While many of us bemoan the heightened consumerism of the season and the proliferation of stuff in our homes, it can seem like a stretch to give a donation in a child's name. Create a teaching opportunity by giving a donation and a thematically linked small toy to spark conversation that will resonate with kids. Here are a few ideas:

Give a trio of rabbits through Heifer International along with Ittybit from Bunnies By The Bay.

Pair donation to Habitat For Humanity with a tool kit.

A donation to your local food depository can be accompanied by play food.

Contribute to Doctors Without Borders and give a doctor's kit.

The World Wildlife Fund makes it easy with adoptions for over 100 species. Each adoption kit includes a plush toy, gift box and framed certificate and photo.