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Words Laura Potter. Photograph Getty

Worried about how your Christmas present is going to go down with its recipient? Here’s a nifty little trick to make them fall in love with it – simply say you loved it so much you bought one for yourself as well! A new US study asked hundreds of people to rate how likable, thoughtful and considerate they would find a long list of gifts, and how likable, thoughtful and considerate the gifts would be if the accompanying card said, ‘I hope you like the gift. I got myself the same one, too!’ This simple statement boosted scores even for dull-sounding items such as staplers, umbrellas and socks! It works regardless of how close you are (useful for those hard-to-pick Secret Santa gifts) – but remember, you only get the boost if you say you bought it for yourself as well; simply saying you heard it was good doesn’t cut the mustard. The researchers call the technique ‘companionising’, and the thinking is that it makes the recipient feel they’re more like you, which strengthens your bond. Genius!

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Celebrate a more meaningful Christmas this year with our special Christmas issue of Healthy. Inside you'll find ways to enjoy the big day that are more conscious, stress-free and will make you feel happier. We have recipes for a vegetarian Christmas feast so delicious that everyone will want some! Our beauty section will get you looking your party best - naturally! Plus, how to spot if you're stressed, give up alcohol for a month, and ways to help you manage arthritis. Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy!