This time of year we spend countless hours in shopping centres frantically looking for the perfect gifts to give the special people in our life. Amidst all the Christmas chaos it can be easy for us to overlook what can be the most valuable gift of all…you. 

So whether you have finished your Christmas shopping or haven’t even started, here are three gifts you can give this Christmas that will mean the world to those in your life. 

The Gift of:

1. Meaningful Conversation 

Whether you are gathering around the tree or around the table, this is a great time of the year to check in on how people are really doing. Don’t expect deep answers to shallow questions. Be ok to wade into the deep end with people. Don’t be afraid to ask “R U OK” (you don’t have to wait for RUOK Day). Share memories and moments, ask meaningful questions and then listen with empathy and without judgement. 

2. Intentional Words

Small words can make a big difference. When was the last time you told the important people in your life just how much they mean to you? Why not write a letter, or pull them aside and take a minute to encourage them.  

3. Undivided Attention 

Our world is full of distractions, sometimes the best gift of all is the gift of your undivided attention. To be totally present in the beautiful moments. To make lasting memories and fully engage. 

Which leads me to the reason why this article is coming a day early. Tomorrow, why not turn off your emails, go offline and be fully present with those you love. That’s what I will be doing. 

With that, a huge Merry Christmas and Happy New year. 

I look forward to sharing the journey with you in 2018.