History of Gift-giving

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History of Gift-giving

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History of Gift-giving

Giving gifts has been a part of human culture since the dawn of time.

The tradition of giving gifts dates back thousands of years to ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. The act of giving gifts often had religious or ceremonial significance and was used to show honor, respect, and gratitude.

The Ancient Egyptians started the tradition of presenting gifts on birthdays, while Ancient Greece began the custom of blowing out candles on birthdays with the belief that this would send a message to God for protection. It is also documented that the emperors of Ancient Rome were accustomed with gift-giving, particularly during the Saturnalia festival, which was held to honor the god Saturn. 

AmorKado - History of gift giving

During the Middle Ages, gift-giving was often associated with feudal obligations, where lords would give gifts to their subjects in exchange for loyalty and service. In the Renaissance, gift-giving became more of a social custom and was used to strengthen and maintain social relationships.

Gift-giving evolved, and Saint Nicholas' reputation as a gift-giver, also known as Santa Claus in American culture and Father Christmas in British culture, is still very popular today. Christmas gift-giving is associated with the Biblical story of the Magi bringing presents to the baby Jesus, whereas Boxing Day began as a holiday dedicated to giving gifts to the poor.

In the 19th century, the commercialisation of Christmas and the rise of department stores led to the popularization of gift-giving as we know it today. The concept of giving gifts for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, and holidays became more widespread and has remained a popular tradition ever since.

Present-giving is an important aspect of our culture today, and it has become customary to give a gift for any event or celebration.


It isn't the size of the gift that matters, but the heart that gives it.

Eileen Elias Freeman

The gift of giving is far more superior than receiving.

Shawn Bunch