Holiday gifts are about giving. But giving is bigger than just you and me. It’s about giving back to the world. This is especially true for the animal lovers in your life. Your eco-conscious loved ones know you care when you care enough to make a difference, with gifts that are helping to improve the world in some way, large or small.
Here are some of 2020’s hottest, most charming, and most impactful gifts to make an animal lover smile, and include them in the fight for species survival.
This lush coffee table book is the work of photographer Joel Satore and his quixotic quest to photograph every species on Earth. The book documents his work in progress with studio portraits showcasing over 6,000 of the world’s finned, feathered and furry critters. This year Sartore surpassed the 10,000 species mark on his ongoing quest, with the support of National Geographic. Order a copy online from your local bookseller!
In just two years, Wildlife Collections has donated tens of thousands of dollars to support wildlife populations, using funds directly from jewelry sales. This year they partnered with Save the Elephants, a Kenyan organization dedicated to protecting elephants against ivory poaching. The best part—aside from helping our animal friends—is that each order comes with an elephant’s name, picture, and the ability to track them on a map and follow their journies! And for the future marine biologist, a turtle bracelet supports the Sea Turtle Conservancy and comes with exclusive access to the online turtle tracking map, where your giftee can track their turtle each day!
Did someone say chocolate??? Responsibly sourced ingredients and zero weird additives are just the beginning for these chocolatiers. They’ve donated over $2.6 million to conservation organizations since 2016. Beneficiaries include The Wildlife Conservation Network, Rainforest Trust, The African Wildlife Foundation, and The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Each year 10% of their sweet, chocolaty profits go directly to such organizations which means you don’t have to feel guilty about binging. So slip a bar into your loved one’s stocking, and sneak another one into your own stash for later. Sssssh, we won’t tell.
Got an animal lover in the family who also lives for each morning’s piping hot cuppa? Check out Protect the Animals Mugs. Created by Pennsylvania potter JoAnn Stratakos, each mug depicts an elephant, macaw, gorilla, hippo or rhino, and contributes directly to their protection. Stratakos donates $5 from each order to the Global Wildlife Conservation or the Pennsylvania Rhino Conservation Advocates. These mugs are crafted by hand and are safe for the microwave or dishwasher.
Bureo has hauled over 2.6 million pounds of plastic fishing nets out of our precious oceans and repurposed it to make skateboards, sunglasses, Patagonia hats, and apparel. Every skateboard contains 30 to 50 square feet of upcycled fishing net that is no longer posing a threat to turtles, gulls, whales, fish and narwhals worldwide. So your secret Santa can cruise down to the beach with a clear mind and a happy heart (and some slick shades, if they’re extra special). That’s a pretty great gift.
Any one (or two) of these gifts are sure to bring holiday joy to the globally minded animal lover in your life. And most importantly, it will carry the knowledge that they’re helping to protect and promote life’s biodiversity. That’s a gift that money can’t buy.
If you happen to have an extra bar of that chocolate, please send it this way, care of the editorial department. Happy Holidays!
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