I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the millions of good organizations out there that I'd like to give money to...so I don't want anyone to feel bogged down by this request...but Kiva is an incredible micro finance agency that lets you LEND money to people all over the world. And the best part...you get your money back! If you have never loaned before, here is a link for a free $25 to start with!
My loan was just fully repaid, so I reinvested to help Antonio from El Salvador buy livestock.
Even if you don't have $25 to spare at the moment, the Kiva website is a fun place to peruse and they do gift certificates which a meaningful gift for anyone and everyone! Check it out!