In chapter 9, Jem and Scout receive air rifles from their Uncle Jack for Christmas while Francis Hancock tells Scout that he received "a pair of knee-pants, a red leather booksack, five shirts and an untied bow tie" (Lee, 83). Jem and Scout's gift symbolically represents their rough, active personalities. They enjoy shooting bluejays and tins cans in their backyard. Atticus later teaches them an important lesson about not killing mockingbirds while they are playing with their air rifles, which metaphorically relates to the importance of protecting innocent beings.
Their Christmas presents couldn't be more different than Francis's gifts, which represents their contrasting personalities and interests. When Francis elaborates on his Christmas gifts, Scout lies to him by saying, "That's nice" (83). Francis's gifts symbolically represent his preppy, "superior" personality. Francis is depicted as an arrogant boy, who believes he is better than Scout, Jem, and Dill. He makes several derogatory remarks about Atticus following Christmas dinner, and Scout ends up punching him in the mouth.