those of you looking for gifts during the holiday season (or at any time in fact) may like to check out this site http://www.changingthepresent.org/
as gifts to your friends and family, you can buy toys for sick children, hire lawyers to free prisoners, provide micro-loans to women or counselling to cancer patients. what a great concept: 'changing the present, one gift at a time'. it is, indeed, the thought that counts.
closer to home: http://www.changingthepresent.org/nonprofits/show/204
please spread the word.