Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Gift-giving, especially to teenagers, is a subject of debate in our house. I like interesting socially responsible donations which somehow make a splash; my husband thinks that's like coal in a Christmas stocking. Though mostly the occasions are Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Having seen how a good deal of my kids' bar and bat mitzvah haul is now being freecycled, as we downsize and they're out of the house - I feel even greater resolve not to send material gifts.
My latest favorite is a Kiva "gift" certificate. The recipient chooses whom to lend the microcredit to, and receives the payments. Eventually when the loan is repaid it becomes cash in the recipient's Kiva account. Then it can be relent (that would make me happy indeed), cashed out (well, at least the third world micro-entrepreneurs got to use it for one loan cycle) or regiven to someone else as a gift.
We recently gave a lovely young lady, Miranda, a Kiva certificate. It took awhile for her to figure out what on earth it was, but when she did, we received a lovely affirmation. And long after the other gifts are shelved, she'll still be getting repayments and an opportunity to reloan the capital. Go, Miranda! You can click on the image to enlarge it.
Posted by Betsy Teutsch at 11:00 PM