I saw this at Hub Politics.
Which in turn directs you to "Blogs For Joy"
I've also been hearing a radio campaign encouraging people to make donations to charitable organizations in the name of those on your gist giving list. They are encouraging people to make their giving more meaningful. Not to purchase something for the sake of purchasing something. This was actually something I did for my kids teachers when they were in school. I never knew them well enough to pick out a gift they would like, but the few that commented like the idea. Particularly of the charity was local.
So if you blog, consider spreading the idea of this and other like ideas. You can also spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, etc.