While visiting over at Knot Sew Crafty, I came across this piece of inspiration in the form of William Kamkwamba. At just twenty years old, he's done more than most of us will do in a lifetime, he's changed his community.
You can donate to William here.
If you have the means, wouldn't it be ace to help someone get through school? There are loads of excellent gift-giving ideas too. Education is such a powerful thing.