The inexpensive gift of giving back to your community is the perfect Christmas gift, which is guaranteed to make your heart grow two sizes.

The end of the fall semester draws near, which means Christmas is right around the corner. Christmas brings along the stress of trying to locate and buy the perfect gifts for friends, loved ones and coworkers.

At the same time, though, you don’t want to break the bank.

Instead of buying something or giving someone a physical gift, try giving back to your community.

In the holiday season, giving is what people do. It can be a really nice feeling to give to people who may not have as much. Most communities have a  food drive or gift drive on Christmas Eve.

One example is giving to stop hunger in your community. The nonprofit Feeding America has a program called “Set the Table” for volunteers. You can be as creative as you want: have a party and ask people to bring food to contribute (nonperishables liked canned food are best). You can ask people to donate in lieu of a gift to you. You can walk a marathon and have people sponsor you. You can also sign up for events! Do it all here.

What causes or events do you think are worth giving to? Do these programs work? How could they work better?

Let us know what you think!