Things to think about doing this holiday season if you're able. I'd love for people to add suggestions in the comments!!
1. Pay off a stranger's lay-away (Click here for instructions on how to do that).
3. Anonymously give gift cards to people you know are struggling.
4. Take an unemployed friend out for a nice dinner at their favorite restaurant. When you're unemployed or underemployed, you don't treat yourself to fun things like that so it's a nice gift.
5. Don't bother with a gift exchange among friends. Instead, plan an evening in (in January after the holiday craziness has settled) with a potluck and some movies or music. Put away the phone and iPad. Instead of adding to the list of people to buy for, give the gift of your time and attention to your friends.