- One of the true highlights of The Giver would have to be the bond between Jonas and his little sister Lily. It's probably the closest any of the characters in the book get to a real familial relationship.
- Jonas's relationship to Gabriel, with how determined he is to keep Gabe safe, is pretty sweet too.
- Jonas and the Giver's relationship; just keep in mind that the Giver is the first person to ever tell Jonas that he loves him.
- Jonas receiving memories of various world cultures, reflecting societies and genuinely happy moments before the Community, especially in the film adaptation. At least up until the memory of elephant hunters and especially the one of the Vietnam War.
- In the film adaption, one such memory Jonas experiences is the memory of holding a newly born baby he helped deliver, tearfully smiling upon it. For an 18-year-old, Jonas got to experience the beginning of fatherhood second-hand.
- At the end, when Jonas steals Gabriel, saving him from being released
"There could be love."
- The song "Together" from the little-heard-of mini-opera, where Jonas teaches Rosemary about love so he can confess his to her. All the while, The Giver is standing over them, reminding them of the most important parts of it: listening, sacrifice, being there for one another.