Interpersonal Relationships: Monthly Clubs

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Most people have weird images of what a “something” of the month club is. Honestly, the first thing of think of is when Clark Griswold got a “Jelly of the Month” club instead of a bonus in the movie Christmas Vacation; seems corporate and unnappealing. But things have changed. Now you can get everything from cheese of the month to popcorn of the month, hot sauce, dog treats, etc., and the quality and thoughtfulness is there.

How Is It Less Doing?

A big part of Less Doing is delegation. To effectively delegate we have to recognize the things we aren’t good at and find someone who is to do it for us. I for one am terrible at figuring out what gifts to give people. I’m not sure what it is, but I have friends and family who I’m very close with, and i know the things they like, but when it comes to picking a gift I just freeze. To make things fair, I am extremely difficult to get gifts for, and it’s a constant complaint amongst family members. Anyway, I do really enjoy getting gifts for people. The idea of a gift of the month started out of necessity. A friend of mine was a junior analyst at an investment bank and was working terrible hours. As such he was not eating very healthy, so for his birthday I got him a monthly fruit club. Each month he got a dozen pieces of a seasonal fruit. It was really cool, and the quality was excellent, from the oranges to the pears to the mangos. I started using it for all sorts of gifts. It’s great because you get to pick a kind of general category and then the magic gnomes at the company pick the specific gift each month. You can usually get quarterly, half a year, or full year plans making it nice and flexible. Each month the person will get something from you and will be reminded that you care. All it takes is a few minutes to start, and then you can forget about it.

In The End

If you want to give a gift that will have a long lasting and meaningful impact, Monthly Club gifts are a great choice where you can "set it, and forget it."