They say that you should give 10% of your income to charities or to someone who needs help. One great way to get your 10% in is to give gifts for holidays and birthdays which help out.
I suggest http://www.heifer.org as a way to help the environment, people around us, and those we love.
Also consider giving organic and free trade gormet coffee or teas! Try out: http://store.gxonlinestore.org/coffeeandtea.html
Or sponsor a dog or cat in a shelter till he/she can find a forever home! Just go to: http://www.nsalamerica.org/sponsor/help/
To sponsor a tinier critter, try: http://giveshelter.org/adoption/search.php?type=Rodent
Please list other ways you can help out at the holidays!