Think about the gifts that you remembered long past you should. The ones that you treasured and thought about fondly.
Chances are, they are not expensive. They are meaningful.
It’s as simple as a kind note sent spontaneously. A book at the right time or dinner delivered to you. Someone saw you for who you are, where you’re going and what you need.
What makes the difference is empathy. When we extend our heart and our feelings to another, when we imagine what it must be like to be them, it will wear you out.
It’s not easy. But it’s precisely what makes the best gifts, not the price tag.
[HT: The letter from Jim Collins to his dean is still resonating with me.]