Gift Giving Traditions Around the World in a Handy Infographic

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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  • John says:

    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.

  • Bryan Lindsey says:

    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.

  • Paulo says:

    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.

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