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?

Elon Musk, engineer and entrepreneur, co-founder of PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors
On his list: The Origin of Species

On the Origin of Species--either a signed first edition or the inexpensive paperback edition--is the seminal work on human evolution. If you look at things from the broadest possible span of time as it relates to life itself and human evolution, the less important stuff kind of falls away. The truly important steps are single-celled life, differentiation from plants and animals, life going from the oceans to land, mammals and consciousness--and also, I would argue, life's becoming multi-planetary. Helping that become reality is my goal with SpaceX.

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Musk's holiday charity: Artists For Peace And Justice

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