I know, I know: we've had contests coming out of our ears. But this one's a little different: we're pointing you guys in the direction of the 5th Annual Menu For Hope, an annual fundraising event in support of the UN World Food Program. Each year, food bloggers from all over the world join forces to host a massive online raffle, offering an array of food-related prizes. Each ten (American) dollar donation buys a raffle ticket towards the prize of your choice—and there are some seriously awesome prizes, dear readers, including loads of cool-looking cookbooks.
While the winners won't be announced until Monday, January 12th, don't you think this would be a fun twist on the idea of giving a charitable donation as a gift? The recipient would get both the donation in their name AND a shot at winning whatever prize you think they'd like best.