Washington-inspired holiday gifts that give into the new year

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2013_12_pandaadopt Adopt a panda or other species at the National Zoo as a present for the animal lover on your gift list. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)

‘Tis the season for giving.

Gadgets and gems aren’t the only presents you can wrap up this holiday. Here are three ideas for Washington-inspired gifts that keeping giving into the new year.

1. Provide a free mammogram to patients at Capital Breast Care Center

CHBC, a clinic on Capitol Hill, provides free mammograms and breast cancer care to women in the D.C.-metro area no matter their ability to pay. Make a donation in the name of a loved so someone may have a mammogram next year.

2. Adopt-A-Species at the National Zoo

Present the animal lover on your list, or a young family member anticipating her first visit to the Smithsonian National Zoo, adoption papers for a giant panda. The recipient will also receive photos, a fact sheet and a plush toy. The zoo will use the donation to support its animals and other endangered species.

3. Sponsor a wreath at Arlington Cemetery

Wreaths are decorating the headstones of soldiers laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery following this weekend’s Wreath Across America event, which is made possible every year by donations from across the world. You can sponsor a wreath in the name of any proud American to continue this celebrated holiday tradition.

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