Gift-giving taboos that aren’t as bad as you think
The Conversation - 12/22/2015
There are many social norms that dictate gift-giving, including when, how and what to give as gifts.
Interestingly, these norms don’t seem to be about making sure that recipients get the gifts they want. What makes for a good or bad gift often differs in the eyes of givers and recipients.
In fact, behavioral science research shows that gifts that may seem “taboo” to givers might actually be better appreciated by recipients than they might think.