This is one of my favorite activities!! Our "giving tree" at my church collects gifts for the retired nuns at the Villa and I look forward to participating every year. Usually they ask for simple things like towels, stamps or writing paper, shower gels, and I always enjoy putting extra things in (including candy or homemade cookies!!) to make the gifts nicer!!!
It really makes me feel good to share with someone who's not part of my immediate family.