Magazines, TV celebrities and bloggers are happy to share their gift guide this time of year. Many people have finished gift shopping, while others wait until a few days before Christmas to make their purchase. You might be feeling stress just about now thinking about what to give. For those of you still looking for that special gift, the article by John Tierney, In Pursuit of the Perfect Gift? It’s a Lot Closer Than You Think, in The New York Times, might put you at ease. Thanks to social scientists, there is evidence that shows some interesting findings:
1. You don’t have to spend any time looking for “thoughtful” gifts.
2. You don’t have to spend much money, either.
3. Actually, you may not have to spend any money.
Francis J. Flynn, an organizational psychologist at Stanford University says, “Our research shows that while gift-givers think they’re being more thoughtful by picking out expensive gifts, the recipients don’t appreciate the hefty price tag.”
There are many ways to show your appreciation this holiday season. Enjoy the little things. Here are a few low cost gift ideas that are priceless: a visit with a friend, a poem, a handmade gift, baked goods, a photograph, a good gesture, time together with family and friends.