Definition: Demonstrative Gift

A demonstrative gift is a general gift, but made payable out of a particular designated fund or source of property in the estate of the testator. Examples of demonstrative gifts include:

  • a gift of $1,000, to be paid from any available funds in a particular bank account;
  • a gift of all of the furniture, if any, in the testator’s home;
  • a gift of any four of the French coins in a particular coin collection.

Demonstrative gifts are one of four categories of gifts in a will, the others being: general gifts, specific gifts, and gifts of the residue.