Every December I realize, and reluctantly admit, that I am gift-challenged. I give Christmas gifts to my sister and two very close friends, and participate in couples or group gifts for a few more people, but I rarely think about getting gifts for anyone else. Till someone unexpectedly give me a gift.
What's wrong with me? I certainly appreciate co-workers, colleagues, the
neighborhood mailman, the apartment maintenance guy. And I think I'd like to
give them something. But then I forget.
A salesperson at work just gave me an Amazon gift card as a thanks for what I
do to help her clients. She is very easy to work with and helping her with
client relationships is part of my job. I don't expect anything more than the
occasional gratitude email and I get plenty of those from her. But I barely
know her and was surprised to get a gift. Appreciative but surprised.
Ten or more years ago I gave some coworkers holiday gifts, customized to their
tastes. Simple things like picture frames, a Kenny Chesney calendar, a book
about Maryland history. I stopped doing that a few years later and I don't
I send Christmas cards to some cousins and a couple of close friends but I used
to send more. And I tried to send cards right after thanksgiving, partly to be
first and partly so I wouldn't forget. What happened? I don't know.
Anyway, I wish you a Merry Christmas.