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"You mean the Spiritual Stone of Water, Zora's Sapphire, don't you? My mother gave it to me and said I should give it only to the man who will be my husband. You might call it the Zora's Engagement Ring! All right! I'll give you my most precious possession: Zora's Sapphire! Don't tell my father..."

We all (well, most of us, anyway) know that it's good to be selfless, generous, and giving. This is easy enough when it comes to buying gifts for people, but it's not always possible to do that, and sometimes you really want to make a grand gesture. Sometimes, it's a matter of giving away something you personally love, whether it's because of sentimental reasons or simply because it's the gift you've been waiting for all year long.

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It can be a character's #1 Dime or their most valuable jewel; a trinket that only holds sentimental value, or the new toy they just got for Christmas. As long as the item is something they hold dear, it counts.

This is frequently portrayed as a Heartwarming Moment, even if it's subtle. The idea of the character choosing someone else's happiness over their own is highlighted in them trading away the thing they love, sometimes as a direct gift, and sometimes as part of a trade for the real gift. The key here is that the character, even if a little reluctant, does it willingly and feels good about doing it. It's not forced upon them, it's something they choose to do because they know it's right, or because they really want to brighten someone else's day. However, the heartwarming connotation can be subverted if this is a Prelude to Suicide.

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A staple of the "Gift of the Magi" Plot, making this a supertrope. Compare Friend or Idol Decision, when it's a show of loyalty over desire. I Want My Beloved to Be Happy (when a character wishes happiness to their Love Interest after the latter is engaged to someone else) is a Sister Trope. Contrast Reluctant Gift, when the character actually doesn't want to hand over their valued item, and only does it for a reason or circumstance that goes beyond their intent.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ojamajo Doremi: In the episode "A Wish For A Precious Shirt", Misaki sells his favorite shirt to the Maho-Dou. Upon finding out that it's a hand-me-down, the girls try to return it to him.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: In a Season 3 Episode, set 45 years before the events of the series, Nadja comforts Gowther by gifting him one of her favorite storybooks, so he can enjoy reading it when he feels sad or depressed. Funnily, Gowther gives it back to her after he reads all of it by merely flicking through the pages in less than a minute.

    Comic Books 
  • Asterix: At the end of "Asterix at the Olympic Games", Asterix gives his laurel wreath to the Roman athlete and his centurion, claiming they needed it more than him (to ward off Caesar's wrath at the Roman team not winning a single event).

    Films — Animation 
  • In Despicable Me 3, after Gru and Lucy are fired from AVL, Agnes sells her stuffed unicorn (the one Gru won for her in the first movie, and marked the moment when Gru started to genuinely care for the girls) in order to raise money to support them.
  • In The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Rick gives Katie a wooden moose figurine (the last remnant of his dream house) when she gets nervous about going on a field trip.
  • Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa: Ricky decides to give Nicole his beloved teddy bear, which he got from his now-deceased mother. It initially backfires, because she doesn't at all care for it, but in the end, she not only comes to appreciate the sentiment but also gives him the gift he really wanted.
  • Toy Story 3: In the movie's finale, Andy intends to donate all of his toys except Woody (his favorite) to Bonnie. When he realizes that Woody is also in the donation box (Woody himself entered there secretly) and Bonnie attempts to grab it, he initially hesitates to give it away to her, but soon changes his mind and entrusts it to her. The two humans play together with all toys for a brief time, and then Andy bids a final farewell to Bonnie and the toys before driving to the whereabouts of his college.
    Andy: Now, Woody. He's been my pal as long as I can remember. He's brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind, and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special? Is he'll never give up on you — ever. He'll be there for you, no matter what. Y'think you can take care of him for me? [Bonnie nods in assurance] Okay, then.
  • Up: When Ellie is dying in the hospital, she gives her "adventure book", a book full of plans for her future adventures she had since she was a kid, to her husband Carl.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Jingle All the Way: Howard butts heads with Myron because they're both looking for a Turbo Man action figure for their respective sons, and being the year's hottest toy, the action figure has been completely sold out. When Howard is dressed up as Turbo man (he was mistaken for the actor after he went back stage to hide from the cops) he is given a special edition figure to give away at the Christmas parade he gives it to his son, Jamie. However, Myron ties down the actor portraying the villain and chases Jamie to get the Turbo Man toy. After Howard saves Jamie's life, the latter gives Myron the figure saying that he already has "a real-life Turbo Man" (his father) at home.
  • Labyrinth: At the beginning of the film, Sarah resents her baby brother Toby and is upset that her parents have let him play with her favorite soft toy without asking her first. At the end of the film, she gifts the same toy to Toby as a sign of how her feelings toward him have improved.
  • Rambo III: At the end of the movie, after the Soviets have been defeated, Rambo gives his jade necklace to his young Afghan kid sidekick as a memento, the same necklace which is a Tragic Keepsake from Rambo's lover Co Bao who died in the previous movie.
  • The Shaolin Temple: In the third movie, the hero (Zhi-Ming) carries with him a silver anklet ever since birth, one which is two-of-a-kind that his (long-deceased) parents said the girl who carries the other anklet will be destined to be Zhi-Ming's wife. As the film goes on Zhi-Ming becomes close friends with Chao-Wei the warrior and Sima-Yen the Action Girl, the latter who owns the other anklet. At the end of the film after working together to defeat the Big Bad, Zhi-Ming ultimately decides his heart lies with the Shaolin monks; so instead Zhi-Ming gives his anklet to Chao-Wei, wishing Chao-Wei and Sima-Yan a happy marriage as he bids his best friends farewell.
  • In Spaceballs, Yogurt gives Lone Starr the very valuable ring of the Schwartz as a parting gift, having trained Lone Starr to use it. Humorously subverted when Lone Starr loses the ring near the end, only for Yogurt to tell him the real Schwartz was in him all along, while the ring was just a trinket from a Cracker Jack box.
    Lone Starr: I can't take this.
    Yogurt: Take it, take it. You might need it.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rose's last remnant of her dead sister is a Haysian ore medallion she wears. When she and Finn hire the shady hacker DJ, he demands her medallion seemingly as payment, and she grudgingly reneges. However, it turns out later he only needed it to disable a lock and he returns it as soon as he's done, subverting the trope.

    Literature 
  • American Girls Collection: In Meet Samantha, Samantha begs Grandmary to buy her an expensive doll she saw in town, and agrees to work really hard at her various chores to earn the doll, which she does. She even names the doll after her mother Lydia, who died when she was five in an accident. When her impoverished new friend Nellie has to go back to the city and is scared she will have to work in a Nightmarish Factory again, Samantha gives Nellie the doll, knowing Nellie loves it and it will comfort her. Extra heartwarming when considering this is the first and likely only doll Nellie would've ever owned due to her family's poverty.
  • Anne of Green Gables: In the short story "Old Lady Lloyd" from Chronicles of Avonlea, a spinster finds that the only happiness she has is secretly helping the daughter of the man that she should have married, loving the girl as if she was her daughter. The man, who is now dead, was an amateur poet who self-published a small collection of his poems, giving the copies to his friends, including the spinster. However, the daughter never got a copy as she was born well after it was published and the few copies were distributed. The spinster treasures her copy of the book, but loves the girl more, and so secretly gives it to her.
  • Cerberus High: Hearts Forever Engraved: After Nagisa tells Kasumi of his terminal illness, Kasumi gives him her precious feather to alleviate some of the pain in his final moments. Nagisa returns it to her the night when they are sleeping in the school’s headmaster’s office.
  • Harry Potter:
    • In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Fred and George Weasley give Harry the Marauder's Map so he can sneak into Hogsmeade without permission. It's an exhaustively detailed map of Hogwarts showing all the secret passages, as well as moving ink dots revealing where people are. In all, it's the single greatest aid to rule-breaking imaginable, and Fred and George have put it to great use over the years so it means a lot to them.
      Fred: It's the secret to our success.
      George: It's a wrench giving it to you... believe me...
      Fred: But we've decided your needs are greater than ours. George, if you will.
      George: "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."
      Harry: [reads the appearing words] "Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs... are proud to present the Marauder's Map."
      George: We owe them so much.
    • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry presents Kreacher the house-elf with the locket which was substituted for the Horcrux. Although this object is worthless to Harry (and he was probably glad to be rid of it), being presented with a family heirloom means a lot to a humble house-elf, causing Ron to comment "overkill, mate".
  • The Hunger Games: Madge Undersee gave Katniss her Mockingjay pin just after she volunteers for her sister Primrose.
  • Jennings: In Jennings in Particular, Jennings and Darbishire are hoping to obtain some of a new issue of stamps, but their plans are foiled when Darbishire becomes ill and Pettigrew fails to buy the stamps. Jennings concocts a complicated scheme and is able to obtain one stamp, while Darbishire is given one by the doctor. Both of them independently decide to give their one-and-only stamp to each other.
  • In the Knuffle Bunny book "Knuffle Bunny Free", Knuffle Bunny is Trixie's favourite toy, but eventually, she gives him up to a Screaming Plane Baby.
  • In Little Women, Jo may not be the prettiest of the March sisters, but her hair was acknowledged as the most beautiful. When her father is injured in the Civil War money is desperately needed to send her mother to Washington, D.C. to take care of him. Jo sells her hair to a wigmaker to get some money. She does lament tearfully having done this that day's night, but says that this will help her work out her vanity.
  • Roys Bedoys: In the book "Meet the Baby, Roys Bedoys", the Bedoys brothers gain a sister named Joys. At the end of the story, Roys gives away his blankie to her to cheer her up.
  • The Thrawn Trilogy: In the final scene, Luke Skywalker gives his father's lightsaber to Mara Jade.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Big Bang Theory: In "The Apology Insufficiency", Sheldon accidentally ruins Howard's chance at working in a government satellite program by revealing that he once stranded the Mars Rover. Sheldon tries to apologize, but Howard is so angry he rejects it. Out of desperation, Sheldon offers him the thing he prizes most: his spot on the couch! Realizing how serious Sheldon is if he's willing to give up something he values so much, Howard accepts and takes the seat. Sheldon lasts all of ninety seconds before changing his mind and demanding the seat back.
  • Big Time Rush: At one point in "Big Time Christmas", Mrs. Knight's presents exploded and Katie discovered she got the "Snoop Dogg Jamphonic Headphones" she'd been wanting. However, she also spends the episode trying to give Bitters a good Christmas, and in the end gives him the headphones as a present. He gives her a very genuine "Thank you, Katie", showing he was touched by the gift and her entire quest to cheer him up. Kendall and their mother share shocked glances when she does this, helping to underscore the significance of it.
  • Friends: Joey plays with the trope. He has gone to a special shop to get a sandwich that he particularly likes. Through a misunderstanding, he makes Chandler think that Joey would give his life to protect Ross, but not him. After this is sorted out, Joey shows his friendship by letting Chandler have a bite of his sandwich. Only a bite, though, because Joey is still a Big Eater.
  • In Halt and Catch Fire, Bos gives away his prized Mustang to his estranged son as a wedding present.
  • M*A*S*H: In the episode "I Hate a Mystery", after Ho-Jon is revealed as the thief the unit has been looking for, everyone pities him and allows him to keep their stolen valuables. (He had stolen their things as a means to raise money to bribe border guards to bring his family from North Korea to South Korea.)
  • Shake it Up: In the Christmas Episode "Jingle It Up", Cece spends the episode being in-love with a handbag she finds at the mall while Flynn tricks Rocky into buying him a brand new video game console. At the end, however, they discover their neighbor's house suffered a fire and they lost everything. Flynn jumps at the chance to donate his new game console, and though she's reluctant at first, Cece also gives them her handbag.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: "Heart of Stone" starts off with a Ferengi coming-of-age tradition where a Ferengi adolescent sells off their childhood possessions in order to use the proceeds to bribe a Ferengi adult to teach them a career.

    Video Games 
  • Bug Fables: At the beginning of the game, a merchant offers Team Snakemouth a rare limited plushie of the Green Ranger, with it being stated that only 10 were made in the entire world. Kabbu, a huge Bug Rangers fanboy, will be extremely giddy once he buys it, and he is very protective of it, as shown in the optional dialogue when the Bug Ranger plushie is used as an incorrect option in some choices (which mostly involve giving it away). Much later, in the Termite Capitol, the team meets Terrie, a despairing termite child in front of the Colosseum's entrance, who laments that she wanted to buy a rare Green Ranger plushie, but once she finally stocked up enough money to afford it, someone else bought it before she could, and nothing could cheer her up anymore. Depending on the player's choice, Kabbu can choose to give her his own plushie, and when his teammates question his decision, he says that, given everything they went through, they became superheroes in their own right and don't need Bug Rangers to inspire them anymore, and decides to give his plushie to let Bug Rangers inspire the child to adventure. After receiving the plushie, Terrie gets incredibly overjoyed and almost decides to pay them, but the team declines (including Vi, who normally always demands a reward for anything), encouraging her to spend money on some good food instead. After completing the sidequest, the player is awarded with "A Good Deed" achievement, which is necessary for 100% Completion.
  • Freddi Fish: In the second game, Boss and Spongehead dress up as a ghost to steal the toys of other fish to give to Squidfather on account of him not having any. After Freddi and Luther capture them and take back all the toys, Luther gives them his action figure telling them that the Squidfather should have at least one toy.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: Princess Ruto does this twice. After Link helps her retrieve the Spiritual Stone of Water (Zora's Sapphire) and defeats the parasitic monster that was making Lord Jabu-Jabu suffer, Ruto agrees to reward Link with the very Plot Coupon they were looking for. The Sapphire is Ruto's most valued possession, as she received it from her late mother and is only meant to be given to whom Ruto would marry in her adult life. Due to certain factors that occur in the future, they ultimately don't marry, but Ruto is okay with it and still hands him another valued object, the Water Medallion, after he saves her life again in the Water Temple.note 
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: Prior to the events of the game, Princess Zelda entrusted Link the Ocarina of Time, which until then had been passed down for generations within the Royal Family of Hyrule, as she felt it would save Link's life one day (and it does, as soon as Link manages to retrieve it).
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: Played with Aryll's telescope. This instrument is Aryll's most valued possession, so she lends it to Link during his birthday and tells him that she wants it back when the day ends. When Aryll is rescued after her kidnapping, she writes a letter to Link telling him that she'll let him use the telescope for as long as necessary (thus making the item a permanent one in the inventory gameplay-wise), though it's never shown in the ending whether Link returns it to her or she lets him keep it for real. This is referenced jokingly in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, where a Link wannabe called Nyeve gives the real Link a kaleidoscope he "received from his sister" (he then admits he just found it during his travels).
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: The Thunder Helm is a valued piece of equipment that Riju, current matriarch of the Gerudo Town, inherited from Urbosa; it is a cultural treasure of the Gerudo tribe and is capable of allowing its wearer to gain control of lightning. Link retrieves it after it's stolen by the Yiga Clan, and then Riju uses it to help Link gain access to the Divine Beast Vah Naboris. After Link frees the Divine Beast from Calamity Ganon's influence, he can ask Riju to have the Helm, and she replies that she can only give it to him after he helps her people solve their respective problems. Once Link does so, she deems him worthy of the sacred object and grants it to him.
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: After the Hunter, with the help of the Ace Hunters, manages to repel Rusted Kushala Daora to drive it away from the city of Dundorma, the Master of Defense gives his old pupil (the Ace Commander) his trusty carving knife as a memento for all the time they spent together. This means a lot to the Commander because it shows that the Master's faith and friendship towards him never waned, not even after an ill-fated mistake on the Commander's part during a hunting quest caused a Career-Ending Injury to the Master several years ago.
  • Tales of the Abyss: Tear gives up a pendant she was wearing to a carriage driver in order to get herself and Luke back to his home town after she accidentally ended up getting them both teleported out of the city. She later reveals it was the last thing she had left of her mother, prompting Luke to go and find it during a side quest.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • In "Zuko Alone", Zuko gifts a custom pearl dagger, a present from his beloved Uncle Iroh (who himself stole it from an Earth Kingdom general during his attempted siege of Ba Sing Se), to a young Earth Kingdom boy he had bonded with. Unfortunately, once the boy finds out that Zuko is a prince of the Fire Nation, he refuses to have anything to do with Zuko and rejects the gift.
    • In "The Avatar and the Firelord", when Roku is feeling down about having to leave behind everything and everyone he's ever known to start his Avatar training, his best friend Sozin gifts him a precious artifact worn by the Crown Prince to cheer him up.
    • In the Sequel Series The Legend of Korra episode "The Earth Queen", Mako gifts his beloved scarf (the last link to his deceased father that he owns) to his long-lost grandmother after reuniting with her, saying his parents would want her to have it.
  • Jelly Jamm: In "Ultravision", there is a dodo who wears Goomo's goggles because he's Blind Without 'Em. Goomo eventually decides to let him keep them. Goomo has the goggles in subsequent episodes, however.
  • Monsters vs. Aliens: In the short Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space, Dr. Cockroach is joyful to realise the Swirlypop he always wanted was still intact after the battle, and then a trick-or-treating kid also appeared eager to see it. After a moment of hesitation, Dr. Cockroach eventually decides to give the Swirlypop to the child.
  • PAW Patrol: In "Pups Save a Bah Humdinger", Mayor Humdinger gets a cat plush toy from Santa Claus. A little girl trips and breaks a toy, so Mayor Humdinger gives her his stuffed animal. Santa is touched by Mayor Humdinger's rare moment of kindness and gives him another cat plush.
  • The Simpsons: In the Season 5 episode "Rosebud", it is revealed that the teddy bear Maggie has (Bobo) was the same toy Mr. Burns lost several decades ago. He tries to get it back in different ways, to no avail. Near the end of the episode, Maggie herself gives the bear to him, as she feels somehow that the toy means more to him than it does to her. Homer and Marge witness this scene, and the former is unsure if this should count as a happy or sad ending (Marge simply sees it as an ending, as she was quite tired of the matter by then).
  • T.O.T.S.: In "Lost Lovey", Mia is distraught when her stuffed rabbit Lady Foo Foo ends up falling down a waterfall. Freddy, however, decides to let her keep his old stuffed monkey Mr. Muffins.

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