Thoughtfully Gifted: Secret Santa Struggle


Thoughtfully Gifted: Secret Santa Struggle | Thoughtfully Handmade

You and your friend, Jacqueline just finished writing a horrendous sociology exam. As you walk to the bus stop, you two strike up a conversation about your secret Santa exchange with you, Jacqueline and five other friends.

Jacqueline asks you if you’ve figured out what to get your secret Santa. You tell her that you just need to buy it, but you know what to get him. You ask Jacqueline the same question.

She turns to you with a look of despair and says, “No! My secret Santa is SO hard to shop for! She is so picky, and I don’t want just to give her a gift card.”

Being the awesome friend that you are, you start to give Jacqueline some suggestions that are under the $15 budget your group has set. Jacqueline shoots down each idea that you offer, stating that it’s too impersonal, over the budget or impossible to get in time.

Finally, you have a brilliant idea: a bookmark! But not just any bookmark- a handmade one.

You quickly pull out your phone and pull up a bookmark called Galaxy Away that you’ve been eyeing for a while by a shop called Thoughtfully Handmade.

Galaxy Away handmade bookmarks | Thoughtfully Gifted: Secret Santa Struggle | Thoughtfully Handmade

You show your phone to Jacqueline and explain your epiphany. Jacqueline loves the idea! The bookmark is beautiful and a piece of art. It’s definitely impersonal enough for a secret Santa exchange, but it still seems like a thoughtful gift.

You even remember that the owner is doing a pop-up booth at the Trinity Bellwoods Flea, so Jacqueline can just buy it there instead of ordering it online. Once you reach the bus stop you and Jacqueline part ways as you both take different buses.

Fast forward a week to the secret Santa exchange. You quickly grab your gift and open it. It’s the bookmarks that you had suggested to Jacqueline!

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