Giving Gifts That Shape Community and Tradition

Dec 9, 2015

The idea of giving someone a wonderful gift is joyful, but in reality gift giving can be tremendously stressful.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe hosts a discussion on the art and power of gift giving. She talks with gift expert Harry Liebersohn, author of The Return of the Gift: European History of a Global Idea, about the history of the gift exchanges and the place they hold in our culture. He refers to gifts as “the emotional language we used to bind ourselves together.”

Also, Monica Marsee, an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, shares the psychological aspects of gift exchanges, as well as how the act of giving teaches empathy to young children.