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TikTok Lion Gift

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The TikTok Lion Gift is one of many donation options viewers can gift to streamers on TikTok Live that displays an animated, roaring lion on the streamer's screen. The boisterous visual animation combined with its exorbitant cost of 29,999 TikTok Coins (roughly $400 USD) for one donation helped it to become a sought-after goal and eventual meme for TikTok livestreamers and users on the platform.


On December 30th, 2020, TikTok updated its creator portal page to include information on gifts, which could be bought by fans and given to the creators while they're live. These gifts, upon being received by the creator, are allowed to be sold back to TikTok as a form of making money via the platform. One of the earliest examples of the lion gift in action comes from the TikToker mirza_speaks,[1] who claimed to be the first person in the United Arab Emirates on September 10th, 2021 (shown below).

@mirza_speaks First person to get ‘Lion’ gift in UAE 😍 I was the first one who got Golden Car in October last year 😍 thank u @e.man_car_rental ♥️ #mirzaspeaks #tiktoklive #liveking #lion #fyp ♬ original sound – Mirza Speaks RJ


With the introduction of gifts, TikTok livestreamers would start to do increasingly exaggerated reactions to try and elicit the gifts from their fans, uploading clips of themselves acting enthusiastic when receiving a lion gift. An example of this can be seen in the TikTok uploaded by UCILUNA[2] on February 25th, 2022, in which, during a stream designed to bait gifts, she received a lion that surprised her (shown below).

@uciluna_ Muka tu asyik takleh cover laa 🤣 #lion #gift #tiktokgift #shocking @nyrmyramokhtar ♬ original sound – Uci Luna – UCILUNA.

Some TikTokers were also unhappy with lion gifts, however, and some of them started to push back against the lion, as well as other expensive gifts with their own TikToks breaking down the economic aspect of buying the TikTok Coins, then using them on the gifts, whereas the streamer would receive a much better exchange by just being sent the money via something like PayPal or Venmo (similar to Twitch Bits). This argument was notably brought up by the TikToker alexisnicoleofficial[3] who was trying to talk about how TikTok "livestream battles" are a scam that hurts the fanbase (shown below).

@alexisnicoleofficial Replying to @Daphne Renee #gifts #fyp #2023 #battlesarescam #tiktokbattles #thelion #tiktokgifts #rykernation ♬ original sound – Taylor Dean

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@ambassador_lady1 #fypp #tiktokgift #liongift #foryou #foryoupage #lion #tiktoklion #tiktokliondance #tiktoklionking #tiktoklivegifts #gifter #tiktokgh #tiktokghana🇬🇭fyp #spyro #whoisyourguy ♬ Who Is Your Guy? – Spyro

@klauschiesa First LION 😱 this was the best LIVE show ever 🤩 thank you to @Momo Ko for the amazing gift and thank you to @Germán Gaurat for an amazing 2 hours live show together 🤩 we had so much fun 🤩 #lion #liveshow #tiktoklion #liongift #liongifts🦁 #reaction #facereaction #funnymoments #grateful ♬ original sound – Klaus Chiesa
@murphartist @livharlandmusic suprise🦁🤍 #foryou #fyp #foryoupage #crazy #suprise #share #viral #lion #fypシ ♬ original sound – Murph

@iamcharlietyler Just another calm livestream😅unbelievable🤯so so grateful🦁 #fyp #reactionvideo #reactions #funnyreactionvideos #winterliongift #winterlion #liongifts🦁 #popmusicvideo #tiktoklivestream #tiktokliveshow #musician ##singersongwriter##funnyvideos ♬ original sound – Charlie Tyler

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External References

[1] TikTok – mirza_speaks

[2] TikTok – UCILUNA

[3] TikTok – alexisnicoleofficial

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