As Christmas approaches rapidly you can’t help but think about all of the consumerism that we see. Often I think that it would be better just to give something to charity instead of giving someone another piece of crap that they don’t really need.
But the problem I have with that is the person who you are giving the gift to doesn’t get any of the joy of giving. They don’t even get the joy of sacrifice. They only get a card that says that you were a good person. They don’t get to choose to be a good person too.
So I think this year I am going to work up some sort of plan where I give away gifts that are designed to be given away. Cash would work well of course. It is easy to hand someone cash and a note that says, “You can use this for yourself if you have a need or give it away to someone else who has a need.” But I think other things would be cool too, like maybe Wal-Mart gift cards that they can pass out to someone they know who is hurting, or that they can buy cookies and milk with and go spend time with a friend. How about movie tickets and a note encouraging them to take someone who never gets to go out along with them. I could give away visa gift cards and a list of online charities, or a bunch of toys to an adult and instructions to give them to a needy family.
What I am looking for are ideas for helping people be the help for someone else. If I give a gift in your name then I look good and I get the joy and the credit. What I want to do is to give you the gift of helping others, because I have found that joy is beyond anything that I could ever wrap up in a box.
Anyone have any ideas?
UPDATE: I came up with a solution that I like to call A Gift of Giving check it out for a nice way to help someone else pass on the giving.