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That said, remember that giving a gift that’s meaningful to you won’t necessarily convey meaning to the person receiving it. American essayist Charles Dudley Warner once wrote: “The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.” It’s an important reminder that the most appreciated gifts aren’t necessarily the most expensive nor surprising, but likely something the recipient already wanted. Research shows that no matter how sincere and heartfelt the gift, people prefer the predictable rather than unsolicited surprises. So if your mom makes it explicitly clear that she really wants a chainsaw and your dad has his eyes on a pair of Pokémon-shaped slippers, don’t argue—just get them what they want. The heart wants what it wants. But if you need inspiration, we’ve got your back.
In addition to our picks below, you can look to our gift guide collaboration with The New York Times (parent company of Wirecutter) for more-practical picks, as well as our whimsical gift ideas from years past.
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter
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