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This year, give gifts that give back

Monday - 12/9/2013, 6:15am  ET

WASHINGTON - On Christmas morning, when wrapping paper flies as kids tear into presents, some children will discover their presents make the world a better place.

Some money spent on gifts - keeps on giving. Give someone a $25 gift card for example from Kiva.org and he gets to decide whom that gift card money will help out.

The organization matches people in poverty around the world who need small loans with those who can offer the money.

"Go online and they choose who they want, like I did, I went online and I picked a banana farmer in Africa. But you can pick a seamstress in Detroit," says author of The Accidental Housewife Julie Edelman.

She also suggests buying certain stuffed animals from PetSmart and the World Wildlife Fund where proceeds go to help.

"Giving back is the best gift," says Edleman.

WTOP's Kristi King contributed to this report. Follow @KingWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.