(last updated: November 2017)
Occasionally people ask what I want for my birthday or Christmas. I appreciate that generosity and their desire to see me happy. And if someone does want to give me a gift, I will accept as graciously as I can.
But I don’t need anything.
If you’d still like to show me that you care with a gift, here are some ideas of what I’d want most.
1.) Donate a Gift to Someone that DOES Need It
If you want to spend a dollar amount on a gift for me, please consider donating to any of the following charities in my name (in no particular order):
- Doctors Without Borders
- Feeding America
- Lucie’s Place
- Global Human Rights
- Human Rights First
- Human Rights Watch
- It Gets Better Project
- National Alliance to End Homelessness
- Global Fund for Women
- International Planned Parenthood Federation
- Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
- Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
If you are considering donating to a charity that isn’t on this list please ask me before donating (so I can vet them).
2.) Let’s Hang Out
Let’s all have dinner together. It doesn’t have to be anywhere fancy. I’d love grabbing a pizza or a couple of adult beverages with you. We could go to a show, a concert, or a comedy club together.
3.) Send Me a Card
Whenever one of you sends me a card, I smile. I appreciate the simple gift of someone thinking of me and wishing me well. Contact me if you need my mailing address.
The reason I’m where I am today (happy, healthy, arguably sane) is because I stand on the shoulders of giants. All of you that love me and support me have allowed me to get here. I am infinitely grateful for that.
I wish you a happy [whatever it is you’re celebrating now]!
A Note About Christmas
I do not celebrate Christmas (I’m happy to discuss why with anyone interested). Please don’t think ill of me when I don’t give gifts during the holiday season. As I mentioned earlier, I will [do my best to] graciously accept gifts from anyone who does celebrate it.