Different cultures have different superstitions when it comes to giving or receiving gifts. For example, did you know it’s bad luck to give an empty wallet? Find out why below.





  • When giving a gift of a wallet, purse, piggy bank or anything that is meant to hold money, you should put money in it so the person will have good luck.


  • By putting money in a wallet or purse that is being given as a gift, you ensure that the wallet or purse will never be empty of money.


  • You should never give someone a pair of shoes as a Christmas gift as this will make the recipient walk away from you.


  • If a lover gives you a knife as a gift this means the love will end soon.


  • If a friend gives you a knife as a gift you should give them a coin, or your friendship would be broken.


  • Giving a pair of scissors or knife as a gift is considered bad luck as it said it would cut the friendship in half. To avoid bad luck in the relationship, the gift recipient should give a coin as to “pay” for the gift. It is common for the gift-giver to include a penny, often taped to the blade of the knife, which the gift recipient is to return as “payment”.


  • Scissors or knives should never be given as a wedding gift as this is believed to lead to a broken marriage.


  • When giving cash, you should always give in odd amounts, $5, $11, $51, $101, etc.


  • Gifts for the new home owner would be bread and salt to show that the house will never know hunger and it’s pantry will always be filled.


  • Wine for the new home owner would be to signify the years of retirement to come and to savor the sweetness of life.


  • Seeds for the new home owner to symbolize the growing of the family in that home.


  • Giving long stemmed red roses with thorns is not a good idea, because they are believed to cause the relationship to suffer.


  • The first gift opened at a Bridal Shower should be the first one used, so the bride will have good luck.


  • The person that gave the third gift opened at a Bridal Shower will soon have a baby.


  • It is bad luck to give an umbrella as a gift.


  • Gifts with a frog, ladybug, pig, horseshoe with ends pointed upwards, or four-leaf clover theme are considered to provide good luck.


  • In Chinese culture, giving a clock as a present is taboo due to the Chinese word for ‘clock’ sounding like the word for ‘death’.


  • Giving a mirror as a wedding gift is to be avoided, especially in Asian cultures. Being that a marriage is supposed to last a lifetime and due to the fragility of a mirror and the resulting bad luck if one is broken, many feel that it would be a risky gift.
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