THE CHALLENGE Take inventory of all of the crap you own. Chances are you have some stuff you don't need that has some value. Determine if any of the stuff with value would be suitable for a kids' Xmas gift. If it would be, post it on Craigslist (the Free section) and give it to a parent who has fallen on hard times and needs gift(s) for their kids. THE REWARD Good karma (helps with IM earnings) and mad props from everyone in this thread. WHY THIS STRATEGY OF GIVING? No need to donate money - just give stuff you don't need that has value Make Christmas great for two people - the parent and the kid Get immense satisfaction knowing you helped someone instead of just eating a lot and consuming items this holiday season Help someone individually instead of generally helping an organization Be the last-minute savior of Christmas (any parent looking in the Free section really needs something) FAQ How do I make sure I give it to a parent, and not some random guy who wants to sell it to a pawn shop? That's a risk you run, but try to use your bullshit detector. Mention in the CL ad that you want to give it to a parent on hard times. People with kids will send heartfelt emails. People without kids will send stuff like "I'm ready to pick this up please call me" and other short stuff like that. Feel free to do extra confirmation yourself. You can also give it to Salvation Army of something of that nature if you'd like, but person-to-person is more satisfying IMO. What should I give? Here are two examples of stuff I'm giving: Old bicycle - I bought a motorcycle a few months ago and do not see myself ever riding this (I hadn't ridden it in years, anyways) Xbox 360 + Controllers + Games - I bought an Xbox One a few months ago and I have no use for it I'd make barely anything if I tried to sell these things but they could make great gifts. HOW TO GET STARTED Take inventory of the valuable stuff you have, but never use, right now. Take pictures of the stuff you feel like giving away. I KNOW you have something. Make the Craigslist ad(s). Wait for responses. Trust your gut and try to pick an honest responder. Feel great about yourself. Post on this thread to receive your mad props.