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Old 2006-01-25, 15:20
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Don't ask why I'm asking this or tell me it's a strange question. But I've been wondering about this for a while:
When giving someone a present, what do you consider more important? That the one you're giving it too likes it, or that you like what you're giving?
It's not that simple, becoz I see it happen a lot of time: people seem to be bothered more about if THEY like what they give, then whether the other likes it, which results into stupid presents they actually don't want.
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Old 2006-01-25, 15:59
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Personally, I don't like material presents much. I know it's imprinted in the human culture and all though...

I get much nicer feeling when I help someone out on something I have more knowledge about than they do other than buying a present for them in the store. Same goes the other way.
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Old 2006-01-25, 16:13
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I give presents according to what the person I give it to likes. The amount of effort I put in it depends on how much I like the person.
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Old 2006-01-25, 16:21
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It's not that simple, becoz I see it happen a lot of time: people seem to be bothered more about if THEY like what they give, then whether the other likes it, which results into stupid presents they actually don't want.
What happens is that as humans, we find it very hard to truly see another persons likes and dislikes.
Theres nothing anyone can do or say that would explain to me why someone likes fish, or how other people might not like jaffacakes.
In fact, that's kinda the very definition of personal tastes and preferences..they mostly arnt rationalizable.

So when it comes to giving presents its far easier to look at a product you would love to get, and then give it to someone else then it is to try to imagine a gift someone else would like.

The best you can normally do is try to look what they buy themselves, and then to buy something similar. But even that is hard, because you might end up buying something they already have
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Old 2006-01-26, 20:43
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ChaosFish> I couldn't agree more, but that's not what I'm trying to get at.

It's not only about what they would like to get themselves. Then it wouldn't bother me. But often, people actually want to like what they give. Not in a way they would like to receive it, but more "showing how creative" they are or something, rather than just giving someone something he or she would be happy with.
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Old 2006-01-26, 23:15
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Reminds me of a swedish television series (comedy) which there was two families. The husband of one family had constructed a loom (some kinda chair) for her wife birthday. When the husband in the other familie saw the gift he said it was useless, cause both they knew she really don't need it but that the first husband had put so much time on it showed how much he loved her, the seconds familie husband did not agree. Then the seconds familie husband told her wife that he made such an bad gift, but she didnt agree and said that everytime she look at it she will remember how much he love her.

a day later on when the firsts familie's wife had birthday and recived her present, she got furious over the present.

at night the seconds familie husband took the wool the other guy had made and gave it to his wife!

You can guess what happend then (of course if you can read my lousy english ).

As you guess the second families wife didnt see the symbolic meaning now.
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Old 2006-01-27, 01:24
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it's pretty simple:

-you find out what they like
-you [TRY] to get something like that

what's it matter if you like it or not?

if your friend liked chocolate and you didn't why would that stop you giving them chocolate?

or maybe i'm just getting this thread all wrong
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Old 2006-01-27, 18:27
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Dan - I think people would like to show thier cultural skills somehow in the present too, or as in my example; A symbolic meaning in the present.

Cause actully giving someone a gift is also a way to show the reciver something like "i love you" (if you give roses or something girlish for example) or something else.

If i should take an example from what my brother give to me in my birthdays in the past few years, they are ALL something that whole the familie uses (and their is no reason i should use it more than them either). So that can be another way to describe: "a present that you like yourself".
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Old 2006-01-27, 20:38
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I gave my brother Gun (the game, remember?) for Christmas. I didn't really want too, because all the reviews had been mediocre. And true enough, he was done with the game 3 days later.

But he liked it, while it lasted.
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