The perfect holiday gift isn't anything you can wrap

-

Don’t know what to wrap up under the tree this year? Here’s an idea: try “nothing” and give an experience instead! There’s a science to everything-- including gift giving. If your goal is to strengthen your relationship with the giftee, new research suggests that “experiential gifts” are the way to go. 

A study from the University of Toronto and the UCLA focused on how effective gifts are in building relationships. Co-author Cindy Chan explained, “the reason experiential gifts are more socially connecting is that they tend to be more emotionally evocative. An experiential gift elicits a strong emotional response when a recipient consumes it — like the fear and awe of a safari adventure, the excitement of a rock concert or the calmness of a spa — and is more intensely emotional than a material possession.”

If you don’t feel like a small envelope with concert tickets or amusement park passes is enough, include a playlist or a joke of the day calendar. They also suggest a framed photo or engraved jewelry as gifts the resonate emotionally. 

If you’re still feeling the pressure of picking the perfect present, watch the video above for more tips!

Up Next:


Up Next

  • The perfect holiday gift isn't anything you can wrap
  • Beyonce's 'Lemonade' vinyl mistakenly included punk band songs
  • O.J. Simpson's post prison plans
  • Harrison Ford explains why he punched Ryan Gosling
  • Jennifer Lawrence says a Real Housewife's fate is in her hands
  • Selena Gomez undergoes kidney transplant due to lupus
  • TMZ: Frank Vincent dies at 78
  • 'IT's Pennywise clown Bill Skarsgard is scary hot
  • SeaWorld, Busch Gardens 'Florida Neighbor Offer'
  • Canadian poet accused of plagiarizing Tupac Shakur