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Gift-Giving Occasions

Giving another person an item or service in a way that makes them feel happier is known as gifting. In our society, several gift-giving occasions fall into two categories: Customary and Religious.
Some occasions can be both customary and religious. We will not mention those in a category twice to keep it simple.

The customary gift-giving occasions are baby shower, birth, birthday, graduation, new job, promotion, engagement, wedding, wedding anniversary, housewarming, retirement, funeral, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.

The religious gift-giving occasions are Christmas, Easter, Christening/Baptism, and Valentine’s Day.

Customary Gift-Giving Occasions

Baby Shower

A baby shower is an event for friends and family to celebrate or congratulate the expectant mother on the impending delivery. The baby shower itself includes gift-giving and games around the unborn baby.
In traditional baby showers, only women get an invitation. Nevertheless, this has changed in recent years, and some baby showers now include both men and women. In addition, a close friend coordinates and hosts the baby shower rather than a member of the family since people consider begging for gifts as rude. In saying that, some cultures and regions also customarily invite women in their immediate families to host their baby showers.
As part of her pregnancy, guests give the expectant mother small gifts. The most common baby gifts are diapers, blankets, baby bottles, clothing, and toys. The mum to open the presents at the party with some gameplay to display them.


Push presents (or push gifts) are gifts that new moms receive from their partners, friends and, family members after the birth of a baby.
A push present is not subject to any specific rules. Therefore, most of the time, a woman tells her man about push presents, rather than the other way around. Although, friends may push either the woman or the man to buy one. An eternity ring containing diamonds was the most popular push present. Additionally, other most popular gifts to celebrate a new arrival were tablets and charm bracelets, designer watches, and handbags.


The celebration of your birth takes place on this special day. People celebrate this special occasion with gifts, a cake, cards, and a party.


After years of hard work, an academic diploma or degree is granted or awarded during graduation. It is a ceremony in which the student is formally a graduate.
The benefits of giving new graduates gifts like a laptop bag or a personalised gift are great, but many graduates would prefer to receive cash as a gift to give them a headstart on this new chapter.
How much to give does not have a set rule. Gift as much as you feel comfortable with, keeping in mind your budget.

New job

As a mark of appreciation, loved ones and colleagues alike give a gift when someone moves to a new job.


It refers to the progression of a person’s position or rank within an organisation. Loved ones will give gifts and a congratulation card. Employees proven to be capable of doing the job will receive a promotion. It is common for loved ones to give gifts to someone who has been promoted.


After a marriage proposal follows a period of engagement or betrothal (which may or may not include a wedding). This period is known as the fiancé(e) stage, the betrothal phase, and the engaged to be married time. It is traditional for the parents of the bride to host the engagement party. Traditionally, the father-of-the-bride-to-be has to announce his daughter’s betrothing during the engagement party. In other words, the engagement should remain a secret until after the arrival of the guests. Hence, it was not a traditional gift-giving occasion. Nowadays, engagement parties are to celebrate already announced engagements. Therefore, guests will bring gifts. Often it is his and hers matching gifts.


Two people are formally married at a wedding ceremony.
Cultural, religious, and social differences play an important role in wedding traditions and customs. The majority of wedding ceremonies include the couple exchanging their marriage vows, presenting a gift (flowers, money, rings, symbolic items, dress, or flowers), and a public declaration that the fiancées are married. After the marriage ceremony follows the reception. A list of gifts is available to guests to buy from a specific shop for the bride and groom. People call this list a wedding gift list or a wedding registry.

Wedding anniversary

Wedding anniversaries are commemorations of when a couple was married. An anniversary of fifty years of marriage, for example, is called a golden anniversary, a golden wedding, or a golden wedding anniversary. Depending on the name of the anniversary, spouses often exchange gifts that correspond to the anniversary year. Guest can use the year of the anniversary as guidance to select presents for the couple.
While the gifts vary according to countries, some years are universal: 5th Wood, 10th Tin, 15th Crystal, 20th China, 25th Silver, 30th Pearl, 35th Jade, 40th Ruby, 45th Sapphire, 50th Gold, 60th Diamond, and 70th Platinum.
Over the years, the symbols have changed. The diamond, for example, was once an accepted symbol for the 75th anniversary in the United Kingdom, but it now represents the 60th anniversary following Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.


In the days before central heating, the process of heating a new house led to the term housewarming. As part of the celebration, guests brought firewood as a gift to make fires in the fireplaces.
Nowadays, in traditional housewarming parties, the host welcomes guests as soon as moving in. It is a time when guests can contribute gifts to furnish the new home. Definitely, with a gift like this Small Metallic Gold Wall Planter.


Ceasing to work or ceasing to work after reaching a certain age or reaching retirement age dates back to the 1800s. In the middle of the 19th century, governments started to adopt formal retirement policies. Loved one and employers will buy gifts for the retiree.


Funus is the Latin word for a funeral, but also the corpse or the funerary rites. Those attending a funeral will bring flowers and cards of sympathy. Some people choose to make charitable contributions instead of flowers.

Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day, we honour the mothers of our families and celebrate the bonds of motherhood. The United Kingdom celebrates Mother’s Day on March 14th. Despite initially being unrelated to international Mother’s Day, Mothering Sunday has its roots in the religious ceremony of Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom. In medieval times, it was customary to visit the mother church on Laetare Sunday in honour of the mother. In celebration of Mother’s Day, mothers receive gifts.

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a special day to celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the impact fathers have on children. It has been honoured since the Middle Ages in catholic countries of Europe as Saint Joseph’s Day. The UK celebrates Father’s Day on June 20th. Fathers receive gifts on this special day.

Religious Gift-Giving Occasions


People celebrate Christmas Day throughout the world as a significant event and public holiday, including in many countries with a majority of non-Christians. It commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ and the celebration is annually on December 25th.
The gift-giving side of Christmas is one of the most lucrative aspects of the modern holiday season. Today, retailers and businesses see an increase in sales during this festive season.


The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is commemorated by many Christians during Easter each year. In the New Testament, the resurrection occurred on the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary. The celebration of Easter marks the peek of Jesus Passion, which was preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), 40 days of fasting, prayer, and penance. Mesopotamian Christians stained eggs red to remember the blood of Christ shed at his crucifixion, a custom that traces its origins to the early Christian community. As many people give up sweets for Lent, people may enjoy them at Easter after abstaining from them for forty days. In the Western world, decorated chocolate or plastic eggs filled with candy-like jellybeans have become popular gift-giving ideas.


The Baptism ceremony involves water. The procedure requires sprinkling water on the head or submerging body parts. The Christian faith also refers to Baptism as Christening. Typical gifts include a Bible with the person’s name, images depicting religious themes, a cross, or a silver spoon with engraving.

Valentine’s day

Lastly, Valentine’s Day is a popular gift-giving occasion. In fact, the largest celebration of love, known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, takes place on February 14th. Saint Valentine was an early Christian martyr whose feast day most celebrate on February 14th. It has become a prominent cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love worldwide throughout history. Typical gifts are a box of chocolate, flowers, and dinner in a restaurant.

To conclude, do not tie gift-giving solely to the holiday seasons.
Although, it is good to know the most relevant gift-giving occasions.
Give freely and with joy when you feel like it!

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