Gifts under a Christmas tree

Red gift box.

A gift or a present is the transfer of something without the expectation of payment. Although gift-giving might involve an expectation of reciprocity, a gift is meant to be free. In many human societies, the act of mutually exchanging kindness.

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Traditional envelope containing money as a gift, from Japan

When material objects are given as gifts, in many cultures they are traditionally packaged in some manner. For example, in Western culture, gifts are often wrapped in gift note which may note the occasion, the recipient’s name, and the giver’s name. In Chinese culture, red wrapping connotes luck.

[edit] Occasions

The occasion may be:

[edit] Legal aspects of gifts

At common law, for a gift to have legal effect, it was required that there be (1) intent by the donor to give a gift, and (2) delivery to the recipient of the item to be given as a gift.

In some countries, certain types of gifts above a certain monetary amount are subject to taxation. For the Gift tax in the United States.

In some contexts gift giving can be construed as bribery. This tends to occur in situations where the gift is given with an implicit or explicit agreement between the giver of the gift and its receiver that some type of service will be rendered (often outside of normal legitimate methods) because of the gift. Some groups, such as government workers, may have strict rules concerning gift giving and receiving so as to avoid the appearance of impropriety.[1]

[edit] Religious views

Sakka. (Hyde, 1983, 58-60)

In the Christ to the Church.

Ritual deity.

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ http://www.usda-ethics.net/rules/holiday-guidance.htm

[edit] Further reading

  • ISBN 0-393-32043-X
  • ISBN 0-394-71519-5), especially part I, “A Theory of Gifts”, part of which was originally published as “The Gift Must Always Move” in Co-Evolution Quarterly No. 35, Fall 1982.
  • Jean-Luc Marion translated by Jeffrey L. Kosky, “Being Given: Toward a Phenomenology of Giveness”, Stanford University Press, 2002 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, (cloth : alk. paper) ISBN 0-8047-3410-0.



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