The Gifts That Keep on Giving: 5 Alternative Ideas in Spending

This year, don't simply give something that'll end up in the junk drawer. Instead, try one of these original gifts that keep on giving for months or even years.

1. Save an endangered species

You could adopt a tiger or save the polar bear for someone you love. Each adoption gets a personalised certificate, a poster and often a little gift bag. There are many endangered species out there that need our help. This this kind donation as a Christmas gift will show your loved ones just how much your care. Click link below for more info:

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2. Plant a dedicated tree

A gift that keeps on growing. Plant one or more trees and a certificate will be sent with your own message in a gift pack. By planting trees, you can help to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands. Your trees will transform bare hillsides into healthy young woodland, rich in wildlife and protected for future generations. Click link below for more info:

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3. Feed a family

There are many people from poor countries that won’t get to sit down for a big Christmas dinner. Your gift can help to put food on the table in times of crisis. Rather than distributing food directly, it provides vouchers or cash that can be used to buy food locally. This gives people a better choice, a more varied diet and also supports local traders. Each donated gift will receive a booklet explaining who that money will reach. Click link below for more info:

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4. Save Britain’s Bees

Our bees are dying out fast and a huge reason for this is the loss of their natural habitat. They've lost 97% of their grassland habitats in the past 60 years. But disaster can be averted. Donate a bee saving pack for someone you love this Christmas and they will receive everything we need to fight for our buzzy little friends. Click link below for more info:

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5. Buy an acre of rainforest

Rainforests are one of the most important natural resources left on Earth. They safely store billions of tons of carbon, helping ward off climate change. They are also home to thousands of unique animals that depend on the protection of rainforest for their survival. Choose which country’s rainforest you would like to save and dedicate your certificate to the person who will receive it. Click link below for more info:

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Why is this a good idea?

We must face facts. Humans are 'using one and a half planets' worth of resources and we will need two Earths by 2030 in order to support our current lifestyles. Buying a gift like this can help create a brighter future for all.