The festivities are approaching, and so begins the great wonder what to give. Clearly, Santa visits all the children of the world and brings them their dream gifts. Older people who have not been so good during the year have to enjoy each other alone. Very often, we do not spend enough time choosing the right gift for a close person or just shuffle it. Gifts, besides giving pleasure to the recipient, bring happiness and satisfaction to the grantor.
But what do people really want for Christmas?
More people with student loan debt would prefer a payment on that debt than a material gift during the holidays, according to a recent study.
For many, the holidays in the U.S. are a time for friends and families to exchange gifts, but a new survey suggests those with student loan debt would prefer some financial help. A poll conducted in November by Student Loan Report found nearly 70 percent of student loan borrowers would prefer a payment toward their loans over a gift of equal value. The poll asked 1,000 people paying off student loans the question, “If you had the choice this year, would you rather receive a gift this holiday season (ex. Christmas gift, Hanukkah gift, Kwanzaa gift) or an equally valued payment towards your student loans?” From those respondents, 69.3 percent said they would rather receive a student loan payment while 30.7 percent said they would rather receive the gift.
If you receive money as a gift this holiday season, are you planning to use the money to make a payment towards your student loan debt?
Another question posed suggested millennials asked, “If you receive money as a gift this holiday season, are you planning to use the money to make a payment towards your student loan debt?” Nearly three out of five of the poll participants (58.5 percent) said they would use the money to make a payment. Business Insider reported the trend is in line with other data on stagnating wages and a decline in Christmas spending, despite a strong U.S. economy.
Student Loan Report says around 45 million – roughly 70 percent of college students – have student loans, and that the national student loan debt is $1.41 trillion ($1,410,000,000,000). The average college student will owe nearly $28,000 in educational debt when they graduate. It is important to note that the study does not indicate people are asking for loan repayments, but that they would prefer the repayment over a gift. Student Loan Report said the poll was conducted Nov. 10-11, and included 1,000 student loan borrowers who were working to repay student loan debt.
And, in the end, is not it more important to be together at the holidays. Being in a family environment, a friendly atmosphere, even without big gifts. Give a smile and attention to your loved ones – that’s no more valuable. Call your grandmother and your grandfather, your old friends, greet them with a card. Give attention and warmth. And be with great hearts, not just at Christmas!