.....when the hell did 'given' or 'gave' become 'gifted'?
Gifted used to be an adjective, as in the child was gifted at playing the piano, or, in terms of plaguing his wife, Evan was surely gifted, but it appears that it's become a verb in its own right.
The verb is 'gift', the past tense of which is 'gave'. A 'gift' is something that you give to someone, even if it's a large sum of money donated somewhere by a large corporation.
'Gifted' is an adjective used to describe something or someone in possession of extraordinary talents in one way or another.
Every time I see 'gifted' used as a verb in print, it drives me nuts.