I just bought two gift certificates from KIVA, a Web-based micro-lending organization that helps entrepreneurs in developing countries start small businesses. The gift recipient chooses which aspiring small business owner he/she wants to help. I think this is a great idea! A friend of mine has given them small loans in the past and always got her money back - plus a little interest.
Now who to give a gift membership for Red Feather Development (an organization that builds straw bale homes on Indian reservations throughout the United States)...?