Xmas Shopping Part I: Start with Listening

If, like me, you’re feeling less than organised as Christmas approaches… here’s something to consider when buying presents:

Great gifts all start with great listening.

When the person you’re buying for expresses appreciation for sights, smells, sounds, tastes and experiences, be sure to really hear them.

Take a mental note of that this person enjoys and create a gift based on that.

For a gift to feel meaningful, it doesn’t have to be flashy and expensive. And beware of falling into the trap – as I have, more than a few times – of buying something that you would like yourself; something that doesn’t really relate to who they are. 

Because that’s all that we’re really talking about here for a gift to feel special – it just needs to relate to who the person is.

This shows that the person giving it actually cared enough to really think about it.

Some of the best gifts I’ve ever received are worth next to nothing in terms of money… but to me they are priceless.

Because they were completely right for me.

Because the person giving them clearly ‘gets’ me.

Because it feels lovely to be thought about.

So if you’re unsure what to buy… maybe start with listening instead, and go from there.



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