The best very-last-minute gifts you can buy from your desk

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.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Brigham City, Utah

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:

The Ocean Conservancy:

The Nature Conservancy:

Sierra Club Foundation:

Friends of the Earth:

There are so many. Find one that addresses the issue or cause that means the most to you or your gift recipient. Great Salt Lake Bird FestivalJust 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.)

Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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