BEST WAY TO BUY GIFTS THIS CHRISTMAS
says a little courtesy will go a long way as well
Am I getting old?
Are manners a thing of the past? Are the words like Thank you
and Please gone forever? The word courtesy is not even in the
modern day dictionary. Is anyone teaching our children to use these
words? When someone takes the time to say a simple thank you, it makes
you feel more valued, that whatever you did for this person was appreciated.
Do any of you remember Carol Kings song youve got to get
every morning with a smile of you face and show the world all the love
in your heart... Dont you feel different when someone greats
you with a smile? When there is some positive energy about you dont
you feel inspired? A simple smile a courtesy, a please and thank you
goes a long way to making our day a more pleasant one.
We are coming up to the big busy Christmas season, where every one and
their dog are out shopping. It is crowded and noisy and you cant
find anything that you want to buy. Frustration grows, your are a reasonable
person but this lineup is way to long, and the sales clerk is no help
and you cant find that perfect gift and every one is in a hurry
Courtesy goes out the window. it is like a domino effect. When one person
is in a bad mood it affects everyone else, the vibe around you is oppressing,
and suddenly you cant stand to shop any more.
Here are some tips to help you through this hectic season.
1: Do not leave it all to the last moment,
plan at least 2-3 trips to different stores and allow yourself the time
to look around before just buying.
2:Do as much research as you possibly can,
like looking in flyers, magazines, T.V ads, get some ideas of what you
want before you go.
3:Even ask the person that you are buying
for, for a list of items that they want, and choose something from that.
4:Try not to go at the weekends, dinnertime
is good (if your stores are open late during this season) because every
one else is eating. You can have a tranquil dinner later knowing that
your shopping is out of the way. Always allow for a coffee/tea/booze
break so as to replenish yourself.
5:If you have no idea what to buy your
teenager niece or nephew or sons and daughters get them certificates,
they love to shop after Christmas when the sales are on (but for your
own kids also get a little gift that is personal like jewelry, tickets
to a concert some thing that shows them that you made an effort, that
means you care). As for the younger ones, ask their mum, failing that
books and colouring stuff are always good. Babies, educational toys
for the age of the child are always a good idea.
6: Wives, do not get her something for
the house, if you buy for the house give to the house, for your wife
it must always be something that makes her feel loved and valued. Jewelry,
night gowns (get the size right) a beautiful romantic scarf, tickets
to a fabulous dinner and show, music or books that she really likes.
Remember you live with this woman, give her a gift that says that you
love her and know her, or you will pay the price later. All a woman
wants is to know that you have made the effort.
For your mums/dads, it is the same thing; it is not the big price tag
the means so much, but the thought and effort that you put in to it.
7: Ladies, your man wants to know how you
feel about him too, so buy something practical because he will value
the practical side of you, but also something sexy and a little off
the wall so he knows that you still want to have fun.
8: In-laws are difficult to buy for, so
play it safe, unless you know them well. Buy something Christmassy like
a Christmas cake, bottle of good wine/brandy/champagne. Chocolates are
great to give if they like the brand. Christmas decoration for the tree
is good, so that they can remember you every year. Calendars also, they
can have one in each room. Take heed of religious convictions and never
buy anything that can offend.
9: Now when you give them their gifts and
you hear, you should not have always say, Of course
I should, you are worth it. And when receiving a gift, even if
you dont like it, always say, thank you for the effort that
you put into this gift, I feel very special
COURTESY it is one of our biggest assets, it cost nothing, but it goes
a long way, and is always appreciated. So when some one this year has
taken the time to make an effort to do something for you, feel appreciative,
and acknowledge the time and energy that it took to such a thing, and
be grateful that you are the recipient. If you cannot reciprocate in
material things at least reciprocate in time and effort. Time is very
valuable and this will always be appreciated.
So this year when you are around that Christmas table, eating turkey
sipping wine and just getting merry, dont forget to thank the
people that made it happen, smile be of great cheer, dont let
the outside world in, just be glad of what and of whom you have in your
I wish every one of the world peace, love respect, value and a positive
out look on life. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERY
ONE and a PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
© SARA TOWE 2001 Vancouver B.C Canada.
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of the winter skin.
Sara Towe escapes to the sun
So off we went,
all aware of this last trip and that we do not spend a lot of time together
as a family anymore.
Why is it the
regular man does not quite measure up to our sexy screen stars?
Memory of a Father
Sara Towe will be teaching her course in POSITIVE LIVING THROUGH COLOURS
in Vancouver this January. If
you want to enroll in a future course contact her at
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