The holiday gift-giving season is once again upon us. Everywhere you look you see ads offering special deals and urging you to "Buy Now and Save!"
And while it's a great thing to show others how much they mean to you with a gift of some kind, how do you know when you're buying the RIGHT gift.
There are several reasons for wanting to buy gifts. For some folks, the reason is selfish, and the gift merely serves to demostrate the giver's wealth and/or good taste.
Other folks strive to find a gift that serves as a reminder of good times the two have shared.
Many others look for a gift the receiver will enjoy, and whether or not it serves any other purpose is irrelevant.
The gifts that stand out, however, and are remembered for years to come, serve a different purpose altogether.
These are the gifts which truly make a difference in the receiver's life.
When shopping for a gift that will make a difference, the main thing you want to keep in mind is that your gift should be helpful without calling attention to any problem the receiver may be having.
In other words, even if your friend is suffering from low self-esteem, a book on developing self-esteem may not be the best choice.
However, a book on "winning at the game of life" may be a hit, because it focuses on the desired positive result rather than the problem to be overcome.
Here are a few tips to help you come up with good ideas for life-changing gifts.
In general, a good rule of thumb is that most problems are caused by a limiting belief system, and anything that will help your friend believe that real change is possible will make a good gift.
For some people, receiving the gift of lottery tickets can be enough to help them believe that a more prosperous future is possible. For others, a book on how to start a business with a tiny investment could be the ideal gift.
Another rule of thumb is that information will make a bigger difference in most folks lives than anything else.
This is made more effective when there are specific step by step guidelines to follow, in a system which has been proven to work time and time again.
The reason for this is simple.
It's a lot easier to believe in a specific set of steps than in an "inspirational" message, even if that message is from a celebrity author.
And most folks will only take action on those things they believe will actually help them.
So if you find yourself looking at books, audio programs, and so on for gift ideas, make sure to select one which offers specific step by step guidance to achieve positive results.
While books and audio programs may not be the right gift for everyone, they are the most effective in making a difference in the lives of those who receive them.