How to stand out this Christmas
Yes it’s that time of year again. “It’s Christmas” as Noddy Holder of Slade would sing. I don’t know if it is just me but Christmas seems to come round quicker and quicker each year. Maybe that’s just a sign of my ageing. Who knows.
Anyhow what I have found over the years is that it has become increasingly difficult to know what Xmas presents to buy for people. It has become something of a chore. Is it me or have we all lost sight of what Xmas should really be about? If you are religious then surely it is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ isn’t it?
As I am not a religious person I think of it more being about spending time with my loved ones, meaning my closest relatives and enjoying the time together.
As for presents I personally think it should be more about giving presents to young children rather than adults. Let’s face it most adults these days have pretty much what they want already don’t they? In the UK we have a relatively high standard of living already. Most adults have cars, plenty of clothes, phones and all manner of electrical gadgets and devices etc, etc. When most of your relatives and friends have pretty much all they need it becomes increasingly difficult to know what to buy people when they already have everything they need.
I think we should give our time and/or money to people in need at Xmas rather than indulge in the usual orgy of spending, eating and drinking. So maybe donating money to charity and other good causes would be a good start rather than spending lots of money on presents that people don’t really want. Alternatively why not give your time to work for a charity serving food to the homeless on Xmas Day instead?
If being the Good Samaritan doesn’t appeal to you and, like the vast majority of us, you decide to celebrate Xmas in the usual British manner, why not simply put some more thought and personalisation into your Xmas presents this year?
I’ve found that personal, tailored messages on cards can be very effective and make a great impression on the recipient. Thoughtful gifts that the person really wants is another powerful approach. The beauty is that if you combine a personal card with a present the person really wants, you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money at Xmas.
So how can you be more personal? Why not buy or make some unusual Xmas cards? Write a very personal message on the card and make sure that you really mean it. Find out what the person really wants or likes and buy it for them.
One of my all time favourite presents I received one Xmas was from an ex-girlfriend. She got me a book called “Into the Night” and the “author” was none other than yours truly! The book consisted of 300 blank pages! This was before I had written any books. I was thrilled to see my name on a book cover. It really appealed to my ego. What’s more it cost her nothing! Yes that’s right. Nothing. It remains to this day one of my favourite presents of all time. It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on presents.
So whatever way you decide to spend your Christmas this year, do make sure that you stand out. Make it memorable and enjoy it.
A very merry Christmas to all of my readers and a happy New Year.