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-A '''gift''' or a '''present''' is an object given without the expectation of payment. Although gift-giving might involve an expectation of reciprocity, a gift is meant to be free. In many human societies, the act of mutually exchanging [[money]], [[property|goods]], etc. may contribute to social cohesion. Economists have elaborated the [[economics]] of gift-giving into the notion of a [[gift economy]]. By extension the term ''gift'' can refer to anything that makes the other [[happiness|happier]] or less sad, especially as a favour, including [[forgiveness]] and [[kindness]][3].+A '''gift''' or a '''present''' is an item given to someone without the expectation of payment or anything in return. An item is not a gift if that item is already owned by the one to whom it is given. Although gift-giving might involve an expectation of reciprocity, a gift is meant to be free. In many countries, the act of mutually exchanging [[money]], [[property|goods]], etc. may sustain social relations and contribute to social cohesion. Economists have elaborated the [[economics]] of gift-giving into the notion of a [[gift economy]]. By extension the term ''gift'' can refer to any item or act of service that makes the other [[happiness|happier]] or less sad, especially as a favor, including [[forgiveness]] and [[kindness]]. Gifts are also first and foremost presented on occasions such as birthdays and holidays.
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* [[Atonement (moral influence view)|Atonement]] * [[Atonement (moral influence view)|Atonement]]
* [[Charity (practice)]] * [[Charity (practice)]]
 +* [[Christmas gift]]
* [[Debt relief]] * [[Debt relief]]
 +* [[Diplomatic gift]]
* [[Gift economy]] * [[Gift economy]]
* [[Gift (law)]] * [[Gift (law)]]
* [[Gift tax]] * [[Gift tax]]
* [[Gift wrapping]] * [[Gift wrapping]]
-* [[Giving Circles]]+* [[Giving circles]]
-* [[Green Gifting]]+* [[Green gifting]]
 +* [[Negative punishment]]
 +* [[Omiyage]]
 +* [[Pasalubong]]
* [[Random act of kindness]] * [[Random act of kindness]]
* [[Red packet]] * [[Red packet]]
* [[Regiving]] * [[Regiving]]
* [[Xenia (Greek)]] * [[Xenia (Greek)]]
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A gift or a present is an item given to someone without the expectation of payment or anything in return. An item is not a gift if that item is already owned by the one to whom it is given. Although gift-giving might involve an expectation of reciprocity, a gift is meant to be free. In many countries, the act of mutually exchanging money, goods, etc. may sustain social relations and contribute to social cohesion. Economists have elaborated the economics of gift-giving into the notion of a gift economy. By extension the term gift can refer to any item or act of service that makes the other happier or less sad, especially as a favor, including forgiveness and kindness. Gifts are also first and foremost presented on occasions such as birthdays and holidays.

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