I have way too much stuff. I blame my family, because I come from a long line of pack rats and über shoppers – genetic programming is very hard to fight. Which means that most of the people I celebrate the holidays with also have too much stuff.
Since no one actually needs anything, I want to make sure I’m giving my friends and family something that’s fun and meaningful – not just more stuff. Last year I gave them experiences – a course on Italian art, food and wine for my parents, and passes to a climbing facility for my sister and her boyfriend – which was fantastic. But I have to say, I was really glad I also gave them WWF symbolic wildlife adoption kits – both because they’re adorable gifts that make a difference and because they helped make Christmas morning really fun (and drove the dogs totally nuts).