Over the decades, the Annenbergs were the recipients of countless personal gifts—some lavish, some light-hearted and sentimental—from the world-famous figures they entertained at their home. Many of the gifts received over the years were perishable. Beautiful, fragrant floral arrangements were delivered to Sunnylands from friends. Gifts of candies, pastries, fruits, caviar, and other delicacies would regularly arrive at Sunnylands. Literature was also a popular present. More than 1,200 books were gifted to the Annenbergs, either inscribed or signed by a guest.
Presidents also left their mark at Sunnylands, sending letters of praise to the Annenbergs for their hospitality. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, were "deeply touched by the little painting of the sunflower" that the Annenbergs gifted them. President Richard Nixon left an inscribed set of right-handed golf clubs to the Annenbergs, and other presidents sent signed memorabilia and photographs.
But the most cherished gifts were those from family members. Their creative gestures of love were often placed in the master bedroom or private areas of the home to be enjoyed in a more personal setting.