Buying gifts for the festive season, birthdays, or other occasions, can be a difficult, stressful and time-consuming ‘chore’ for many people.
Here’s a way of making your gift giving easier, quicker and more thoughtful – showing that you care. Your relationships will benefit, and your life will improve. Who doesn’t want better relationships? Ok…not all of you.
Metaphorically speaking, most people tune into WIII FM – an acronym for ‘What Is In It For Me’.
People tune into WIII FM from the moment they awaken until they go to sleep. Somewhat cynical perhaps, however it is a key driver of survival.
Make life and relationships about other people. There are varied ‘motives’ for doing this, including better ones as you evolve spiritually. Even if one is an intensely selfish person who never thinks of others, thinking of others can still improve life (bit of motivation here for the self-interested too).
So here it is…
Buy books as gifts for people!
Books are a good source of THOUGHTFUL presents.
Tailor choices to the interests of recipient. Make it about them. If not their obvious interests, something they will find helpful such as health books. I sent a book on back care and exercises to a friend who is ex Airborne and sustained back injuries on military operations.
Buy picture books for those who don’t, won’t or can’t read.
Books are widely available at varied prices on a huge variety of subjects.
You can fine tune your budget; either by cost of books (some are very expensive) or number of items.
You can order everything at once from one place with one shipping cost, if you wish.
You may come across heavily discounted good quality books, perhaps in small stores in some smaller shopping malls. Other sources of books often have sales and clearances. Buying good books at a discount can make it seem as if you have spent more money on someone than you have (hope you like that one!). You can spread your buying over a long period if it helps your budget, even getting your festive shopping done early.
Shipping costs for books are usually quite reasonable, compared to some alternative goods. Sometimes, shipping is free. You can order everything online and avoid the stress, time and costs (parking, fuel) involved with shopping at bricks and mortar stores.
Books ordered online can be delivered direct to the recipient, even with gift wrapping, saving you even more money and time.
One advantage of bricks and mortar physical stores is that you can look at books. Be ready to pay more however – I bought a $40 book at Pacific Fair shopping centre recently and paid $10 more than I would have done online (free shipping). Not only did I ‘lose’ $10, but I had to use much more valuable time than I would have done online.
Besides the obvious value in, among other things, potentially enriching a gift recipient’s mind, books represent good value in terms of what your recipient gets per dollar you spent. For example; if you buy someone a gift hamper, then a significant proportion of what you spend goes in higher retail margin and also into fancy trimmings such as padding, decorations and boxes.
Some of your gift recipients will appreciate books in digital formats such as Amazon’s Kindle. Kindle is not just a physical digital book reader, it is also available as an app for computers, tablets and smartphones. You can give most Kindle books available in the Kindle Store as a gift to anyone with an email address.
I like Amazon because of their extensive review system. You can check out books you are thinking of buying to be sure they are suitable for the gift recipient. You don’t have to buy via Amazon.
Useful way to check book prices and availability: Booko: Find the best price for books and DVDs
Still not sure if books are a good choice of presents for those you care about?
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What if you do not know the interests people have? If so, you have some ‘work’ to do. Find out. Build and improve relationships.
Show people you care.
No socks or soapy crap please. And no obvious crappy re-gifts.
My address for gifts: Alex Rowan, PO Box 4803, Robina Town Centre, Queensland 4230, Australia. Ha ha!