So here's my proposal. I don't even think it'll be that painful. I'm just not going to be giving any holiday gifts when December comes around this year. Instead, I'm going to give whatever I might have spent on presents to hurricane relief efforts instead. Goodness knows that the Gulf Coast refugees need it more than anyone I know needs a new video game or handbag.
P.S. King One Eye reminds us about the obvious corollary here: You can also ask your friends and family not to give you gifts either, and instead make a donation.
This year, let's not bitch about how meaningless and commercial the holiday season has become. Instead, let's make it meaningful and truly about giving.