[...]would run about laughing and tittering carrying on her head both the gifts and curses given by youth. But she was swished off like a fly by young Naremma.

Yagnam and Other Stories

Does it simply mean the bad and the good?

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    Being young can be considered a gift (for example, full of energy) and a curse (for example, lacking of experience). – Damkerng T. Jan 6 '14 at 10:03
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    I think I usually see this as "both a blessing and a curse", but the meaning doesn't change by using "gift" instead of "blessing." – J.R. Jan 6 '14 at 12:14

Yes, that means pluses and minuses of something. By the way, you have found a very new idiom - it is not mentioned as such in the net dictionaries, but it definitely IS an idiom, for that phrase is repeated often enough on the net.

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