Hanukkah is over, but we still have Solstice, Christmas and Kwanzaa coming up.
A couple years ago I wrote a series of posts in my other blog called “Ten Ways to Take a Stand Against Ignorance.” In it, I suggested buying gifts from organizations whose only purpose is to expand human knowledge, because in that way everyone benefits. So I’d like to pass that along as my final holiday suggestion for this year.
Does your local museum or public library have a shop? If not, annual memberships to museums and Friends of the Library organizations are almost always reasonably priced and they’re available all year round. National museums like the Metropolitan Museum, Smithsonian Institution and Chicago Art Institute offer gift certificates (and they sell a lot more than art in their catalogs).
Consider giving a subscription to National Geographic, Smithsonian, or a similar periodical. (Bonus, those magazines often feature glorious photography of people with body art.) That way, you’re giving a gift that will keep on arriving all year round.
Give a membership to your local public radio or TV station. Commercial free programming is always a plus.
Most of all, give something that shows you’re putting your own knowledge of someone else’s joys to good use.
Happy holidays to all Multi.Colored people and those who want to be!