If you have thought before that you’d rather not just receive more stuff each year for Christmas, a good alternative is to ask for Kiva gift cards. Here are two benefits.
First, it’s a gift that enables you to help others.
Second, it’s fun. Figuring out the best way to invest $50 or $100 or more in some thoughtful entrepreneurs in the developing world is more fun than getting a new sweatshirt.
Nothing against giving sweatshirts and other such things. There’s a place for that, too. But it would be exciting and even more fulfilling to make “gifts that enable you to give” a larger part of our Christmas giving and receiving.