Staff Standoff: D.I.Y. or Buy?

Homemade Gifts

By Aurelia Han, Editor-in-Chief

Christmas morning 2015. I slide on my favorite reindeer slippers before braving the harsh winter weather that cast over Dallas that year. To my surprise, a package about the size of a cereal box wrapped in glittery paper and adorned with two bows sits outside my house on the doormat.

“To Aurelia, I hope this keeps you warm this holiday season! Happy Holidays! Love, your best friend,” read the gift tag dangling on the side of the box. As if on cue, a shiver snakes down my spine, and I run inside into the warmth of home, beyond excited to dig into the gift.

Wrapping paper and pieces of tape fly everywhere as I finally discover what’s hiding in the box: a homemade blanket in my favorite shade of blue and pink and monogrammed with my initials.

For the rest of holiday vacation, I bundled myself in the blanket everywhere I went. Ever since that Christmas, I realized that I prefer homemade gifts over store-bought ones.

Of course, I am always grateful to receive any type of gift, no matter of what and from where, but when it comes to giving gifts myself, I will revisit the Pinterest app, find unique DIY gift ideas and get crafty with my homemade gifts.

Rather than giving a gift that ran through countless assembly lines and machines, homemade gifts come from the literal hands of your loved ones. I have found that gift recipients are able to feel that their gifts were truly made with love because they know that it took some- one time and a lot of effort to not only make the gift, but also to think of an idea.

Homemade gifts are also customizable. When many kids will mostly likely receive the same Barbie or Lego set, no one homemade gift will be the same. You can customize homemade gifts with details like monograms, inside jokes, favorite colors and more.

And if you want to save money this holi- day season, homemade gifts are the way to go. Some of the cheapest homemade gifts include baked goods as most holiday recipes only consist of simple ingredients that are most likely already in your pantry or refrigerator. Other DIY gifts, like sugar scrubs or personalized frames, only require one or two materials that can be found at most crafts and grocery stores.

Making homemade gifts will also be a fun experience for the gift giver as well. Instead of fighting your way through the holiday crowds, you can enjoy a peaceful afternoon of piecing together your very own gift. The holiday season is a stressful time on its own, so sticking with homemade gifts is an easy way to avoid even more unnecessary stress.

Consider making a homemade gift if you want to give a gift that is unique and one that will leave a lasting impression on the recipient. Take it from me and my experience receiving the homemade blanket a few years ago; it’s still my favorite gift to date.


Store-Bought Gifts

By Katie O’Meara, News Editor

Christmas tree lights glistening behind my head, I tore the wrapping paper off of the repurposed Vineyard Vines box to unveil a brand new Dak Prescott jersey, the one item I truly wanted for Christmas 2016. And yes, it was store bought.

While handmade gifts may be perceived as more thoughtful, store-bought gifts require just as much time and consideration to pick out, even if the gift-giver does not always put in his or her own blood, sweat and tears.

Every since I hit the double digits, my dad and I have taken over the reigns and complete at least 50 percent of the Christmas shopping every year. Our shopping culminates with a trip to Northpark Mall, where we scour the shops for hours until I finally discover the perfect present for my mom. The last time I presented my mom with a homemade present, she feigned any interest in the advent-themed candleholder I fashioned out of half a Sprite bottle and a scrap of fabric.

My family, like many, is not the crafty sort. While I admire those that can take a piece of burlap and create an outfit that could win Project Runway, those kinds of gifts are not in my future or that of millions of other Americans.

The National Retail Federation, the largest retail trade organization in the country, predicts that for the 2017 Holiday season anywhere from $678.8 billion to $682 billion will be spent. This figure accounts for all retail, both online and in stores, for the months of November and December.

These numbers continue to grow as each year passes. During Black Friday this year, over $5.03 billion was spent online, while $6.59 billion was spent on Cyber Monday. Both of these numbers are record-setting, with the Cyber Monday number pushing it to the number one biggest online shopping day of the year.

Clearly, the majority of Americans flock to retail outlets for their holiday gifts. The sheer commercial aspect of Christmas proves the need for store-bought gifts. It stimulates the economy by introducing capital that would not be produced without these purchases.

While store-bought gifts allow for the survival of the retail industry, they also fulfill many people’s hopes for their holiday season.

There has never been a Christmas when I have asked for or even dreamt of something that could not be bought from the store. All of my hopes turn into a reality when these items miraculously appear underneath my Christmas tree. When I was 7, it was the High School Musical Barbie Dream House. When I was 15, it was a new set of sheets and a robe. For me, these were the thoughtful presents that I had hoped for.

From the gifts that were on my list to the unexpected Cinderella Castle Lego set, all of my best presents have all been store bought. And I am not alone. Last year, I watched my mom open her Vitamix, the one item she wanted, compared to a book comprised of pictures that my older brother took, her reactions were the same—joy. And technically both were store-bought.

In the end it truly depends on someone’s relationship with a person in terms of what the best present is. For me, the best present is always the most thoughtful that is executed well. This present is typically bought.

If I had gotten a DIY dress over my Dak Prescott jersey, I probably would have bought the jersey in the after Christmas sales. But that’s just me.


Aurelia Han

Aurelia, Grey's Anatomy enthusiast, dancer, and full time foodie who hates olives, ham, and peas.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

face mask: head full face snorkel mask review baking soda face mask review face mask medical antiviral coronavirus bovino aduro face mask settings respirator exercise bb face mask daiso dust mask makes me break out beauty by earth hydrating face mask bluetooth headset n95 user manual n95 mask in bangkok disposable construction face mask pack tie on surgical mask how to insert the activated carbon dust mask potato high flow surgical mask who sells gel face masks cute surgical mask japan how many times a week should u put a face mask surgical mask water pipe all tonymoly im real face masks what are surgical mask made of when removing a respirator grab the face mask to get rid of whiteheads how to remove respirator gta 5 kimberly clark respirator schampa face mask nokia n95 finland make dust mask 3 m for beards n gage game for n95 painting how long do respirator cartridges last how to make fresh face masks avocado face mask before and after best face masks for acne and sensitive skin respirador 1860 n95 biker skull face masks image of wearing a respirator mask what percentage of oxygen is delivered by a simple face mask smile brands dental what black face mask is on facebook 3m home dust mask 8661pc1 vs 8661pc4 why do koreans wear black face mask do face masks help prevent flu what is that mask athletes wear on their face covid 19 nasal high flow led face mask what does it do n95 mask so2 dust face mask for glasses wearers moldex respirator best dust mask for children in utv best respirator mask for allergies zipper mouth dust face mask century p2 full face headgear with shield medline pads osha dust mask vs respirator chart feline coronavirus diagnosis folding respirator mask coronavirus kittens symptoms respirator therapy salary face shield melting temperature 3m p95 vs n95

cbd oil: diamond cbd vape additive review pure dispensary cbd oil in tennessee compound description is cbd oil marijuana hemp oil for depression cbd oil for libido sunraised cbd reviews cbd liposomes thca vs cbd ultra cbd reviews you might know everything im going to do cbd oil spokane wa cbd hemp oil for diabetes absolute scientific cbd does cbd oil make you fail drug test nashville cbd solutions cbs 6 news manboy mafia cbd pure cbd tincture 100mg life elements cbd back pain clinical trials deep sleep cbd tincture best cbd concentrate cbd dosage for stroke victims cbd isolate vs oil cpd oil cbd with thc vape pen white label juice reviews is cbd oil better than hemp oil rat define contraindications for cbd oil and sinemet package insert fda all natural hemp wellness spray sound effect marijuana cures cancer snopes pain man can cbd oil fight infection pure water bongs biotransformation of a drug rea spanish dictionary cannabis side effects tobacco induced diseases cbd facial scientific name for thc cbd oil in woodstock ga hemp oil pills for pain fitness first cbd biotransformation of a drug one of the best companys for cbd oil processing cbd oil mile marker 5 cbd oil cost benefit analysis lexapro and cbd cbd oil for sale in thailand giant gummy brain diggin cbd oil find who you are related to is 1000mg cbd oil the dosage how to store cbd oil and shelf life of cbd oil

weight loss: michael parziale md akira numajiri russell bacak hot water appetite suppressant dr david baggett summerville sc how much weight can you lose if you do cocaine lose weight dr oz free generic about us page for diet pills good weight for women lida diet pills woman dies taking diet pills diet goals buddy diet weight loss pills how to adjust your body to eat less calories to lose weight for a short time yellow diet pills let lose belly fat exercise weight loss diet pills website for sale oatmeal for breakfast lose weight keto pro slim diet pills reviews best meal plan to lose weight app diet pills for the obese how losing weight changes your life keto life diet pills reviews how to eat whatever i want and lose weight safe best diet pills jeannine stein why girls as young as 9 fear fat and go on diets to lose weight pure primal keto diet pills diet pill similar to adderall keto winter recipes can belly dancing help you lose weight baked chicken keto recipes how to lose weight during summer time vegan keto fat bomb recipes ways to lose weight by exercising at home keto air fyer recipes skin elasticity lose weight best keto recipes pizza effects of diet pills and alcohol abdominal pain better after taking lipozene healthy keto chicken recipes instant pot when you lose weight where does it go common prescribed diet pills how does breastfeeding help you lose weight how fast do you lose weight eating 50 carbs a day does starving yourself help lose weight rice and beans helped me lose weight how to start running again to lose weight vegetables for weight loss tumblr lose weight weight watchers dinner recipes keto diet eating tuna fish to lose weight psyllium husk used for in keto recipes what herbal tea makes you lose weight how to quickly lose weight best things to eat to lose weight quickly home equipment to lose weight can u lose weight by eating smaller portions pro diet pills what causes weight serious appetite suppressant

vape: vape pen for weed how much nic is in a juul e pipe vape cheap box mods ebay diy vape mod kit best e cig liquid flavors palm vape ccell new tfv8 coils lost vape orion q replacement pods best ecig starter kit 2015 vape pen with cartridge brilliant smoke e cigarette vape to smoke weed how to vape tricks blue label vape voopoo vinci x reviews vape pen water attachment smok priv m17 review dragon blood e juice ecig vv mod orlando smoke shop wholesale premium vape juice cue vapor price yampah spa vapor shark frisco best temperature control tank vapor barrier primers vaping causes seizures dreamer vape juice smok x xname 225w kit with tfv12 prince tank what do i need to make vape juice hitt disposable vape vape juice turns darker over time in tank what is rba vape e cigarette philippines price is vaping safer than smoking cigarettes e cigarette pipe mod e smart vape e cigarette norge diamond cbd vape juice repair e cigarette teslacigs punk nicotine withdrawal timeline how to get mojo voopoo unlocked ugly butter newport e liquid nautilus sub ohm coils e cigarette accessories suorin air charger cbd and nicotine vape juice e cig tanks for mods contour 2 vape smok the baby beast tfv8 does nicotine help with headaches uwell crown 4 mini stealth bomber vape pen voopoo mojo is locked uwell ironfist ohme drop user manual for voopoo drag 157w tc vape mod rda vape tanks

male enhancement: staxyn free samples she wants baby but no sex drive logynon ed inactive pills how to use viagra tablets in malayalam roman codes hard steel male enhancement pill new ways for men to masturbate how can i buy viagra without credit card hassles ways for men to pleasure themselves boost test how to make your dick grow bigger fast what dose of viagra works best for a 70 yr old man will cocnut oil increase the size of my penis menopause low libido herbs testosterone pill kick start my sex drive how natural muscle building herbs increase penis size honey select extenze plus male enhancement reviews how much does viagra cost at shoprite do porn stars orgasm extenze male enhancement reviews 2017 male erection enhancement herbs how do i ask my dr for viagra gape male enhancement viagra newsletter average penile width and length male penis porn tik tok breast enlargement and penis enlarggement buy cheap viagra does smoking tobacco stunt penis growth 2018 buy male enhancement landing page corticoid steriods and sex drive noxico ed pills islam built on male sex drive penis enlargement without surgery in nigeria low sex drive in 17 year old african penis enlargement strongest cream mens sex drive after 55 male enhancement herbal remedies sex drive ap psychology facts cheapest pharmacy in usa to buy viagra viagra overdose symptoms treatment watermelon for male enhancement viagra pills on ebay cheapest source of viagra where can i get viagra that dont cost so much black people dick what is the average age a man has to take viagra buy viagra online cheapest how do you get viagra with no prescription where to find male enhancement pills at walmart why did scott peterson havr viagra male sex enhancer why did my boyfriend get viagra sex drive theatrical version download free how make watermelon viagra penis ballooning enlargement femmed libido vigrx plus coupns

exam: Most Accurate ET0-003 Brain Dumps On Store, Ucertify 642-587 Vce Software Guaranteed Success, Offer 1Y0-252 Self Study With High Quality, Provide New 1D0-51C Study Material For All Candidates From All Over The World, Sale HP0-281 Test Engine Latest Version PDF&VCE, Passguide HP0-920 Test Exam Online, High Success Rate ACSO-LJ-PROD-03 Exam Materials Sale, 100% Pass Guarantee 000-104 Ebook Online Shop, Prepare for the 000-234 Questions Is Your Best Choice, Buy Best 000-612 Exam Dumps On Store, Certshared 000-217 Vce Files Latest Version PDF&VCE, Sale Latest Release 000-978 Test Pdf Are The Best Materials, First-hand C2060-220 Pdf Exam For Each Candidate, Provides Best 000-590 Exam Topics Are The Best Materials, Download A2150-006 Dumps Pass4sure Is What You Need To Take, Latest Upload 000-101 Test Software With 100% Pass Rate, Pass the C4070-603 Certification Braindumps For Download, Buy Best 000-129 Training Guide Sale, Recenty Updated P4110-001 Test Answers Is Your Best Choice, Helpful JN0-350 Dumps Pdf Will Be More Popular, Helpful ZJN0-541 Practice UP To 50% Off, Easily To Pass 070-404 Exam Questions With Answers Is Your Best Choice, Testkingdump MB6-512 Exam Engines Will Be More Popular, 100% Real 070-540-CSHARP Exam Demo Online Sale, Buy Best 920-127 Practice Are Based On The Real Exam, Prepare for the 050-705 Vce with PDF and VCE Engine, The Most Effective 1Z0-898 New Questions 100% Pass With A High Score, 100% Pass Guarantee 1Z0-425 Exam Questions And Answers With New Discount, Topdump RH033 Preparation Materials , 100% Pass Rate S90-01A Labs Online Store,