Sunday, 12 February 2017

Unusual Gift Ideas: Sponsor An Animal

Are you bored of all the gift guides with the same old stuff? Flowers, candles, underwear, chocolates... Yawn! How about giving a super cute gift that will not only put you at the top of the good book, but also benefit some awesome charities? Warning: Ferocious animal pictures.
Sponsor an Animal
Sponsor An Animal

Last Valentines day I adopted a duck called Andrew for my partner. Yep, you read that correctly.  A duck. I did not want to get him the usual valentines day rubbish and I knew I wanted to get him something to do with ducks... So after a bit of research on places nearish to me, I found Farm Animal Sanctuary in Evesham, filled in his details and that was that.

Andrew, The Farm Animal Sanctuary
Andrew, The Farm Animal Sanctuary

My partner received a mega cute photo set of Andrew and even a letter from Andrew explaining how he ended up in the sanctuary (narrowly avoiding the slaughterhouse to be served on a plate at Christmas). He also received the sanctuary's newsletter to see how the sponsorship money has been helping.
Just before Christmas I fancied sponsoring an animal for myself. Polar bears are one of my favourite animals so I signed up to WWF where I pay a monthly donation. I was also sent a polar bear pack which included a toy, bookmarks, postcards and information about how WWF are working to save polar bears in the Arctic. I also opted in to receive email updates and love when picture loaded emails come through.
Polar bears, WWF
Polar bears, WWF
Deciding one monthly donation wasn't quite enough, I then decided to sponsor a pack of Ethiopian Wolves through Born Free (my favourite major charity). There are less than 500 of these beauties left so a totally worthy cause.
I was sent a welcome pack that included a little wolf toy, a picture of the Web Valley wolves and a sticker for my car. I also receive regular emails.


I think sponsorship's make amazing gifts for any occasion and are a lot more thoughtful than your bog standard seasonal options. Not only are they a really original idea but adoptions are suitable for all budgets as you can often make a one off donation or make monthly donations starting at £2.
Many websites even have shops where most, if not all of the proceeds go to the charity. Great for one off gifts if you don't fancy an adoption.
Born Free Monkey & Minnie
Born Free Monkey & Minnie
If you have cute animal nicknames for each other then why not do a bit of research and find a charity that offers adoption of that animal in their name? You can't get much cuter than that!

Have you ever sponsored an animal? What is your favourite charity?


Helen x 


12 comments:

  1. Love this for Valentines gifts, I've been thinking of doing this for a while!! X

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    1. There are so many options depending on whether you'd like to help a local smaller animal shelter or a more exotic animal. No matter which you pick, your money will go a lot further than of you'd bought a big bunch of flowers. I know what I'd rather!

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  2. This is such a fantastic alternative gift that not only is lovely for little ones but gives a back too - love this

    Laura x

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    1. I'm a full grown adult (I think) and love it. Great for all ages.

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  3. This is such a lovely idea. I haven't sponsored an animal since I was a child which was a Dolphin

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    1. With so many price options for all budgets, it's well worth getting another.

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  4. I would have never thought of this. Such great idea!

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  5. This is a great idea! I haven't adopted an animal directly, but i regularly visits animal shelter and buy them some animal foods and donate cash for their meds.b

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    1. That's awesome! There are no such places like that near me else I'd love to do that too.

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  6. It is a great idea and I don't think it is unusual. I have adopted a dog and I'm partner with an animal shelter in my city. So your post is perfect for me and my aim is to help more animals.

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    1. Yay! That's awesome. I have a rescue dog but have never sponsored a dog like that. I know you can sponsor guide dogs.

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