Adopt a donkey who helps children with special needs and visits the elderly
The Donkey Sanctuary is well known for its work rescuing donkeys in the UK and around the world. So far, the charity has cared for over 14,000 donkeys.
The charity has has a number of donkeys around the UK who visit the elderly in residential homes and who also give considerable happiness to children with special needs through therapy rides.
You can adopt a donkey for £24 a year. There are a number to choose from, from various locations - and if you telephone in advance, the lucky recipient can even visit their adopted donkey. I've given my parents Moses at EST Birmingham for their anniversary present, and he really hits the spot, combining their love of helping children and gentle donkeys in one meaningful gift.
You can also adopt a donkey from El Refugio del Burrito, the Donkey Sanctuary's sister charity in Spain. Situated just north of Malaga (about two hours, if I remember correctly), the charity does amazing work rescuing donkeys.