NEW-YEAR’S-GIFT. n.s.[new, year, and gift.] Present made
on the first day of the year.
If I be served such a trick, I’ll have my brains taken out
and buttered, and give them to a dog for a new-year’s-gift.
Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor.
When he sat on the throne distributing new-year’s-gifts,
he had his altar of incense by him, that before they received
gifts they might cast a little incense into the firs; which all
good christians refused to do. Stillingfleet.