Most parents love spoiling their children with a few gifts at Christmas, but why do we give gifts at this time of year? Gift giving at birthdays is thought to have begun as early as the Roman times. Of course, things have changed a lot, and nowadays birthdays are celebrated in all different ways across the world. Here you will learn all about the history of giving gifts to children on their birthday.
Birthday presents were originally given to ward off evil spirits which were thought to haunt people on their birthday. It was thought that by gathering together and bringing gifts, the birthday girl or boy would be safe from these evil spirits. Nowadays, the reasons for giving gifts are of course much different, and few of us would still believe this to be the case!
Giving children a present for their birthday has become a tradition for most of us. It’s what our parents did for us, and what our friends and family do for their children. It seems normal and natural to continue this tradition, and of course we wouldn’t want the kids to feel left out if all their friends are getting birthday gifts.
Birthday gifts often take the form of keepsakes for our children. This is especially true for milestone birthdays such as turning ‘sweet 16’, 18 or 21 for example. Many parents also want to do something special to mark their child turning 1, so gifts for the memory box are a great idea.
Many parents give their children things they need or want on their birthday, rather than at other times throughout the year. This is a great way of taking care of children’s needs and wants, as well as treating them. Many people use birthdays as the perfect occasion to give children a new toy they have been asking for, for example.