I have been trying to figure out what to get family members for Christmas this year and I don't want to give crappy gifts that are a waste of money but everyone pretty much has what they need ! What are people's thoughts on donations to charity in lieu of giving gifts? We lost a family member earlier this year on one side of the family and thought perhaps donations to the cancer council instead and on the other side of the family maybe a charity that does something in the field of child medical research as we almost lost our son during childbirth this year. Would it make a happy time sad or is it nice to do this? Personally , I would be very happy to have a charity donation given to me instead of gifts. Thoughts????