What does it mean if someone you were previously seeing and are now on a friendship basis buys you gifts?

We dated for a few months but it is a long distance relationship. We've known each other for about 3 years now but have never met in person although we've video chatted, had long conversations and stayed consistent with healthy communication. He became busy with work and didn't have time for me. Me bringing this up brought conflict. He tends to buy me presents without me asking; things I need, things I've talked about but not asked for. We had a falling out and got things became stressful in both of our lives and decided to call it off. He's bought me something two gifts but swear by it was how he was brought up in the mining life to buy his friends gifts. I've told him that if we weren't dating it made me feel strange about our connection but at the same time wanted to be grateful. Obviously there isn't a lot of detail to understand but i did ask him how he felt about me and he kind of changed the subject and told me that he buys gifts for his friends. I don't know if this has a deeper meaning but he bought me a symbolic teapot with two drink chambers. Can someone help me break this down. Should I just take his word for it and be firm about not accepting gifts? He didn't really give me an option and told me he had already sent it. It was not a cheap gift.

What does it mean if someone you were previously seeing and are now on a friendship basis buys you gifts?
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