Happy Tuesday #Jontourage,
Welcome back to the “Classy Gent Chronicles”, where staying classy is the only way to be. For this edition, read how to find the perfect gift for any special person in your life....
This time of year is always one of my favorites (besides my birthday, July 26… shout out to my fellow Leos). What I love about it is the time I get to spend with family, the chance to relax a little bit more, and the opportunity to see my family/friends face when they open gifts…especially the ones I got for them.
Some of my favorite gifts that I have gotten are usually things that will help my long term growth (books, computers, etc.). Generally, it is pretty easy for me to shop for gifts for people but I know some people who struggle with that. I think I may have a simple solution for you all who struggle with gift planning. Whether you apply this to your holiday shopping or a gift for another occasion, here are some great ways to find the perfect gift for someone…
2. Find something that they talk about often- Sometimes, I have felt stuck about what to get someone but when I stopped, reflected, and realized who I was shopping for they have told me nine times out of ten what they want. This could be how much they miss their sister who lives in another state. A great gift could be a bus ticket to go see their sister. An even better gift could be getting the ticket for their sister to come see them.
3. Find something you see they use a lot- This might be the easiest trick to use when buying gifts for someone. For my mom, she LOVES Japanese Cherry Blossom shower gel from Bath and Body Works. She uses it every day. For every occasion, that’s what she wants. I have tried to deviate from getting her Bath and Body Works by getting her something else and I found myself disappointed if she doesn’t use it as much. However since my mom always uses her Japanese Cherry Blossom shower gel, I know she will be happy. For my dad, he is an avid moviegoer. Concession prices today are out of this world so I know a movie gift card for popcorn would make him smile.
4. Find something they need- This is where your sense of sight will coming in clutch. If every time you visit them and you noticed they are making smoothies in their blender, you can assume they love using their blender. If you go by one day and you see the blender is broken, you could also assume they would love a new blender.
They saw it’s the thought that counts when it comes to gift-giving but I am going to encourage you to look at that expression differently. Don’t think about that phrase as “I got them something so they should just be happy.” Instead, look at that phrase from now on as “I am going to be more mindful about who they are and what they might love.” I promise if you follow that approach, you will have the perfect gift every time.
Moral of the story: Gift-giving is not a reflection of how much money you have to spend, good gift-giving is a reflection of how well you pay attention. Comment below with the best type of gift to get you.
Remember, in order to live out your dreams, you have to think it, feel it, live it! Until next time, stay classy...
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Jonathan C. Harris is no stranger to leadership, hard work, or success. At the age of ten years old, he earned the right to be a guest weatherman for a day on Fox 5 DC News. He has already received over 100 honors and awards including Forty Under 40 for Prince George’s County, MD, TEDx Talk speaker, American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Outstanding Men’s Program, high school Valedictorian and the Kiwanis Club Citizenship Award. Raised in Fort Washington, Maryland, he has served in leadership positions his entire life, from being the manager of the school store in elementary school to the president of the Homelessness Awareness Club in middle school to the president of the National Honor Society in high school.