How About Some Snails as a Last-Minute Gift Opportunity?

From the UK’s Telegraph:

A camel may seem an unusual choice for a Christmas present, but the desert-dwelling animal has been named as number one on the top ten list of charity gifts for 2008. Fund-raisers are now offering everything from a shot of bull semen delivered to a Rwandan farmer for £10 to 100 snails which will feed a Liberian family for £8.

The top ten charity gifts have been compiled from a search of more than 200 charities by the independent watchdog Intelligent Giving. Lindsay Boswell, director of the Institute of Fund-raising, said: “Charities are trying to stand out among shoppers who are looking for ever more original gifts and that is what we are seeing this year.”

Top Ten Charity Christmas Gifts:

1 Camel £95, Oxfam

2 Fish cages £20, Practical Action

3 Destroy recent war-zone guns £20-£75, Good Gifts

4 Pineapple plants £13, Concern

5 Give a dog a cuddle £5, Dogs Trust

6 Girl’s school uniform £20, World Vision

7 Sponsor a brain cell for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research £15, Good Gifts

8 100 snails for Liberian family £8, Samaritan’s Purse

9 Heart repair kit for stem cell research £40, British Heart Foundation

10 Sea boots £36, RNLI

The camel takes the cake for novelty points. I’d pay more to send the recipient family a digital camera so that they could email me photos of “my” camel…

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