Here is a great Christmas idea for the tree hugger in your life who has everything, Adopt a Manatee. The Save the Manatee Club from Maitland, Florida, is an international nonprofit organization who claims to be the voice of the manatee since 1981.

Adopting a manatee is easy, join as a member of the club and you will receive an adoption certificate, a full-color photo, and a biography of your real-life adopted manatee. You will get a membership handbook, a quarterly newsletter with updates on adopted manatees and important issues. They also send a bi-monthly e-newsletter, Paddle Tales.

The Save the Manatee Club was started in 1981 by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffet and former Florida Governor and U. S. Senator Bob Graham. The club’s mission is protect this gentle creature and their habitat.

I don’t know what the membership fees are, but you can learn more by visiting