Thinking of some last-minute gifts for your loved ones? Luckily for you, you don't have to drop a whole lot of cash. Scientific studies actually that show that the price of a gift rarely matters to the recipient, and that it matters mostly to the buyer.
John Tierney of the New York Times shares three rules for gift giving:
1) You don't have to spend any time looking for "thoughtful" gifts.
2) You don't have to spend too much money.
3) You may not have to spend any money at all.
Sounds absolutely nuts, right? But it turns out that gift recipients don't usually care how much was spent on the gift or how much "thought" went into it. Many gift recipients don't expect much, so any gift is appreciated.
And buyers can stop worrying about the perceived "thoughtfulness": if the gift is something that the recipient wants, he or she will be appreciative whether you spend a year thinking about it or a day, whether you spent a fortune or a few dollars.
Basically, just stop stressing out about gift buying. For the most part, the people you give gifts to will love the fact that you thought enough about them to give a present!
Read the full article for more insight, and enjoy the holidays for what they are, not what you buy!