What Exceptional Female Gift-Givers Have Taught Us About the Giving Process

The focus of Orange Bridge Supply company, from its personalized guitar picks to its wooden watches, is offering unique gift ideas that people will love. The value of a perfect gift is one that we know, not only from personal experience but also from media portrayals. The perfect gift can uplift the receiver, making them feel loved, seen, and understood. Popular media has tons of examples of women giving awesome gifts. Here’s what these exceptional gift-givers have taught us:  

Emily Gilmore from Gilmore Girls

Emily Gilmore sipping a glass of wine

Gilmore Girls could just as easily have been called The Journey of Emily Gilmore. The Gilmore matriarch started out in the show so stuck caring about what people thought that she had alienated her spirited daughter. By the end of the show, she swore at the esteemed members of the DAR, showing her growth into a woman who cared more about being happy than playing the game. But throughout the series, there were numerous hints as to where she was heading as a character. One of the first examples was from the season one episode “Rory’s Birthday Parties.” First, she serves pudding at a family dinner, and then she buys Rory an $11 bracelet that Rory loves, even though, to Emily, $11 is hardly a birthday present.

“That would mean that she actually made a mental note that we liked pudding, which would mean that she actually listened to something other than the judgmental conga line going on in her head, and got over the fact that, to her, pudding is hospital food, and only acceptable when you’ve just had a vital organ ripped out of your body.” ~ Lorelai Gilmore, 1.06

The lesson? If you and the person you’re gifting to have different personalities, the advice that “the perfect gift is one you’d want to receive yourself” doesn’t actually apply.  

The Sisters from Little Women

the March Sisters from Little Women

Little Women starts off during the American Civil War, and the four sisters in the family begin by complaining that they won’t be getting any presents for Christmas that year because the family has fallen into poverty. However, instead of continuing to gripe about what they’re not getting, they decide to pool together what little money they do have to give a gift basket to their mother.

The lesson? Giving from the heart provides its own reward. Even when you don’t have a lot to give, gifting what you can will make the other person feel good.

Della from the Gift of the Magi

an illustration from Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi is a story about a husband and wife who are too poor to buy each other Christmas gifts. The wife, Della, decides to sell her hair to get her husband a watch fob chain for his pocket watch. Meanwhile, her husband sells his pocket watch to buy her a comb for her hair. While the plot seems sad, the short story ends on a hopeful note as they both realize the true meaning of Christmas.

The lesson? It really is the thought that counts.

Meredith Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy

Meredith Quill on her deathbed offering a gift to her son

With her dying breath, Meredith Quill gives her son a gift to open when she’s gone. She has no way of knowing it will take him twenty-six years to get up the courage to open that gift and discover Awesome Mix Volume 2. How disappointed would he have been if, instead of a new cassette, Starlord had discovered a matchbox car or something else he would have outgrown by then?

The lesson? Some of the best gifts stand the test of time.

Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty

Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty

In Sleeping Beauty, the three good fairies are invited to Sleeping Beauty’s birthday. The first two offer her gifts, but before the third—Merryweather—can offer her gift, Maleficent steps in and curses Sleeping Beauty to die. Merryweather’s gift is to modify the curse so that, instead of dying, she falls into a deep sleep, only able to be awakened by true love’s kiss.

The lesson? Great gifts fulfill a need.

Mrs. Weasley from Harry Potter

Molly Weasley

In the Harry Potter series, the Weasleys are held up as an example of a great family: Warm and loving, they care far more about each other and happiness than about fame or fortune. Every year, Molly Weasley knits sweaters for her children with the letter of their name in the middle, and she gives them the sweaters for Christmas. Considering she has seven children, and also knits a sweater for her husband, you can surmise that this takes her a good portion of her year to do—and yet she still found it in her heart to start knitting them for Harry as well.

The lesson? The best gifts come from the heart, and your own skills and abilities sometimes create more meaningful gifts than anything you could buy in a store.

Madge from the Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen walking with Mockingjay symbol graffitid behind her

You may not remember Madge from the Hunger Games. In fact, she didn't even make it into the movie. To recap, in the books, she was the mayor’s daughter, and a friend of Katniss Everdeen. But while you may not remember her, you’d have a hard time forgetting the gift she gave before Katniss went off to her first Hunger Game: The Mockingjay pin. The pin would wind up becoming the symbol of the rebellion and offer hope to people across all the districts.

The lesson? You never know how important your gift will grow to be for the people in your life.

The most memorable gifts you give aren’t likely to be more toys for your kid’s overcrowded playroom or more clothes for their overstuffed dresser. If you want to be an excellent gift giver, the focus should be on giving quality presents that will mean something to the person receiving them, not just on giving lots of presents. Take the lessons we’ve learned from popular media icons into consideration going forward, and you will find yourself becoming an excellent gift giver as well.