- My favorite reading related charity is called Room to Read. These people take schools and books and libraries to developing countries. Consider a donation to these amazing people in someone else's name.
- My writing group is called Women Writing for (a) Change-Bloomington. If you know of someone who would benefit from writing in a conscious community consider getting her a gift certificate to one of these classes. The group runs programs for girls and teens and could always use scholarship money for young women who would like to attend but can't afford it. We also do outreach to women in the local jail so a donation to WWf(a)C would help offset the expenses of this program. WWfaC has programs in Birmingham, Ala., Burlington, VT, Grand Junction, Colo., Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville.
- Ever heard of NANOWRIMO? I've been excusing myself for the past few years. Lots of good reasons why, but I still love the program and love how they encourage writing. Consider a gift from their way cool on-line gift store.
- How about a poem? For your friend that has everything or if you yourself are looking for many gifts and can afford few try giving the perfect poem. There is one for every person and every occasion. Try the Poetry Foundation's way cool poetry tool and check out this audio site of emerging poets.
- Or how about the gift of poetry to students?
- I've not read this book but am enjoying the website that launched the book. Is someone you know interested in awesome things? Better yet, make a list of your own awesome things and give the list as a gift.
- Consider a gift or purchase from Half the Sky Foundation: an organization dedicated to helping orphans in China.
- Organize a group (or go solo) to a Messiah Sing in your community. I just googled those words and trust me when I say there is one about everywhere in the country. The chance to sing (or just listen) to beautiful music is one of the rare non-commercial opportunities of the holiday season. In Bloomington the price of admission is canned food for our food bank. Take someone who could use a lift.
- Buy local! Craft fairs, tickets to sports or theatre, gift cards to small local shops and restaurants, memberships to local museums and history centers.
Okay readers, what are your favorite gifts for readers? Writers? Anyone? I would love to hear from you.
Happy Holidays from Esmerelda's Bookthing. I'll be back after the New Year with more reading and writing fun!