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The History of Gift Giving

The tradition of gift giving goes back to the beginning of human time! From the caveman offering simple items to prove his dominance and ability to provide for a family, gift giving has evolved, especially since the 19th century when manufacturing made it possible for gifts to reach a wider audience at a lesser price.


Various cultures have added to our gift giving traditions. When ancient Egyptian Pharaohs were coronated into becoming gods it was considered their true day of birth and many gifts were given to them, thus beginning the tradition of birthday presents. Ancient Greeks believed that evil spirits tried to haunt loved ones on their birthdays. In addition to bringing gifts to keep the spirits at bay, they also blew out candles to protect the birthday person.

Ancient Greeks also welcomed people into their homes with gifts to build relationships just in case they were gods in disguise. In ancient Rome the Emperor received many gifts between December 17th and the 23r, during Saturnalia, a festival honoring the god Saturn. 


For thousands of years Native Americans emphasized the status and importance of the gift giver through a gift-giving feast called “Potlatch.” Alaskan whalers returning from the hunt would gift their largest catch portions to other tribe members emphasizing the important role of the giver. When you give a gift, you get the gift of gratitude! According to Stanford neuroscientist, Dr. Andrew Huberman,”Science points to fact that receiving gratitude has significant positive effects on our mental and physical health.” 

In modern day America gift giving is popular for any occasion! Whether it be a religious holiday or welcoming a new family into the neighborhood, gift giving provides rewarding emotional benefits for both the receiver and the giver. Here at Eclectics we would like to help you become fabulous gift givers! In spite of the Industrial Revolution, we hope you will buy our handcrafted, one-of-a-kind creations designed to make the giver feel grand and the receiver to be thrilled. Hope to see you this holiday season.

The artists of Eclectics

Cardy Hardy

Sending a special wish or old-fashioned cash? Think of Eclectics for all your holiday cards!


A Fun Family Outing

Make ornament shopping at Eclectics a family event. Let each family member pick out a special handcrafted ornament from our hundreds of options. Peruse a few samples below.


And finally...

Longtime Eclectics member Lynette Fisk and her husband are moving to Minnesota to be with family. Although we will miss her greatly, her leaving opens up an opportunity for us to take on a new member artist. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a part owner and member of Eclectics, we would be glad to speak with you. Or simply go on line and print off the application. With all of the exciting new businesses opening up in our area, now is a great opportunity to become a part of the Eclectics family.

Eclectics Gallery, 7015 Oak Street, Kansas City, 816-361-6643,


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