9 offbeat charity gifts that do the world good

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3. Adopt an Octopus

Some of us would prefer an adopted octopus over a sparkling bauble in a heartbeat.

If you've got one of us on your list, "adopt" an octopus in the giftee's name and Oceana will put the money towards protecting marine animals from danger by stopping cruise ship pollution and advocating for clean, safe energy solutions. (Oceana Octopus, $30-$70)

The rest: Manure for crops | Trees for butterflies | Adopt an octopus | Lord or Lady title for land preservation | A milking camel | National Parks pass | Bikes not bombs | Adopt a book | Help a bison