Opinion

Would you Rather: Receive a Homemade Gift or the Gift at the Top of Your List?

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Story by Kelsey Dassance, Columnist
Photo courtesy of Pexels.com

‘Tis the season of gift giving, marked by longs lines at the mall and Christmas music finally playing on the radio (I’m a fan and I won’t apologize). Many of us are anticipating the holiday season by making lists or flipping through catalogs in order to answer the inevitable question: What do you want for Christmas? Whether it’s a flat screen TV, an Amazon gift card or new socks, there’s almost always something that makes the top of the list.

However, lists aren’t the only things being made this season. Grandmas, friends and Pinterest Extraordinaires everywhere are taking the time to carefully craft handmade gifts to give to their friends and family for the holidays.

Whether it’s a handmade sweater from Grandma or a macaroni necklace from your cousin, there is no denying that homemade gifts have a certain sentiment that brings a little more joy to the holiday season.

Although it’s always exciting to unwrap a gift and find exactly what you asked for, a homemade gift is full of love and intentionality that you just can’t get from a gift card.

While I would probably get more fashion points from wearing a sweater from Old Navy rather than the one my grandma knitted for me, it is not something I could cherish for longer than a year or two.

It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of the holidays and find yourself standing in line for longer than your spending time with your loved ones. But the truth is, there is just no sale or deal that equates to the magical feeling of receiving a heartfelt, homemade gift. They are something we don’t ask for, but someone takes the time to make anyway.

 

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