Before you dash out to frantically buy gifts, read this essay “Put Your Brain and Your Money to Better Use Than Thoughtless Gift-Giving This Christmas” by Jill Richardson on being appropriate. Do you buy a Christmas gift for a Jewish friend? What do you give somebody that you have barely met? So much of the exchange is obligatory and not heartfelt, and often just damned inappropriate. Read this first, and then maybe think about your holiday giving a bit differently before you get all gifty.