1. Listen up
While you may think it’s a great idea to surprise someone on your list by giving them something you think is a meaningful gift, it’s best just to get them exactly what they have told you. For instance, weeks before the holidays, you heard them say they wanted the new Fitbit because they wanted to get in shape. But that seemed boring and predictable to you, so instead you bought them a gym membership. Well…that was the wrong move, says a 2011 study published in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. The researchers found that that gift recipients are more appreciative of gifts they ask for than those they do not. So forget about what you think they want and get them what they’ve specifically asked for.