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I am terrible at wrapping Christmas presents.  Always have been, always will be.  And I have always wondered if my lack of skill reflected a lack of good intent.  Whew!  Good to know that's not the case.

The New York Post says a new study suggests a poorly wrapped gift might actually make the person who's getting it like it better.  BINGO!   It sounds counter intuitive but University of Nevada researchers found that gifts are better received if they're wrapped sloppily instead of the wrapping being nicely done.

The study shows when gifts are wrapped neatly and given to a friend, it raises the expectations of the gift inside, resulting in our friends liking the gift less. However, with sloppy wrapping, our friends set their expectations lower and will actually like the gift more.  The study also found the nicely-wrapped phenomenon is more likely with someone close than with an acquaintance.