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How to Choose Holiday Gifts

Buying holiday gifts can be time-consuming. Follow Get-It-Done Guy’s 6 easy tips to make your gifts memorable.

By
Stever Robbins
4-minute read
Episode #201

It's that time of year again: time to show the people around you how much you love them by buying them stuff. Because if money and love aren't the same thing, I don't know what is.

We spend our holidays buying for two kinds of people. We give gifts to people we love, and we give gifts to people we feel obligated to give to. In some particularly sadistic workplaces, we are even forced to buy gifts for people we would rather see sacrificed to the crocodile gods.

If you want to work less and do more giving, streamline the unpleasant giving and give your loved ones the kind of gift they'll remember for a lifetime:

Tip #1: Standardize Your "Gifts of Burden"

For obligatory and mandatory gifts, make your life easy by pre-deciding on several standard gifts for the season. That beautiful cocktail table photography book you saw at the overstock store? You can get 16 copies for $3.19. Go for it. What if your recipients are heartless, evil sociopaths who aren't fans of Akita puppies? Tough noogies. If they wanted a meaningful present, they should have put more effort into making you happy.>

Tip #2: Give the Gift of Experience

Research has shown that things quickly lose their meaning. Remember that combination toe-scraper, melon baller, screwdriver you thought would change your life? I'll bet it's sitting right next to the bicycle-powered action figure of your favorite presidential candidate. The advertising industry spends $130 billion dollars each year promising us that the right things will make life wonderful. Is it working, yet?

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.