This holiday season, instead of going out and buying stuff, why not give a lesson or two. Music lessons, art lessons, gardening lessons, pottery lessons, you name it. If you surf your local craiglist, paper or even ask at the library, you can find knowledgeable folks who can teach just about anything. Find out what your loved one has always wanted to do, and give them the gift of knowledge! No packaging, no standing in line, and your pumping money back into your local economy. Sure i want a turnip twadler, but compared to learning how to play the bagpipes (honey, are you reading this?) does it compare? I think not.