Gift Giving Quotes

Gift giving is an art, but one mastered if you change your perspective on it. This page of gift giving quotes exists to paint a beautiful picture of all the different facets of what true gift giving means.

First and foremost, gift giving sends a signal of affection to another person. Your “gift” is that you cared enough to spend time thinking about the person and connecting that thought to a physical gift.

Secondly, the idea of this website, Gift Giving Sucks, is to take away the unpleasant part of giving, and turn it into a enjoyable experience, for everyone involved. Gift giving is an opportunity to leave this world a better place, if you look at it differently.

Enjoy the ride!


One woman exchanging a gift with another woman.
Receiving a gift with joy and happiness is just as important as giving the gift.

Gift giving quotes about thoughtful and meaningful gifts

“People who think good thoughts give good gifts.”
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

“There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go.”
― Frederick William Faber

“If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.”
― Charles M. Schulz

“It’s so easy and convenient to buy our children gifts, but I encourage and challenge you to give them gifts that TRULY matter! The gift of unconditional love. The gift of encouragement. The gift of support. The gift of friendship. The gift of communication, understanding, and patience. The gift of guidance and support. The gift of quality time. And the gift of loving them for who THEY are. Material things are nice, but NOTHING compares to genuine love! Parenting should be taking seriously.”
― Stephanie Lahart

“When a child gives you a gift, even if it is a rock they just picked up, exude gratitude. it may be the only thing they have to give, and they have chosen to give it to you”
― dean jackson

Son gives wrapped gift to his father. Background ocean and mountains.
Give often and deeply of yourself is easy for people you love.

The art of giving quotes

“Gift giving is a true art.

1. You need to understand the person to whom you intend to give the gift.

2. You need to know what they truly want.

3. You must be able to give it to them.

Anything less is a symptom of varying degrees, on your part, of ignorance, distance, or insult.

But if you cannot afford the right gift, telling the person what you would do if you could, justifies everything—as you present that not-so-perfect substitute.”
― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Gift giving quotes about givers

“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.”
― Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur

“Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“The gift was not large as money goes, and my need was not great, but the spirit of the gift is beyond price and leaves me blessed and in debt.”
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

“Being gifted doesn’t mean you’ve been given something. It means, you have something to give.”
― pleasefindthis, I Wrote This For You

Focal point of hands extending a gift wrapped in red paper with white bow.
Gift of giving quotes.

Quotes about disliking gift giving

“It’s better to have loved and lost than to be nagged about buying a damn anniversary gift every year.”
― Joey Green, Philosophy on the Go

Quotes about specific types of gifts

“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!”
― Neil Gaiman

Gift giving quotes about joyful and magical giving

“Life is a celebration. Consider everything that makes you happy as a gift from God and say, ‘Thank you.”
― Francis Lucille, The Perfume of Silence

Surprise birthday party for an elderly relative.
The joy of gifting from a true and happy heart is real.

“When you give a gift at Christmas and see the smile of the people you love reflected in their faces, that’s magical. It is not about spending a lot of money or buy a gift that is functional, it’s just a way to say I love you. Christmas is a symbol of union and joy, Christmas is forgetting self and finding time for others.”
― Betty Poluk

“My goodness, no one gives a gift to Santa Claus!”
― Michael Brown

“There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go.”
― Frederick William Faber

“If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.”
― Charles M. Schulz

Unmeasurable gift giving quotes

“If I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence. Either that or a scented candle”
― David Nicholls, One Day

“The greatest gift you can give anyone is your undivided attention…”
― Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club

“Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow.”
― Anthony Robbins

Big sister enjoying a hug from a little sister who just gave her a homemade card with a heart on it.
Homemade gifts from a child touch the heart.

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
― Jim Valvano

“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.”
― David Viscott

“Time, as far as my father was concerned, was a gift you gave to other people.”
― Michelle Obama, Becoming

“The greatest gift you can ever give another person is your own happiness”
― Esther Hicks

“Our talents are the gift that God gives to us… What we make of our talents is our gift back to God”
― Leo Buscaglia

“I’m going to repeat this: I buy experiences and not things. I don’t like to buy my kids’ gifts. But I’ll take them places and won’t hold back. They will lose and forget the “things” in the long run. But they will never forget the experiences.”
― James Altucher, The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

“When a man can listen to a woman’s feelings without getting angry and frustrated, he gives her a wonderful gift.
He makes it safe for her to express herself.
The more she is able to express herself, the more she feels heard and understood, and the more she is able to give a man the loving trust, acceptance, appreciation, admiration, approval, and encouragement that he needs.”
― John Gray, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

“Forgiveness is the one gift you don’t give to others. Rather, it is the gift you give yourself, so you can finally be free.”
― Shannon Alder

“You all have a gift. It’s free. It’s the gift of song.”
― Christine E. Schulze, The Silver Stag

Gift giving quotes about regrets

“One Christmas at the very beginning of your twenties when your mother gives you a warm coat that she saved for months to buy, don’t look at her skeptically after she tells you she thought the coat was perfect for you. Don’t hold it up and say it’s longer than you like your coats to be and too puffy and possibly even too warm. Your mother will be dead by spring. That coat will be the last gift she gave you. You will regret the small thing you didn’t say for the rest of your life.

Say thank you.”
― Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Renee Cavvy
Renee Cavvy

Renee brings over 30 years of gift giving experience to holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, workplace and faith events. Every life moment is cause for celebration or those times in life when we need the "the gift of support". Her mission: Let's all be better in appreciating one another, put an end to meaningless gifts that clutter our lives, and give from a place of love and kindness. This midwest mom (and grandma) offers novel and creative ideas to do gift giving better!