Throughout the year, people from all around the world face numerous occasions, holidays, and life events when they exchange gifts.
When it comes to the tradition of giving gifts, the people in the United States have plenty of occasions to give and receive gifts.
There are several major US gift-giving holidays you need to know about. During these, people offer different forms of gifts to their loved ones.
For instance, some are attracted to veteran matters, and they take advantage of the veteran day to offer gifts.
Like anybody else, during birthdays Americans are known to buy different forms of gifts and offer them to their loved ones. They also give gifts to their loved ones to make their romantic relationships more enjoyable.
Do you want to improve your relationship with someone? It’s simple, offer them a gift.
There is a wide range of gifts someone can offer and it is upon you to study every occasion to make sure you always choose the right gift.
There are even some stores that are specialized in gifts, and they will offer you guidance if you need it. Also, don’t forget to check out our gift list ideas to find the perfect gift for any occasion.
Here are some of the holidays when the people that live in the United States offer gifts to each other:
The celebrations are held on different days of the year. Even today, there is someone who is celebrating a birthday.
You will make your loved ones happy if you can spare the time and take the gift to them.
Both adults and children celebrate birthdays. You will make a big difference in someone’s life if you can buy a unique gift and present it to him.
Choose your gift carefully because the birthday gift you can offer to a boy is different from those girls will enjoy.
Weddings are important events in everyone’s life.
A wedding anniversary is the celebration of the date a wedding took place and it’s celebrated by the married couples and their close ones.
The wedding anniversaries date back to the Holy Roman Empire when husbands crowned their wives with a silver crown on their 25th anniversary and a gold one on the 50th. (Source)
Over time, commercialism led to the addition of more extra wedding anniversary names.
People offer gifts during the wedding anniversaries as a sign of appreciation to those in the marriage.
Even though at the beginning of this tradition people used to offer specific types of gifts based on the duration of the anniversary, you are free to choose from a wide range of gifts to offer to your loved ones.
The mother’s day has been celebrated in the united states since 1910.
It was first celebrated in West Virginia when the president Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed the holiday in 1914.
Mothers play a significant role in society and Americans take advantage of the holiday to buy gifts as a show of appreciation to their mothers.
Gift stores have a wide range of gifts that you can buy and present to your mother as a show of appreciation. Mother’s day is celebrated each year on May 12.
It is a holiday to show appreciation to fathers. The holiday is celebrated each year on the third Sunday in June.
The holiday has been celebrated since June 19, 1910, in Spokane. President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation to make it an official holiday in 1966.
During this holiday, Americans have the opportunity to offer a gift as a symbol of appreciation to all the fathers.
St. Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day (also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine) is celebrated every year on February 14.
This US holiday has been adopted over time by many other countries.
Valentine’s Day is a day that is set aside for Americans to celebrate romance and love for their half.
Those in love relationships take advantage of the day to buy gifts for each other. Throughout these gifts, the individuals that form couples show their love and appreciation to each other.
Very popular on Valentine’s day are jewelry, chocolate, personalized gifts, flowers, gift baskets, etc.
St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day, while not an official holiday in the United States, is another popular celebration-day for many.
St Patrick is one of Ireland’s patron saints and many Americans with Irish heritage (and not only) celebrate him each year.
This holiday marks the death date of Saint Patrick. It’s therefore, a cultural and catholic celebration. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on a fixed date, March 17.
During this day, some people buy different types of gifts for their loved ones or their friends with Irish ancestry.
Several activities are undertaken as a way of showing appreciation to this tradition, like parades and music festivals.
Purim (Feast of Lots)
Purim is a day of celebration where the Jews celebrate their deliverance from the massacre planned by the Persian minister.
Haman had planned to kill all Jewish, but the intercession made by Esther delivered them.
The king spared Mordecai and hanged Haman on the same gallows which had been built to hang Mordecai.
The day is marked by the reading of the book of Esther and gifting. It is celebrated on March 20.
Purim is also popular for the traditional gifts called “Mishloach manot.”
“Mishloach manot” gifts are also known as “Purim basket” and are basically portions of sweets, drinks, and other foodstuffs which are sent to family, friends, and others on this day.
The purpose of these presents is to increase the love and friendship among Jews and their neighbors and to make sure that everyone has enough food and drink to celebrate this holiday.
Victory in Europe Day (VE Day)
Victory in Europe Day (on short V-E Day or VE Day) is a special date set aside to celebrate the Allies’ victory in Europe during World War II and Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender.
VE Day is a time when you can buy gifts for your loved ones or your friends who are involved in the military.
There are several gifts appropriate to mark this special day. We’ll soon post a list with a wide range of gifts for this important day.
VE Day is a big celebration that aims at celebrating a big victory and for remembering the brave men in uniforms that have fought in World War II.
Halloween (also known as Hallowe’en, Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve) is a holiday celebrated by many countries each year on October 31.
Even though Halloween is not a federal holiday, people celebrate it because is fun.
This day is characterized by bonfires, ghost story-telling, people wearing costumes, and carving pumpkins into jack-o’lanterns to chase away the ghosts and bad spirits.
During this occasion, some people decorate their houses in spooky ways and offer gifts or sweets to the children who visit them trick-or-treating.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday that was established in 1926. Americans celebrate the day to commemorate the signing of the armistice in 1918 to end World War I.
Patriots all around the US and people who served in the military celebrate this day and exchange thematic gifts.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated by the people in the US on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
This event was established through the act of congress in 1941 and is a day when Americans celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year.
This holiday is intended to bring the people together and express gratitude.
Thanksgiving Day is not considered a gift-giving holiday in the US and gifts are not required on this occasion.
However, you might still want to buy a small gift, a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of wine, cookies, or something symbolic for the host if you’re having dinner at the house of a friend.
Christmas (Feast of the Nativity)
Christmas is a religious celebration for billions of people around the world. During this holiday, people commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.
It is a holiday which dates back to the 17th century. Christmas is celebrated annually on December 25.
Christmas is one of the holidays when everyone gives and receives presents. The tradition of giving gifts on Christmas has started a long time ago.
Gifts in many shapes, colors, and sizes are exchanges between family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others during the Christmas period.
These are only a few of the occasions, events and holidays when the people in the United States offer gifts throughout the year.
There are many other occasions when you can offer a gift to someone you care about. Also, I don’t think you need a special occasion to give a gift to someone you love.