“Tis the spirit in which the gift is rich
As the gifts of the wise ones were—
And we are not told whose gift was gold
Or whose was the gift of myrrh.”
This little poem emphasizes not the gift but the spirit with which it is given. Spirit more than trumps the gift itself. It also emphasizes that gift giving is not a competition and we need not compare our gift to another’s to determine its worth. What really defines any true gift, small or large, tangible or intangible, expensive or humble, is the sincerity and intention of the giver.