Gift Giving Traditions Around the World in a Handy Infographic

in Life | December 20th, 2012

Gift Giving Traditions Around The World

This interactive map from Cloud 9 Living offers some potentially helpful tidbits on gift giving traditions around the world. For example, if you’re thinking of giving a clock as a gift in China, think again. It’s considered bad luck. Or, if you head to Russia, remember to give bouquets with an uneven number of flowers. Even-flowered bouquets are for funerals. And, when in Sweden, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of liquor. Click through to see the infographic in larger format.

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  1. John says . . .
    December 20, 2012 / 11:31 pm

    Contrary to the map, I seriously doubt wine is an appropriate hostess gift in Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iran, and other Islamic countries that have banned alcohol.

  2. Bryan Lindsey says . . .
    December 21, 2012 / 8:26 am

    There are some other really narrow-minded generalizations on this map. For instance, while Mexico is listed as 82% Catholic, the United States is labeled merely “Christian” which might come as something of a shock to the millions of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and people who have read the Fist Amendment living in the U.S.

    Also, the bizarro-meter on the “Bizarre Gifting Standards” section is completely offensive, as the traditions of various non-Western countries are rated by kookiness.

    Cloud 9 claims to be “meant for world travelers, study abroad students, those living in or visiting a foreign country.”

    Good luck with that.

  3. Paulo says . . .
    December 25, 2012 / 9:06 am

    Information about Brazilian tradition is not quite right as well.
    “Gifts are ceremoniously thrown into the sea.” Took me awhile to understand what it was about.

  4. Paulson says . . .
    December 20, 2013 / 8:04 am


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