Why Isn’t Your Wish-List
Item a Good Idea?

If the DIMS Score for a possible purchase or wish-list item isn’t 8 or greater, it won’t be recommended. That doesn’t mean you can’t still ask for it, but before you do, here are some things you may want to consider for both items and experiences.

For Items

  1. If the item in question doesn’t tell the world what you want people to know about you, you cannot generate a DIMS Score of 8 or greater. Moral of the story? Make sure your purchases are aligned with your values. For example, if you don’t like broccoli, or classical music, why buy a t-shirt that has anything to do with either of those things?
  2. Being willing to spend some of your own money tells people how important the purchase is to you.
  3. Can you buy the item from a local store or manufacturer? This will slightly boost your DIMS Score as it reduces the impact on the environment.
  4. Do you know the return policy for the item in question? This is particularly important for purchases that have to be brought home before you can really know they will work well, for example shoes for an outfit, or a backpack that you want to be able to put all of your supplies into.
  5. Do you know what the warranty coverage is for the item in question? This is particularly important for more expensive purchases such as a new phone or bicycle. What happens if it stops working within six months?

For Experiences

  1. If attending the event in question doesn’t tell the world what you want people to know about you, you cannot generate a DIMS Score of 8 or greater. Moral of the story? Make sure you are attending an event that is aligned with your values. For example, if you don’t like broccoli, or classical music, why go to a broccoli festival, or classical music concert?
  2. Being willing to spend some of your own money tells people how important the purchase is to you.
  3. You have to know when and where the event/ experience takes place.
  4. You have to be able to get to the experience and back safely.
  5. Participating in an experience that helps you build a skill slightly boosts your DIMS Score.

Gifting Sense

Teaching them to think before they buy is the best gift you can give them!