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How to Give your Partner the Right Gift

Mar 18, 2008
Giving gifts to your partner is not as easy as it seems. Many of us enjoy showing our love in the form of a gift. After much time, thought, and often money, you happily give it to them. Sometimes, things end up just as they do on the diamond commercials with a passionate kiss and expressions of love. But often, the giver is disappointed in the receiver's reaction, and the receiver is either indifferent or hurt by the gift.

How is this possible in an otherwise healthy relationship? The answer: there are four different types of presents we give, and all of us has a preference to what we choose to give and what we enjoy receiving. It is vital that our spouse knows what type he is and what type we are, so that he gives us a gift that we appreciate and we offer him one that has meaning to him.

There are many people that value traditional gifts. These are the stereotypical presents that lovers offer to each other. A spa gift certificate, jewelry, or a dozen roses are all good examples of a traditional gift. These gifts usually cost money. The receiver ovten values the gift by the price, as they often feel valued by how much money is spent on them.

Some people enjoy sentimental gifts. Handmade gifts, a love letter, or dates created uniquely for the receiver are all examples of sentimental gifts. These gifts may cost money, or they might be free to make. What the sentimental gift receiver looks for is the effort and heart you put into their present.

Other people enjoy unseen gifts. This type of gift receiver prefer intangible presents. They would rather have the unseen devotion their partner could give them daily than anything wrapped. Unseen gifts include helping with housework, financially providing for them, or telling them how much you appreciate them regularly. This type of gift receiver values what you add to their lives daily to enrich it.

Finally, there are some people who love to get gifts surrounding their hobbies or life passions. An avid runner would love a pedometer. A musician would love tickets to see their favorite band play. A computer techie would love the latest and greatest gadget to go on their computer. A hobby receiver will value the gift on how well it will allow them to enjoy their passion even better.

By finding out what type of gift receiver your partner is, you can always choose the right gift and stop getting gifts that are unappreciated. For example, a gym membership would be the perfect gift for the right kind of hobby gift receiver, but it might hurt the feelings of a traditional gift receiver. Knowing your partner is key to connecting with them in gift giving and in so many other ways.
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