(For more information on the Gift² project, click here.)
ORGANIZATION: The Nature Conservancy
PERFECT FOR: Gifts of apparel, home gifts, or “adoption” gifts; stocking stuffers of pins, earrings, keychains
COST: $4.99 – $100
WHAT YOU GET: Apparel, cute jewelry, weather stations, mugs, calendars, other miscellaneous typical gift items, and also opportunities to invest in the earth as a gift in someone’s name
WHAT YOU GIVE: Preservation of plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
BOASTS: With six decades of experience, the Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 river miles. They operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.
LEGITIMACY: The Nature Conservancy is a BBB accredited charity and a registered 501c3. You can read more about their accountability practices by clicking here.
MORE DETAILS: As we get closer to Christmas, shipping times for online purchases is obviously going to be an issue. The Nature Conservancy, like other upcoming Gift² features, offers unique opportunities to buy something in someone’s name rather than a gift for the person himself. I’ll say this again, but my suggestion is similar to the kids’ gift items listed on the Nature Conservancy page. For example, if you purchase the Gift of Clean Water in Ecuador for someone, your gift recipient will also get a canteen as a symbol of the gift in his name. A friend of mine gave me a similar gift a year or two ago. She purchased a flock of geese in my name and then gave me a goose ornament as a symbol of it. It was thoughtful, clever, and one of the best gifts someone could give me. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this gift idea.