The first time I took my baby girl to the ocean she was 5 weeks old. We actually DROVE from Minnesota down to the Gulf Coast. She did such a good job & only cried in Nashville! We traveled with my parents as they were looking to buy a Beach Condo. We hit many of the gulf towns but spent much of the vacation in Orange Beach, Alabama, where my parents decided to buy.
While at the ocean I collected Annie's first shell off the beach. When I returned home I made a special jar for her to collect 1 shell from each trip to the ocean. It is very special to her.
I hope this is an idea you can use! They make GREAT baby gifts and are so smple to make. I just took an old jar & used a hot glue gun to attatch a shell to the top. The letters are just scrapbook stickers. Let me know if you try it!