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How to indicate something TheHero owns is cool, or important, or plot-significant -- there are a lot of ways, but one of the most common is to make it a gift from another character. Two birds with one stone, since it can delineate character, and the relationship between two of them, as well as play up the importance of this object. If it is part of the BackStory, often the character will relate it with great pride, which makes a good FramingDevice. Even an otherwise useless gift may [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest help you]] on your quest. It can also [[ChekhovsGift be used to disguise]] the MacGuffin's plot-device status (particularly the MementoMacGuffin) or to introduce ChekhovsGun in a subtle way.

May also explain an incongruous possession.

The PowersThatBe [[ForgedByTheGods make the most]] [[SupernaturalAid impressive sources]], but ordinary characters can serve. [[MentorArchetype Mentors]], {{Anonymous Benefactor}}s, the ReasonableAuthorityFigure, and parents are likely to present such an item, which may be a physical manifestion of SoProudOfYou -- as is the dead little sister. When the gift comes from an equal, it is likely to be reciprocal, often marking FireForgedFriends. It is not unknown for them to have strings that only become evident later.

AncestralWeapon sometimes falls into this, but only if the character was particularly chosen to receive or inherit the weapon. The CoolSword is particularly likely to be a gift. Partly, no doubt, because there are so many Cool Swords out there. TakeUpMySword and PassingTheTorch often involve such a gift, a concrete expression of what is being passed on. TheLadysFavour is a subtrope.

Note there is no reason why it can't be an EvilWeapon. Or under a {{curse}} or any number of unpleasant things.

Contrast GiveMeASword, which is temporary -- though it may convert into this after the fight is over. SuperTrope of SupernaturalAid. See AncestralWeapon and ProtectiveCharm for common gifts.

Not to be confused with TheGift, or {{GIFT}}.



* The incongruous possession variety pops up in an advertisement for Progressive auto insurance. Flo comments "And no more holding her purse!" to a husband who is shopping for auto insurance with his wife and the husband replies "It's a [[LessEmbarrassingTerm European shoulder bag]]. It was a gift," while making eye motions towards his wife.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Orihime Inoue's hairpins from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', which double as {{Tragic Keepsake}}s since they were a gift of her dead older brother. When she grows some more, she uses them as lapel decorations instead.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', when Ushio is looking for the lost toy robot she just recently got from her father Tomoya, he suggests that he could buy her a new one. But she refuses and tells him that it is the first gift she ever got from him. At this moment, Tomoya finally realizes his bond with his daughter and how much he loves her.
* Rolo's heart-shaped locket charm on his cellphone in ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'' was a birthday present from his fake older brother Lelouch. Despite being a ridiculously girly gift (Lelouch was thinking of his real sister Nunnally when he got it), Rolo refuses to part with it and is extremely protective and sentimental about it.
* While not as largely plot-impacting as the rest of the things from this page, it can be seen in a few chapters of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' that Rico has a cuddling pillow. Considering the cold, aloof fish that Jean is, it seems out-of-character for him to give her something like that, until we see in a flashback that Enrica has one too, likely a gift from her AloofBigBrother. This serves to show us cracks in Jean's JerkassFacade.
* ''Manga/HanaNoMizoShiru'': Misaki's flower necklace turns out to be a gift from Kawabata, so he can look at it and remember someone is there for him after his grandfather's death. He appreciates the sentiment, and [[SexyMentor also has feelings for Kawabata]], so he wears it every day under his shirt. [[spoiler:Then their relationship sours and Kawabata rips it off his neck -- breaking the necklace, and almost choking Misaki. Arikawa later fixes it, but he understandably doesn't want it any more.]]
* In the Anime series ''Manga/InuYasha'', Inu-Yasha and Sessomarou's swords were not only gifts from their demonic father, they were carved from his very fangs. Ownership of each sword and the skill to properly wield them become a major point of contention and conflict between the half-brothers.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** This is the main reason why HatDamage is Vita's BerserkButton despite MagicallyRegeneratingClothing being in effect. Her hat was not only designed by Hayate, but it bares the likeness of her stuffed bunny (the very first gift that Hayate ever gave her).
** Vivio's [[TransformationTrinket Sacred Heart]] in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' is a gift from her Nanoha-mama after she had deemed her skilled enough at using magic. Sacred Heart's appearance is also based of the very first gift Nanoha gave her, which was burnt during the invasion of the Long Arch.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Negi got his MagicStaff from his DisappearedDad during their first and only meeting.
** The bells that Asuna wears in her hair were given to her by Takamichi when she was a child; it's part of why she later developed a crush on him.
* The new handsome NewTransferStudent Kanou from ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' gives Ririka a present for her tenth birthday. It turns out to be a cap that she [[TransformationTrinket uses to become]] Nurse Angel. Kanou ends up her mentor.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Luffy's straw hat is a gift from Shanks. Luffy treats this hat as his treasure.
** Rayleigh's flashback shows that [[spoiler: Gold Roger]] was the original owner of the straw hat, meaning that it was also a gift for Shanks.
** Zoro's most important sword Wado-Ichi-Monji was given to him by his teacher who was also the father of his dead friend [[ActionGirl Kuina]].
* In ''Manga/{{Orange}}'', Naho gets a hairclip from Kakeru as payback for making him lunch everyday - she treasures it at lot, since she thinks future Naho didn't manage to get it.
* In the final episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka gives her hair ribbons to Homura [[spoiler:after she ascends into goddesshood]]. Homura is seen wearing the ribbons in Madoka's memory [[spoiler:once the universe is rewritten so that Madoka never existed as a human]].
** In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', Homura gives the ribbons back to Madoka, [[spoiler:as a symbol of her betrayal of Madoka]].
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'': Anime Vash the Stampede says this about his iconic oversized revolver, which is both the means for converting his right arm into a humongous laser gun and apparently a pretty shitty actual firearm. His EvilTwin made one for each of them with the stated intention of [[KillAllHumans wiping out the human blight]]. Vash is not very into that. But he's holding onto the gun, in memory of his promises.
* ''Anime/{{Digimon}}'': Beelzemon's Blaster was a gift from his partner Makoto, that was a toy gun.

* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Xaver_Winterhalter Franz Xaver Winterhalter]] did a portrait of the Duke of Wellington, Queen Victoria, Prince Alfred, and Prince Arthur (later King Edward). He had the Duke presenting a box to make it dramatic, and it was a wide spread story that there actually was such a box, owing to him on his coming of age. The prince even asked for it, and was told by the queen that it was just a piece of fancy.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'', it is the merchant's desire to give Beauty the gift she asked for that triggers all the problems.
* In "Literature/CatherineAndHerFate", Catherine's Fate gives her a skein of thread that proves the secret to her happy old age.
* In "Literature/TheFeatherOfFinistTheFalcon", the old women she meets give her things that she can use to bribe the bride, and get to Finist.
* In ''Literature/TheFireBirdTheHorseOfPowerAndThePrincessVasilissa'', the archer tries to get a reward by giving the tsar the feather of a firebird. It goes badly.
* In "Literature/TheKingWhoWouldBeStrongerThanFate", the other king will not sell, but will give the king the slave girl and her son that he had asked for.
* In ''Literature/TheOneHandedGirl'', the girl gives her sister-in-law a pumpkin, refusing the corn she tried to pay with.
* In ''Literature/{{Pintosmalto}}'', Betta asks for all the things she needs from her father.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/BeneathYourFeetWhatTreasures'', the diamond that Rarity gave Spike for helping her in ''A Dog and Pony Show'' is the most treasured part of his secret DragonHoard.
* ''A Brighter Dark'': Corrin's primary reasoning for holding onto Ganglari, even after it came alive and killed Mikoto, was simply because it was the only thing her adopted father had ever given her.
* The dog, Hai, is a present from Smith to Neo in the ''Film/TheMatrix'' {{Slashfic}} ''Fanfic/BringingMeToLife''. Smith's denim jacket is a gift from Neo to cement the fresh start that getting together was for both of them. The jacket doubles as a MementoMacguffin that takes on even greater meaning after [[spoiler: Neo dies.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story ''Fanfic/CourtneyAndTheViolinOfDespair'', Courtney receives the [[MacguffinTitle titular violin]] as a birthday gift from her parents.
* When Kyon goes with Yuki to buy her a phone in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' Yuki acknowledges that, even if she could emulate the functions of a phone without effort, she would treasure it as a gift from him.
* This is how the [[spoiler: zords]] are explained in ''Power Rangers: Shuriken Force''. Each Ranger was told to bring in an item that represented their most precious memory, and it's explicitly shown in each segment just ''how much'' these items mean to them even after years of not laying eyes on them.
* In the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' series ''Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge'', this is the only explanation Varric offers for the addition of a red scarf he starts wearing tied to his coat's belt. While this is a completely accurate and honest explanation, his companions (apart from the Lady Inquisitor, who has inside knowledge) are left to speculate for themselves as to just who ''gave'' him the gift.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarshipTroopersInvasion'': [[ColdSniper Trig's]] rifle was a gift from her parents. They were killed shortly after when her [[DoomedHomeTown home town was destroyed]] by the [[BugWar Bugs.]]
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', Flynn buys Rapunzel a souvenir flag as part of their FallingInLoveMontage. [[spoiler:Later, it lets her recognize in her own paintings the signs of her birth.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/DarkCity''. Subverted in that [[spoiler:it's probably just a prop assigned to him by the Strangers; his memories of it being a gift are fake.]]
-->'''Inspector Frank Bumstead:''' ''It was a gift from my mother. She died recently. I keep it with me to remind me of her.''
* ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'': mostly skips over Galadriel's gift giving, only mentioning her gift to Frodo. But in a deleted scene Gimli talks about his gift - Galadriel wasn't sure what to give him, so he asked for a single strand of hair from her head, and she gave him three. Legolas's surprised smile, and Gimli's satisfied tone, make this a rather heartwarming scene - especially if the viewer is familiar with [[AllThereInTheManual the origin of the Silmarils]].
** Earlier, the trope is invoked when Aragorn - prior to setting out with the Fellowship - attempts to return the Evenstar pendant which Arwen had given him as a sign of her intention to choose a mortal life with him. She's hurt by the action and tells him, "[[InvokedTrope It was a gift.]] Keep it."
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. The hat the young Indiana Jones received from the criminal archaeologist (named "Fedora" in the credits).
-->'''Fedora:''' You lost today, kid. But it doesn't mean you have to like it.
* The medallion Alejandro's brother receives as a child in ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' plays a significant role later.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'':
** Commodore Norrington's sword was a gift from the governor (and originally forged by Will Turner). That was its first appearance; it continued to make plot-significiant appearances throughout the trilogy.
** Bootstrap's knife.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'': While most notably an AncestralWeapon, Luke Skywalker's first lightsaber was also a gift from Obi-Wan Kenobi, his friend and mentor. When he lost it in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', he lost his only physical link to two of the most important figures in his life.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. The title character was given a medallion by his father so he would never forget who he is or what he stands for (protecting black people from racism).

* In ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' both the king and queen honor him with a gift of a ring.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/BranMakMorn story "Kings of the Night", the MineralMacGuffin was given to Bran's ancestor by Kull.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' Jerin owns a piece of jewelery his grandfather gave him. It turns out [[spoiler: to be the "Emerald Hart", a famous piece of jewelry, and serves as hint to Jerin's royal ancestry -- his grandpa was a prince.]]
* In John C. Wright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'' Mrs. Wren gave them -- peculiar birthday gifts. Romus also gives Amelia and Quentin gifts in ''Fugitives of Chaos''.
* Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', Peter, Susan, and Lucy receive magical gifts from Father Christmas. When they find themselves back at Cair Paravel in ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', the first things they retrieve from their treasury are the Gifts.
* Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'':
** At the end of ''The Book of Three'', the main characters are given gifts that they will carry throughout the series.
** In the middle of the fourth book, ''Taran Wanderer'', Dorath demands Taran's sword as "payment" for "protection". Taran refuses because it was given to him by his guardian Dallben and first put on him by the girl he loves. [[spoiler:After a fight in which Dorath's sword is broken, Dorath treacherously pulls a dagger and steals it.]] At the end of the book this proves to be symbolic, because [[spoiler:Taran faces Dorath again, this time fighting with a sword Taran had forged himself, and when the two swords meet, it is the sword of his childhood that shatters]].
* The tarot cards Jocelyn gave Dorothea in ''Literature/{{City of Bones|2007}}'', [[spoiler:which contained the Mortal Cup]].
* In Sherwood Smith's ''Literature/CrownDuel'', the ring the heroine receives from an anonymous admirer, and still more the ring she had made to reciprocate, move the plot in several instances.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'' and ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'', the silver necklace that Roland gives Tiffany features significantly in both plots. In the latter it proves to be a ClingyMacGuffin.
** There's also Vimes' silver cigar case in ''Discworld/NightWatch'', given to him by Sybil.
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''Literature/DrawOneInTheDark'', they discuss the possibility that [[spoiler:murders]] are in fact mating gifts between [[spoiler:shapechanging beetles]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** In ''Fool Moon'', because both Harry and Murphy have received gifts of silver from family, they can fight the [[{{Werewolf}} loup-garou]] as it can only be harmed by ''inherited'' silver.
** In ''Grave Peril'', Bianca gives gifts at her party. Many are {{Chekhovs Gun}}s.
** Averted in ''Summer Knight'' where [[spoiler:Queen Mother Winter, on par with the Archangels in terms of strength]] tells Harry [[spoiler:the [[AntiMagic Unraveling]]]] is not a ''gift'' but a necessity so he can save the day. [[spoiler:It also spares Harry from being indebt to Mother Winter for accepting it]].
** Also ''Small Favor'', after Harry talks with Jake ([[AngelUnaware who is the janitor -- really]]), Jake vanishes, leaving behind a copy of ''[[LordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]'', which opens on some -- interesting passages.
* In Creator/AletheaKontis's ''Literature/{{Enchanted}}'', "far-to-go" Thursday ran off and married a pirate -- and sends marvelous gifts. One such packet proves to be significant in the events of the novel. Sunday also brings a bucket to the frog, as a gift.
* {{Excalibur}} is sometimes said to be a gift from the Lady of the Lake to KingArthur.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Transcedence]]'', Phaethon, Helion, Daphne, and Diomedes are all given gifts by the Transcedence.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In ''Sorcerer's Stone'', Hagrid buys Harry an owl, after Harry objects that he doesn't have to, and Hagrid gruffly replies that he knows he doesn't have to.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', the broomstick acquires significance as a gift -- and the little owl, too.
** Similarly, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Dumbledore leaves Harry the [[CoolSword Sword of Gryffindor]] in his will; sure enough, this and Dumbledore's other bequests play roles of varying significance. Also significant are Harry's seventeenth birthday presents: the traditional watch had belonged to a dead member of the Order of the Phoenix, Molly's brother, and Ginny's kiss -- to be easy to carry -- makes it clear that she's going to wait, even though she knows he's going into danger.
** Christmas presents to and from Harry also feature. Especially socks.
** The Invisibility Cloak was also a gift, as was the Marauder's Map, both of which were indispensable to many of his adventures.
* In Suzanne Collins's ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', the pin Madge gives Katniss makes the mockingjay an immensely significant symbol. All the more so when she learns in ''Catching Fire'' that the aunt it had belonged to [[spoiler:died in the Games]]. Also, the pearl [[spoiler:Peeta]] gives her in ''Catching Fire''.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
** The One Ring was a gift from Bilbo to Frodo.
-->"Filthy Baggins lies! It was our birthday present, precious. ''([[VerbalTic gollum]])'' Gives it back to us!"[[note]]It actually ''was'' a gift from Bilbo to Frodo. With Gollum ... not so much. It was originally found by his brother Deagol. Smeagol says that, since it's his birthday, Deagol should give it to him as a present. When Deagol refuses, Smeagol kills him and takes it.[[/note]]
** And there are the cool gifts that Galadriel gave the members of the Fellowship, including the Phial.
** At the beginning, Bilbo hands out gifts at his birthday party, and leaves many more gifts after his departure. After the four hobbits reach Rivendell later on, Bilbo gives Frodo his old sword Sting, as well as his mithril-coat.[[note]]When the rest of the fellowship notice it, they're astonished by how generous this gift was; one of them remarks that the value of the coat is probably greater than that of the Shire and everything in it.[[/note]] On the return trip, Bilbo gives the hobbits all gifts -- including his writing, which means PassingTheTorch to Frodo. At the very end, Frodo gives the book to Sam.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "A Little Knowledge" Harker has his men hanging about and gives them a cover story that he's giving an alien a gift, and they are waiting until he's done.
* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', Lucian still carries the Psalter his mother gave him, wrapped in a scarf that Rachael gave him.
* In Creator/ErinMorgenstern's ''Literature/TheNightCircus'', when Bailey meets a girl at the circus, she gives him a glove. This plays a significant role in his later returns.
* Numerous items in Rick Riordan's ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' are given as gifts. Those from the gods are particularly likely to be important. [[spoiler:Though the knife that Luke gave Annabeth proved to be the most important.]]
* In Norton Juster's ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'', Milo receives many gifts: words, a calculating pencil, laughter, a telescope that shows what things really are. These prove essential when facing the demons of ignorance.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[Literature/ProsperosDaughter Prospero Lost]]'', when the woman in a thrift shop asks if Miranda wants to sell her Edwardian dress, Miranda contents herself with saying it was a gift from her sister for why not.
* In ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheApt'', the sword Tisamon gives Tyrisa. [[spoiler:He had carried it for years believing the woman he originally meant it for had betrayed him.]]
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/SmithOfWoottonMajor'', Smith found a silver coin in his piece of the Great Cake, and gave it to Nell because she was disappointed in not finding a trinket in her own. They end up married when they grow up.
* In Creator/JasperFforde's ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext Something Rotten]]'', Thursday gives Hamlet a gift at the end: [[spoiler:Alan the dodo]].
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a number of swords like this. Usually these are {{Ancestral Weapon}}s and in many cases such gifts become TakeUpMySword, but a few don't fall under either category:
** Very early in the first book, Jon has a small sword tailor made for Arya. It becomes her most valuable and prized possession.
** Jon gets one himself after saving the life of Lord Commander Mormont. Mormont gives Jon his valuable heirloom Longclaw and has the bear, the sigil of house Mormont, on the pommel carved into a wolf, the sigil of house Stark (specifically designed to resemble Jon's direwolf Ghost). [[spoiler: The criteria of TakeUpMySword isn't fulfilled until some books later.]]
** In a non-sword example, Tyrion Lannister, who has been taking being kidnapped pretty well up to that point, really begins to lose his temper when the Stark soldiers decide to eat his horse. It was a birthday present from his brother.
** Deconstructed in the backstory. King Aegon IV Targaryen is remembered as one of the worst kings Westeros ever had, especially for his tendency to [[ReallyGetsAround really get around]] and consequently father dozens of bastards. His favourite child was his bastard son Daemon, because he was [[KissingCousins Targaryen on both sides]], handsome and strong, and extremely skilled with a sword. It was to him that he gave the Targaryen [[AncestralWeapon family sword]] Blackfyre, instead of to his legitimate son Daeron, a {{Bookworm}}, whom he suspected of [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe being his wife's bastard]] [[BrotherSisterIncest with their brother Aemon]]. Since the sword is traditionally passed down to the heir to the throne, some took this as a sign that Aegon wanted his bastard Daemon (who took the surname Blackfyre after the sword) to inherit instead of Prince Daeron. This, combined with many other factors, led to a rebellion in which Daemon and his followers attempted to seize the throne. When he was killed and his army defeated, his sons and supporters took the sword with them into exile. They continued to try to seize the throne for another 80 years before the last Blackfyre was killed in the final invasion and the sword was lost.
* In Creator/LewisCarroll's ''Literature/SylvieAndBruno'', their father offers Sylvie a choice of lockets for her birthday present: one says, "All will love Sylvie" and the other "Sylvie will love all." Sylvie chooses the latter. [[spoiler:In the end, it turns out they were one locket. [[SecretTestOfCharacter Nevertheless, she made the right choice]].]]
* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/ThirteenthChild'', when Miss Ochiba leaves, she gives William and Eff books to study, and when Eff cries, gives her a handkerchief as well.
* In ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', [[BigBad C'baoth]] recovers Luke Skywalker's lightsaber and gives it to [[spoiler:his clone of Luke]]. At the end of the book, Luke recovers it from the debris and gives it to [[LoveInterest Mara]].
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', where d'Artagnan starts out with three gifts from his father: a [[CoolSword sword]], a horse, and a letter of introduction so he can join the Musketeers. By the end of the first chapter he has lost the letter, the sword has been broken in his first duel, and he has sold the horse (which was an ancient nag with a ridiculous colour).
* In ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There]]'', Humpty Dumpty's cravat was given to him by the King and Queen as an "unbirthday present".
* In Creator/WenSpencer's ''Literature/{{Tinker}}'', Windwolf gives Tinker a brazier, which is a traditional gift.
* ''Literature/TortallUniverse''
** In Tamora Pierce's ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' quartet, Kel receives gifts from a then [[AnonymousBenefactor unknown "benefactor"]]. Some of these items are rather pricey. Not only that, they are particularly useful to a girl in knight-training. Among them are magical bruise balm, exercise equipment to strengthen her arms, a saddle for her horse, and a new knife [[spoiler: and matching sword]]. The "mysterious benefactor" turns out to be [[spoiler:Sir Alanna, the first lady knight, who presumably, as the sole heir of two large estates]], has money to burn. It's implied that these gifts are [[spoiler:things Alanna wished she had as a page/squire]]. An exceptionally notable and heartwarming payment was when Kel got to keep Peachblossom for ''four years.''
** Alanna herself has her own gift: the mirror with roses on it that her oldest son gave her when he was little. She still uses it to scry twelve years later.
* In Creator/RuthFrancesLong's ''Literature/TheTreacheryOfBeautifulThings'', Jenny's necklace with the heart-shaped locket.
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm Up Jim River]]'', the harper's mother gave her a necklace. It proves significant in the quest for the mother.
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** In ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', Cordelia finds Aral in a drunken stupor and a colorful tropical shirt. The shirt turns out to be a gift from the men who served with him at a former post, most of whom are dead.
** In ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'', Miles shows Ekaterin the scalps in the attic -- presumably presented to his grandfather by his subordinates. As they are presents, doing anything with them is complicated.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels:
** In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novel ''False Gods'', Horus carries a golden sword, forged for him by a battle brother when he was made Warmaster.
** In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''Fulgrim'', Ferrus Manus carries a golden sword. When he had first met his brother primarch Fulgrim, they had challenged each other, and Fulgrim had made the sword, while Ferrus Manus made a warhammer. Astounded by the other's skills, they had given each other the weapons they had made to seal their friendship. [[spoiler:When Fulgrim fails to sway him to Horus's side, they fight, and Ferrus Manus breaks the sword, making Fulgrim realize that the break is irrevocable. Fulgrim takes back the warhammer and has his ships open fire on the Iron Hands.]]
** William King's ''Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Wolfblade'' recounts [[FamedInStory a story]] that, among other things, tells how Ragnar got his [[CoolSword frostblade]]. Indeed, in the FrameStory, explaining it is the motive for telling the story.
** In Simon Spurrier's ''Lord of the Night'''s BackStory, the Night Haunter had named Sahaal his heir and decreed that he should receive the ''[[RequisiteRoyalRegalia Corona Nox]]'' as a symbol of that, which was why it's being lost was so important.
** In Chris Roberson's ''Literature/BloodRavens'' novel ''Dawn of War II'', the governor tries to justify having the SpaceMarine sword [[CoolSword Wisdom]] by claiming it was a gift. It doesn't save him.
*** This example becomes more humorous if one believes the [[MemeticMutation /tg/ meme]] that the Blood Ravens are actually {{Kleptomaniac Hero}}es, as this is their excuse for having weapons taken from practically every major Space Marine chapter.
** In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel, Ibram Gaunt's swords are both gifts. His first came from the hand of his dead mentor, [=General-Commissar=] Oktar. When [[WreckedWeapon it is ruined in battle]], he receives the power sword of Hieronymo Sondar, the founder of Vervunhive, while he tries to defend it in ''Necropolis'', and carries that sword thereafter.
* In Creator/EDBaker's ''Literature/TheWideAwakePrincess'', Gwendolyn is showered with gifts for her sixteenth birthday. [[spoiler:One of them the fatal spinning wheel.]]
* In Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/AWizardOfEarthsea'', Ged finds an island with an old man and woman. He deduces from the dress the woman shows him -- rich, for a child -- that they had been abandoned there. She gives him half of an armring. In ''Literature/TheTombsOfAtuan'', this gift is his driving motivation for his actions.
* In ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'', Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which give the children gifts before sending them off, which proves crucial.
* In Diana Wynne Jones' ''[[Literature/DarkLordOfDerkholm Year of the Griffin]]'', referring to a notebook.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Used for GettingCrapPastTheRadar in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Tara offers Willow a dolls-eye crystal that belonged to her grandmother, but Willow refuses on the grounds that it's a valuable family heirloom. But after they spend the night [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow "casting spells"]], Willow turns up at her dorm the following morning holding the crystal, implying that she accepted it as a love token.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jon Snow has a small rapier specially made as a parting gift for his little sister Arya, which becomes the only part of her old life she retains by the end of the season.
** Jon gets one himself after saving the life of Lord Commander Mormont. In gratitude, the Lord Commander has his AncestralWeapon Longclaw remade and presents it to Jon.
** Brienne receives the sword Oathkeeper and a new set of armor as a gift from Jaime Lannister.
* Parodied in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. JD is excited at being invited to the birthday party of Dr. Cox and Jordan's son before he's reminded that he's only being allowed in because he has a Spongebob costume. JD hastily defends it with, "It was a gift," before adding in his narration, "From me to me."
* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the pendant that Dean ''always'' wears around his neck was a gift from [[spoiler: his brother Sam]], who [[{{Anvilicious}} gave it to him to show]] that [[spoiler: Sam considered Dean more of a parent than their father John. (The pendant was originally to be a Christmas gift for their father.]] "Always", that is, until [[spoiler: season five, when it turns out to be [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest a tool for locating God]], and he ''reluctantly'' lends it to Castiel.]]

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Myth/GreekMythology: Perseus was given his sword, his mirror-like shield, and winged sandals by Athena and Hermes.
* In the ''Literature/SagaOfTheVolsungs'', [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]] appears at the wedding of Signy and King Siggeir and drives a sword into the tree Barnstokk, and only Signy's brother Sigmund could pull it out.

* In ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', a set of three rings showing a gaggle of geese (at least seven), given by a father to his two children, stolen in infancy by pirates, play an important part in the denouement.
* ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'': One of Shylock's most notable human moments is buried in his 'wicked old miser-Jew' ranting about how his daughter, who recently eloped with an enemy of his, taking all his money and jewels with her, were dead if it meant he could have his riches back--the scene is a friend of his reporting her progress across the Mediterranean, and he gets especially vitriolic after finding out that Jessica traded the turquoise ring for a pet monkey. Turns out that particular ring was a gift from his dead wife, before they married. In fairness to Jessica, she probably didn't know this.
* The silver candlesticks in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' represent Jean Valjean's holiness and ongoing quest to be a good man. They were first given to him by the Bishop in the aptly named "Proluge/The Bishop", after he stole the rest of the Bishop's silver. The fact that the Bishop lied to the police by confirming Valjean's claim that [[BlatantLies the silver was a gift from the Bishop]], and that the Bishop gave him ''more'' in addition to what he had already taken, is what sets Valjean on the path of righteousness.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The "Vampire Killer" whip from ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series is given to the Morris family sometimes during early 19th century and stays with them until the year 1999 as a keepsake before the next rightful owner of the Belmont Clan appears. [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaBloodlines John]] and [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Jonathan]] use it anyway to deal with certain threats that wish to bring back [[BigBad Dracula]] prematurely.
* In a twist on this trope, Nero is already in possession of Yamato, Vergil's sword, but Dante lets him keep it at the end of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4''. When Nero protests, Dante insists that Nero consider it his gift, and that a gift that costly is "the only kind worth giving." Of course, Dante merely wants it to stay in the family...
* The incongruous possession variant occurs in ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' -- if you have Retto explore [[ActionGirl Viola's]] bedroom, he finds a teddy bear, which strikes him as odd. Then he spots the gift tag.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** As is eventually revealed in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the Buster Sword was a gift from a dying Zack to Cloud, which sort of explains why it can never be sold (polygonal limitations explains the rest). In ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', the Buster Sword was a gift from a dying Angeal to Zack, who then used it exclusively (but only the blunt side, in order to "[[OrnamentalWeapon prevent wear, tear, and rust]]"). Even before ''that'', the Buster Sword was a gift from Angeal's very poor parents to Angeal when he joined SOLDIER.
** Mentioned briefly in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'':
-->'''Cloud:''' It's not heavy, it's a memento.
** Tidus of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' also had his signature weapon, the Brotherhood, as a gift from Wakka, who originally made it for his dead little brother Chappu, who coincidentally (and remarkably) resembled Tidus. Chappu's refusal to use the weapon was something of a sore point with Wakka, as Chappu chose to fight with an Al Bhed machina weapon instead, and eventually died fighting Sin.
** Tidus also gets a longsword in the beginning from [[SupportingLeader Auron]], a "gift" from [[DisappearedDad Jecht]]. Considering you can sell it as soon as you acquire [[CoolSword Brotherhood]], it tells you a lot about how Tidus feels about Dad.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' has [[TransformationTrinket Livemetal/Biometal Model Z]], under the ownership of Giro. When he dies a little later into the game, he entrusts the metal in the hands of his apprentice(s) Vent/Aile. In the sequel ''Advent'', they tell Ashe/Grey that it's not theirs, but rather a "memento" from a dear friend.
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere''
** Gwendolyn's magic spear was given to her by her mortally wounded sister. [[spoiler:So it's understandable why she gets upset when she learns her father gave it away to the Shadow Knight, Oswald, as part of a bribe. Luckily, Oswald only wants Gwendolyn's love and is perfectly happy to give the spear back to her.]]
** Oswald also presents Gwendolyn with the magic ring Titrel, describing it as the only gift he has that's worthy of being presented to her. [[spoiler:Gwendolyn turns around and delivers the ring directly to her father Odin, who wants it in order to control the Crystallization Cauldron. She's immediately filled with regret when Odin tells her the lengths to which Oswald was willing to go for her sake - even moreso when Oswald finds out and takes it to mean that she has no feelings for him, which sends him over the DespairEventHorizon.]] Gwendolyn later ''storms the fairy kingdom of Ringford single-handed'' to retrieve the ring after it's stolen, and flatly refuses when her father demands that she hand it over, declaring that she'd rather die than part with the token of her husband's love.
* Franchise/ProfessorLayton's NiceHat is a gift from his girlfriend.
* ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' averts this trope with Morte, perhaps as yet another way to mark her as "odd" in comparison to the rest of the team (as if being the TokenEvilTeamMate out to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the world]] with [[GenkiGirl great enthusiasm]] wasn't odd enough).
** While Morte's first sword, the Nameless Blade, was given to her by the local blacksmith of the Bacchitav Caravan, she shows no particular attachment to it and is equally happy with any sword; she cares more about the strength of the weapon than where she got it. The blacksmith himself considers it to be an OldShame and desperately wishes to replace it (which grants you her InfinityMinusOneSword if you take him up on his offer), but not because being stuck with an inferior weapon could be dangerous to a fellow Sand Tribe member; he's just worried someone will trace it back to him and think his skills are still as poor as when he forged it. She also has no problems [[GiveMeYourInventoryItem trading in clothes]] which were given to her by Feral women, though as she had no prior relationship to them, it's not quite as odd.
** Played straight by most other characters and various weapons and armor they receive; they're obviously happy to have items of sentimental value as well as practical power. Luckily, the two coincide more often than not.
* In one of the endings to ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 2'', Ken gives Ryu his famous red headband (which Ken had been previously using as a hair tie). Previous to this, Ryu had been wearing a white headband.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. When Judith meets Yuri, she notices the Sorcerer's Ring (commonly used in the series to solve puzzles) and asks if it was a gift from a girl. When Yuri admits that it was, Judith comments that they must have a "special bond", which causes the 21-year-old Yuri to groan that he hopes not--it was given to him by the HotBlooded 15-year-old mage Rita.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfShanShan'', [[http://shanshan.upperrealms.com/view.php?pageid=014&chapterid=1 Cassie has a lunchbox from her]] DisappearedDad.
* In ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'', Alice gets a collar-like necklace with a mirror from her mentor, who tells her that with this, her strength will be Alice's strength. It's as transparent a ChekhovsGun as any.
* In ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-337/ arriving for a birthday party means being asked about your gift.]]
* In the webcomic ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', Daniel Ti'Fiona long wore a signature robe; in a flashback we finally learn it was given to him by his friend Wildy San when he graduated from Adventurers School.
* ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'': [[http://www.thedreamlandchronicles.com/the-dreamland-chronicles/todays-dreamland-chronicles-564/ Joey gets one]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/maidmaleen-23/#.T297_9m6SuI the prince gives Maid Maleen a necklace]]. [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/maidmaleen-29/#.T29-ONm6SuI This lets him know of the ]] BrideAndSwitch.
* ''Webcomic/FetchQuestSagaOfTheTwelveArtifacts'' [[http://www.fetchquest.com/archive.php?chapterid=0&comicid=3 It is special because it is a gift.]]
* In ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02286.htm Qwerty brought Sawtooth a gift]] -- and suggests that he open it before the possible ZombieApocalypse.
* The ring in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040705 "Some kind of connector from the gas system]] turned to a ring by Gil during his abortive marriage proposal, to give to Agatha, worn by Agatha until she needed to fake her death, found by Gil on what appeared to be her body, worn by Gil on a chain about his neck thereafter. She was quite touched when she realized that.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''
** The blinker stone, from Mort to Antimony. She is ''[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/view.php?date=2001-07-03 not pleased]]'' when [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/view.php?date=2001-07-01 she learns its significance]]. Followed by more complications when she learns why.
** Antimony asks Reynardine to take better care of the stuffed animal he is currently inhabiting because it was a gift from her dead mother. Reynardine agrees (out of regard for her mother).
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Thanks to time travel shenanigans, John ends up receiving the same present three times, with added modifications each time. The final version (a [[spoiler:cybernetically enhanced toy rabbit (the one from ''Film/ConAir'', no less) carrying an array of lethal weapons]]) is both instrumental in [[spoiler:the rise of power of the main villain, and John's victory in his first battle against said villain]].
** At the same time, the presents sent by John to his friends prove instrumental in defining Dave's appearance, Rose's weapon of choice, Jade's liking for wearing blue and gardening, and the very reason that the four kids know each other in the first place.
* In ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'', [[http://loveandcapes.com/lnc/?p=82 Zoe brings Mark a present, in front of his new girlfriend.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'':
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-04-27 Monique saves Slick from Hell with one.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-03-28 Criminy gives Fuchsia one.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-05-02 Fuchsia gives one to Criminy]].
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-12-27 Questions about Christmas.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-11-20 Fuchsia give one to Baby Blue.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-12-25 A succubus hands them out at "Devilmas". Satan gets what he wants.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SquidRow'' [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=284 Randie gives one.]]
* ''Webcomic/ThistilMistilKistil'': [[http://tmkcomic.depleti.com/comic/ch01-pg16/ Defending yourself to Odin.]]
* Zoe's chest tattoo in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' was a necklace given to her by Torg. It was revealed to be cursed the first time it activated and turned her into a camel, bonding to her skin. [[spoiler:The necklace was found later as evidence of Zoe's death.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Underling}}'' [[http://underlingcomic.com/page-seventy-two/ Eshita "interprets" a fallen sword as a gift]].
* In ''Webcomic/UrbanUnderbrush'', [[http://www.lepusstudios.com/uu0151.html rejecting Caius's being in the gift exchange]] [[http://www.lepusstudios.com/uu0152.html leads to trouble.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Katara's necklace, from her grandmother by way of her mother. Important in that it gets stolen partway through the first season, then retrieved again; has plot significance in "The Waterbending Master" as well. Also, "The Avatar State" opens with a gifting scene reminiscent of (and slightly parodying) Galadriel's gifting of the party in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
-->'''Master Pakku:''' ''(in a serious and ceremonial manner)'' Katara, I want you to have this. ''(cut to a close-up of the amulet, showing that it is a triangle with a wave-shaped pattern of blue color with a crescent moon on the top.)'' This amulet contains water from the Spirit Oasis. ''(cut to behind Master Pakku as he hands the amulet to Katara, who is standing in front of Appa and next to Aang)'' The water has unique properties. Don't lose it. ''(his face softens)''\\
'''Katara:''' ''(respectfully)'' Thank you, Master Pakku. ''(she embraces him and then walks off screen; Aang steps forward and Master Pakku produces an intricately-decorated brown box)''\\
'''Master Pakku:''' Aang, these scrolls will help you master waterbending, but remember they're no substitute for a real master.\\
''(Aang looks up at Katara, who is on top of Appa, and then exits to the left as Sokka steps forward)''\\
'''Master Pakku:''' Sokka. ''(Sokka looks at him proudly and expectantly.)'' Take care, son. ''(Pakku pats Sokka's arm, giving him nothing; Sokka's expression becomes very dejected and embarrassed)''
* Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Krab Borg". [[ItMakesSenseInContext SpongeBob and Squidward are smashing Mr. Krabs' stuff]], [[MrViceGuy and he's screaming about the costs]] and they get to a blender. Mr. Krabs stops screaming, saying it was a gift, in disregard.