This week, you might be on the hunt for that perfect gift for a loved one. It could be your spouse, your best friend, a parent, your awesome kid. You don’t want to get them just a mug or a card or something that will sit on the shelf; you want to buy them something meaningful and useful – something that reflects the depth of your feelings for them!

Meanwhile, the National Retail Federation forecasts Americans will spend over 600 BILLION dollars this season. And, here’s the kicker… I just came across an ABC article last week saying retail owners might be disappointed this year.

In fact, the four-day BIG SALE weekend that began Thanksgiving Day generated only $57.4 billion. While that is a lot of money, it is 3 percent LESS than last year! Which means this year is the first time in over 7 years that those numbers actually declined. Retail growth at this rate will cap at 2.1 percent – the worst retail performance since 2009, when our country was in the depths of a recession!

More and more people are not falling for the traps anymore or have just become tired of the holiday commercialism. This trend is inspiring, as if Americans are finally starting to wake up and smell the scam!

So maybe you’ve been holding onto your money a little tighter this year. If so, that is amazing to hear! And if this is the case, I have a few great gift ideas you can give to your loved ones every single day.

You see, I’ve spent over 20 years studying people. And there are two basic needs and desires every person has!

  1. Everyone wants to feel special and important
  2. And everyone wants to feel appreciated

Once you know this secret to what ALL people want, it’s easy to show your love in an effective way. And that demonstration doesn’t have to be through extravagant gifts! Think about what makes you feel important and appreciated.

You can use these insights to bless and gift your loved ones year ’round. Can you imagine how much stronger your relationships would be? Today, I just encourage you to use this holiday season to express your honor, love and adoration for others. Guard yourself against the traps, scams and sales.

Pledge to share these truly special gifts throughout the entire New Year – not just on one day – and give the gifts that carry meaning and value lasting far beyond the shiny tinsel and discarded wrapping paper. Give gifts that will truly touch hearts and lives!

Tell me below what everyday phrases, acts or gifts make you feel loved! While you’re there, click “Like” and “Share” so you make sure to pass this message on. Keep this inspiring trend away from the rising holiday commercialism!

If you’re looking for more tips to design your life, come join us on The Dani Johnson Show at 12 pm ET/11 am CT later today. You can tune into the show on either your TV or radio and please remember you can always stream today’s show right on our website.

In great faith,


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