I thought I'd share something that has really livened up our Christmas shopping.
It's Oxfam Unwrapped.
You buy a gift that benefits a community in need of help somewhere in the world, from assisting olive farmers through to buying a duck for a Balinese rice farmer, training a teacher, improving a community's water supply or a number of other things that will make a difference to someone who needs help more than we do.
And then Oxfam sends your friend/family member a card (or e-card) explaining that you've given them something perhaps a little more special than just the usual gift of something that, if they really wanted, they'd buy themselves.
I know you'll all think I'm being soft in the head, but I rather thought that it was all more in keeping with the spirit of the thing.