We’re approaching the time of the year when many of us are turning our thoughts to that annual festival of giving, receiving and then giving again: Christmas. If we do mark this holiday, while some of us enjoy the hassle and hustle of present seeking, others would rather run anywhere than to the shops. So, to those people we offer a rather special gift.
It’s Insights, the personality tool that many of you will already be familiar with in a business context. As you know, we use it in many of our programmes to help our clients develop business relationships and work with all kinds of people. Well, the good news is that it can be leveraged in the slightly lighter environment of Christmas shopping!
Shopping with Insights
Even in these days of online shopping and drag and drop gifts, the official Christmas shop can be a task that often seems daunting. With this in mind, we’ve put together some ideas that might just make it less tricky. How can your Insights Personality type help you navigate the whole shopping experience and arrive on the day with the right presents and in a relaxed frame of mind?
It’s a Red thing
If you lead with Fiery Red energy, you’ll know that you’re straight-talking, confident and can make decisions really fast. You also tend to be a little impatient and less sentimental. So how does that all translate into you as a Christmas shopper?
To reduce the pain (and to just get it over with fast), you may want to ask a gift buying company to help you out. These handy services are located in many areas of the world and include the following companies:
Extra Time Concierge covering London, Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
What they say: ‘Living a busy life means it’s difficult to fit in the time to wander around shops looking for the perfect gifts. With our gift-buying service you can eliminate this stress from your life forever.’
The Gift Concierge serving locations from the UAE to London, Paris and Milan
What they say: ‘The Gift Concierge is a luxury, bespoke, Personal and Corporate gifting service for the most thought-out, exclusive gifts and experiences’
Alternatively, you may be lucky enough to have a friend or family member who will volunteer to take on the festive shopping responsibility. That’s definitely a result for you! And that Red energy of yours will be well suited to giving them clear information about your budget, requirements and deadline.
2) Enjoying the Yellow Sunshine
If you lead with Sunshine Yellow energy, you’ll be sociable, outgoing and likely enjoy the whole present buying and giving process. You really love to shop although might have difficulty in making up your mind. You want your presents to be well received and you’ll take pleasure from the giving and choosing. Since you love the Christmas shopping season so much, how best to maximise your experience using knowledge gained from your Yellow Insights type?
Easy: enhance your shopping time with social time. Shop with friends and then break for a (long) lunch. That way you can discuss present ideas and catch up on the chat. The Tailor and the Cook is a culinary hotspot in Utica, New York, while Tokyo’s Toriyoshi Kichijoji 4 is great for lunchtime chicken. If you’re in London, try Suvlaki Athenian Grill , Soho – a great casual place with robata grilled meat – not a kebab shop! Heart-warming food for the shopping weary!
3) Go Green
If you’ve been recognised as leading with Earth Green energy, typically you’ll place great emphasis on giving gifts. You’re strong on tradition and family and value the strength that can come from personal relationships. You’ll take your time in choosing the right present and will be sensitive to the desires and tastes of the loved ones you’re buying for. Basically, you’re one heck of a great present giver!
So, if your Green Insights type is to enhance this year’s gift gathering, we suggest diving into the many ethical, fairly traded presents that are available.
Oxfam is a natural choice and its online and high-street stores are a cornucopia of food, homeware and festive decorations. You’ll know that your money will go towards empowering women, drilling wells, growing vegetables and fighting poverty.
British knitwear outlet John Smedley began life during the infancy of the industrial revolution at their factory in Lea Mills, Derbyshire, England, where you can still find them, over 230 years later. They use underground springs to wash garments and to power the buildings. And their jumpers are simply marvellous.
4) Blue-sky shopping
People who lead with Cool Blue energy adore the research, the planning, the figuring out. They sweat the detail and it feels good. When it comes to Christmas shopping, well, if you fit this type, you’ve probably already completed it. For you, gift-giving is more of a science than an art and you’ve totally got that covered. In fact, not only will you have bought the presents, you’ll have saved a tonne of money on them. Sit back and watch everyone else being frantic. You probably don’t need our advice.
Of course, Insights is an adaptable tool that is mainly used (extremely effectively) in business. If you’d like to explore how Insights can help you or your company, please contact Judith Hirst at email@example.com.
Whatever you’re doing this December, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the team at Greenbank wishes you a very restful and peaceful end to the year.