If you still have gifts left on your list to give, don’t worry! We’ve found some fun and charitable gifts that you can give at the last minute: adoptable natural resource gifts! These are great for last minute gifts, stocking stuffers, people you don’t know very well, or for the person on your list who really doesn’t want anything. Read on to see how you can give the gift of giving and protect the Earth at the same time.
Adopt a Coral Reef
Through the Nature Conservancy (one of our 1% for the Planet charities) you can adopt a coral reef in a handful of locations like the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Papua New Guinea. By adopting a coral reef in Papua New Guinea’s Kimbe Bay, you’re gifting protection of one of the most biologically diverse marine environments on the planet. For only $50, your gift comes with a printable announcement so they’ll have something to open Christmas morning, as well as a fact sheet, magnet, and four issues of the Nature Conservancy magazine.
Plant Trees in Brazil
If water isn’t their thing, the Nature Conservancy also has adoptable acres or the ability to plant trees. $50 will get you the gift of protecting animal and plant life under the canopy of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. When you help plant trees, as a gift they’ll also receive the magazine and honor of being part of the Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign which hopes to restore 2.5 million acres of land and plant one billion trees in one of the world’s most endangered tropical forests. You can also adopt an acre in a U.S. forest if you like.
Adopt a Panda
Almost everyone has a soft spot for cute, cuddly animals, so give the gift of a symbolic panda adoption! The World Wildlife Fund offers panda adoption kits from $25-$250 that all come with formal adoption certificates and photos, while gifts of $50 or more come with an adorable stuffed panda. If panda’s aren’t their favorite, the WWF offers over 100 different animal adoptions. No matter which one you select, your gift helps support WWF’s global efforts to protect wild animals and their habitats.
Adopt an Olive Oil Tree
For an adoption gift that gives a product, adopt an olive oil tree! For $69 Nudo will let you select your Italian grove and tree for adoption. You’ll receive a welcome adoption gift package and oil from your tree delivered in the spring.
Gift a Sheep
To truly think outside the gift wrapped box, pass on the gift of Heifer International. Heifer lets you select the gift of an animal to donate to a family in need. From flocks of chicks, camels, geese, heifers, sheep, and more. If you gift a sheep, an entire community will benefit from the wool and meat. All over the world Heifer partners raise sheep to advance the cause against hunger and poverty. Gifts are available at all prices, from $10 for a trio of rabbits to $5000 for an ark of animals. This is a gift you’ll truly feel good about giving.
Will you be giving a charitable gift this year?