How to Choose –  SHOW NOTES

Christmas Decisions!

Tessa Mudge & Ken Smith


Buying gifts for our loved ones can be a meaningful and gratifying experience.

It can also generate unwanted stress and financial pressure.

In this special Christmas episode, we offer a few suggestions to help you navigate the ‘gift buying’ season.


  1. Don’t fixate on finding the perfect gift – perfectionism exacerbates your stress and sets everyone up for disappointment
  2. Establish parameters – price limits, themes etc. can help reduce financial pressure at Christmas
  3. Find out what they value
  4. Understand their goals
  5. The thought really does count!
  6. Treasure the intangibles – friends, family, faith – think about what you value and focus on that.


To be in with a chance to win one of two copies of Julia Galef’s excellent book The Scout Mindset, just fill out a short survey about our show. Here’s the link:

Galef says of her book:

The Scout Mindset is about howconcretely, to keep from fooling yourself. Throughout the book, I lead the reader through key techniques for becoming aware of your own rationalisations, making more accurate predictions, learning from disagreements, and noticing what you’re wrong about.”


We’ll be back in February with season 3 – don’t miss it!

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