Woke up, five days before the Santa chimney slide, and realized I have not bought gifts for anyone. A massive fail.
But I have an easy—and I think excellent—idea. Everyone gets a gift outside the box. It’s just a fact that most of us don’t need more stuff. Not an Instapot, not an egg-cooker, not a new version of a Yeti, not a coffee table book.
But the planet we live with and the creatures on it need all kinds of things. Polar bears need presents, tree frogs in the Amazon need gifts, our Utah canyons and our national parks need help.
So find a gorgeous and heartwarming photo of an endangered creature or landscape and give that to everyone on your list along with a donation to:
The National Parks Foundation: nationalparks.org
The Ocean Conservancy: oceanconservancy.org
The Nature Conservancy: natureconservancy.org
Sierra Club Foundation: sierraclub.org
Friends of the Earth: foe.org
There are so many. Find one that addresses the issue or cause that means the most to you or your gift recipient. Just be sure the organization you choose to give to is highly rated (easy to find on Google how much money is used for administration, how much goes to actual action, etc.)