Gift-Giving: 11 Occasions to Give Gifts

Have you ever heard that it's better to give than to receive? This statement holds a lot of truth, as giving gifts is a beautiful way to bring joy to both the giver and the receiver. Giving gifts is all about showing love, support, excitement, and happiness.

There are many special occasions and holidays throughout the year where giving a gift is especially appreciated. Let’s explore through this gift buying guide and the eleven times when you should give gifts.

The History of Gift-Giving

Gift-giving has been around for centuries. Dating back to the cavemen, leaders of tribes would often give gifts to those who had accomplished something great for their tribe. 

In Greek mythology, the beautiful Roman goddess Venus also played a role in the history of gift-giving through her mission to bring love to the world. Venus’s symbols included roses and sweetly scented flowers, thus showing her devotion to beauty and spreading love to all. She’s a large part of the reason that gifting flowers is so popular today. 

Today, gift-giving is done all over the world, across all cultures. The beauty of giving gifts for special occasions and holidays is full of feelings of surprise, joy, support, and excitement.

Let’s dive in and discover some of the top special occasions to give gifts.

What Are Some Special Occasions to Give Gifts?

Life is filled with celebrations and special occasions. During these times of celebration, it is often customary or encouraged to give gifts.

Here are some special occasions where it is customary to give gifts:

Suffice it to say, there are many special occasions to give gifts to loved ones. Of course, ultimately, you can also give gifts just because. Whether you are giving a gift to celebrate a momentous occasion or giving a gift to put a smile on someone’s face, gift-giving is an amazing way to show love.

Read on to discover the meaning behind gift-giving on some of life’s special celebrations.

1. Birthdays

Birthdays are a special time to celebrate the day when someone is born. Birthday gifts are especially popular for babies, children, adolescents, and parents. Milestone birthdays such as 16th, 18th, 21st, 30th, and the following decades are also widely celebrated. 

Birthdays are usually celebrated with family and friends, with a cake and gifts for the celebrant. There are countless items that can be given for birthdays, including clothes, jewelry, purses, books, gift cards, games, and more. 

Remember to choose a vibrant and colorful gift to send lots of love and happiness to the birthday girl or boy.

2. Anniversaries

Wedding anniversaries are very special occasions for couples. Whether it’s celebrating your first year of marriage or your Golden Anniversary, anniversaries are an excellent time to celebrate love and marriage. 

Anniversary gifts are typically given between the husband and wife on the date of their wedding ceremony each year. 

For milestone anniversaries, family and friends may also give gifts and cards to the couple. Early anniversary milestones include the 1st, 5th, and 10th. The 25th wedding anniversary is significant and is known as the Silver Anniversary, which represents brilliance, radiance, and a long-lasting marriage. 

The 50th anniversary is known as the Golden Anniversary and symbolizes prosperity, strength, wisdom, and lifelong love. These milestone anniversaries serve as a wonderful time for friends and family to honor the happy couple by giving gifts.

Flowers are a very beautiful and symbolic gift for husbands to give their wives on their anniversary. Here are some of the most popular flowers for an anniversary gift:

  • Roses
  • Carnations
  • Dahlias
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Orchids
  • Hydrangeas
  • Daffodils
  • Sunflowers

A stunning custom arrangement of flowers will be sure to dazzle your wife for your anniversary this year. Our Heart Box arrangements are perfect for anniversaries. The blush and red suede heart boxes are a beautiful arrangement to show that special someone how much you love them. 

3. Weddings

As you might guess, weddings are also a fantastic time to celebrate the happy couple and shower them with gifts for their new life together. 

Wedding gifts typically consist of gifts for the new couple’s home, such as kitchenware, luxurious candles, appliances, room fragrances, decorative items, and flowers.

Gift registries are very popular when it comes to choosing presents for the new bride and groom. This helps to give the gift-giver an idea of what the happy couple is in need of.

4. Births

Baby showers and births are a special time to celebrate new life and are the perfect time to give gifts to the newborn or the new parents. 

Showers are typically held for the expectant mother, where female family and friends shower the new mother-to-be with gifts for her baby. These gifts typically include baby clothes, books, stuffed animals, diapers, and toys.

In addition to a baby shower, after the baby is born, some like to give gifts to the new parents, such as clothing, money, jewelry, flowers, or balloons. 

Popular Gift-Giving Holidays

Let’s explore some of the most popular gift-giving holidays and learn about the reasons behind gift-giving, as well as the types of gifts associated with each holiday. 

5. Christmas

Christmas is a magical time of year filled with peace, joy, love, and giving. In December, snow is in the air. People hang lights on the Christmas tree, wrap presents, spend time with loved ones, and give gifts. 

Christmas is a Christian holiday that recognizes the birth of Jesus Christ. Giving gifts at Christmas is symbolic of the three wise men bringing gifts to baby Jesus at his birth in the manger. 

The beauty of gift-giving at Christmas time is that many families have created gift-giving traditions that have been passed down for generations. Everything from gorgeous advent calendars, toys, games to luscious roses are given out as gifts each year.

6. Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is another wonderful holiday to present a gift to your special someone or your best friends and family. Gift-giving helps to build relationships and is symbolic of love and devotion. Valentine’s Day is not just meant for lovers; it’s meant for everyone. It’s a chance to lift others up and to make them feel loved and appreciated. 

Now, to find the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, it’s all about knowing your special person. Giving flowers is a beautiful way to celebrate with your significant other. Roses are generally given to express romantic love. Choose from one of our luxurious flower arrangements for a very Venus Valentine’s Day. For friends, choose a bouquet of colorful carnations, or mixed florals, for a stunning and vibrant gift. 

Then, make a reservation at one of your sweetheart’s favorite restaurants for a special night like no other.

7. Mother’s Day

For Mother's Day gifts this year, classic is the way to go. Everything from fresh flowers, a box of chocolates, jewelry, or handwritten cards will be sure to make your mother feel special. 

Here at Venus ET Fleur®, we delight in the creation of our Eternity® Roses, which are full of that beautiful fragrance that you love so much about roses. These beauties are made to enjoy for months to come and will be the perfect gift for Mother’s Day this year.

Be sure to plan early so that your beautiful gift will arrive on time.

8. Father’s Day

This June, make Father’s day extra special by spending quality time with your dad. Whether it’s a day of fishing, golfing, and a luxurious dining experience, your dad will love getting to spend quality time with the family. 

Father’s Day is also a great occasion to give gifts. Many fathers provide so much for their families, so Father’s Day is a wonderful chance to give back to them. 

If your dad loves to read, get him some new books for his collection. If your dad is always on the go, get him a new leather watch to help him keep track of the time. Other great gifts include cologne, a new wallet, clothes, or splurge and get him a new grill for the patio. Whatever your gift may be, your father will be sure to love it.

9. Halloween

Halloween is most known for giving candy and treats, but it’s also a great occasion to give family and friends some spooktacular gifts. 

Since Halloween and fall are known for their bold colors and patterns, consider getting some beautiful holiday home decor for your loved ones this year as a special Halloween-inspired gift. For a more traditional Halloween look, we recommend an arrangement from our Le Clair Collection with orange or silver roses.

Gift baskets full of yummy treats, luxurious candles, pumpkins, and skeletons are also a great Halloween gift idea that the whole family can enjoy.

10. Chinese New Year

If your family loves to celebrate Chinese New Year, then you know all about the beautiful, bold, and colorful gifts given on this holiday. Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate the arrival of spring, and it is a time spent with family. 

Many families and loved ones give money or gifts during this holiday. For example, it is customary to give children red envelopes, which are called hongbao. These typically contain some money for the children. Other gifts include new clothes, fruits, tea, and books. 

11. Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and is a day where veterans are honored for their service, especially those who have sacrificed their lives. Flowers, flags, and the colors red, white, and blue are seen in abundance during this holiday. 

Giving flowers and paying respects are traditions on this day. Many people choose to decorate veteran’s graves with flowers, candles, flags, and handwritten notes. 

When choosing the best flowers to give on this day, red poppies and colorful rose arrangements are very popular. Red poppies have long been associated with Memorial Day due to their symbolism of courage and sacrifice. Other flowers that are wonderful to give on Memorial Day include red and white roses, carnations, and blue irises. 

How to Give a Gift

If a special occasion is approaching and you want to give a gift to a loved one, here are some tips for giving a gift. 

First, be sure to think about the person that the gift is for. Will they like the color? Will they be excited to receive the gift? If so, you have chosen a gift that you know they will love. 

Part of the excitement of receiving a gift is opening it. Wrap your gift in gorgeous gold wrapping paper, or choose the recipient’s favorite color. Or, find a beautiful glittering bag for your gift and fill it with crisp white tissue paper to complete the look.

Be sure to find a stunning card and write a handwritten note inside to include with your gift. Being able to read your special sentiments over and over again will be a cherished delight. 

When giving a gift to your loved one, give it to them personally, so they know it came from you. Seeing the look on their face when they receive the gift and open it will be sure to make your heart smile. 

Final Remarks

Gift-giving is a special time for both the giver and the receiver. With so many holidays and special occasions going on, gift-giving is a wonderful way to spread and receive joy all year long. 



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