Photographer Todd Smith Shares A Special Black Friday Offer for Our Readers
Time is our most precious commodity, especially during the holiday season when it somehow magically evaporates.
A few extra evening parties, a few extra work deadlines, a few extra places to drive the kids and suddenly life is overwhelming. On top of that, you’ve got to figure out what kinds of presents to get for everyone.
The importance of prioritizing can’t be understated. When it comes to giving presents, I have two clear cut groups: very meaningful relationships, and people I see or work with every day but don’t know all that well. To accomplish the task of buying presents on a limited budget and with limited time, I use the 80/20 rule: what 20% can I do to accomplish 80% of what needs to be done? I want to spend most of my alloted money, time and creativity getting gifts for the people that mean the most for me: my immediate family and friends.
Yet, I don’t want to forsake my boss, my coworkers, my yoga teacher, my favorite clerks at the Post Office which I visit almost every day, the checkout lady at my health food store, and several others. If I had kids, I’d want to give something to their school teachers, piano teacher, ballet teacher, day care workers, bus driver, and soccer coach.
So how do I use the 80/20 rule? I get the same thing for all the acquaintances, coworkers, teachers, and postal workers: something universally liked and meaningful to all–a beautiful nature calendar. They are not expensive, and I know the calendar on their walls will remind them of me all year round.
I don’t spend time deliberating over what to get for every acquaintance. One stop shop and I’m done. The remaining time and money is spent thinking and shopping for more personalized gifts for the people who mean the most in my life.
Sure it’s easy for me as a nature photographer to do this since I make my own calendar each year. But I want to make it easy for you too.
As a special offer to Buttoned Up readers this week only on my website, you can buy 3 calendars and get one free.
Shhhhh. Don’t tell anyone, you won’t see this advertised on my website. But hurry, the offer ends on Cyber Monday (Nov 30th) at midnight, no exceptions. Don’t miss this opportunity to get 80% of your holiday shopping done in one fell swoop. Your acquaintances will love you, and your December is going to be a breeze.