Gift giving is one of the major subjects on our minds this time of year. To be a really successful “giver of gifts,” you may feel that you need to spend a lot of money.


Or come up with creative ideas all on your own without the assistance of your spouse.

Turns out that’s not the case (science even says so)…

We found 3 surprisingly gift giving facts that eased our holiday anxiety. Check them out – then dig into a few AWESOME gift giving hit lists we made for you below.

…But first, check out these wild facts:

Thoughtful gifts don’t necessarily lead to greater appreciation.

Some gift givers spend time and energy trying to find just the right gift. But thoughtful gifts don’t necessarily lead to greater appreciation, according to a study published in November in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

The benefit of a thoughtful gift actually accrues mainly to the giver, who derives a feeling of closeness to the other person, the study found.

People are more appreciative when they receive a gift they have explicitly requested.

According to a similar study published last year in a separate publication called the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

“It turns out it’s not the thought that counts, it’s the gift that counts,” says Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago who co-authored the study.

Spending more money on a gift doesn’t necessarily translate into greater appreciation.

Another study found spending more money on a gift doesn’t necessarily translate into greater appreciation. That might come as a surprise to many gift givers… who often assume that a more expensive gift conveys a higher level of thoughtfulness, according to the research, published in 2009 in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

If you think you have to dream up giant sentimental gifts, crack the code without any help on what to get.. or dish out a lot of dollars to be an outstanding gift giver this year — you don’t!

Every year we pull together a hit list of awesome idea generating lists for our readers, and here’s an early sneak peek of what’s already live:

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We hope this hit list gives you a great start to your holiday gift giving so you can stress less and enjoy the time with your partner even more.

If you know anyone else in a marriage or relationship that could use these great gift giving guides, please forward this on to them!

These fun facts originally appeared in the WSJ article: The Science Behind Gifting

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