If your true love gave you 8 maids of milking, it would set them back $58.00, that's it!!!!! You can get a gallon of milk here in NY for about $2.70 to $3.00 x 8 = $21 to $24. Add $37 for the maids. Seems so affordable compared to some of the other gifts.
Buuuuuuuut, if your true love gave a cow to a needy family, it can enable them to have a glass of rich milk every morning, sell the milk which can pay for schooling, medication, and clothing. The first offspring is passed on to another family. They then agree to pass on their offspring, and so on and so on. It is the gift that keeps giving. This may not be 8 maids a milking, but you begin with one and then it multiplies in more ways than you ever expected.