Are you a good gift-giver? Probably not, study says

(WFXB) – If you’re stressed about finding the perfect presents for your friends and loved ones this holiday season, ask them what they want. It could save you a lot of trouble in the long run, according to a new study.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Indiana University found that gift-givers pick gifts hoping to make the receiver as happy as possible at the moment of the gift exchange, but receivers prefer gifts that will make them happy over the course of time.

Experts say if you’re not sure what your recipient wants, give them the gift of flexibility: a giftcard.