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Giant White Pandas are a symbol of peace, but to me they symbolize all things cute and cuddly. I can easily watch cute panda videos for the rest of my life. These gifts are inspired by everything panda and the things they love most – bamboo!
Gifts of Time
Gift Them a Panda-Themed Meal! Order Take-Out from Panda Express or Panda Inn, or any other Chinese restaurant, and make these Nori Rice Pandas using this Rice Ball Mold with Nori Punch Sushi Panda to serve on the side. Or you can make a Panda Sandwich Cut-Out or for Panda French Toast! Use real eco-friendly bamboo straws for their drink! You can serve a cake with an edible panda icing sheet or decorate it with white chocolate Maj-Jong pieces using this Mah-Jong Chocolate Mold.
- Panda Hooded Afghan for Toddlers by Jess @Make&DoCrew: Free crochet pattern available
- Panda-Themed Milk Glass by Eve Epstein @ehow.com – use any panda picture as a template
- Easy Bamboo Paint-Chip Card by Paige Gilchrist in Handcrafted Cards
- Make a 3D Paper Panda Sculpture using free printables @global.yamaha-motor.com
- Super Cute Easy Panda Cupcakes by Angie @Bakerella
- Make your own card with Panda-themed paper, stickers and stamps @scrapbook.com
Green Panda Bamboo Toothbrushes: Let them get their daily bamboo fix with these all natural bamboo and eco-friendly toothbrushes. They can imagine they are gnawing on bamboo for breakfast. 😛
Lucky Bamboo: Bamboo is symbolic of good luck and fortune, but are also what makes pandas happy! Bamboo is super easy to take care of as it grows in water and can last for years! If you click here you get a cute panda-themed planter to go with it!
Bamboo Stainless Steel Panda Tumbler: Vacuum Insulation keeps hot beverages for up to 10 hours and would be perfect to gift this with quality tea or coffee. It also keeps cold beverages cold for up to 24 hours.
Panda-Themed Swiss Army Knife: A perfect blend of functional panda cuteness!
Takenoko Board Game – A game that is for 2 to 4 players that gets great reviews! The basis of the game is to cultivate and grow the most bamboo while also satisfying very hungry pandas.
American and Chinese Majong Tiles Set and Table Cover: While this is a gift that isn’t directly panda-themed, it makes for a beautiful gift that is truly unique and is inspired from where pandas live in the wild. There used to be a set with panda tiles, but it doesn’t seem to be manufactured any more – but it may be worth seeing if you can find it on Ebay!
Ultimate Panda Planner: This is a highly reviewed daily calendar and gratitude journal that helps to increase productivity, time management and happiness that uses a scientific approach in it’s layout. It’s non-dated so you can gift it at anytime of the year. Perfect for those who procrastinate or have goals that they are working towards.
Panda Coloring Book For Adults: For the person who has no problem with procrastination – why not have fun doing it! They can reach a state of zen by coloring in the Stress Relief Version or for those that are especially going through a stressful time and can use a bit of humor, check out the Swearing Pandas Coloring Book!
Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifiers: Bamboo Charcoal Deodorizers are recyclable and eco-friendly and helps to absorb and remove odor, bacteria, allergens, harmful pollutants, mold, mildew, excess moisture, smoke smell, pet odor , dog and cat urine, paint and other musty smells. These are safe to use around children and pets and great for closets, shoes, cars and pet areas. They also last up for two years as well!
Professional Level Chinese Bamboo Flute: Bass range professional Dizi is a traditional Chinese flute that is made from Bitter bamboo and a toxin free, eco-friendly varnish. Not a gift for everyone but would be perfect for a panda-loving flute player.
Panda Art from a Local Artist: Find or commission panda-themed art from your community or by reaching out to your friend’s favorite artist – pandas are simplistic and beautiful creatures and I love how different artists capture this in their paintings, fused glass and sculptures. The picture above is by the lovely Shanni Welsh @fatdragonfly based out of Seattle, WA.
Gifts of Experience
Gift a Zoo Pass at the nearest zoo that has a panda! There are only four zoos in the US that have pandas:
- San Diego Zoo (link to panda cam): Bai Yun and Gao Gao who are parents to Xiao Liwu
- Zoo Atlanta (link to panda cam):Lun Lun, Yang Yang and their 6-month-old twin cubs, Ya Lun and Xi Lun
- Memphis Zoo (link to panda cam): Ya Ya and Le Le
- Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C (link to panda cam).: Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and their cub Bei Bei
Extreme Gift of Spending a Day with Pandas in Dujiangyan Panda Base in China! Through www.viator.com you can plan a day tour or even volunteer at Dujiangyan Panda Base and visit the Wuhou Temple.
Gifts of Charity
As with all charities it is your responsibility to vet them prior to making a contribution.
Adopt a Panda through Pandas International @www.pandasinternational.org! Did you know the cost to care for a panda for one year is approximately $10,000. While adopting the panda is of course a symbolic adoption it provides critical funds for the pandas at the Hetaoping, Gengda, Dujiangyan and Bifengxia Panda Centers.You can visit their online store for even more gift ideas!
Help Save Pandas through World Wide Fund For Nature (formerly World Wildlife Fund) @wwf.panda.org! While Panda numbers have increased in the last ten years a gift made can continue to help protect their natural habitat, stop poachers and ensure future population growth.
Pandas Network @www.pandasnetwork.org: PANDAS also stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections and unfortunately affects as many as 1 in 200 children. It occurs when occurs when strep triggers a misdirected immune response results in inflammation on a child’s brain that result in life changing symptoms such as OCD, anxiety, tics, personality changes, decline in math and handwriting abilities, sensory sensitivities, restrictive eating, and more. It is often misdiagnosed and donations will help to improve the diagnosis and treatment of children with this and with Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome. You can show your support through their online shop on Zazzle.com as well (while there check out their Panda-themed gifts too by clicking here!)
Be sure to choose PANDAS Network when signing up to use Amazon Smile! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to PANDAS Network!
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Looking for more Panda-themed gifts?
Check out what is available from www.calendars.com!
...or check out these panda themed puzzles from Puzzle Master - a Canadian company that ships to both US and Canada!
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