A gift is an act of love. It's natural. Love is natural. It can't be forced. There can be nothing like forced love. So, a gift is a natural act of love. It is given by 1 lover to the other. Lover refers to love in any form. So, you can't ask for a gift. Because then it becomes forced. It loses its purity. A gift cannot be asked for, but if you have a need from your beloved, it can be asked. A gift is different from a need.
When people are very close to us, it is natural to ask for favours. It is quite common to even ask for gifts. But every time you ask for a gift, you reduce the pure non-material nature of the relationship. Now, there is a material exchange. Is this going to be important in the context of the relationship? One can never tell. Is the relationship going to be defined by money or love? Or is love going to be given in exchange of money? There is a thin dividing line between the 2. There is no right answer.
The one who puts money as a barter for love is not worth the money. Because relationships cannot have money as their glue. They can only have love, care, and affection.
Every gift has a message. The message could be love, gratitude, or help. It's a message sent by the giver. It can't be asked to be conveyed through pressure. Asking for gifts is to lower your self-respect. We all have needs. It should be spread out only to those you have surrendered fully to. Your loyalty to that person must be complete. Otherwise your self-respect is too precious to be sacrificed. Don't ask for gifts.