Puppies and kittens. Need I say more? They are the sweetest furry things that can automatically make you start babbling in a baby sort of way. Puppies and kittens are even more appealing when they are given as a planned (agreed to) gift during the Christmas season. And it's even more wonderful when the animal is a shelter pet.

Here's a great video of some elves delivering a shelter puppy to some kids whose parents picked him out a couple of weeks earlier. The kids were very excited, and another puppy was saved. Watch as Jackson the puppy seems to know that he's finally found a home and loving family.