Buying presents and gifts can be incredibly difficult at times, especially when you don’t know what you’re looking for. To find that perfect gift, you may have to sometimes go to every store, climb onto every shelf, search through every online inventory, and uncover every rock (don’t worry, we’ve all been there). However, once you’ve found what you were looking for, it makes it all worth it! Here are a few tips that can help make your holiday shopping this year easier.
This year, consider gifting an experience. Whether it may be a vacation, a meal at a fancy restaurant, or skydiving, you can never go wrong gifting an experience. Over the past decade, studies have shown people get a lot more enjoyment out of an experience than a material possession. It was found that the built up anticipation prior to the experience primary drives happiness. For example, doesn’t food taste better after you’ve waited for it and the weekend feels so much better after a long week right? If you’re worried that your loved one won’t enjoy the experience, just remember that a bad experience can still make a good story. After all, people prefer hearing stories about an experience rather a possession so no matter what, your gift will be enjoyed and shared. As American writer Isaac Marion once said, “every experience, good or bad, is a priceless collector’s item.”
Nurture your relationship with a loved one by presenting them with a gift that reflects a little bit of you. Research has found that there are greater feelings of closeness when the gift reflects the giver, suggesting a gift that reflects a little bit of you can help develop your relationship with an individual. This doesn’t mean to give them something that only pertains to your interest like but a gift that they will enjoy and reflects a little bit of you in it. For example, maybe make your next housewarming gift a candle of your favorite scent or a handmade or your favorite indoor plant.
Finding the perfect gift can be as hard as finding the Holy Grail, however, with the right amount of creativity, you will definitely find it. So next time, you’re out looking for the perfect gift, consider giving an experience or an iPod with your favorite songs. Regardless of what your gift is, be sure to appreciate the happiness and joy that gift giving leaves you.
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