9 offbeat charity gifts that do the world good

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5. A Camel for Milk

Nothing says Merry Christmas like the gift of ... a camel! It's so Nativity-scene!

But really, while most of us can pop over to the market for a few gallons of milks, for people in parts of the world too dry for livestock Heifer International provides camels that can be used for transportation, as well as for milk that families can drink or sell. (Heifer Camel, $85-$850)

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