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Gifts

  • It is tragic that some gifts have to be made so costly, so damaging to the giver that there remains no small part of the giver to go with the gift ...

  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder; presents make it grow even fonder.

  • The nicest gifts are those left, nameless and quiet, unburdened with love, or vanity, or the desire for attention.

  • Why is it no one ever sent me yet / One perfect limousine, do you suppose? / Ah no, it's always just my luck to get / One perfect rose.

  • Oh, wouldn't it be wonderful if some manufacturer would make a toy as tough, as staunch, as hard to crack open as the carton it comes in!

  • It has been explained to me that toys are packaged in shards, to be assembled by the middle-aged and butter-fingered, because this makes it easier for the shippers. ... If they had to spend hours and hours putting handlebars onto bicycles ... they would repent their ways and deliver something that looked like a rocking horse and not like the result of a small street accident.

  • ... I once truly believed that if I had to stand in line for twenty minutes to have a package gift-wrapped it actually gave the recipient more pleasure.

  • A gift — be it a present, a kind word or a job done with care and love — explains itself! ... and if receivin' it embarrasses you it's because your 'thanks box' is warped.

  • I love giving flowers. It is so deliciously unlasting and romantic.

    • May Sarton,
    • 1928, in Susan Sherman, ed., May Sarton: Among the Usual Days ()
  • One should, I think, always give children money, for they will spend it for themselves far more profitably than we can ever spend it for them.

  • Giving is not at all interesting; but receiving is, there is no doubt about it, delightful.

  • 'Tis blessed to bestow, and yet, / Could we bestow the gifts we get, / And keep the ones we give away, / How happy were our Christmas Day!

  • Then there is the obligatory offering, which reaches its apotheosis at a fashionable wedding. ... No sensitive person can walk round the tables set out at a big wedding without feeling that queer chill which is generated in the atmosphere by a large number of lifeless gifts which never had a soul.

  • Sometimes, niña, our greatest gifts grow from what we are not given.

  • Gifts are dangerous, because they embody the hidden expectations of the giver and reveal the expectations of the recipient.

  • Ever since Eve gave Adam the apple, there has been a misunderstanding between the sexes about gifts.

  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder, / And presents make it fonder still.

  • Everyone ... had gifts to give. And it was the interchange of these, in generosity, in warmth, and in serenity that made life beautiful.

  • For the children, there is no substitute for Christmas toys, and little Willie will grow up with a hard corner in his heart for the person who greets him on Christmas morning with a smart new sailor suit or a strong pair of shoes.

  • The only suitable gift for the man who has everything is your deepest sympathy.

    • Imogene Fey,
    • in The Reader's Digest Dictionary of Quotations ()
  • ... the giver measures his gift with one yardstick, and the receiver measures it with another.

  • The manner of receiving a gift certainly tells as nothing else can the real nature of the recipient.

  • Last autumn's chestnuts, rather passées, / He now presents as marrons glacées.

  • I think it takes a larger nature to receive nobly than to give nobly.

  • Giving presents is a talent; to know what a person wants, to know when and how to get it, to give it lovingly and well.

  • The coöperative tribute or gift is the bane of every school and office. The person who proposes it ought to be shot at sunrise as an example.

  • Consider not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.