There were many gift giving superstitions or signs, but after many years, most of them have been forgotten or lost, but some survived and kept as a treasured mystery. When we are invited for a particular holiday, be it a loved one, relative or friend, we naturally begin to search for appropriate gift. When choosing a gift we should listen to the signs, invented not in vain centuries ago. If the gift is not properly matched, it can hurt people mentally, physically or even fatal. No wonder our ancestors carefully approached to the choice of the gift. They believed in the sacred gift and therefore created a “list” of unwanted gifts.
According to popular belief you can not give the clock. Why? This is not only a necessary thing, but every girl dreams of having her hand decorated with gold or silver watch. Received as a gift from a loved one watch promises separation. In Chinese culture, giving a clock as a present is taboo due to the Chinese word for ‘clock’ sounding like the word for ‘death’.
If you are given watches, then they need to be symbolically purchased, do not accept them as a gift, give for them at least a penny. Watches should be purchased. Symbolically
Also avoid giving a mirror. The mirror serves as the receiver between a man and his soul. If a person receives a free “negative” mirror (mirror is known to easily absorb negative), his life may change for the worse. If you wish a person happy refrain from such a gift.
You shouldn’t give sharp, stabbing or sharp objects (knives, swords, daggers, and so on). This gift is a symbol of hatred, this also means the love will end soon. But this can also be avoided if such gift is symbolically purchased, you should give a coin to a giver.
Traditional beliefs have a negative attitude to such gifts as sneakers, slippers, as this will make the recipient walk away from you, even worse – they symbolize death.
When giving a gift of a wallet, purse, piggy bank or anything that is meant to hold money, you should put money into it so that the person will have good luck. By putting money in a wallet or purse that is given as a gift, you ensure that the wallet or purse will never be empty of money. When giving cash, you should always give in odd amounts, $5, $11, $51, $101, etc
To give portraits and icons – such a gift will lead to quarrel between the giver and taker.
Sad thoughts and troubles bring figures of doves, crows, magpies and wading birds, so giving them as a gift is not recommended.
It is undesirable to give things associated with the disease. These are – thermometers, blood pressure monitors and more.
Glasses – a controversial gift. It is believed that after such present a person will see the world through your eyes.
Good 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 symbolize the growing of the family in that home.
There is a legend, according to which it is impossible to give children unique Chinese porcelain dolls, the “soul” of toy may harm the child.
If a person is not a collector of art, it is not necessary to give him a picture of a sad or gloomy story, for example a landscape with the shipwreck.
Gloves and mittens are dangerous gifts. The danger is that a person may initiate a break in relations with you
But a pen or a pencil, handed to your friend, could mean that you will be able to guide him.
It is bad luck to give an umbrella as a gift.
Giving long stemmed red roses with thorns is not a good idea, because they are believed to cause the relationship to suffer.
Comb or brush, a gift you will contribute to scouting your secrets. But if you donate a box, you can expect your secrets will be buried.
Make-up, perfumes, colognes bring to your relationship the effect of deception, hypocrisy
If you want to be a welcomed guest in the house of the old people, it is recommended to give the hosts a tablecloth.
If you happen to bring a gift from the “black list” and a hero of the occasion does not want to accept it, do not insist. Take your gift back and promise to bring something more appropriate. There is another omen to “dangerous” ceases to be a gift, for it is necessary to take a nominal fee. You will not quarrel with a friend who gave knives, if you symbolically pay for them.