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CHOOSING THE
RIGHT GIFT…
Small and expensive, big and flamboyant or homemade and
personal. Gift giving can tell you more about your relationship
than you think…
• Start paying attention - If you are tunedFinding Christmas gifts for all your family and what they like and want.
into your partner, you are more likelyfriends can be hard enough, but searching for So, how can you make sure that the present
to give very good gifts. Listen to yourthe perfect gift for your partner can present you give your loved one this Christmas
partner when they express an interestadded pressure. Not only do you want to find says the right things about you and your
in something and try and remembersomething that they will love, you also want relationship? Here are eHarmony.co.uk’s tips
it when you come to your gift buying.to find a gift which shows that you care and on how to be a good gift-giver:
It’s important to communicate to yourthat you have thought really hard about what
partner in your gift the message of “Ithey might like. • Plan – Don’t leave your Christmas
listened and understood you, even if youshopping until the last minute.With some
didn’t know that I was doing that”. YourWhat does the gift you choose to give to
partner will be very impressed to receiveyour partner at Christmas say about you
a gift that they spoke to you about in theand your relationship? Dr Gian Gonzaga,
past.relationship scientist for eHarmony.co.uk The act of gift-giving in
believes that gift-giving in relationships relies a relationship can be
on two elements: • Be selfless - The good gift giver will“
understandthatitisnotaboutthemselves,about showing-off and “
“The act of gift-giving in a relationship can but rather about their partner. Don’t buyestablishing yourself as
be about showing-off and establishing your partner a present that you secretly
yourself as someone who can provide. Think hope to enjoy yourself. The gift you buysomeone who can provide
about the male bird who brings worms to the should specifically be for your partner
female bird to prove they are a worthy mate. and tailored to their interests, likes and
Whatever you give asa gift isan indication of wishes.
the qualities and staples that you can provide careful planning in plenty of time before
your loved one with,” says Dr Gonzaga. Christmas day, you’re more likely to be • Make the extra effort – Going that extra
“However, the gift you actually give your able find the perfect present, instead of mile to find the perfect gift will make a
partner can also mean so much more, when grabbing the only thing you can find in difference. Whether it’s a handmade gift
you pick the right gift it can show your partner the shop on Christmas Eve. Your last that’s taken you months to prepare or a
how in tune you are with them and your minute gift will look exactly that and will limited edition book that was difficult to
relationship and signal that you understand show a lack of thought. track down, your partner will appreciate
the extra effort that you’ve made.
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