But a package that either isn’t wrapped very well or is in any kind of paper available is better received by family because their expectation is lowered. Also, 94% of recipients believed their friend or family member wrapped the gift themselves, rather than having someone else do it.
The opposite appeared to be true when the gift giver and receiver were merely acquaintances, however. If the relationship is still forming, the researchers found, the packaging serves more as a clue to the relationship than to the gift.
So, if you stress over raw edges and color-coordinated name tags on your holiday presents, this study might help you relax a little.
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