Stuck for Christmas Gift Ideas?


Stuck for Christmas Gift Ideas?

Have you ever been stuck for Christmas gift ideas for your staff members? It can often be difficult to come up with an original gift which the person will not only like but doesn’t have already.

So, here’s 10 different gift ideas which will truly make a difference, won’t add clutter to their life and hopefully instead create a ‘pay it forward’ experience. In most workplaces and team environments at Christmas, there is often much discussion about whether we are doing ‘Secret Santa’ this year or not, and if we do; what’s the budget, can we make it fun by trading gifts, etc. But for some, this can be a time of great secrecy and dread as they struggle to get the ‘perfect’ gift.

Because when you give a gift, what you want to see when the person opens it, is a wonderful smile and joy as they are surprised, amused and happy with their gift. But I’m sure you’ve been at a Christmas party when instead the forced smile and thankyous are top of the agenda because the person now has another thing they won’t use or will take up space.

As this is my article for Smallville, I couldn’t resist sharing the amazing recommendations from Andrew Griffiths’ (aka Mayor of Smallville) Facebook page which was his response to the many people asking what he would like for his birthday because the same ideas are also applicable for Christmas.

Andrew Griffith’s Gift List:

  1. Ring someone and tell them you were thinking of them and you wanted them to know how much they mean to you.
  2. Send someone you really appreciate a handwritten ‘thank you’ note or card (I’ve had a few of late, I get a tear in my eye every time).
  3. Give a meaningful donation to a charity that means something significant to you (my charity of choice is Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary, so yes, I would love you to donate to them, but this is actually about you, not me).
  4. Stop and help someone somehow, especially if you haven’t got the time.
  5. Buy someone a book and give it to them with a lovely inscription explaining why this book is so perfect for them (and no, not one of my books).
  6. Send someone flowers just to say, “I love you and appreciate you.”
  7. Stop for ten glorious minutes and just be. Take it all in and be grateful for everything you have in your life.
  8. Forgive someone for something crappy that they did to you.
  9. Set yourself a ridiculously audacious and hairy dream for the year ahead.
  10. Give your children (human and four-legged versions) an extra-long and loving hug.

If everyone I know did one of these things for me as a gift for my birthday, and as a way to help me celebrate my birthday, I will remember this for a very long time! With love. – Andrew Griffiths.

What amazing suggestions and as someone who is driven by service and helping people run a M.A.D. (Make A Difference) business, I felt this list of pure gold, needed to be shared more openly.

So, I encourage you to take a leaf out of Andrew Griffiths’ page and not only embrace this gift list as your new Christmas and future reward and recognition procedures; but please also share this list with your team, colleagues and anyone in your network, so we can turn this idea into a ‘Pay it Forward’ type movement which becomes the norm in businesses and not the exception.

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