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Famous Gifts Throughout History

Think you’ve given some impressive gifts? You probably have, and we won’t take that away from you, but there have been some pretty incredible gifts that are tough to stack up against. Here are a few of our fave famous gifts given over the course of recorded human history, and some suggestions to help you echo the sentiment!

The Statue of Liberty

This world-famous statue was given to the United States by France following the American Revolution to commemorate the alliance between the two nations.

What you can gift: The Art of Feminism

We think Lady Liberty would approve of this gorgeous book of feminist art. We also can’t help but compare the hands raised on the cover art to her raised torch, lighting the path forward.

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This world-famous statue was given to the United States by France following the American Revolution to commemorate the alliance between the two nations.

What you can gift: The Art of Feminism

We think Lady Liberty would approve of this gorgeous book of feminist art. We also can’t help but compare the hands raised on the cover art to her raised torch, lighting the path forward.

feminism

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

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One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, these tiered gardens were a gift from King Nebuchadnezzar II to his wife Queen Amytis. Though they have been destroyed for nearly 2000 years, legends of their beauty survive in ancient texts.

What you can gift: Petite Zebra Garden by Lula’s Garden

A succulent brings life and beauty into any room, and doesn’t require a green thumb to maintain. Your recipient would have to try pretty hard to destroy this garden!

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, these tiered gardens were a gift from King Nebuchadnezzar II to his wife Queen Amytis. Though they have been destroyed for nearly 2000 years, legends of their beauty survive in ancient texts.

What you can gift: Petite Zebra Garden by Lula’s Garden

A succulent brings life and beauty into any room, and doesn’t require a green thumb to maintain. Your recipient would have to try pretty hard to destroy this garden!

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The Trojan Horse

While this gift is absolutely notable from a historic perspective, it wasn’t exactly the most thoughtful gift. In fact, it was full of Greek soldiers conspiring to attack Troy! Yikes.

What you can gift: Fatboy Transloetje Lamp

The perfect gift for the person who values transparency, this lamp clearly isn’t hiding a few dozen soldiers. They definitely won’t look this gift horse in the mouth!

Fatboy Transloetje Lamp

While this gift is absolutely notable from a historic perspective, it wasn’t exactly the most thoughtful gift. In fact, it was full of Greek soldiers conspiring to attack Troy! Yikes.

What you can gift: Fatboy Transloetje Lamp

The perfect gift for the person who values transparency, this lamp clearly isn’t hiding a few dozen soldiers. They definitely won’t look this gift horse in the mouth!

Fatboy Transloetje Lamp

A Carpet

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Some say that one of the best gifts is spending quality time with another person. Cleopatra must have had this in mind when she hid herself in a rolled up carpet and had it gifted to Julius Caesar in order to gain an audience with him, beginning their political alliance and romantic relationship. Not only was she the Queen of Egypt, but she was clearly the Queen of sliding into Caesar’s DMs.

What you can gift: Harlow Henry Luxe Mohair

We haven’t tried it for ourselves, but we feel like being rolled up in a carpet would be pretty uncomfortable. This cozy blanket, on the other hand, is the perfect gift to snuggle into.

Some say that one of the best gifts is spending quality time with another person. Cleopatra must have had this in mind when she hid herself in a rolled up carpet and had it gifted to Julius Caesar in order to gain an audience with him, beginning their political alliance and romantic relationship. Not only was she the Queen of Egypt, but she was clearly the Queen of sliding into Caesar’s DMs.

What you can gift: Harlow Henry Luxe Mohair

We haven’t tried it for ourselves, but we feel like being rolled up in a carpet would be pretty uncomfortable. This cozy blanket, on the other hand, is the perfect gift to snuggle into.

Blanket

Tulip Bulbs

In 1945, Canada was gifted 100,000 tulip bulbs by the Dutch royal family as thanks for sheltering future Queen Juliana and her family during World War II. This kindness is still celebrated to this day, with 10,000 bulbs being given to Canada from the Netherlands every year.

What you can gift: Autumn Awakening

Beautiful blooms are a lovely gift to receive at any time of year! They’re the perfect gift to send to someone who has welcomed you into their home to show your appreciation for their hospitality.

Flowers

In 1945, Canada was gifted 100,000 tulip bulbs by the Dutch royal family as thanks for sheltering future Queen Juliana and her family during World War II. This kindness is still celebrated to this day, with 10,000 bulbs being given to Canada from the Netherlands every year.

What you can gift: Autumn Awakening

Beautiful blooms are a lovely gift to receive at any time of year! They’re the perfect gift to send to someone who has welcomed you into their home to show your appreciation for their hospitality.

Flowers

Pandas

Panda

The United States has received a number of gifts from other countries, but the cutest gift by far was a pair of pandas gifted by the government of China in 1972. In general, we don’t think animals should be given as gifts, but Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing captured the hearts of the country.

What you can gift: Japanese Panda Model Kit

While this panda isn’t from China, it’s still pretty darn cute. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the ethical considerations of gifting an actual animal. Win-win!

The United States has received a number of gifts from other countries, but the cutest gift by far was a pair of pandas gifted by the government of China in 1972. In general, we don’t think animals should be given as gifts, but Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing captured the hearts of the country.

What you can gift: Japanese Panda Model Kit

While this panda isn’t from China, it’s still pretty darn cute. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the ethical considerations of gifting an actual animal. Win-win!

Panda

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