77 Heartfelt Gift Giving Quotes That Unlock The Power Of Gifting

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These quotes about giving are for everyone who struggles to find the right words about giving and generosity. Because sometimes it’s better to have a good copy than a bad original. That’s why you will find the 93 most beautiful gift giving quotes in this post, that you can share with your friends and family.

If you ever need a phrase to inspire generosity, come back to these quotes on gift giving and you will remember why the old adage “giving is better than receiving” is so true.

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General quotes on gift giving

1. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank

2. “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” Amy Carmichael

3. “We only have what we give.” Isabelle Allende

4. “The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.” Pierre Corneille

5. “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca

6. “True giving from the heart is an expression of love.” Cara Stein

7. “Everyone can experience the joy and blessing of generosity; because everyone has something to give.” Jan Grace

Quote: if you want something, give it

8. “If you want something, give it.” Deepak Chopra

9. “The miracle of giving is that it ripples. Your one small gesture can affect hundreds.” Jennifer Betts.

10. “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” Robin Sharma

11. “Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.” Kathy Calvin

12. “You don’t have to be an angel, just be someone who can give.” Patti LaBelle

13. “A gift given in love has the power to wipe out any storm.” Jennifer Betts

14. “Purposeful giving is not as apt to deplete one’s resources; it belongs to that natural order of giving that seems to renew itself even in the act of depletion. The more one gives, the more one has to give.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh

quote: It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving

15. “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa

16. “It’s easier to take than to give. It’s nobler to give than to take. The thrill of taking lasts a day. The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime.” Joan Marques

17. “Money is not the only commodity that is fun to give. We can give time, we can give our expertise, we can give our love, or simply give a smile. What does that cost? The point is, none of us can ever run out of something worthwhile to give.” Steve Goodier

18. “Think of giving not as a duty, but as a privilege.” John D. Rockefeller Jr.

19. “Giving to others will not take away from what you have but will in fact add to your life.” Catherine Pulsifer

20. “Happiness can be the result, not of spending more money on oneself, but rather of giving money away to others.” Christian Smith

21. “Giving freely and giving with a good heart, will never go unrewarded.” James Clear

Quote: The great apparent dichotomy is that the more we give, the more we get

22. “The great apparent dichotomy is that the more we give, the more we get.” Stephen Covey

23. “We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

24. “Giving is the master key to success, in all applications of human life.” Bryant McGill

25. “Do your giving while you’re living, then you’ll be knowing where it’s going.” Ann Landers

26. “Selfless giving is the art of living.” Frederick Lenz

27. “The degree of loving is measured by the degree of giving.” Edwin Louis Cole

28. “Act of giving something to others is an art of flowering your heart.” Vinayak

Quote: you only get to keep what you give away

29. “You only get to keep what you give away.” Sheldon Kopp

30. “A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.” Jonathan Lockwood Huie

31. “It is not the shilling I give you that counts, but the warmth that it carries with it from my hand.” Miguel De Unamuno

32. “What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me.” Joseph Addison

33. “We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.” Seneca

34. “Giving and receiving are mutual. Receiving without giving causes dependence. Giving without receiving leads to arrogance.” Robert E. Fogal

35. “Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.” Andre Gide

quote: we exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give

36. “We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give.” Douglas M. Lawson

37. “Giving never moves in a straight line …it always moves in circles! It goes round… and round… and round.” Robert H. Schuller

38. “Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.” C. S. Lewis

Gift giving quotes and proverbs

quote: what you keep rots; what you give flourishes

39. “What you keep rots; what you give flourishes.” French Proverb

40. “If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” Proverb

41. “Give cheerfully with one hand and you will gather well with two.” Lash Proverb

42. “They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.” Hindu Proverb

43. “The man who gives little with a smile gives more than the man who gives much with a frown.” Jewish Prover

44. “Good people, like clouds, receive only to give away.” Indian Proverbs

45. “One should not look a given horse in the mouth”. Dutch saying

Gift quotes about the best gifts

quote: the best gifts come from the heart, not the store

46. “The best gifts come from the heart, not the store.” Sarah Dessen

47. “Some gifts are big. Others are small. But the ones that come from the heart are the best gifts of all.” Tinku Razoria

48. “Memories are perhaps the best gifts of all.” Gloria Gaither

49. “The best gift you can give is a hug: one size fits all and no one ever minds if you return it.” Marge Piercy

50. “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” Burton Hillis

51. “The best gifts in the world are not in the material objects one can buy from the store, but in the memories, we make with the people we love.” Amanda

52. “The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.” Charles Dudley Warner

quote: if you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence

53. “If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence.” Thich Nhat Hanh

54. “The greatest gift you can ever give another person is your own happiness.” Esther Hicks

55. “The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” Brian Tracy

56. “The most precious thing I have to give is my time.” Silvia Hartman

Quotes about giving and receiving

quote: life is a boomerang. What you give, you get

57. “Life is a boomerang. What you give, you get.” Unknown

58 “Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.” Brian Tracy

59 “In accepting the gift you honor the giver.” Stephen R. Donaldson

60. “Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.” Richard Bach

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61. “Giving opens the way for receiving.” Florence Scovel Shinn.

62. “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” Jim Rohn

63. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou

quote: Giving does not only precede receiving; it is the reason for it. It is in giving that we receive.

64. “Giving does not only precede receiving; it is the reason for it. It is in giving that we receive.” Israelmore Ayivor

65. Gracious acceptance is an art – an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving…. Accepting another person’s gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you.” Alexander McCall Smith

66. “Don’t expect to receive if you’re not willing to give.” Unknown

Gift giving quotes about givers

quote: love the giver more than the gift

67. “Love the giver more than the gift.” Brigham Young

68. “Expressing gratitude to others is a gift to them. Experiencing gratitude is a gift to yourself.” Michael Josephson

69. “The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.” Carol Ryrie Brink

70. “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” Maya Angelou

71. “Cheerful givers do not count the cost of what they give. Their hearts are set on pleasing and cheering the person to whom the gift is given.” Julian of Norwich

72. “Another way to bring positivity into your life is to become a giver.” Riley Stevens

Gift giving quotes about life

quote: we make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give

73. “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

74. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” David Viscott

75. “Gifts aren’t meant to be kept by us, but to be shared with everyone.” Jennifer Betts

76. “For so many centuries, the exchange of gifts has held us together. It has made it possible to bridge the abyss where language struggles.” Barry Lopez

77. “The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them away.” Dorothy Day

Short gift giving quotes

78. “The joy of giving lasts longer than the joy of receiving.” Unknown

79. “It is not the gift, but the thought that counts.” Henry Van Dyke

80. “When you give from the heart, you give a piece of your soul.” Unknown

81. “A thoughtful gift is a reflection of a thoughtful soul.” Unknown

82. “A gift is a blessing, no matter how small.” Unknown

83. “Gifts are a way to express love without words.” Unknown

84. “Your presence is a present to the world.” Unknown

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Generosity quotes

85. “To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.” Max Beerbohm

86. “Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.” Khalil Gibran

87. “A gift is not just something you buy for someone, it’s a way to show them that you care.” Unknown

88. “Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting.” Thomas S. Monson

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Quotes about giving gifts to loved ones

89. “The greatest gift is not found in a store but in the hearts of true friends.” Unknown

90. “The best gift you could give someone is your time because you’re giving them something you can never get back.” Unknown

91. “Gifts may come in all shapes and sizes, but the best one is wrapped in love.” Unknown

92. “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” Denis Waitley

93. “The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Quotes on giving: "The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention"

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Final note about gift giving quotes

Alright, I hope that these quotes about giving gifts inspired you to give even more. And if you need any inspiration on what to give, have a look at my gift guides.


Hi, I’m Lara, a 29-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!