The Gift of Presence
The benefits of connection with other people have been enumerated in the medical literature for years.
Love and connection lowers your blood pressure, prevents heart disease, helps diabetes and avoids cancer. It is the best medication we have.
So this Christmas, instead of giving someone a tie or other gift they do not need, give them yourself. Make time for them. Pay attention. Do not be texting while they are talking with you. Really see only them. Focus on what they are saying and not what you need to say next.
People want to be really listened to and cared about. That is the greatest gift of all. Truly you are giving them a different kind of presence.