It's an argument I am basically having with someone as we speak. "Don't get me a gift for Christmas". It seems some people don't take that request seriously.

25,000 people were given several scenarios to choose from and here's how they answered.

  • "I don't want a gift, but I won't be upset if you give me one". Keep in mind, these scenarios are what the gift-GIVER is imagining. This seems to be the consensus at 46 percent. Take my word for it, I truly don't want anything but will appreciate what you give me.
  • I DO want a gift, but WON'T be upset if I don't get one. 18 percent chimed in with this response.
  • I DO want a gift and I WILL be very upset if I DON'T get one". 6 percent in the survey said the recipient means pretty much the exact opposite of "don't get me a gift".
  • "I really DON'T want a gift and WILL be upset if you DO get me one". 9 percent.

It's more apparent than ever this year that "it's the thought that counts" and people are realizing that time is more valuable than possessions. Others are realizing they don't need as much as they thought they did.

Judging by these numbers not many will turn down a gift. It's not that they don't "
want" it. It may just genuinely difficult to come up with an idea as to what you really "need" or "want" on the spot, and perhaps don't want to feel obligated to reciprocate.

This survey was conducted by YouGov.

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