A gift is a selfless act, something given without expectations of a return.

Ryan Glab (12.18.14)

As we near Christmas and many of us are still caught in the whirlwind of last-minute shopping, I couldn’t help but remember the true meaning of gift giving. So often we get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas, where we habitually buy our loved ones presents without really paying mind to why we’re doing it, that the meaning behind the gifts we’re buying becomes fuzzy or obstructed.

True gifts are the ones that are given without any thought of return. Receiving gifts in exchange for the ones we give to others should neither be expected nor desired, nor should we be upset if the recipient of our gifts neglects to offer thanks. It’s common courtesy to thank others, of course, and I would feel bad if I personally didn’t give thanks for what I had received. But we shouldn’t be purchasing gifts as if we are some kind of hero and savior, rather, do it simply as an act of generosity showing our intended recipients that they are loved and appreciated.