If you don't already know where this is going based on the title, stick around. (Get it?)
We often consider "gifts" to represent the physical and the material. When it's your friend's birthday, you might give them a gift; when it's a holiday, maybe you give everyone in your family a gift. Whatever the case, we tend to snap to that definition of the word. It's not right or wrong, but just how we've been brought up to see it.
To a lesser degree, I think everyone will see "gifts" to mean the intangible or characteristics or talents, given the right circumstances or enough time. Not exactly a foreign concept. But also not one that automatically pops into our heads. After all, when someone asks you, "What did you get Molly as a gift?", hardly would anyone reply, "Generosity."
The one that I tend to zero in on is the idea of a "gift" being a "power". We're all given certain talents or abilities, and those can translate into being gifts. In another sense of the word, many superheroes are gifted with supernatural abilities, whether they are latent or created.
What it comes down to, no matter if you think of the word in a physical sense or a metaphysical one, is that a gift comes with responsibility.
In almost every iteration of Spiderman's origin story, there is some variation of Peter Parker being given this sagely advice. It comes at a time when he is discovering the extents of his genetically enhanced powers and comes to a point where, like most heroes, every action (or inaction, in his case), becomes something that pushes him toward heroism or villainy.
After finding that his new physical prowess has granted him the ability to grossly outmatch Flash Thompson, Uncle Ben—poor soul—prefaces the oft-remembered quote with something just as important: "Just because you can beat him up, doesn't mean you have the right to."
We see the same kind of arc in our own, regular, non-super lives. In the midst of the US elections, it isn't difficult to see that those who have power, whether it comes from money, support, charisma, or anything else—are vaulted into the spotlight. Just the act of announcing your candidacy would turn attention towards someone. And when you have that spotlight, that attention, you have to shoulder the responsibility that comes with it.
But this isn't just about the rich and famous—we all have the responsibility that comes with our abilities and talents. I'm not here to tell you what that responsibility is, because I hardly have the authority to do so. But if it's all the same to you, I think that all of us, no matter what our gifts are, are given a gift or a set of gifts for one purpose, and that is to better the world.
Maybe you're good at baking. Or maybe you show promising painting skills. Maybe you're a swimmer, a fashion designer, a writer, a researcher, or a photographer. Honestly, maybe you're just unnaturally gifted at painting walls. I don't know. The point is, you aren't given a gift for no reason. It's hard to see it sometimes, like if you can naturally fire off puns without thinking. Or if you're a D-list version of Spiderman where you have all the powers of a spider, but you are also actually a spider.
But even spiders, creepy as they are, serve a higher purpose that is essentially saving you from all the other nasty bugs that could be crawling around your house. You see, a spider understands that its ability to pick out great places to put webs (i.e., everywhere you are going to walk) comes with the responsibility of eradicating everything else.
What Spiderman (the A-list one, not Manspider up there) eventually learns about this message is that the more ability, talents, or "gifts" are given, the more responsibility that comes with it. He who is gifted with supernatural abilities has a duty to use these abilities to better the world, or else he'd be better off not using them at all.
You, too, have the responsibility that comes with being a baker, a swimmer, or a wall painter. If it's difficult to find the use for such skills, keep looking. I believe that we all serve a greater purpose while we're here on this planet anyway. No one on Earth is meant to live and die without making some noise or starting a ripple. That is, unless you're really good at colonizing new planets (I'm looking at you, Matt Damon). Then maybe wait a little bit until NASA gets more funding?
Gifts are meant to be used. I think one of the most important things you can do is identify what these gifts are. And, if I might add my two-cents, maybe don't do this all systematically or whatnot. Put yourself out there and come to discover on your own what your gifts are. It's not always a good idea to go around filling out tests and letting a book or survey result tell you what you're good at.
Unless you're really good at taking surveys. Then maybe that's the way to go.