You could get your pal these charming vintage Cabbage Patch Kids earmuffs for Christmas. Or...not.
It's not like there's any shortage of awesome stuff to foist upon your friends and family this holiday season. For example: Maybe they want this irrational numbers wall clock or a pair of leg corsets. And who could resist a wine-bottle holder shaped like a drunken deer?
But just in case you're a mean old scrooge who doesn't believe your relatives deserve this statue of a disembodied hand cradling a naked baby with wings, here's another idea: Support a DIY project that your giftee might find cool. Crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo make it easy to find worthy campaigns. Here are 10 of our favorites:
1. Project Repat (Kickstarter): An astounding 95 percent of donated clothes end up in the developing world,* where many end up getting thrown away. The Project Repat crew rescues the old clothes, then works with artisans in the developing world to transform them into new hipster fashion statements to be sold in the United States. The proceeds go to charities in the countries where the clothes made their stopover.
2. Pop-Hop Books & Curio (Kickstarter): Considering the dire plight of independent bookstores, perhaps the bookworm in your life would appreciate a donation on her behalf to this new books/zines/collectibles store and arts space in LA.
3. Biket Initiative (IndieGoGo) This cool project eventually aims to bring bamboo bike factories to the developing world, but in the meantime, it's giving bikes to children who have no other way of getting to school. Your donation of $50 buys a bike for a kid in Mali.
4. Everyone Is Gay (IndieGoGo): In its own words, Everyone Is Gay is "an advice website for all, with an emphasis on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth. The website uses humor and honesty to support these youth, to dialogue with others in the LGBTQ community, and to simultaneously keep everyone laughing." Your donation will help EIG launch a nationwide tour to high school and college campuses.
5. The First 70 (Kickstarter): By July 2012, the state of California plans to close 70 of its 278 state parks. Saddened by the news, a group of friends decided to try to see all the parks before they were gone for good. Along the way, they discovered that "no one knew exactly what the conditions of closure would be, nor could they see how the state would ultimately benefit." As a result, they're aiming to make a documentary film in a bid to change the officials' mind.