Go wild. Adopt-an-animal programs from organizations like Oceana and the World Wildlife Fund allow gifters to sponsor lions, tigers, and bears (and more!) in the name of the individual of their choice. What’s more, the sponsorship comes complete with a photo and certificate of adoption!
Support good health. While the U.S. might currently be undergoing healthcare problems of it’s own, it’s nothing compared to the lack of resources in many Asian and African countries. Help moms in third world countries give birth safely with a Safe Motherhood Kit, or buy bricks to build one room in an Bolivian health clinic.
Have a cow. Instead of a box of chocolates or coffee sampler for the foodie in your life, let them help others beat hunger through Heifer International. The organization promotes food self-sufficiency by providing families with cows, sheep, chickens, and other livestock.
Will you be giving charitable gifts this holiday season? If so, who do you plan to support?