Is it just the thought that counts? or not? (Probably depends on the relationship between giver & recipeient as per Paul Tournier’s The Meaning of Gifts that I highly recommend.)
In the meantime enjoy this article in the Washington Post on the holiday evidence for picking the best kinds of gifts. OR as it is actually titled: “The trick to not giving a terrible gift this year”
Critical Thinking: Note the outcome measures cited for each study:
- Were they direct or indirect; & what is the advantage of each
- Were they self-report or observation; & what are the pros & cons of each?
- Were the studies descriptive? or experimental? What does that tell you about cause & effect?
- Read Tournier’s tiny book, The Meaning of Gifts & draw your own conclusions.
For more info: Ask yourself what you would most like for Christmas & check out your friends wishlists! Check some of the studies cited in the Washington Post article, including Gino & Flynn (2011) evidence on preferences for $, solicited gifts, & unsolicited gifts. The findings might surprise you: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022103111000801