Instead of exchanging gifts with each other, one side of my family adopts a less fortunate family and we split up their wish list and buy presents for them. A friend of mine does something I think is kind of neat. They exchange names and have to make one thing for that person, instead of buying a gift. It could be cross-stitch, a picture collage, anything. Her family had a lot of creative people in it, though. I suggested this to my family and got some weird looks!...