Dear friend,

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A few handwritten lines can mean more to a person than you’ll ever know.

Old post from December 17th, 2013 RE:Framed for Frankenstein 

The holiday season is here and you’re too broke to buy presents for people because you’re still in high school and you don’t have a job because people only hire those with experience and you don’t have experience because no place will hire you. Basically, you don’t know how to repay your friend for that gourmet chocolate she bought you.

Whatever happened to the old-fashioned tradition of hand-making gifts? A handmade gift takes time, effort, and careful thought, things that the receiver will surely appreciate. By making a present, you will create a unique gift like no other, imbued with a special, personal touch. After all, the holiday spirit calls for just “giving,” not specifically “going out to your local department store and buying a gift.”

Don’t know what to make? Take some time to think, or ask around for ideas. You can do anything from arts and crafts to baking a cake to creating a collage. These are just mundane suggestions. Do what you think is best. What most describes your relationship with the other person? Is it the many memories you’ve shared, captured in photos throughout the years? Is it your shared love of food?

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Whatever may be the gift, it’s the thought that counts. Don’t forget to include a holiday card! There is something about handwritten words that reaches a person like no other. Mary Shelley included a series of letters at the beginning of Frankenstein, putting emphasis on the power of written words. When you write something, you embark on a journey to find just the right words to convey your feelings. A hand-written letter is a personal declaration of your sentiments towards another person.

Complete! You have now solved the problem of being broke for the holidays. Wishing you the best this holiday season!

Cheers,

B.

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