Published: 18-12-2012, 04:29

Royal Gifts


Roman Gifts

Medieval Gifts

Gifts: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Gifts

Gifts: Saint Nicholas’s Day Gifts

Gifts: Boxing Day Gifts

Gifts: German Christmas Gifts

Gifts: Julklapp

Gifts: Santa Claus, Christmas Trees, and Gifts

Gifts: Conclusion

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) relished her New Year’s gifts. Court records indicate that the queen received silk and satin garments (once, a sea-green silk petticoat), jewelry and personal items made from precious metals (for example, a jeweled toothpick), perfume, cakes, pies, and preserved fruits. Her gentlewomen offered her embroidered cushions, handkerchiefs, pillows, and articles of clothing. In return Elizabeth bestowed gifts of silver and gold on her courtiers. The custom of presenting gifts to the monarch faded away in the eighteenth century.