It’s time for my annual holiday roundup of stocking stuffer favorites for conflict resolvers — seven simple gifts to give or receive. Some are serious, some are humorous, none will break the bank, and all will fit in a stocking. With a little effort.
Wag More Bark Less Bumper Sticker (affiliate link)
My car used to be the only one in town sporting this bumper sticker but now I see them more frequently. Drivers and I point and wave to each other, happy to be part of a not-so-secret society of good cheer. Plus, anytime my New Yorkness is tempted to come out while I’m behind the wheel I’m able to remind myself to live up to my own bumper sticker. There’s also a magnet version.
Each of these 44 illustrated cards by Daniel Levin focuses on a single idea (e.g., harmony, zen mind, compassion). I’ve placed the stack of cards in the middle of my mediation table, used them in my workshops to spark creative thinking, and on my own desk to refocus my attention. They come in a little box that makes it easy to store them on a shelf or in a drawer.
Be careful of this one…wouldn’t want the recipient to think you expect them to apologize! But do stock up for yourself because, as the maker says, there’s no reason groveling can’t be fun. This mini apology kit contains “everything you need to say sorry in style,” including a greeting card, compliant mini-banner, matching coasters, and adhesive wine label.
Dial-an-Excuse Wheel o’ Wisdom
From the same makers as the apology kit, the Dial-an-Excuse offers 36 “excuse-necessary scenarios” and 180 corresponding excuses. It’s a great way to poke fun at the little messes we get ourselves into daily and most handy for marriages and business partnerships.
Why limit your most important messages to the inside of a greeting card? Wall Words let you design them in grand scale for the wall in your office, your kitchen, your entryway. I’m thinking of getting “visualize whirled peas” for our kitchen wall…if I can get R to agree. We’re close, probably because they’re easily removable if the concept gets stale later.
Or use my list of favorite conflict resolution and negotiation books to fill up those stockings!
Number 7 is for you to add…what are your favorite stocking stuffer ideas for conflict resolvers and those who live and work with us? Leave a comment to let us know! (If you’re reading this in your email, please click the title to be taken to the page where you can leave a comment.)