Gift is not a verb.
No, not ever.
Gift is a noun. You can make a gift, get a gift, buy a gift.
You want a verb?
That would be give.
I do not now, nor do I ever, wish to see references to:
- They gifted us with...
- ...suitable for holiday gifting...
- Happy Gifting!
This piece from NPR is more philosophical and forgiving about this linguistic abomination. I’m a big NPR fan, but I can’t support their open-mindedness in this case. “Gifting” is slimy, impersonal, and just plain bad usage.
This year make a contribution to the good of the world and the American language by making a commitment to give.
- Give your time.
- Give your friendship.
- Give your attention.
- Give love.
- Give presents.
- Give money to causes you care about.
Don’t let me catch you gifting. You’ll end up on Santa’s Naughty List for sure.
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