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.
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|
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, stickers 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|
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|
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?