Cost: $50 and up
Ever want a pet giraffe but didn't see eye to eye with your homeowners' association about it? If this describes your friend, check out a naming program. For as little as $50, you can "adopt" an animal for your loved one. This gift comes with a certificate of adoption and fun fact page. An additional $50 will get you a photograph of the animal, adoption bracelet and stuffed animal. The Greater Los Angeles Zoo has a similar initiative that takes the concept a step further and allows you to name the animal, but at a minimum of $1,000, this program may stretch the holiday budget.
Other naming and adoption programs exist for areas of the rainforest and coral reefs starting at as little as