I’ve started to notice a pattern, in which my father or boyfriends in the past wouldn't say anything when I gave them a present. I love to give gifts, but now I’m thinking I should stop completely. Is it because they find it too feminine like only girls give each other presents, or is it me who expects something in return; like a gesture of appreciation or a thank you?
No. Since I really don't like to give gifts, it really makes me feel sh*tty to receive them, from men or women - feminism doesn't really have anything to do with it. Even if a buddy of mine offers to buy me a drink, I'm reluctant to accept it.
But if you like to do it, don't stop. As the phrase goes - It's better to give, than to receive =)