Friday, 1 December 2017

The Psychology of Gift Giving

So, you are on a budget but still, want to give a gift that makes the receiver go “awe!” Or probably, you just want to give a gift for your satisfaction and happiness.

The mother of a family friend died a few years ago, the siblings were discussing that it would be different this time without her. “No more presents.” as they noted.

Some people are just so passionate about gifts, even if budget is too less, still, we liked giving gifts. But what is the psychology behind this? Gift giving has long been a favorite subject of human behavior. It was found that giving gifts is surprisingly complex and important of human interaction, helping to define relationships and strengthen bonds with family and friends. According to a psychologist, it is often the giver, rather than the recipient, who reaps the biggest psychological gains from a gift.

The biggest effect of gift giving may be on ourselves. Giving to others reinforces our feelings for them and makes us feel effective and caring according to a psychologist.

In terms of gift giving, there is always a gender difference, women are more concern about it. Men typically are more price-conscious and practical while women tend to be more concerned about giving and receiving gifts with emotional significance. Whatever the purpose or the reason for gift giving one thing for sure, the giver always reaps the most satisfaction.

A gift, no matter how big or small, how cheap or expensive, is an affirmation that you value and care that someone. It is an indication of love and peace that can make a big difference to a person. It is something physical that can rekindle memories years on.

So shall we say, start thinking of what gift to give this holiday!

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