||[Dec. 13th, 2007|02:58 pm]
Whole lotta labia.
In retrospect, this is long and should go behind a cut.|
I know, I know. You're thinking "Melly, she's a liberal, environmentalist, vegetarian lesbian who works in early childhood development, she must be really easy to shop for!" And you'd be right. (It's true, really specific people are MUCH easier to shop for. The hardest person I've ever had to shop for? Cait. She'd say "I'm easy, I like everything!" Yeah, you like everything but you buy what you want as soon as you get interested in something and you already own all the books. ALL THE BOOKS. Anyway.. I digress.) But the fact is that even though it would be easy to get her stuff she can unwrap and enjoy, that's not what she gets.
Ellen is Jewish, for one thing, which means she feels weird getting Christmas presents. And she has liberal consumerist guilt. So several years ago I decided to get her a Heifer gift. I got her a flock of chicks and a little stuffed chicken to hold the envelope. She loved it. It turned out she'd bought Heifer gifts for all of her neices and nephews. So I went ahead and just kept getting her charity donations. Every year I have a wonderful time finding a charity that I think fits her interests and that she'd have donated to on her own if she knew about them. Last year I gave to the Grameen Bank foundation (tucked the envelope in a little piggy bank), pioneers in microlending and helping to wipe out poverty.
This year was a bit of a search but I finally found it. The Green Belt Movement. Founded by Professor Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. They plant trees. It's both that simple and that complicated. And more importantly they hire a lot of women to plant them and distribute them to farmers. They promote womens' education and rights.
Now I just have to find the little accompanying thingy to go with it. I'd try to find a stuffed tree but Google searches always turn up stuffed tree frogs and even seeing it in print like that makes me all wibbly.
What? Like I'm the only person out there scared of frogs? Piss off.