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The Great Gift Exchange

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Thoughtful series about giving is cheerful and relaxing.

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A cheerful, sweet Christmas treat, this series is surprisingly delightful, as well as educational for those who enjoy wrapping gifts. Host Alton DuLaney is chipper and quirky in his ice-cream colored cowboy hats and bow ties, guiding his series of guests through the creation of unique and meaningful wrappings for thoughtful presents. Of course, the main present to each YouTuber is a charitable donation, something that's a bit of a gimme and also sounds boring, but DuLaney manages to inject significance into their wrappings. The donation for Molly Burke, who creates a lot of content around her blindness, comes wrapped in a doghouse-shaped box with interesting textures for her to feel; Nigerian beauty vlogger Shalom Blac creates an African wax print textile for her donation; DuLaney and company put other donations inside a bath bomb or boxes wrapped in money.

It's all a lot of relaxing fun to watch, in the manner of a Great British Baking Show: Ordinary people making beautiful things, and treating each other with kindness. Viewers may be inspired to put more thought into their own gifts and their presentation, or may just want to watch as DuLaney demonstrates the art of furoshiki (Japanese cloth wrapping) or shows how to use recycled materials to create something beautiful and new. There are worse metaphors for holiday magic, as it turns out.

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