Must-Read: How to Win Christmas
We’re not going to post tomorrow, for quite obvious reasons. But we feel we would be neglectful if we didn’t post a little thing today for all of your last-minute Christmas shoppers out there. Because, as of right now, you still have a little under 24 hours left to get your gifts. The problem is, if you have waited this long, you probably don’t have any idea how to get the best gifts out there. Which is why today, we’re here to help.
And so today we’re heading on over to heading on over to Men’s Health where they have a listing of ways for you “to win” Christmas. For example, among the types of tips they’re giving us, the folks that have yet to complete our Christmas shopping:
Expensive gifts aren’t worth it. People don’t appreciate pricier presents any more than humble gifts, finds a Stanford University study. (They found this result even when they assessed engagement rings.) It sounds cliché, but “it’s the thought that counts,” the study authors say. So how much should you spend? Aim to drop the same amount your gift recipient would spend if she bought the item for herself, the research suggests.
Act like Santa Clause. Five separate experiments from Harvard and Stanford found people most value the gifts they explicitly asked for. Pro tip: If there’s something you really want, you’ll be more likely to get it if you only mention that item when asked, as opposed to offering up several gift ideas, the research shows.
So head on over to the link and check out the other tips. And then, hope that you have enough shopping hours left in order to get the necessary items you need to make this Christmas one that she’ll remember.
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.