This year it’s not so much gadgets when it comes to gift-giving as people are spending more on the intangibles such as charitable donations, volunteering, and spending more time with loved ones. If you’d like to give a meaningful gift to someone this season here are some suggestions:
Adopt a Heron – You can Adopt a Blue Heron Nest thanks to the Stanley Park Ecology Society. “In recent years, great blue herons have nested in unprecedented numbers in Stanley Park. During the 2006 season, the heronry grew to include more than 173 nests in 25 trees. The Stanley Park Ecology Society’s (SPES) staff and volunteers have been monitoring these threatened birds to track their success in raising chicks and to provide information about them to city officials, local residents and visitors.” It’s only $30 a year to adopt a nest, which you can do by contacting the Stanley Park Ecology Society.
Adopt a Killer Whale – As Keira wrote in her wrap up post about our Saving Luna experience at the Vancouver Aquarium, you can adopt an orca through KillerWhale.org. “By becoming a member of the B.C. Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program you will be directly supporting research on wild killer whales. Continuing research will lead to a better understanding of the whales, their place in the ocean ecosystem, and the conservation measures necessary to protect them.”
SMH Baby Tile Program – To celebrate the 4,000th baby born at the Family Birthing Unit, the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation has started a new campaign to celebrate all those born at SMH while raising funds for the facilities. If you were born at SMH (like me) or have loved ones who were (like me) you can purchase a tile that will commemorate their birthday on the Bundle of Joy Baby Tile Wall.
BC SPCA Pawsitive Gifts – If you have a pet-lover on your list, make a donation in their name to the BC SPCA’s Pawsitive Gifts campaign. “Each year, the BC SPCA helps more than 40,000 injured, abused and homeless dogs, cats and other animals.” Help feed a kitten, give a horse a checkup, or enable their emergency response team.
Animal Adoption WWF – Through the World Wildlife Fund (which is also on Twitter) you can adopt animals in danger and in need of care around the globe. So far the #1 animal getting adoption support is the polar bear… but frogs need your love too.
Holiday e-Cards – Instead of the traditional paper holiday cards many individuals and companies are sending out e-cards, delivered by email to your inbox. The BC Children’s Hospital Foundation has a variety of e-cards to choose from, which you can send along with a donation in honor of your friend, family, colleague or loved one.
DreamBank – Donate towards a cause and experience specified by the recipient with DreamBank. You could help Colleen get that tattoo or search for a Dreamer on your list. Looking at the popular Dream tags it appears as though “Travel” is the most popular dream for many. Feel free to sign yourself up while you’re at it and have people contribute to your dream in lieu of physical gifts this year. The best part is that partial funds go to a non-profit/charity as well.
If you have any more items or websites to add to this list, please feel free to leave a comment.