It’s a bit ironic that the winter holidays — which have a goal of promoting goodwill to all — are often lacking in just that. Parking lots and store checkout lines quickly degenerate into war zones as everyone tries to get what they need to get done done. That is why I think this time of year is so perfect for Thoughtfulls from Compendium.

Each palm-sized, lidded and truly lovely gift box dispenses 30 cards that, though diminutive in size, are behemoth in terms of kindness and wisdom. There’s no more lasting way to thank that person who let you go in front of them in line or chased after you to return those glasses you  left on the store counter.  Noted the company’s Angeline Candido. “I’ve heard of people who keep that Thank You Thoughtfulls in their pockets, handing them out to busy baristas and cashiers.”

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Here’s a sampling of quotes from this box: “It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” — David Steindl-Rast; “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” — John F. Kennedy; and my personal favorite, “Some of the most important things in life aren’t things.” — Linda Ellerbee.

But their functions don’t stop there. Angeline told me, “We know of a mail carrier that passes along a ThoughtFull to each person on her route. I recently went to a women’s conference and gave a ThoughtFull out instead of a business card. So many women opened up the card and said,’This was exactly what I needed.’ But we’ve come across other uses. Husbands leaving cards  hidden in different parts of the house for their wives to find. Cards being used as place cards at parties and having each guest read their quote out loud.”

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There are more than enough people spreading the holiday blues around — these enable the literal exchange of cheer. Best of all, they can be passed on to someone else when the time is right. In addition to Thank You, Thoughtfull themes include Hope, Believe, Dream, Be Happy & For You. They are just $6.95 — an easy self-purchase to rationalize — and can be purchased on Compendium’s site. Do note some designs are out of stock — but only until tomorrow. I’m sure there’s a good patience quote in the collection somewhere.

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