Giving is better than receiving, in my opinion.

Essay by lauralistHigh School, 12th gradeA, November 2002

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If I had to choose between opening gifts from someone or giving gifts to someone, I would choose the giving. I like to give gifts more than receive them. I find it very enriching to have my family and friends enjoy the present that I gave them. The best joy of having my family and friends receive gifts by me is the expressions on their faces when they open the gifts. The main reason why I like gift giving is because of the reactions of my family and friends.

I put a lot of effort into finding the right gift for someone. The first thing I do is look through my craft books and decide what I am going to make. Depending upon the holiday, I usually get ideas from that holiday and from the individual's personality. The next thing I do, when I am looking for gift ideas, is find out what they like.

If they have something they really like, I will try to make a gift around that. For example, my mom loves the Buffalo Bills. Last Christmas, I made my mom a Buffalo Bills sign for her driveway.

My favorite holiday for giving gifts is Valentine's day. The reason this is my favorite holiday is because it gives me a chance to show my family what they mean to me. The hearts on Valentine's Day, symbolizes love. I give a lot of heart of chocolate out to my family and friends because I tell them "With this heart, I love you." I show them by giving them gifts on this holiday and telling them how much they mean to me. It is worth seeing the joy and appreciation that they feel for me because it is seldom that expression, in my family, is shown.