Give Better Gifts

Give Better Gifts. It’s a simple concept but difficult to execute. And with online shopping and Black Friday madness, sometimes I feel like I’ve lost touch with the most important and magical aspect of gift-giving: Connecting.

Distant relatives and new friends can be challenging to shop for. We want to show them we care, but we don’t see them often enough to know what they really like. Plus, if you’re anything like me, it’s all too tempting to just ask for a quick link to a product online or simply opt for the catch-all gift card.

But maybe the act of gift-giving can be deeper than that. Maybe it can be an exercise in connecting, in opening and listening. Ask your recipient what they’ve been interested in lately. Ask them what makes them most excited about life, or what they’ve been dreaming about. Ask them about their favorite memories and future goals. Why not let the gift-giving process deepen our relationships and strengthen our compassion?

The benefits of this practice are 3-fold:

  1. Your recipient actually gets something meaningful to them
  2. Your relationship is stronger
  3. You feel better about yourself

It doesn’t have to be much more work than asking them what they want, either. A simple phone call or text will do the trick. A single conversation can reveal depths about a person.

So give better gifts this year. I promise you won’t regret it.