As much as I love opening presents on Christmas Day I do stop and wonder whether we really need more stuff. We have toys bursting out of every crevice. Books coming in regularly. Clothes overflowing off the shelves. We have a lot. We are very fortunate.
I love the idea of giving to charity at holiday time. At Oxfam (NZ) you can give a village a donkey for just NZ$110.00 - barely the cost of a nice meal out. A pair of chickens costs less than what I spend at Starbucks.
Most of the charitable organizations have these gift giving options: check Oxfam, World Vision, CCF for starters.