We’ve all heard the expression, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, I actually tested this adage at a recent holiday party. I took a shabbily wrapped package to a friend’s gift exchange to see what would happen. You might be surprised…but probably not.
First, I took pains to wrap my gift perfectly. I even tied an ornament to the bow for added panache.
Then I placed my exquisitely-wrapped gift inside a brown paper bag, and added crumpled tissue. Pretty tacky, huh?
When I got to my girlfriend’s house I put my gift under her impeccably-decorated tree, beside all the others.
What happened next?
We began with lots of presents.
One got chosen…
and another. Until only two were left.
As you might have guessed, the gift I brought was chosen last.
The gal who ended up with my brown paper bag was happily surprised (and relieved) to find a beautifully wrapped box with four Lenox Christmas plates inside.
(I knew the gift would have to be spectacular for this experiment to work.)
So, you see, while we have been taught that ‘we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover‘… we usually do.
After the gift exchange was over, I explained the experiment to my friends. We all shared a good laugh, and I thanked them for being my test audience.
P.S. In an impromptu vote at several gift exchanges, 1/4 of voters say they choose a gift by size, while 3/4 say they choose a gift by the way it is packaged.
How do you choose a gift among all the rest? Please comment below–just for fun!
Oh, Sharon, this was brilliant! However it does show how we judge “so shallowly.” Must try this myself. It was a great point to make – really, don’t judge a book by its cover. Unfortunately I think I do get sucked into the “biggest – prettiest” gift is the best! You’ve given me something to think about. I may use this with my family. Thank you for this message – love you❣️