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Zoo Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Whether you’re buying for an animal lover, a choosy child, or “the person who has everything,” our zoo gifts will take the guesswork out of your holiday shopping . . . and please everyone on your list!

Get Creative: Give Animal Art

Zoo gifts for everyone on your list: animal artwork at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

The perfect gift for the animal-lover on your list: a piece of art from the Reptiland Originals collection! No two pieces are the same, and they’re priced at just $19.95 and $24.95. Created on quality stretched canvas, this artwork comes ready to display and enjoy.

Not local? Not a problem! We’re happy to pack, wrap, and ship any piece!

 

Make Someone a Zoo Parent

Congratulations, it’s a . . . zoo animal!

 

Show loved ones you care by adopting an animal in their name. Our Adopt-an-Animal program makes a great gift for individuals AND families. Choose from 12 different animals with packages starting at just $25. This gift can be shipped directly to the recipient with a personal message from you . . . or even emailed!

 

Buy Fair Trade

Many items in the Natural Selections Gift Shop are fair trade, and each purchase supports merchants, artisans, farmers, and more in developing countries. Learn more about fair trade.

On top of that, you won’t find these items anywhere else in the area! Our fair trade merchandise ranges from recycled paper ornaments to fine jewelry and spans all price points. Shop fair trade and enjoy unique finds and quality products at reasonable prices—all while supporting communities across the globe.

BONUS: Save 20% on your entire gift shop purchase through December 31! 

 

Let the Recipient Choose

Give your recipient the gift of FUN with a Reptiland gift card! It never expires, and the recipient has the power to choose how it’s spent, for example:

  • Zoo Membership – the gift that keeps on giving . . . the whole year
  • Tortoise feeding – meet and feed Al & Henry, our two lovable Aldabra tortoises
  • Behind-the-Scenes tour – discover the inner-workings of an AZA accredited zoo
  • Birthday party – join our party animals for a WILD birthday celebration
  • Gift shop merchandise – from silly souvenirs to African artifacts and everything in between
  • or just a fun day at the zoo!

Regardless of how they are redeemed, Reptiland gift cards are always money well spent! To purchase, stop in or call us at 570-538-1869—we’re happy to mail the gift card to you or the recipient at no extra charge! (We’ll even email a printable file to give to the recipient if you’re extra short on time)

Whatever your holiday shopping needs, we’re here to help. Stop in seven days a week from 10am to 5pm to shop in our gift shop, pick up some zoo gifts, or get assistance from our friendly staff!

Have a happy holiday season, and we hope to see you soon!

 

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our Holiday Gift Picks!

Give from the Heart: Valentine’s Day Gifts that Give Back

give from the heart - fair trade jewelry

Sick of giving the same old flowers and candy to your special someone? Why not give from the heart with these Valentine’s Day gifts that give back?

give from the heart - fair trade jewelryWe carry countless fair trade items from around the world, but we think the Brass Images line is especially exquisite, making it a great gift for Valentine’s Day (or any occasion…like a Tuesday).

Based in South Africa, Brass Images produces handcrafted brass and copper jewelry. Artisans apply high heat to these metals to produce ruby red copper and antiqued brass finishes without the use of paints or dyes. Gemstone accents add a colorful touch to the beautiful ethnic designs. These pieces have a unique yet polished look that can be dressed up or down and are sure to make a statement this Valentine’s day–because nothing says, “I Love You” like gorgeous jewelry that supports artisans in South Africa!

give from the heart - fair trade jewelry

Not your style? Not to worry. Check out these other fair trade gifts on the Product Spotlight page, or stop in the Natural Selections Gift Shop and browse our wide selection in person!

Note: the beautiful metal leaf sculpture featured in these photos is also for sale!

zulugrass beaded jewelry

Natural Selections Gift Shop Spotlight: Zulugrass

We strive to fill the Natural Selections Gift Shop with fun, educational items for children, while at the same time providing high-quality, unique gifts for adults. One of the product lines we’re proud to carry is Zulugrass.  A member of the Fair Trade Federation, Zulugrass offers beautiful handmade beaded jewelry, and purchasing it supports the very women that make it!  Read how it all started, then come to the Natural Selections Gift Shop to check Zulugrass out for yourself!

Zulugrass

Leading a traditionally pastoral lifestyle, the Maasai people of the Great Rift Valley of Kenya and Tanzania herd cattle and live off the land. Despite modernization and change happening around them, the Maasai continue to keep their culture and traditions alive, adorning themselves with colorful clothing and ornaments.

After a terrible drought devastated the area and killed their cattle, essentially destroying their livelihood, the Maasai men were forced to drive the few remaining cattle miles away in search of better grazing, while the women were left (ill-equipped) to feed, clothe, and support their families.

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photo courtesy of leakeycollection.com

Philip and Katy Leakey live among the Maasai, and decided they had to do something to help their neighbors get through the hard times that lie ahead. By utilizing the natural resources around them and the skilled beadwork of the Maasai women, the Leakeys came up with an idea…and Zulugrass was born!

zulugrass beaded jewelryZulugrass jewelry is made from tall, native grass that is dried, cut into beads, dyed in over 200 colors, and strung onto durable elastic. The Leakeys added the touch of Czech glass beads for a more contemporary look with a bit of sparkle. The strands can be worn as necklaces, bracelets, anklets, chokers, and even belts!

zulugrassWomen began harvesting blades of grass one at a time for the unique handmade jewelry. Word spread of the opportunity that Zulugrass presented, allowing women the flexibility to bring their babies and toddlers to work and earn money for each piece of jewelry they made. Soon, women were walking as far as 2 hours each way to take advantage of this!

Zulugrass continues to grow, and now over 1,400 Maasai women are making Zulugrass, using their skills to support their families while maintaining the integrity of their traditional lifestyle.

Zulugrass is a fair trade product that supports the local economy of the Maasai people in Kenya.  For more information on Zulugrass jewelry and other fair trade products they make, visit www.leakeycollection.com.