Got too much stuff? Know people with too much stuff? Do something different for your friends and family this Christmas. Instead of giving them a gift, give a gift in their name. Give a goat. Or a water pump. Or a pair of sandals. Or medical help. Or any one of a huge range of useful gifts. Give to someone that needs it in India, or Afghanistan, or Bangladesh or Africa…
There are many organisations that make it easy. Good Gifts was among the first to get organised on the web. They act as a clearing house where you can buy from their range of gifts, and they deal with a charitable organisations world wide to make it happen. They guarantee that the money they receive is used as stated and the gift is delivered.
If you want something local, see for example The Leprosy Mission New Zealand, who have a similar system, Really Good Gifts. Give education for a girl, a vegetable seed hamper, beehives, or a cow. Orders must be in by 11th December to arrive for Christmas.
Why not get together with friends and family and agree to do it differently this year? Reclaim Christmas from endless commercialisation. Give gifts that matter.