For our annual gift guide, asked contributors and assorted luminaries to tell us what's high on their holiday wish list -- and what charity they'd like their friends to support.

What's on their wish lists?

Frances Beinecke President of the Natural Resources Defense Council
On her list: A rain barrel

I'm hoping for a rain barrel--an attractive wooden one that can be incorporated seamlessly within our backyard landscaping. A rain barrel is a great tool to use during summer's dry spells, when you want to make sure your flowers and tomatoes don't shrivel up under the scorching hot sun. Simply capturing and re-using Mother Nature's rain is an easy solution to all your outdoor watering needs. Plus it cuts costs, keeping your water bill low by ensuring you're not wasting clean drinking water on your lawn.

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Beinecke's holiday charity: TERI's Lighting a Billion Lives program, which helps provide solar lamps to communities throughout India.

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