12 animals you didn’t know you could adopt as a gift

Adopting an animal can be a great gift for that difficult person in your life who seems to have everything. There is plenty of choice out there, making it easy to choose a creature to completely suit the person you are buying for. Whether you have a friend who would love to adopt a meerkat or a family member who’s as wise as an owl, the perfect gift is just a few clicks away.

The Personalised Gift Shop

The Personalised Gift Shop has a whole host of animal adoption options How about adopting a panda, big cat, donkey, horse, monkey, or owl? You could even adopt a dinosaur and support the National History Museum.


You can help all sorts of different animals by choosing a WWF animal adoption as a gift. Prices start at just £5 each month and there are 14 animals to choose from.

Adopting an animal through WWF makes the ideal last-minute present because you can print a certificate or have an email to hand over on the special occasion, even if you place your order really late.

As well as knowing that they’re supporting important wildlife initiatives, your gift recipient will also receive an animal cuddly toy, a gift pack with a photo and certificate, a fact book, stickers and bookmarks. They’ll also get a magazine three times a year, as well as regular animal updates.

Sound good? If so, then all you have to do is choose your animal from the likes of penguins, polar bears, snow leopards, lions, mountain gorillas, dolphins, rhinos, llamas and jaguars.

Find Me a Gift

There are ‘adopt a…’ gift boxes where you can find plenty to choose from at Find Me a Gift. How about giving someone their own adopted penguin, donkey or meerkat?

Whoever you give the gift to can even visit some of the animals you adopt and will also get letters, certificates, pens and a nice presentation tin.

The real deal

If you have a real animal loving friend or family member who would not be content with simply visiting their chosen animal every now and again, you could always think about helping them to adopt a pet.

There are plenty of dogs and cats out there who are desperate for homes but, as the old saying goes, it’s important to remember that these animals ‘are not just for Christmas’ – or birthdays or anniversaries.

This is not the choice for a surprise gift, but if you have your chosen recipient on board and ready to commit, check out the likes of Cats Protection, the RSPCA, Blue Cross and Dogs Trust. There’s also the option to adopt smaller friends through the likes of your local Pets at Home.

Pick your pet

Whether you want a no-obligation adoption or your very own pet, here’s 12 choices for you…

  • Meerkats
  • Owls
  • Pandas
  • Monkeys
  • Penguins
  • Polar bears
  • Snow leopards
  • Lions
  • Mountain gorillas
  • Dolphins
  • Cats
  • Dogs