Give to Their Core Values to Create Real Joy This Year.

December 13, 2009|By David Lester

When thinking of what to give someone this year, try to give to their core values.  It’s easy to give socks, sweaters, and DVDs but a value based gift could bring them much more joy. Core values are what motivates us to behave the way we do. With my clients I motivate them to keep pushing for their ultimate life by reminding them of their values when doubts creep in over the long haul.  When we are offended by someone, it is generally because they have countered one of our values and that is why we feel offended.  By living by our values it brings us happiness and happiness is the end goal when buying for someone special.  

If you know that Auntie Gertrude values family and spending time with you, get a cooking class for the two of you.  You could get a great new skill, spend time with Auntie, and satisfy her value.  She’ll be able to use her new skills to cook for her family and nothing makes a family happier than a great meal and time together. Plus, the time you spend with her during the classes would be memorable for her.  
If your Dad use to do something as a kid like painting, photography, or drumming he probably has a creative value that is being starved.  Get your dad a camera, painting set, or some drum sticks to reignite the creative spark that has gone out.  It is amazing to see how happy someone becomes when their core value is satisfied again.  It can have a snowball effect. Dad might want to accelerate his skill and take classes or join a hobby group.

When going over your gift list, think about each person’s core values.  Values like Freedom, Creativity, Leadership, Family, Fun, and Adventure are all core values that you can buy gifts to satisfy. You’ll be giving a gift that creates true happiness by giving to core values.  

Have the best holiday season you can,


David Lester
About David Lester

David Lester is a best selling author and professional Financial Coach, helping people be better with their money. David has written a personal finance book that breaks with traditional attitudes towards finance and describes his own philosophy to money that he has gained through his personal and professional experiences. His philosophy on money applies to many areas of everyday life, including banking, investing, goal setting, shopping and entertainment.