Here at WorldRemit we decided to find out if the true spirit of gift-giving is still alive, or if we now measure love by how much our nearest and dearest spend.
We asked our Facebook community, and surveyed 1,000 people in the US, to see what the greatest gift they’d ever received was.
The answers we got are likely to warm the heart of even the most hardened cynic.
85% of people said they appreciated ‘life gifts’ such as forgiveness or companionship more than they valued financial gifts.
The top life gift, for 28% of people, was support through difficult times.
This was closely followed by companionship at 25%.
After all, what good are material possessions if you have no one to share them with?
The rest of the top five answers also focused on our relationships - guidance on values (16%) and a second chance or forgiveness (10%).
And proving that we as a species are still capable of caring about people we may not even know, 9% of us have experienced a random act of kindness from a stranger.