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Charity Gift Ideas

It's easier than you might think to help the charity of your choice, and make things less stressful for yourself at the same time. Many charities produce a gift catalogue at least once a year full of gift ideas, cards etc. enabling you to find great gift ideas for delivery to your door with no need to fight the crowds to go shopping.

You'll often find gifts that aren't available anywhere else, and for the person who has everything, you can choose from a selection of alternative gift ideas. Below you'll find a selection of mainly US and UK charity gift ideas, although several accept orders worldwide.

Charity Gift Shops and Catalogues

Take a look at the website of your favourite charity to see if they offer a gift catalogue. Even the smaller ones tend to at least offer a selection of Christmas cards.

Alternatively, make a visit to Catalink, a directory of mail order catalogues where at the last count there were nearly 30 charity gift catalogues to choose from, as well as hundreds of other catalogues and brochures, all available free of charge.

Ethical Superstore
Ethical Superstore offers fair trade and green consumer products from the world's leading ethical brands with access to all the major fair trade and green brands including Cafedirect, Traidcraft, Green & Blacks, Divine, Ecover and many more. The full range includes gifts, cosmetics, foods, beverages, CDs, books, DVDs plus handmade lifestyle and fashion products.

WWF Adopt A Panda.

WWF Adopt A Panda.

Adopt Zhu Xiong and help WWF protect pandas like her against the threat of extinction. Help to protect this amazing species and the habitat in which it lives. The perfect gift, the box contains a cuddly toy, welcome pack, personalised certificate, animal information booklet, stand up photograph, greetings card, WWF information booklet and 12 months animal adoption and email updates.

WWF Adopt a Wild Tiger.

WWF Adopt a Wild Tiger.

Adopt Malu Pothi and help WWF protect tigers like her against the threat of extinction. Help to protect this amazing species and the habitat in which it lives. The perfect gift, the box contains a cuddly toy, welcome pack, personalised certificate, window sticker, animal information booklet, stand up photograph, greetings card, WWF information booklet, 12 months animal adoption and email updates. (Toy may vary).

Alternative Gift Ideas

Practical Presents are the ideal gift for people struggling to think of the perfect present for the person who has everything.

Practical Action works hand in hand with local communities to provide sustainable solutions to poverty. And because Practical Action's projects are sustainable, they go on working for years to come.

Practical Presents is a range of 15 gift ideas that not only offer you a chance to buy a unique gift for someone, but also make a real, long lasting difference to communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The gifts range from £10 right up to £5,000 and include a goat, a bicycle ambulance, a bee-keeping business and also, training to help farmers administer vital medicine to animals such as llamas and alpacas each one of their 15 different gift ideas will truly help transform the lives of people in the developing world.

World Vision's Alternative Gift Catalogue.
World Vision's Alternative Gift Catalogue is the ideal antidote to needless knick knacks. Each gift is not just original - each gift is requested by communities living in poverty.

You can choose from over 95 gifts online with many online exclusives and many under £20. With each gift you buy you can choose from over 1600 card designs online and even personalise your card online and even upload your own photo onto the front of the card for the extra special greeting. Every card is digitally printed to your specifications with the gift certificate printed inside it.

With such a wide range of gifts to choose from you can choose from over 35 new gifts available and even more gifts available under £20. Like four chickens for £12,or more practical gifts like a tap for £6, a stethoscope for £18 or a bag of construction cement for £19. Your sure to find a gift that will be suitable for your friend.

World Vision gifts connect people fighting poverty and their work in a community depends on the priorities of that community. People may need your help to grow enough food to eat, improve access to education, healthcare and clean water. Or improve incomes so they can send their children to school. World Vision is one of the world's leading relief and development agencies, helping over 100 million people in nearly 100 countries in their struggle against poverty, hunger and injustice, irrespective of their religious beliefs.

Marine Mammal Center, a unique nonprofit rescue and rehabilitation hospital for injured, sick, and orphaned marine mammals, operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, rescuing more marine mammals than any other institution in the world. Adopt a seal, sea lion, or sea otter, and help nurse them back to health so they can return to the wild. Donations of $30, $50, or $100 fulfill a variety of different needs. You will also receive a certificate and photo of your adoptee.

Trees for Life help people plant fruit trees in developing countries. Each tree protects the environment and provides a low-cost, self-renewing source of food for a large number of people. 100 Fruit Trees: $100.00; 30 Fruit Trees: $30.00; 20 Fruit Trees: $20.00; 10 Fruit Trees: $10.00.

Farm Sanctuary has established America's premier farm animal shelters and waged effective campaigns to stop farm animal cruelty. Join their Farm Animal Sponsorship program and help them provide sanctuary to a cow, pig, goat, sheep, chicken, turkey, duck, goose, or rabbit. Sponsorship costs vary according to the animal you choose. Their popular Adopt-a-Turkey program is perfect for the holidays. You will receive a certificate and photo of your adoptee, and you can even visit your animal.

International Wolf Center supports the survival of the wolf around the world by teaching about its life, its association with other species and its dynamic relationships to humans. When you adopt by making a donation of under $25, you receive a wolf behavior guide, a 4x6 matted photo, a wolf biography, pack update, Wolf Tidbits flyer, large vinyl track sticker, 5x7 postcard, business size logo magnet and of course your adoption certificate.

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitat in Africa. An excellent way to help protect the mountain gorillas is to adopt a gorilla from one of the Karisoke Research Center's groups. When you adopt, you'll receive a photo of your gorilla and adoption papers. For $50, you can adopt a infant gorilla, for $100, adopt a mother and infant pair, and for a $300 gift, you can adopt a silverback (an adult male).

Defenders of Wildlife, dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities, needs your help protecting a wide range of animals. Choose from a wide range including a sea turtle, snowy owl, black bear or a penguin or even an entire wildlife sanctuary containing their 12 most popular animal adoptions.

The International Wildlife Coalition's Whale Adoption Project enables you to choose an adoptee from the West Coast or the East Coast of America. Choose a whale to adopt and you'll even be able to track your whale with regular updates. For international applications, click here

In Defense of Animals - Africa's Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in a forest in Cameroon provides sanctuary to chimpanzees who have been rescued from the saddest of circumstances. Their lives are renewed and protected through the work of IDA-Africa. For $15 a month, "foster parents" receive a photograph and biography of your chimpanzee as well as a certificate of "guardianship."

Celebrity Gift Ideas

Trade plus Aid
21st Century Leaders is a unique charity artwork project operated for the charity Trade Plus Aid. They gather artworks from leaders in all fields; royalty, film, music, noble peace laureates, sports, literature etc. Each ambassador donates a symbol of hope, a self portrait and a message of hope for the future.

These artworks are being used to create products, initially charity wristbands, clothing, tableware, ethical cosmetics and stationary released on the 21CL label.

The goal of 21st Century Leaders' charitable brand is to sell 'merchandise with a meaning'. All products are manufactured under fair working conditions and are sold to raise funds for charitable causes chosen by each contributing leader.

Current gifts include wristbands designed by Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney, Ewan McGregor and Green Day, amongst others, and mugs designed by such stars as Claudia Schiffer, Donna Karan, George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Nicole Kidman, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine and Roger Moore.

Charity Gift Vouchers - US
JustGive Charity Gift Certificates can be purchased online with just a few simple clicks, and redeemed from a choice of more than one million local and national non-profit organizations.

Charity Gift Vouchers - UK
Charity Gift Vouchers are a great way for you to let friends and family know how good it feels to give. £10 and £25 vouchers can be used to benefit any recognised UK charity. Give a voucher to a friend or relative, and they get to choose a favourite cause to give it to. That could be anything from a large national charity to a community group, or even a school or church, so long as it has charitable status.

Greeting Cards

Most of us send cards to friends and family for special occasions, including holidays and birthdays. This is a great way to support causes you care about at the same time. The following organizations offer greeting cards to help support the work they do.
WWF Adopt a Wild Dolphin.

WWF Adopt a Wild Dolphin.

Adopt the Ileach Dolphins and help WWF protect dolphins against the increased threat of over-fishing and pollution.Help to protect this amazing species and the habitat in which it lives. The perfect gift, the box contains a cuddly toy, welcome pack, personalised certificate, window sticker, certificate and animal information sheet, 12 months animal adoption, email updates and regular newsletters. (Toy may vary).