Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College
Part of the joy in giving gifts comes from the making of something special for a friend or family member. The giving of gifts to mark such events as anniversaries, Christmas and Easter is a long established custom. Looking back into history, we read that tribute was given to show homage to royalty and other people of importance. It was thought that the rarer and richer the gift, the greater was the love and respect shown. Rare spices, perfumes, gold and jewels obtained by the giver at great expense and often much hardship were considered suitable gifts for royalty. People who could not afford such exotic gifts would spend endless hours to produce a beautiful tapestry, fabric for a garment, a piece of pottery, a hand wrought object of stone, a woven basket or a carved wooden offering.
Walker, Anna D,, "Gifts for Family and Friends" (1951). SDSU Extension Circulars. 548.