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Buying the PERFECT holiday gift

Buying the PERFECT holiday gift
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Do you always stress when it comes to buying holiday gifts every year?

A new survey of 714 people found that men spend more time looking for that perfect Christmas gift for their boss than they do shopping for a present for their wife. Women say they spend more time shopping for their dogs than for their husbands. Is this true for you too?

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Spending on gifts also has an upside… There are even studies that demonstrate that spending on others improves your happiness more than spending on yourself! 

Self-Image Spending on others reminds us that we’re kind-hearted, generous, and selfless. It all starts when we take the time to think of what others want. This gives us a much-needed perspective and allows us to understand those around us.

Bonding Exchanging gifts creates lasting bonds, especially when they’re memorable, well-thought-out gifts. We’re willing to bet you’ve gotten certain gifts that stand out from others because of who gave them, and the thought that went into it!

In short, gift-giving is probably much less of a pain in the grand scheme of things than you’re thinking now. Sure, the impact on your wallet will be felt for a few weeks, but the joy will last a lifetime if you play your cards right! Plus, it turns out you don’t have to spend much… Researchers from the University of British Columbia found that spending even just a few dollars on a really thoughtful gift can make all the difference in terms of impact and happiness.

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