So you have what, like zero days left to buy presents. Today’s the day, you’re panicked, and you’re not sure what to do. Run to the bookstore for a gift certificate? Hope the local superbox has more cartons of electric toothbrushes? Just panic?
There are some things you still can do. They may not be the latest video game or a big plasma TV, but there are some good gifts left to give, and maybe you can do a good deed at the same time:
1) Donate to your favorite skeptic society: There are lots of skeptical groups out there who are trying to make the world a better place by promoting critical thinking. The James Randi Educational Foundation comes to mind (full disclosure: I’m President of the JREF), as well as fellow Skeptologists Michael Shermer’s Skeptic Society, Steve Novella’s New England Skeptical Society, and Brian Dunning’s Skeptoid. Some of those are tax-deductible, and the end of the year is coming… and most groups have membership plans that you can get for yourself, a friend, or a loved one. Why not help these groups achieve their goals of filling the world with critical thinkers?
2) Skepchick: The Skepchicks posted a skeptical holiday gift guide. It’s a bit late to get things shipped, but they have some cool ideas.
The holidays are for everyone, even skeptics. Have fun, enjoy friends and family, and maybe you can even make the world a better place at the same time.