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Natalie Reich, Sentry Staff Reporter

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For anyone with a little extra money looking to wow that special someone, here’s a list of gifts  like no other.

For anyone with a little extra money looking to wow that special someone, here’s a list of gifts  like no other.

  1. Heifer International – Hoping to give the gift of charity this holiday season? Look no further! Heifer International is an organization that works towards ending hunger and poverty around the world. Instead of giving friends or family a traditional holiday present, Heifer allows for the opportunity to give a life-changing gift of livestock and livestock training to be donated to needy families all around the world. From a flock of chicks for $20 to a heifer (a young cow) for $500, the gift options are endless. The person who you are donating for will receive a free card from Heifer with the donation of animals or resources, informing them of the difference they are making in the world. Heifer can provide meaningful gifts to families in developing countries this holiday season that will be sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face, all the way from here in America to Zimbabwe, West Africa.
  2. International Star Registry – Imagine looking up at the beautiful night sky and seeing your very own star named after you. This dream can become reality with the International Star Registry. Although it is on the pricier side, the Star Registry provides a gift like no other. For $54, the custom star-naming pack includes a certificate personalized with the star name, a sky chart with the star name, star date, constellation and location, a booklet on astronomy written by a professional astronomer and a letter of congratulations. The deluxe ($109.95) star-naming pack and the ultimate ($154.95) star-naming pack have the same general aspects, only even fancier, complete with a complementary wallet and card personalized with the star name and coordinates. So if you know any astronomy lovers, think about giving them the gift of their very own star this holiday season.
  3. Moon Estates – It is, in fact, possible to own more than just a star in the vastness that is outer space. Moon Estates is a company that has actually put land on places other than Earth on the market. For only $26.23, you can be the proud owner of an acre of land on the moon, Mars or Venus. Like with any piece of land up for sale, your piece of extraterrestrial area comes along with the Lunar deeds, the Lunar Constitution and Bill of Rights, which details the Lunar Laws, and a transcript of the Declaration of Ownership. This is a perfect gift for anyone and will make their holiday season out of this world!
  4. Species Adoptions – What if you could give two gifts all wrapped up in one? This year, give to your loved ones and to the wonderful world we thrive in everyday–symbolically adopt an endangered species through the World Wildlife Fund for Nature. With your $55 adoption kit, you will receive a plush toy of the animal you choose to adopt, an adoption certificate and species card, a photo of your animal and a complimentary gift bag. All of the proceeds go to efforts to help save some of the world’s most endangered species from extinction. With more than 120 different species available for adoption, ranging from the magnificent blue whale to the adorable red panda, this is the perfect way to make someone feel like they are giving back to the environment.




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