9) Charitable Gifts
Instead of buying meaningless trinkets for friends and family just to check them off your list, consider donating to a charitable organization in their name. Or you could support stores that support the disadvantaged. My grandmother used to buy a Christmas decoration for me every year when she was alive from Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade store that empowers artisans from disadvantaged countries. The work is all hand-crafted and amazingly beautiful. In fact, I keep some of my Christmas stuff up all year from them because it's just too unique to hide in a box 11 months out of the year. I hope this becomes a Christmas tradition for all of you!