solid plastic chunks, which are melted and injected into steel molds to create each skateboard. “Once collected, our nets are washed and prepared for a mechanical recycling process. Within this process, they are shredded and fed through a 'pelletizer,' where they are melted and cut into small recycled pellets. These pellets are then injected into steel molds to form our products,” according to Bureo’s website.
- Ahi Performance Cruiser Skateboard (pictured): USD 195, EUR 165
- Minnow Cruiser Skateboard: USD 129, EUR 109
4.) Seafood cookbooks and resources — A number of seafood chefs and culinary enthusiasts, including leading sustainability advocates Barton Seaver and Ned Bell, released acclaimed cookbooks and resources in 2017. Seaver published a new book on 7 November, “American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery From Sea to Shining Sea” (pictured), while Bell put out his very first book, “Lure” (pictured), this past autumn. Celebrity chef influencer Nathan Outlaw also had a stellar year in sales for his book “Everyday Seafood,” which currently sits atop Amazon’s bestseller’s list in the seafood category.
Available products include:
- “American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery From Sea to Shining Sea” by Barton Seaver: USD 25, EUR 21 [Amazon]
- “Lure” by Ned Bell: USD 23.92, EUR 20.30 [Amazon]
- “Everyday Seafood” by Nathan Outlaw: USD 23.22, EUR 19.71 [Amazon]
5.) Seafood gift platters and baskets — The fastest way to anyone’s heart is said to be through their stomach, and what better way to satisfy the appetites of your colleagues and loved ones than with a heaping platter of seafood?
Several companies offer specialty seafood meal and snack platters, including Fortune Fish-owned Lobster Gram and Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company, which sells fixings for lobster rolls and clam chowder (pictured) for corporate gatherings, as well as smaller gift portions for two. The company, which is known for its Maine lobster mac and cheese product, is currently running a holiday promotion for 15 percent off of everything using the code: LOBSTER.
Available products include:
- Hancock Gourmet’s Lobster Rolls and Clam Chowder platter (pictured): USD 139-270, EUR 118-229
- Hancock Gourmet’s Extra Large Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwiches for two: USD 59-190, EUR 50-161
- Lobster Gram’s Lobster Party Gift Bucket: USD 105, EUR 89
6.) Salmon Sisters apparel — Salmon Sisters founders Emma Teal and Claire use their Alaskan roots and love of North Pacific sustainable fisheries to derive new products on a fairly rapid basis. The Salmon Sisters’ online marketplace offers Alaskan seafood products for sale, and features an entire wardrobe of apparel items and accessories perfect for the diehard seafood fan on your gift list. The company’s website now comes complete with a “Holiday Gifting” drop-down for easy browsing.
- XTRATUF Boots (pictured): USD 99.99, EUR 84.88
- For Them - Holiday Gift Box (splash-proof boat bag, wild and free mug pictured): USD 275, EUR 233
7.) The Half Sheller oyster board — Hand-crafted in Canada by woodwork design business Littledeer, the Half Sheller oyster board can double as a cheese platter or a sushi plate, according to the company’s website. Ideal for entertaining, the Half Sheller has been lauded by Canadian oyster shucking champion Patrick McMurray and is sold in two sizes (as seen below).
- Half Sheller 21 x 25 x 2.5 centimeter / 8 x 10 x 1 inch: USD 48, EUR 40
- Half Sheller 21 x 25 x 5 centimeter / 8 x 10 x 2 inch: USD 62, EUR 52
8.) Fish leather bracelets and jewelry — Help your friends and family accessorize this season by purchasing jewelry made with fish leather. Cape Charles, Virginia-based coastal jewelry designing studio Moonrise Jewelry has created a varierty of bracelets and fashion pieces featuring fish leather, including cuffs made from tilapia skin (pictured). The Eco-friendly fish leather utilized by Moonrise is made from recycled fish skins that have been transformed into "durable leather in an Icelandic tannery, powered by geo-thermal energy," the company explained.
- Moonrise Jewelry Metallic Tilapia Leather Cuff (pictured): USD 69, EUR 58
9.) Alaska Home Pack deliverable — Home deliverable seafood packs and meal kits are the gifts that keep on giving this holiday season, with most subscriptions customizable and available as frequently as every month. For example, Juneau, Alaska-based Alaska Glacier Seafoods offers monthly, bi-monthly and tri-monthly subscription plans for its Alaska Home Pack, which features wild-caught Alaska seafood such as Bairdi crab, halibut and salmon.
- Alaska Home Pack Monthly subscription (pictured): USD 199, EUR 168 per month
- Holiday Gift Box: USD 130, EUR 110
10.) Chef-grade fillet and sushi knives — Nothing beats a good filleting knife or sushi slicer for the chef on your gift list. A cursory search of top knives for seafood chefs yields a wealth of options, including the Kiya Hamono Gyuto (pictured), a tool of the highest grade, according to chef Gabriel Kreuther.
“A knife is the most personal tool a chef has. When we find one like this one, that we work and feel best with, we tend to cherish them for a long time. The best knife-work can only be executed with a knife that feels the best. I use this one for tasks as diverse as: cutting chives, slicing fruit, portioning out meat pieces and fish filets to cutting a terrine,” Kreuther told New York magazine of the Kiya Hamono.
Available products include:
- Kiya Hamono Gyuto, 22 centimeters: USD 233, EUR 197 [Amazon]