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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?


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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