Episode 13: Gifting

As usual, the nerds take a decidedly scientific approach to gift giving. Nick prefers to buy really thoughtful, sometimes extravagant gifts. Andrew prefers to give gifts that he’ll be able to use as well. Virginia tries to maximize the happiness by spreading gift giving across several days. (Here’s the science behind happiness. Use it at your own discretion this holiday season.) Finally, the team discusses the optimal strategy for white elephant exchanges and how to not show your disappointment when opening a crappy gift.

Readers: Tell us how you approach gift giving. We might read your responses on our next show!


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    Nicole LeCody

    2 months ago

    I try to have thoughtful surprises when gift giving. I like to channel the person in things that I make or buy for them so that they really feel I know them. I really enjoy surprising someone with the gifts I give. My family always surprised with gifts during the holidays so that is how I treat gift giving with others. It makes for an interesting dichotomy when dealing with Andrew cause he prefers that I tell him.

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