Can you believe it’s almost holiday season? While you’re sitting there trying to figure out where the year has gone, allow us to remind you that it’s almost time to start thinking of holiday gift ideas for your family, friends and other important people in your life. But before you log onto Amazon or hit the gift card kiosk at the grocery store, why not take a moment to think outside the (gift) box and consider a gift that quite literally gives back? Giving your loved ones charity-based gifts for the holidays is not only a great way to spread the season’s tidings of warmth, peace and joy, but will delight the recipients to know that they are helping support a great cause. Here are a few fun ideas for charity-based gifts that are tailor-made for the do-gooders in your life.
(Metaphorically) Adopt a Walrus- The animal lover in your life will be delighted by a donation in their name to the World Wildlife Foundation, not to mention the adorable certificate of adoption and darling plush walrus that accompanies this one-of-a-kind charitable gift. In addition to the mighty walrus, a wide variety of species are available for adoption, each with a corresponding plush toy. This may be the cutest way to give back ever!
Perfect for: Animal-loving kids, stuffed toy collectors
Give Someone Half a Llama- Heifer International is a global nonprofit organization focused on ending world hunger and helping those in impoverished developing nations. Of the organization’s many charitable programs, the most popular by far is the donation of animals. The donor can choose from a variety of farm animals including cows, goats, and our favorite, llamas, and donate the cost of one to a family in need. But what to do if a whole $150 llama isn’t in your gift budget? No need to worry- Heifer International allows you to donate shares of an animal like a llama for as little as $20. Not only is your gift helping someone’s life improve, but your friend can say they once received part of a llama for Christmas!
Perfect for: Friends who love funny gifts, world travelers, llama enthusiasts
Adopt a Book- The Smithsonian Libraries’ Adopt-A-Book Program allows book lovers of all ages to help support the conservation and digitization of important literary works dating back hundreds of years. By adopting a book in your loved one’s name, you are giving them the gift of knowing they helped preserve and protect the written word. Heavy!
Perfect for: The bookworm on your list, your aunt the librarian, your kid’s fourth-grade teacher
Any other charity ideas that are as fun to give as they are rewarding? Please let us know in the Comments section.