Every year, we buy more bad gifts than we realise and nobody tells us about it. Here’s how to avoid the most common pitfalls and to use psychology to drastically improve your gift-giving game.
giving experiences might be good for your relationship even if you don’t do the thing together. COVID complicates this this year, though. overindividuation is a problem: the nerdiest person you know may still prefer a generic useful gift to a Nerd Gift, You Know, Because They’re A Nerd, and giving different gifts to different people on your list doesn’t…really…matter. or worse: anyone get pegged by their relatives as an X person? you know, where X is dolphins, or owls, and gradually your house fills up with dolphin figurines and there’s no nice way to explain that you maybe don’t even particularly like dolphins.
the things I’ve been thinking about this year are: