Christmas is fast approaching and some people have started making their lists. Of course, you want to be a great gift-giver, but what do people really want for Christmas? According to a 2009 study of Journal of Experimental School Psychology, gift givers tend to assume that people prefer fancier and more expensive presents but in fact they are happier with practical and cheaper presents.
You often think that the price and efforts you put into the gift will matter but the recipient does not see what went with the price tag and they only have what you have given and how it will fit into their lives. Some gift givers assume that a voucher for a five-star place will make a love one happy, but in fact a gift card at one of the restaurants nearby will be a more practical and appreciated choice.
Don’t overdo gift wrapping because it raises expectations for the gift. It also increases the risk of the recipient being disappointed if the present does not live up to the fancy gift wrap. There are times when it makes sense to use simple Christmas gift bags than gift wraps that are gorgeous and beribboned. It is like giving someone a Sear’s gift card on a Tiffany box. Unless you are sure that you are giving something overwhelming like a Tiffany ring in a Tiffany box, consider toning down your packaging.
According to a research made by Harvard and Stanford business schools that was published in 2011, gift recipients are happier when they are given a gift that is exactly what they asked for instead of something thoughtful that is not included in their wish list. There is nothing wrong in asking what the recipient wants. Electronics is not romantic but the recipient will be thrilled because it is what was asked for.
This year, make sure you ask your love ones on the gifts they will appreciate. You will never know what is on their minds unless you ask. There are also Christmas gift bags that are more practical and efficient choice for packaging your presents. They are not too ostentatious and yet they are beautifully made to make someone happy.