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How many times have we heard, “It’s the thought that counts!” While that axiom is true, plenty of people are faced with less money each year in providing holiday gifts for their friends and family.

After hearing how stressed students are when it comes to the holidays and gift giving, a group of Financial Aid employees created the “Gifts From Heart and Hand” program, whose goal is to give students, faculty, and staff holiday gift ideas that cost no more than $10. Organizers collected dozens of gift ideas, from knit hats to homemade Christmas ornaments to candy.

The goal, according to Crystal Finefrock of Financial Aid, was to have 200 or more different gift ideas to empower the PSU community to create their own gifts for family and friends without breaking the bank.

“If we can change at least one person’s thoughts about how they spend for the holidays, and reconsider that amount, then I think we’ve done a great job,” said Finefrock. “I think it’s been a great community builder, everyone has been very excited and there’s been a lot of great energy, so we’re very pleased.”

This blog provides  a picture of each gift, information on how the gift was made (list of all materials, where the items were purchased, etc) and the estimated price.

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