Okay, so we’re three days into Hanukah, and Christmas (and Kwanza and Festivus) is hours away . . . and you still haven’t crossed the gift-buying finish line.
Don’t worry, Do Something has compiled a list of 11 gifts that feel good to get and give. FYI: Charitable giving is down over 30% this year, yet the need is up over 60%. The average American spends over $800 on Christmas gifts -- surely we can spend some of this money to do a little good at the same time, right? Here, our quick and easy tips for feel-good holiday treats:
- For the music lover: An Alternative Christmas. 100% of the proceeds of this compilation will be donated to charity! AlternativeAddiction.com 
- Have an eco-lover on your list? Plant a tree in his or her name. It’s cheap ($5.95!), and it’ll help bring our forests back to life (which is good for sucking up that gross CO2 in our atmosphere). Check out ArborDay.org : PS: If you’re willing to spend just a few dollars more, help The Nature Conservancy meet their goal of planting a billion trees in Brazil's Atlantic Forest (nature.org ).
- Don’t forget the troops! With the U.S. waging two wars, thousands will be away from home during the holidays. Give a soldier a cell phone — even a used cell phone. Check it: Cell Phones for Soldiers  sells your old phones to recyclers and uses the proceeds to buy calling cards troops use to call home.
- Another gift for our military guys and gals: For $25, United Service Organizations (USO ) will send a care package with a personal message and filled with needed and requested items (from cold weather gear – these soldiers often sleep outside! – to comic books and other treats) valued at $75!
- Clean water is the gift of life. While Do Something does not encourage the use of disposable plastic water bottles, we’ll make one worthy exception for the folks at Charity Water. The nonprofit organization offers a "Bottle of Charity": Your $20 pays for water and sanitation projects that will provide needy people around the world with clean water for at least 20 years!
- Avoid the crushing last-minute rush: Surf the Nonprofit Shopping Mall! We’d be so psyched if you’d make Do Something the beneficiary of your treasure hunt, which allows you to visit online stores for The Gap, Macy’s, Apple, Amazon, and so many more!
- Are you considering buying your friend a pet? WAIT! First you want to make sure your friend is ready for the responsibility… Once you have decided that he or she is, consider adopting a shelter animal (A CNN poll says the majority of Americans think this is the way the Obamas should go – why not you and/or your friends too?). We’ve created a step-by-step guide  for your reference.
- Shrink their carbon footprint. Put a spring in someone’s step by taking a ton off their back – for as little as $10! With a two ton gift card, you invest in clean energy to offset a few month’s worth of your loved one’s carbon emissions. Try carbonfund.org 
- Closer to home: For the water guzzler in your life, buy them a trendy stainless steel reusable bottle for their H20! It’s ultra eco-friendly and uber-fashionable, so much so that there are countless options for you to consider. We like the trendy bottles at Sigg.com  or the colorful Camelbak 
collection. Outdoor-gear and health food stores in your area are likely to carry these types of water bottles.
- Teach a newbie that earth-friendly can be fashion-friendly too. Give organic cosmetics – they’re free from chemicals and synthetic fragrances and not tested on animals – or a really cool eco-bag.
- Give to animals and animal lovers in one shot! The ASPCA  has some great gift ideas that are both animal and animal-lover friendly. From cute hoodies, books, jewelry, to chew toys, they’ll have everything you need to keep pets and owners of all kinds happy.
- If you’re giving the gift of chocolate, make it organic and/or fair trade.
- Avoid the economic squeeze and get eco-points for recycling by having a jumble exchange with your friends. Everyone brings clothes, books, ornaments or toys and lays out their goods and everyone picks out what they want (no money changes hands). Whatever’s left over goes to a charity shop.
- Time is often a bigger gift than money. Create coupons that offer free babysitting or housecleaning, a neck massage or a special treat. To parents and grandparents, these are meaningful stocking stuffers.
- The infamous re-gift gift: One person man’s trash is another’s treasure . . . so long as the gift being re-gifted wasn’t given by anyone who’ll be present.