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Purim: Gifts for the Poor

Matanot LaEvyonim

Purim: Gifts for the Poor: Matanot LaEvyonim

One of the four special mitzvot to observe on the day of Purim is giving gifts to the poor. Why is this practice termed "gifts" (matanot) to the poor and not "charity" (tzedakah) as we might expect?
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